Bellator Fighting Championships kicked off their seventh season with the opening round of their welterweight tournament. Here are the results of the Bellator 74 fight card held on Sept. 28, at Caesar’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J:
Lyman Good def. Jim Wallhead
Good controlled the first round of their Bellator 74 encounter, keeping Wallhead pinned against the cage for the majority of the round. Lyman kept up the pressure in the second and third rounds, getting a lot of work done in the clinch and against the cage. Good lost a point for a low-blow during the final seconds of the third round, but it didn’t have any effect on the outcome of the fight. All three judges scored the fight 29-27 in favor of Good.
Marius Zaromskis def. Nordine Taleb
Taleb came out swinging at Bellator 74, but it was Zaromskis who landed the first big shot, dropping the former with a spinning back-fist. Zaromskis dropped Taleb again in the second round, and he kept up the pressure throughout the fight, mixing in a few takedowns as well. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Zaromskis, giving him the unanimous decision.
Michail Tsarev def. Tim Welch
Welch was the aggressor early in the fight, but Tsarev quickly turned things around, taking “Cheapshot” down with an inside trip. Tsarev came close to finishing their Bellator 74 encounter with a guillotine choke, but Welch powered out of it, eating an illegal up-kick to the face shortly after. Tsarev dominated the remainder of the round on the ground, and he kept it up in the second round, eventually finishing Welch off with a rear-naked choke.
Andrey Koreshkov def. Jordan Smith
Koreshkov landed some solid shots in the first round, but he got a little careless towards the end of the round, putting himself in a few bad spots. Smith controlled the majority of the second round on the ground, and he almost put Koreshkov away with a rear-naked choke. However, the Russian’s submission defense was up to par, and he fought his way back to top position. Koreshkov kept the fight standing in the final round, cruising to the unanimous decision.
Will Martinez def. Casey Johnson (rear-naked choke, round one)
Michelle Ould def. Munah Holland (unanimous decision)
Alexandre Bezerra def. Matt McCook (rear-naked choke, round one)
Phillipe Nover def. Derrick Kennington (rear-naked choke, round two)
Brylan Van Artsdalen def. Jay Haas (guillotine choke, round one)
Claudio Ledesma def. Kenny Foster (unanimous decision)
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