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Lyman Good vs Rick Hawn Scheduled for Bellator 39

MMA Junkie Reports:

Lyman Good

11-1-0 MMA/ 4-1 Bellator

– 5 TKO, 1 Sub, 5 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Chris Lozano, Jorge Ortiz, Omar de la Cruz

Rick Hawn

– 10-0-0 MMA/ 2-0 Bellator Record

– 7 TKO, 3 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Shonie Carter, LeVon Maynard, Jim Wallhead


The semi-final match-ups in Bellator’s season four welterweight tournament have already been announced. Former champion, Lyman Good meets Olympic judoka Rick Hawn at Bellator 39. The event takes place on April 2nd at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. A lightweight title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Pat Curran serves as the main event of the evening.

Lyman Good was impressive in his return to the cage, since losing his title to Ben Askren in October of last year. He easily out-struck Chris Lozano for three rounds earning the one-sided unanimous decision victory. Good became Bellator’s first 170-pound champion after winning season one’s tournament, defeating Hector Urbina, Jorge Ortiz, and Omar de la Cruz.

Rick Hawn was able to keep his undefeated record intact and more importantly advance in the tournament following his victory over Jim Wallhead on Saturday. The fight mainly took place on the feet even though both fighters have judo backgrounds. Hawn showed much improved boxing skills, which earned him the unanimous decision from the judges. The win was Hawn’s tenth victory in a row and his second under the Bellator banner.

The other semifinal match-up pairs Jay Hieron against Brett Weedman, but will likely take place at a later date due to the facial laceration Weedman suffered in his quarterfinal bout with Dan Hornbuckle.

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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Bellator, News


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Bellator 35 Quick Results


  • Lyman Good def. Chris Lozano via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jay Hieron def. Anthony Lapsley via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:39
  • Rick Hawn def. Jim Wallhead via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Brent Weedman def. Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


  • Waachiim Spiritwolf def. Jamie Jara via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)*
  • Brandon Bender def. Josh Herrick via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:42*
  • Champion Zoila Frausto def. Karina Hallinan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Paul Ruiz def. Jason Castro via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:17
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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Bellator, Quick Results


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Steve Carl Out; Anthony Lapsley Faces Jay Hieron at Bellator 35

MMA Junkie Reports:

Jay Hieron

– 19-4-0 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce Record

– 7 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Joe Riggs, Jesse Taylor, Jason High

Anthony Lapsley

– 19-4-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator Record

– 4 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Brent Weedman, Tyler Stinson, Aaron Wetherspoon 


After suffering an undisclosed injury during training camp, Steve Carl has been forced out of his fight with Jay Hieron at Bellator 35. King of the Cage veteran, Anthony Lapsley has signed up as Carl’s replacement in the welterweight tournament field. Bellator 35 takes place on March 5th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. All four opening round fights for the welterweight tournament take place on the main card of the evening.

Jay Hieron will finally return back to the cage after a near 13-month layoff due to contract disputes with Strikeforce. Hieron is on a six-fight win streak, including victories over Joe Riggs, Jesse Taylor, Jason High, and Delson Heleno. His last loss was against UFC/Bellator veteran Brad Blackburn back in June of 2007 for the now defunct IFL.

Anthony Lapsley is currently on a four-fight winning streak, including a second round submission victory over Ryan Williams at Bellator 7 in May of 2009. His only loss in his last eight fights, came against former UFC fighter Mike Guymon in December of 2008.

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Posted by on February 12, 2011 in Bellator, News


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Jay Hieron vs Steve Carl Targeted for Bellator 35; Finalizes Season 4 Welterweight Tournament

MMA Junkie Reports:

Jay Hieron

– 19-4-0 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce Record

– 7 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Joe Riggs, Jesse Taylor, Jason High

Steve Carl

– 14-2-0 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator Record

– Won 9 of last 10 Fights

– Notable Wins: Brett Cooper, James Warfield, Tyler Stinson


The last two competitors named for Bellator’s season four welterweight tournament are Jay Hieron and Steve Carl. These two have also been paired up against each other in the first round. The fight is expected to take place at the first show of the new season (Bellator 35) on March 5th, but no city or venue has been announced as of yet.

Jay Hieron will finally return back to the cage after a near 13-month layoff due to contract disputes with Strikeforce. Hieron is on a six-fight win streak, including victories over Joe Riggs, Jesse Taylor, Jason High, and Delson Heleno. His last loss was against UFC/Bellator veteran Brad Blackburn back in June of 2007 for the now defunct IFL.

Steve Carl participated in Bellator’s season 2 welterweight tournament, where he made it to the semifinals after defeating Brett Cooper by split decision. That’s as far as Carl would get, as Dan Hornbuckle submitted him with a kimura in the first round. Carl would earn a spot in season four’s tournament after beating Tyler Stinson with a first round guillotine choke in August of last year.

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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Bellator, News


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Bellator’s Season Four Welterweight Tourney Adds Jay Hieron

MMA Junkie Reports:

Jay Hieron

– 19-4-0 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce Record

– 7 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Joe Riggs, Jesse Taylor, Jason High

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Posted by on November 17, 2010 in News, UFC


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Rumor: Jay Hieron Gets his Release from Strikeforce…. UFC Bound? Reports:

Jay Hieron

– 19-4-0 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce Record

– 7 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Joe Riggs, Jesse Taylor, Jason High

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Posted by on August 21, 2010 in News, Rumors, Strikeforce, UFC


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Strikeforce Miami: Who or What’s Next?

Nick Diaz: Well in my opinion, Jay Hieron should be the first person to challenge Diaz for the belt. But after the post-fight press conference, it’s definately not a sure thing. Nick Diaz doesn’t want to fight “Undercard Fighters”, which Hieron is clearly not. Scott Coker also acknowledged that he feels Hieron did not do enough in his win against Joe Riggs to warrant a title shot. But honestly, who else is there?? Are they going to throw an upcoming prospect like Lyle Beerholm or Tyrone Woodley at Diaz? That’s not a good idea at all. The only other possible match-up would be Jake Shields, who is fighting for the middleweight title against Dan Henderson in April. What happens if Shields wins that fight? Is Strikeforce already going to have a Champion vs Champion fight before either one defended their title once? That doesn’t seem like a bright idea at all either. Jay Hieron is the only viable option Strikeforce has, not to mention, they promised him an immediate title shot against Diaz when they signed him.

Marius Zaromiskis: I see Zaromiskis now heading back to Dream Promotions to defend his title there. It will probably be a while before we see him back on a Strikeforce card. After a few Dream title defenses, a rematch with Diaz might be in the distant future.

Christiane “Cyborg” Santos:  Erin Toughill will probably be the next victim for “Cyborg”.

Marloes Coenen:  I think a fight with Gina Carano would be an entertaining fight, with the winner being the likely #1 contender to get a rematch against the champ.

Herchel Walker: It’s still up in the air if Herchel Walker will even step in the cage again. I really hope AKA and Herschel decide to keep going. It was really exciting to see the ability level Herchel had in the cage after only 3 months of training. I’d love to see his progression after a full camp. I think a great next opponent would be Daniel Cormier, an Olympic wrestler, who made his MMA debut last year.

Greg Nagy: See ya!

Robbie Lawler: After his incredible comeback win against Melvin Manhoef, Lawler puts his name back in the title mix for the middleweight belt. A fight with another title contender like Ronaldo Souza, Joey Villasenor, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, or Tim Kennedy is probably in the near future for Lawler .

Melvin Manhoef: This has to be a crushing loss for Manhoef. He was dominating the fight before he got caught by the crushing right hand. Luckily for him, a lot of the top guys in the Strikeforce middleweight division are strikers. Possible good match-ups for Manhoef include: Scott Smith, Cung Le, Frank Shamrock, or Benji Radach.

Bobby Lashely: As i said in my last post, Lashley is ready for a step up in competition. I think the perfect next fight for Lashley is fellow undefeated up-and-comer Shane Del Rosario. Del Rosario was a rumored opponent for Lashley on the Strikeforce Miami card, now i think they need to make it happen. At 9-0, Del Rosario creates at difficult match-up anywhere the fight goes.

Wes Sims: Wes Sims played his role… a punching bag for Lashley. Strikeforce has no use for you anymore.

Jay Hieron: It should be Nick Diaz, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The good thing for Hieron though, is that his Strikeforce contract is up, so he does have some leverage. The UFC offered Hieron a contract early last year, but Jay took the Strikeforce contract mainly to fight Nick Diaz. If the Diaz fight doesn’t happen, hopefully the UFC is still interested in Hieron, and he could go to a place where he is apprectiated.

Joe Riggs: There’s not much left for Joe Riggs at Strikeforce after losing to another top guy in the division. If Strikeforce decides to keep him around, he will probably only serve as a gatekeeper to the division. Tyrone Woodley, Lyle Beerholm, and Shamar Bailey need a win against a big name to propel them to the top of the division and Riggs may be that guy.

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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in Strikeforce, What or Who's Next?


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Strikeforce Miami: News and Notes

Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromiskis

Is there any fighter on the planet that’s been more impressive than Nick Diaz? Marius Zaromiskis has crushed everything in his path as of late, and other than that right hand that dropped him, Diaz made him look he didn’t even deserve to be in that fight. Nick Diaz is slowly climbing up the pound for pound greats list. He’s looked better and better with every fight, and pretty soon he’s going to run out of worth challengers at Strikeforce.

Christiane “Cyborg” Santos vs Marloes Coenen

I have to give a lot of props to Marloes Coenen. She hung in there a long time, and proved to be a worthy advisary to Cyborg. Santos was never really in danger during the fight, but Coenen did make her look almost human. A potential match with Erin Toughill vs Santos looks more intriguing than it did before the Coenen fight.

Herschel Walker vs Greg Nagy

First off, congrats to Herschel Walker for being the hard-working competitior he is. He had better technique with only 3 months of training than a lot of young fighters look with over a year of solid training. American Kickboxing Academy deserves to take a bow as well as he looked. AKA has been on a rampage lately, and are slowly becoming one of the best camps in the MMA game. I honestly hope there is a second fight for Herschel Walker. He proved all the doubters, he’s not just doing this for a gimmick. And in case you didn’t know, Walker donated his enitre purse to charity…. Awesome guy.

Robbie Lawler vs Melvin Manhoef

Wow… another fight to prove why MMA is the best sport in the world. Melvin Manhoef was dominating the fight early on with brutal leg kicks and strong, technical striking. Manhoef had Lawler dazed a couple times, and kept patient not to over compensate. After 3 minutes, Lawler could barely stand on his leg and the end looked very near. Then… Lawler connected with an overhand right that completely shut out the lights of Manhoef. It was an amazing fight that puts Lawler’s name back in to title contention.

Bobby Lashley vs Wes Sims

Lashley took Sims down early and preceded to lay a beat down on him as expected. It’s now time for Strikeforce to take charge and get Lashley a respectable fight. I’m not saying throw him in their with the best in the division like Fedor, Werdum, Silva, or Rogers but get a guy that’s going to challenge him some. At 5-0, Lashely has looked dominant, but they’ve all been against noted cans or gimmick fights.

Jay Hieron vs Joe Riggs

It wasn’t pretty, but Jay Hieron won an easy decision victory over the experencied Joe Riggs. Hieron used his precision striking and takedown offense to out point Riggs. You’d think a title shot against Nick Diaz would be next, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case.

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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in News and Notes, Strikeforce


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Strikeforce Miami: Quick Results


  • Micahel Byrnes def. David Zitnik via majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 30-27)*
  • Nick Diaz def. Marius Zaromskis via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:38
  • Champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Marloes Coenen via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:40
  • Herschel Walker def. Greg Nagy via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:17
  • Robbie Lawler def. Melvin Manhoef via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:33
  • Bobby Lashley def. Wes Sims via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:06


  • Jay Hieron def. Joe Riggs via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Joe Ray def. John Clarke via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:14
  • David Gomez def. Craig Oxley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Pablo Alfonso def. Marcos DaMatta via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:47
  • Hayder Hassan def. Ryan Keenan via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:42
  • John Kelly def. Sabah Homasi via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:48
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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in Quick Results, Strikeforce


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Strikeforce Miami Weigh-In Results


  • Nick Diaz (169.5) vs. Marius Zaromskis (169) for vacant welterweight title
  • Champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5) vs. Marloes Coenen (143.75) for women’s featherweight title
  • Greg Nagy (210.5) vs. Herschel Walker (214.25)
  • Robbie Lawler (185.75) vs. Melvin Manhoef (185.75)
  • Bobby Lashley (252.25) vs. Wes Sims (258.25)

PRELIMINARY CARD (broadcast on

  • Jay Hieron (170.25) vs. Joe Riggs (170.5)


  • Pablo Alfonso (139.25) vs. Marcos da Matta (139.75)
  • Hayder Hassan (170.5)* vs. Ryan Keenan (168)
  • Sabah Homasi (171.5)+ vs. John Kelly (170.5)+
  • Michael Byrnes (154.5)^ vs. David Zitnik (154)
  • David Gomez (144.5) vs. Craig Oxley (144.75)
  • John Clarke (169.75) vs. Joe Ray (169.75)#

* – Hassan was over by one-half pound, but Keenan agreed to approve the bout without penalty.
+ – Homasi was over by one-and-one-half pound, while Kelly was over by one-half pound. Both fighters agreed to approve the bout without penalty.
^ – Byrnes was late arriving to the proceedings, and he weighed in well after the official ceremony. An FSBC official has informed that Byrnes was fined an undisclosed amount for showing up late.
# – Ray did not weigh in during the official proceedings, but he did so following the conclusion of the ceremony.

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Posted by on January 30, 2010 in News, Strikeforce


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