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It didn't produce many fireworks, but Lyman Good's unanimous decision win over Jim Wallhead at Bellator 74 was nevertheless one-sided.
Good, who lost the Bellator welterweight belt to Ben Askren in 2010, was deducted a point in the final round for two accidental low blows, but it wouldn't cost him. All three judges agreed he won each round, resulting in unanimous 29-27 scores Friday night at Caesars Atlantic City. Good was one of four who advanced to the semifinals of the Bellator welterweight tournament.
|Former Bellator champion Lyman Good, right, dominated Jim Wallhead over three rounds.|
"I feel great," Good said. "This is the first step towards reclaiming what used to be mine. It's a good way for me to start my adventure to get the belt around my waist again."
The former champion's strategy was obvious early as Good stalked forward and used his size advantage on Wallhead in the clinch. Short hooks and uppercuts started to take their toll by the second round, as Wallhead bled from a cut near his left eye.
Good (13-2) has now gone 3-1 since losing the belt to Askren via unanimous decision. He recorded a 13-second knockout over LeVon Maynard in his only other fight this year. Wallhead (23-7) drops to 1-2 overall under the Bellator banner.
Former Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis took a step closer to vying for the Bellator title with a unanimous decision win over Nordine Taleb.
|Marius Zaromskis, right, connects with a kick to the head of Nordine Taleb at Bellator 74.|
Things started well for Taleb, who went to work attacking the lead leg of Zaromskis with heavy kicks and dictating the action with a sharp jab.
It was the power of Zaromskis that made the difference, as he dropped Taleb in each of the three rounds. The best shot came in the final frame, when Zaromskis landed an incredible spinning back kick that had Taleb nearly out on his feet.
The three judges scored the fight 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28, all in favor of Zaromskis.
Zaromskis (19-6-1) extends his win streak to five with the decision and is now 3-0 in the Bellator promotion. Taleb (8-2), a Tristar product out of Montreal, fell for the first time since March 2008.
Michail Tsarev did what he does best in his Bellator debut, submitting Tim Welch via rear-naked choke in the second round.
|Michail Tsarev's debut on American soil ended successfully with a submission of Tim Welch.|
Tsarev threatened with submissions throughout the fight, eventually locking in the choke from Welch's back at the 1:57 mark of the round.
The Russian's only hiccup came in the first, when he landed a pair of illegal upkicks to his grounded opponent.
Referee Dan Miragliotta halted the action, during which it appeared Tsarev admitted to not even knowing the rule existed.
Tsarev (24-2) now holds 19 submission wins in his professional career. For Welch (9-4), the loss snaps a three-fight win streak.
Andrey Koreshkov became the first semifinalist of the Bellator welterweight tournament, although even he admitted his win over Jordan Smith wasn't easy.
The 22-year-old Koreshkov was forced to go the distance for the first time in his professional career, but superior striking and solid takedown defense was enough to earn him the win. All three judges scored it 29-28 for the Russian.
|Andrey Koreshkov, left, went the distance for the first time in 11 pro bouts to outlast Jordan Smith.|
The fight opened well for Koreshkov, who showcased a variety of striking skills and clearly had Smith outmatched on the feet. Smith responded in the second round, taking Koreshkov's back and nearly ending the fight with a rear-naked choke.
Both welterweights appeared exhausted in the third round. Ultimately, it was a few well-placed right hands and stuffed takedown attempts that won it for Koreshkov.
"Frankly speaking, I got very tired," Koreshkov said through an interpreter after the fight. "I got very tired because my opponent was very tough."
Koreshkov (11-0) remains undefeated with the decision win. Smith (17-4-1), who was knocked out in the first round by David Rickels in May, suffered consecutive defeats for the first time in his career.