De La Cruz, Good Advance to Bellator Welterweight Tourney Finals


Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz square off in anticipation of their upcoming welterweight title fight. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Chicago, Ill. – In front of a deafening standing room only crowd in the windy city, the Bellator Welterweight semi-finals rocked the historic Aragon Entertainment Center in Chicago.  The intense action sent East Harlem phenom Lyman Good into a compelling world title fight against Dominican sensation Omar De La Cruz in a battle of dominating young welterweights where one will take home the world title and $100,000.

In the opening tournament action, powerhouse Lyman Good came out swinging in this tightly contested match with Jorge “The Naked Man” Ortiz.  After exchanging blows and stalemating on the ground, Good delivered a series of dominating strikes leading to a deep cut that caused the ringside doctor to stop the fight via a technical knockout (TKO).

Headlining the event was an intensely aggressive performance by Dominican sensation Omar De La Cruz who dominated former UFC Champion Dave Menne.  Menne entered the fight forcefully attacking De La Cruz and taking him to the ground, but Del La Cruz refused to play the ground game and returned Menne to his feet.  De La Cruz then came at Menne with fury, landing multiple strikes to the retreating legend with the referee calling the action as a TKO victory for De La Cruz.

Firestorm De La Cruz will face the fury of Lyman Good at the Bellator welterweight finals on June 12 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.  Both of these semi-final bouts can be seen on Saturday, May 16, 2009 exclusively on ESPN Deportes and on Bellator.com on Wednesday in English.
“Tonight delivered our Welterweight title fight between two immensely talented competitors - Good and De La Cruz - one of which will become the Bellator Champion,” remarked Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney.  “The two best Welterweights in the entire Bellator lineup will fight for our title, in what should be a spectacular fight.”
In thrilling undercard action, Kerry Vera, wife of UFC star Brandon Vera, made her professional debut in Chicago with Bellator taking on the scrappy Leslie Smith. The two electrified the crowd with blow-for-blow action, exchanging fists while remaining on their feet throughout the hard fought match.

While Smith fought Vera’s aggressive punches with tactical defense, the match ended with the whole crowd on their feet, and Kerry Vera secured her first victory via unanimous decision.  Troy Gerhart, winner of the first ever Bellator open tryouts in Hollywood, Florida made his Bellator debut taking on Lorenzo Borgomeo.  In a close match that had Gerhart winning from mount throughout, Gerhart’s first fight in Bellator was a unanimous decision in his favor.
The full fight card results are below.
Bellator VII Welterweight Semi-Final Tournament bouts:
170 lbs. – Omar De La Cruz (5-1) vs. Dave Menne (46-16-2) De La Cruz by TKO at 3:19
170 lbs. – Jorge Ortiz (16-5) vs. Lyman Good (9-0) Good by TKO (laceration) at 9:37
Bellator VII Non-tournament bouts:
155 lbs. – Troy Gerhart (5-0) vs. Lorenzo Borgomeo (5-2) Gerhart by unanimous decision
HW – Jay White (4-6) vs. Eddie Sanchez (9-3) Sanchez by TKO at 0:10
155 lbs. – Alonzo Martinez (25-12) vs. Victor Meza (9-2) Martinez by submission (rearrnaked choke) at 7:43
170 lbs. – Deray Davis (5-0-1) vs. Jesse Juarez (12-4-1) Juarez by TKO at 9:47
135 lbs. – Leslie Smith (1-1) vs. Kerry Vera (1-0) Vera by unanimous decision
170 lbs. – Jacob Volkman (9-0) vs. Kevin Knabjian (10-4-1) Volkman by submission (Triangle choke) at 6:42
170 lbs. – Anthony Lapsley (14-5) vs. Ryan Williams (12-3) Williams by submission (rearnaked choke) at 9:22

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