The season kicked off with all four quarterfinal bouts of the promotion’s welterweight tournament with most of the favorites capturing victory.
Former Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good is back in the tournament, trying to earn his way back to a title shot. He started things off on the right foot, winning a unanimous decision over highly touted British fighter Jim Wallhead.
Marius Zaromskis and Andrey Koreshkov also earned decision victories over their opponents to earn births into the semifinal round.
Michail Tsarev was the only tournament fighter to put a stamp on his step into the semifinals. He took out Tim Welch with a rear naked choke finish midway through the second round to move on in the tournament.
Good and Tsarev will now square off in the semifinals, as will Zaromskis and Koreshkov, at Bellator 78 on Oct. 26 at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Main Bouts (Welterweight Quarterfinal Bouts):
-Lyman Good def. Jim Wallhead via Unanimous Decision, R3
-Marius Zaromskis def. Nordine Taleb via Unanimous Decision, R3
-Michail Tsarev def. Tim Welch via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:57, R2
-Andrey Koreshkov def. Jordan Smith via Unanimous Decision, R3
–Will Martinez def. Casey Johnson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:27, R1
-Michelle Ould def. Munah Holland via Unanimous Decision, R3
-Alexandre Bezerra def. Matt McCook via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:04, R1
-Phillipe Nover def. Derrick Kennington via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:20, R2
-Brylan Van Artsdalen def. Jay Haas via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:03, R1
-Claudio Ledesma def. Kenny Foster via Unanimous Decision, R3