After spending the better part of four years with Bellator, in which he was their inaugural welterweight champion, Lyman Good is forging his own path with new companies.
Most recently, Good returned to Cage Fury Fighting Championships for the first time since 2007 to headline the promotion’s June event. For Good, it felt like chance to start over.
“Bellator has given me quite the opportunity to expand on my name and success, but I definitely was excited to jump on the CFFC card because they’re becoming more known for bringing up people who are up-and-comers and great fighters,” Good told MMAWeekly.com.
“I figured this would be a good opportunity to start fresh, see what’s out there and challenge myself.”
Good was able to finish off his CFFC 36 opponent Matt Secor with a first-round knockout and is pleased everything came together for the bout.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better training camp and it felt like everything was in place,” said Good. “I went out there with a game plan, stuck to it, and it worked.”
Good will once again headline a CFFC show on Nov. 1 as part of a pay-per-view broadcast. When asked if he feels any pressure being the man the promotion is banking on to deliver a crowd, Good responded, “I try not to put a lot of thought into it.
“I know I’m there to fight, I’m there to compete, and there to win; and as far as the spotlight and being the main event, I don’t focus on that too much. I just focus on the goal and task at hand and go out there to perform my best.”
On the CFFC 43 PPV, Good (16-3) will take on undefeated prospect Jonavin Webb (7-0) for the promotion’s welterweight championship.
“I’ve got to go out and impose my will,” said Good. “(Webb) is young, hungry and is very motivated and driven; and those are the kinds of fights I like because it brings out the best in me.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to fight for the title and fight somebody of his caliber. I know he’s been training very hard for this fight and he’s going to bring out the best out of me because of that.”
Good feels a win over Webb will not only claim him his first title in four years, but will help define who he is as a fighter going forward.
“It’s a great way to exemplify my skills and abilities,” said Good. “Even though (Webb’s) young in his career, I know he’s motivated, driven and is training hard. He’s a very good wrestler and has a great jiu-jitsu pedigree and background, so going up against him will exemplify my career.”