Former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good will return to the organization to face Royler Gracie-trained BJJ black belt Michael Costa in a season six 170-pound tournament qualifier at Bellator 59 on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey.
The card will also feature the Bellator season five bantamweight tournament finals between Alexis Vila and Eduardo Dantas, who both picked up wins this past weekend in the tournament semifinals at Bellator 55 in Yuma, Ariz. Also on the card are lightweight match-ups between Kurt Pellegrino vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Phillipe Nover vs. Marcin Held.
Good (11-2) is 4-2 in his Bellator career. After winning Bellator’s inaugural welterweight tournament in season one, he lost the title to Ben Askren via unanimous decision in October of last year.
Good then made a successful return in March 2011 at Bellator 35 with a unanimous decision win over Chris Lozano in the season four welterweight tournament quarterfinals. A month later, however, Good dropped a split decision to Rick Hawn in the semifinals.
For Costa (10-5-1), the bout will mark his Bellator debut. The Wand Fight Team member is coming off a first round TKO victory over Danny Salinas at STFC 14 last November.
Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebeney commented on the Costa-Good matchup:
“Lyman was our first ever Welterweight Champion and it’s going to be good to see him back in the cage and fighting for a shot in our next tournament. Lyman always brings it, and Michael is the real deal with great skills, so this should be a very explosive fight””
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