Bellator Fighting Championship has concluded its inaugural tournament and has four new title holders in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight divisions.
The winners will have the championship crown for the next several months till the second season is concluded and they will face those new winners. Here are your introduction to these fighters and how they got there.
Joe Soto—Soto won your featherweight tourney in surprising fashion. Not considered the favorite Soto was under the radar till his second round win over the favorite Wilson Reis. After the dominating win over Reis, Soto went on to beat Yahir Reyes in the final via RNC in the second.
Soto is young and very powerful with a solid background in wrestling and some developing striking. The California high school state champ and two time NJCAA all American wrestler is now considered a top 15 featherweight in the world and with his youth the sky is the limit for the “Hammer.”
Eddie Alvarez—The match-up many of us thought would result in a dramatic final between Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal didn’t happen in the Lightweight division thanks to Toby Imada’s sick inverted Triangle, however Alvarez (who is a top ten lightweight in the world) did keep his end of the matchup winning the Lightweight title with sheer dominates.
Known for his hard punches and aggressive style, Alvarez nearly didn’t make it past the first round of the tourney. He was dropped by a nice punch by first round opponent Greg Loughran but came back to win the fight and hasn’t looked back since. The win for Alvarez gives Bellator a real feather in their cap and instantly gives them a named fighter to back as their champion.
The only downfall for Bellator is that Alvarez is so desired by so many different organizations that Bellator may have trouble keeping him under their banner. Let’s hope that we get to continue seeing Eddie Alvarez with them.
Lyman Good—is a highly touted young fighter who is undefeated at 10-0 and ran thru the competition in the welterweight tourney. The Team Tiger Schulman fighter made quick work of Omar De la Cruz in a little over a minute in their fight winning via TKO.
Good is a hard working kid who has some real potential, and the personality and back story to attract a ton of support and is young enough to continue on this rise in the division.
Hector Lombard—outside of Eddie Alvarez, Hector Lombard was the most known fighter in the Bellator Fighting Championship and for good reason. The Cuban Judo champion and 2004 Olympian is a dominate grappler fighting out of American Top Team in Florida and holds a very solid 20-2 MMA record.
The former CFC middleweight champion ran thru his first two opponents at Bellator with TKO victories against Virgil Lozano and Damien Stelly both in the first round. His win over Jared Hess gave him the title.
With Bellator new season starting in September these Champions will be looking to defend their belts sometime in early December and with the possibility of the upcoming seasons being on ESPN or ESPN2 the sky is the limit for these and future champs with the organization. Congrats to the champs and to Bellator Fighting Championship.