DAYTON - The Bellator Season 7 welterweight tournament finals are set after Lyman Good and Andrey Koreshkov both finished their opponents on Friday, October 26. Here's a look at the Bellator 78's main-card bouts:
Brian Rogers (10-4) def. Dominique Steele (6-3) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
This was the fight of the night. Dominque Steele was there to compete against the heavily-favored Rogers, and it showed throughout the fight. Rogers rocked Steele twice early in the first round, but the Cincinnati-native kept pressing forward. He pushed the action and looked for holes in Rogers's standup. Steele gave an effort worthy of his billing on Bellator's televised card.
However, Rogers's patience was the story of the fight throughout all three rounds. He carefully picked his shots and did everything he could to control the pace of the fight. Rogers was especially dangerous with his counterpunches, which often resulted in Steele taking a solid shot to the head. Steele was simply unable to break through Rogers's defenses. Overall, it was the most exciting fight on the card. The two men put on a show, and it will probably go down as one of the best Bellator fights of the year.
Daniel Straus (20-4) def. Alvin Robinson (12-7) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:51 of the second round
Daniel Straus didn't want to sit on the sidelines until next year, and as a reward for the taking the fight, he earned his first stoppage since April 2011. Straus found himself in trouble early in the first round when an attempted takedown landed him in a guillotine. However, he worked himself free and eventually got Robinson to the ground with a solid trip takedown. Straus then controlled the rest of the round by taking Robinson down and landing multiple elbows from side control. The round ended with Straus clearly in control of the fight.
Straus's relentless top game proved to be the deciding factor in the victory. After spending much of the second round controlling Robinson on the ground, Straus finally earned the submission in front of a cheering hometown crowd.
Andrey Koreshkov (12-0) def. Marius Zaromskis (19-7) via technical knockout (strikes) at 2:14 of the first round
Both men came out swinging early, but in the end it was Andrey Koreshkov who landed a hard left hand that won him the fight. With Zaromskis wounded, Koreshkov rushed in and finished him with a flurry of punches which left his opponent battered and bruised. Unfortunately, Zaromskis took eight or nine extra shots to the head because referee Jerry Poe failed to stop the fight when it was clear that the fighter was done.
Lyman Good (14-2) def. Michail Tsarev (24-3) via technical knockout at 3:54 the second round
The night's main event lived up to its billing as Lyman Good gave a solid performance worthy of a tournament finalist. However, his victory was marred by another officiating mistake when referee Greg Franklin failed to stop the fight when Tsarev suffered an incidental eye-poke during the exchange that lead to Good's final barrage. That's not say that Good didn't deserve to win, but Franklin's inaction cast a shadow over what was an exciting main event.
Good was winning the fight at the time, and the odds are good that he would have finished Tsarev at some point in the final round. However, that doesn't change the fact that referee mistakes cast a shadow over the last two fights of the evening.
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- Andrey Koreshkov
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- Daniel Straus