The championship fight is now set for Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight tournament following the promotion’s seventh event in a twelve part series earlier tonight at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois.
The two men who were victorious in tonight's final four match ups that will meet sometime in the next five weeks with $100,000 and the BFC welterweight championship on the line are Omar De La Cruz and the gigantic 170-pound Lyman Good.
Here's how it all went down.
De La Cruz earned his spot in the championship round by stopping former UFC champion Dave Menne with an onslaught of strikes in the first stanza of their semifinal fight. Things weren't going too bad early on for the jiu-jitsu expert Menne as the fight went to the mat almost right away, but De La Cruz landed a devastating knee as the they were getting back to their feet that clearly rung Menne's bell.
Menne tried to recover, but De La Cruz was relentless with his attack, forcing the referee to call a stop to the main event bout at 3:19 of round one.
In the second final four bout, Lyman Good used his powerful frame to outstrike and out-position Jorge Ortiz on the ground for the majority of the first two rounds. Late in the second round though, the action was stopped so a cageside doctor could examine a cut on the head of Ortiz, and the official deemed "The Naked Man" unable to continue, handing Lyman Good his $50,000 payday and a spot in the tournament final opposite De La Cruz.
In one of the featured undercard fights, UFC heavyweight veteran Eddie Sanchez set a new record for fastest knockout under the Bellator banner. The hard hitting big man floored his opponent Jay White with a vicious uppercut and finished him off just 10 seconds into the bout.
Making her professional MMA debut was Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC light heavyweight Brandon "The Truth" Vera. She needed all three rounds but the former pro kick boxer outstruck and outlasted a very game Leslie Smith for the unanimous decision victory.
Check out the results for BFC VII in its entirety below:
Welterweight Tournament Semifinals:
Omar De La Cruz defeated Dave Menne via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Lyman Good defeated Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz via technical knockout (doctor stoppage) in round two
Troy Gerhart defeated Lorenzo Borgomeo via unanimous decision
Eddie Sanchez defeated Jay White via knockout (strikes) at 0:10 of round one
Alonzo Martinez defeated Victor Meza via submission (rear naked choke) in round two
Jesse Juarez defeated Marcelo Alfaya via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Anthony Lapsley defeated Ryan Williams via submission (rear naked choke) in round two
Jacob Volkman defeats Kevin Knabjian via submission (arm triangle) in round two
Kerry Vera defeated Leslie Smith via unanimous decision
Next week Bellator Fighting Championships will put on its eighth event on ESPN Deportes. The card is expected to feature the semifinals from the promotion’s middleweight tournament. Cuban born Judoka Hector Lombard will square off against Damien Stelly on one side of the bracket, while Jared Hess and Yosmany Cabezas battle it out for the other spot in the championship final.
You definitely don’t want to miss that.
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