Lyman Good

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Lyman Good
Born (1985-05-26) May 26, 1985 (age 31)
Harlem, New York, United States
Other names Cyborg
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight (2005-2008)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Manhattan, New York
Team Team Tiger Schulmann
Rank 2nd degree black belt in Tiger Schulmann's MMA under Daniel "Tiger" Schulmann[1]
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 19
By knockout 9
By submission 3
By decision 7
Losses 3
By decision 3
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Lyman Good (born May 26, 1985) is a Puerto Rican-American mixed martial artist. He is perhaps best known for his time spent with Bellator, where he was the inaugural Bellator Welterweight Champion. Good currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Good was born and raised in the Spanish Harlem section of New York, raised along with his two sisters by only his mother. After a troublesome childhood, Lyman's mother felt getting her son involved in martial arts would be a good way for him to release his anger.[2]

Lyman moved up the mixed martial arts ranks quickly and is now considered one of the top welterweight and middleweight fighters in the Northeast.

Outside of fighting, Lyman is also a Sensei/instructor for Tiger Schulmann mixed martial arts in Manhattan, NY.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lyman began his fighting career in 2005, at the Ring of Combat promotion. In his second fight, against John Zecchino, he fractured his hand in the beginning of the match.[3][4] Despite that fact, he won the match by TKO in the second round. Lyman continued to fight in the Ring of Combat promotion, as well as in the IFL and other minor promotions.

In the IFL 2007 semi-finals he was matched against TUF 7 participant Mike Dolce in one of the preliminary bouts. Good controlled the fight on the ground in the second round, gained an edge in the stand-up in the third, and won via unanimous decision.[5][6]

In his last appearance at the Ring of Combat promotion, at ROC XVII, he fought Alexis Aquino. Good dominated the first round with his striking, and while Aquino took control in the second round, Lyman recovered his dominance in the third, winning via unanimous 29-28 decision on the three scoreboards.[7][8][9] ROC XVII, including the Good vs. Aquino match, was televised live by HDNet Fights.[10]

In addition to MMA bouts, Good participated in three kickboxing matches in Chuck Norris's World Combat League, winning all three.[11]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Prior to signing a deal with Bellator,[12] Lyman was to sign with EliteXC, before the promotion folded.[13] His first fight with EliteXC was scheduled to be against Paul Daley. Two weeks before his first bout in the Bellator welterweight tournament, he has been featured on ESPN, doing a segment for the ESPN Rise program.[14] As part of the preparation to the tournament, Lyman spent several weeks sleeping in a MMA cage at the Tiger Schulmann headquarters facility in Elmwood Park, NJ, in order to prepare mentally for the fight.[15]

His first fight in tournament fight took place at Bellator II, against Héctor Urbina, Good dominated the first round with his powerful strikes and in the second round Urbina was able to gain mount momenterally, but Good quickly reversed and defeated Urbina using a rear naked choke.[16] In the tournament's semi-finals at Bellator VII, he defeated Jorge Ortiz and advanced to the finals. His opponent in the tournament's finals, Omar De La Cruz, defeated Dave Menne in the same event by TKO.[17]

The finals of the Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight tournament took place at Bellator XI. Lyman scored a takedown early in the first round, trapped De La Cruz against the cage, and pounded his way to a TKO victory.[18] After the fight, Lyman was crowned the first Bellator Welterweight Champion. In his first title defense on October 21, 2010 Good fought rising star Ben Askren, Askren was able to take him down and control him despite being hit with a huge upkick and almost being caught in a triangle choke at the last minute of the fight. Good went on to lose a Unanimous Decision losing his Bellator Welterweight Title.

On March 5, 2011, Good debuted in Bellator's fourth season welterweight tournament quarterfinals against prospect Chris Lozano, He won the fight via unanimous decision.

On April 2, 2011, In the Semifinals, Good faced Judo specialist Rick Hawn at Bellator 39, losing a controversial split decision and exiting the tournament.

Good was scheduled to fight Dan Hornbuckle at Bellator 44 in a bout that was to serve as a qualifier to gain entry into the promotion's Season Five Welterweight tournament, but Good suffered a hamstring injury that forced him out of the fight.[19]

On April 13, 2012, Good faced LeVon Maynard in a qualifying bout at Bellator 65 for Season Seven's Welterweight tournament winning via KO in just 13 seconds of round one.

On September 28, 2012, Good faced UK fighter Jim Wallhead at Bellator 74 in a Quarterfinal bout of Season Seven winning via unanimous decision.

On October 26, 2012, Good faced Michail Tsarev at Bellator 78 in the Semifinals winning via TKO due to punches in the second round.

On November 30, 2012, Good faced Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 82 in the Finals of Bellator's Season Seven Welterweight tournament losing via unanimous decision.

On April 4, 2013, Good faced Dante Rivera at Bellator 95, winning via unanimous decision.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In March 2014, it was revealed that Good would be a participant on the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn.[20] He lost his fight to get into the house.

Cage Fury Fighting Championships[edit]

Good faced Matt Secor at CFFC 36: Secor vs. Good on June 21, 2014. Good defeated Secor via KO in the first round.[21]

Good faced Jonavin Webb at CFFC 43: Webb vs. Good on November 1, 2014.[22] The fight ended in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Good made his promotional debut as a short notice replacement against Andrew Craig on July 15, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 71, filling in for an injured Edgar Garcia.[23] He won the fight by TKO in the second round.[24]

Good was expected to face Omari Akhmedov on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[25] However, Good was pulled from the bout in late October and was replaced by Sérgio Moraes.[26]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–3 (1) Andrew Craig KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee July 15, 2015 2 3:37 San Diego, California, United States
Win 18–3 (1) Nah-Shon Burrell Submission (rear-naked choke) CFFC 48: Good vs. Burrell May 9, 2015 1 3:47 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the CFFC Welterweight Championship
Win 17–3 (1) Micah Terrill Submission (rear-naked choke) CFFC 45: Stiner vs. Horcher February 7, 2015 1 3:47 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the Interim CFFC Welterweight Championship
NC 16–3 (1) Jonavin Webb NC (accidental eye poke) CFFC 43: Webb vs. Good November 1, 2014 3 3:43 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–3 Matt Secor KO (punches) CFFC 36: Secor vs. Good June 21, 2014 1 4:21 Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–3 Dante Rivera Decision (unanimous) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 14–3 Andrey Koreshkov Decision (unanimous) Bellator 82 November 30, 2012 3 5:00 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament Final
Win 14–2 Michail Tsarev TKO (punches) Bellator 78 October 26, 2012 2 3:54 Dayton, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 13–2 Jim Wallhead Decision (unanimous) Bellator 74 September 28, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 12–2 LeVon Maynard KO (punch) Bellator 65 April 13, 2012 1 0:13 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament Qualifier
Loss 11–2 Rick Hawn Decision (split) Bellator 39 April 2, 2011 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 11–1 Chris Lozano Decision (unanimous) Bellator 35 March 5, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 10–1 Ben Askren Decision (unanimous) Bellator 33 October 21, 2010 5 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Lost Bellator Welterweight Championship
Win 10–0 Omar de la Cruz TKO (punches) Bellator 11 June 12, 2009 1 1:47 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Won Bellator Welterweight Championship
Win 9–0 Jorge Ortiz TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 7 May 15, 2009 2 4:37 Chicago, Illinois, United States Bellator Season 1 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 8–0 Héctor Urbina Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 2 April 10, 2009 2 3:22 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season 1 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 7–0 Alexis Aquino Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat XVIII March 7, 2008 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–0 Mike Dolce Decision (unanimous) IFL: 2007 Semi-Finals August 2, 2007 3 4:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 Doug Gordon Decision (unanimous) Cage Fury Fighting Championships 5 June 23, 2007 3 3:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Erik Charles TKO (doctor stoppage) Ring of Combat XIV April 27, 2007 1 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 Julio Cruz TKO (punches) World's Best Fighter: USA vs. Asia February 3, 2007 2 0:29 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 John Zecchino TKO (punches) Ring of Combat X April 16, 2006 2 3:37 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Adam Fearon Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat IX October 29, 2005 3 5:00 Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lyman Good - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lane, Jon (2012-09-28). "Bellator 74: Lyman Good Determined To Continue Ascension With Win Over Jim Wallhead". Retrieved 2012-09-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Genia, Jim (July 2008). "Lyman Good, Tiger Schulmann's Undefeated Warrior" (PDF). Full Contact Fighter. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Lyman Good". Retrieved 2009-07-22. [dead link]
  5. ^ Curtis, Steven (2007-08-02). "IFL Playoff Semifinals Play-by-Play". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  6. ^ (2007-08-03). "IFL Results". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  7. ^ Joza, Eric (2008-03-07). "Ring Of Combat 18 - Brings the Pain and settles the score". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  8. ^ "The Official Site of Louis Neglia - Event Results". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  9. ^ "ROC XVIII - Bout #7 Alexis Aquino (Rhino Fight Team) vs Lyman Good (TSMMA) Middleweight 185lbs". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  10. ^ Press Release (2008-02-25). "HDNet Fights Presents: Ring of Combat XVIII, Atlantic City". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  11. ^ "Lyman Good - Fighter - World Combat League". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  12. ^ Press Release (2009-01-06). "Bellator Fighting Championships Exclusively Signs Undefeated Lyman Good". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  13. ^ Caplan, Sam (2008-08-12). "5 Oz. Exclusive: Lyman Good expected to sign six-fight contract with EliteXC". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  14. ^ "ESPN Rise Challenges Lyman Good". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  15. ^ Non, Sergio (2009-06-11). "Q&A: So far, so Good for Bellator welterweight finalist". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  16. ^ "Lyman Good vs. Hector Urbina Recap". Retrieved 2009-07-22. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Bellator Fight Results". Retrieved 2009-07-22. [dead link]
  18. ^ Press Release (2009-06-12). "Bellator Fight Results". Retrieved 2009-07-22. [dead link]
  19. ^ Ken Pishna (2011-05-06). "Injury Forces Lyman Good Off Bellator 44 Fight Card". 
  20. ^ "TUF: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn revealed". 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  21. ^ "Lyman Good victorious in post-‘TUF’ return, Darren Mima impressive at CFFC 36". June 22, 2014. 
  22. ^ "CFFC 43 - Webb vs. Good". 
  23. ^ Staff (2015-06-24). "Lyman Good signs with UFC, replaces Edgar Garcia at UFC Fight Night 71 against Andrew Craig". Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  24. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-07-15). "UFC Fight Night 71 results: Lyman Good flattens Andrew Craig with second-round TKO". Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  25. ^ Staff (2015-09-11). "Good vs. Akhmedov, Casey vs. Carlos Junior set for UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  26. ^ MMAFighting Newswire (2015-10-28). "Lyman Good out, Sergio Moraes in against Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night 80". Retrieved 2015-10-28. 

External links[edit]

New championship 1st Bellator Welterweight Championship
June 12, 2009 - October 21, 2010
Succeeded by
Ben Askren