Boxing/MMA

Bellator: Good, Hieron, Weedman, Hawn Advance in Quarterfinals

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Bellator’s fourth season kicked off this past Saturday with a new broadcast partner (MTV2) and  the quarterfinal bouts of the season’s welterweight tournament.

Bellator Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal Bout
Lyman Good (11-1) UD 3 Chris Lozano (6-1)
Scores: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28

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For Good, the former Bellator welterweight champion, this season’s tournament offers a chance to fight again for the title he lost to Ben Askren last season.  Lozano was looking to prevent Good the opportunity for a rematch however this proved to be too much of a daunting task.  With a fight that primarily was waged on their feet Good appeared to be the much stronger fighter.  In the second round, Good’s punches prompted swelling to Lozano’s left eye that left him unable to see out of it through the fight.  While Good was able to capitalize on this for the most part, Lozano would gamely make to the final bell.  However, this fight belonged to Good. 

Bellator Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal Bout
Jay Hieron (20-4) Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) RD 1 Anthony Lapsley (19-5)
Time of Submission:  3:39 RD 1

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Hieron’s return to prominence at Bellator 35 will forever be tied to controversy due to what may have been a premature decision at the hands of referee Josh Rosenthal.  With Lapsley caught in the grip of a Hieron rear naked choke, referee Rosenthal waived the fight off after he claimed that Lapsley didn’t respond to his commands. 

"His base slipped out from underneath him," Rosenthal explained in a post-fight interview. "I checked his wrist. He had no resistance, which is basically telling me he's out."

Lapsley claimed that the fight was stopped prematurely, and that he was in the process of fighting off the choke.  Replays on the broadcast showed Lapsley in a clear state of mind and appearing to fight off the submission lending credence to Lapsley’s claims. 

None the less, Hieron’s tenacity should not be forgotten in the heat of this argument.  The Xtreme Couture fighter was clearly on his game throughout the opening round giving Lapsley all kinds of trouble prior to the stoppage.