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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bellator Fighting Championships Exclusively Signs Undefeated Lyman Good

Courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships:

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 -- Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of undefeated MMA fighter Lyman Good. As the newest addition to the Welterweight (170 lb.) division of Bellator's tournament style events, which premiere on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009, Good may be the division's wildcard. Training at a New Jersey branch of the world-renowned Tiger Schulmann gym, Good brings strength and tremendous striking down to the Welterweight division after fighting much of his undefeated career at Middleweight (185 lb.).

Good was raised in Spanish Harlem, New York City, where he developed the toughness of mind and body that has served him well in MMA. Since turning pro in 2005, Good made a name for himself as a dynamic young fighter with devastating strikes, leading to an undefeated record as a professional (7-0). In a unique twist, Good was introduced to MMA by his mother, who was looking for a way to keep her son off the streets; she later joined him in training MMA as well.

"We're excited about Lyman's potential to shake up our 170 lb. division," said Bjorn Rebney, CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships. "He's got the ability and the strikes to compete at the world-class level and he's the kind of young man you want to root for. He comes from a tough situation, but because of his drive, dedication and skills, he has the chance to use our tournament and nationally televised events to change his life substantially."

Bellator Fighting Championships' premiere season consists of 12 two-hour events to be broadcast weekly in primetime on Saturday nights. The nationally televised events will feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There will be four simultaneous tournaments taking place in season #1 over a three month period: one in each of the Featherweight (145 lb.), Lightweight (155 lb.), Welterweight (170 lb.) and Middleweight (185 lb.) divisions.

Bellator's interactive Web site, http://www.bellator.com/, featuring event and fighter information, behind the scenes video footage, fight clips and live interaction with Bellator fighters will go live in January 2009.

About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. Bellator's founders, Bjorn Rebney and Brad Epstein, are experienced sports and entertainment professionals with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships' executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production (including Rob Beiner, winner of 12 Emmy awards for sports programming), fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.