Bellator 78 was the first event of season seven to host the semifinals of any of the promotion’s tournaments and saw both bouts finished before the third round.
The Dayton, Ohio crowd saw a show at the Nutter Center with seven fights being finished early, including Andrey Koreshkov’s TKO of Marius Zaromskis and Lyman Good’s TKO victory over Mikhail Tsarev. Both Good and Koreshkov moved to the finals of the welterweight tournament to air later this season.
In addition to the semifinal fights, Brian Rogers scored a dominant victory over Dominique Steele and Daniel Straus earned an impressive grappling victory over Alvin Robinson.
Former Bellator champion Lyman Good immediately started the fight with a takedown and quickly moved to side control. Good tried to keep heavy and wear down Tsarev with knees, punches to the body and short punches to the head. Good then opened up with heavy shots to Tsarev and spent the entirety of the first round on top. Good earned a definitive a dominant round in his favor.
Tsarev opened up the second round with a plethora of head kicks, only a few of which actually landed on Good. After a couple of minutes trading punches and kicks, Good eventually went for and secured a double-leg takedown against the cage. From there, Good worked ground-and-pound from side control while looking to get full mount.
Eventually Good got pushed off and the two were stood up. Tsarev then shockingly looked to the referee to say he was poked in the eye and Good poured on the punches and eventually got the second round TKO. While being yelled at in Russian, the referee told Tsarev he did not see anything. It was a close call, but it didn’t look like anything really hit Tsarev’s eye.
Russian Andrey Koreshkov was able to get a finish against former DREAM champ Marius Zaromskis in their semifinal clash.
Koreshkov started the fight very aggressively, pushing back Zaromskis. Zaromskis was eventually able to land a takedown on Koreshkov, but in no time Koreshkov got right back to his feet.
Just when you thought the fight was starting to even out, Koreshkov showed how he earned an 11-fight finishing streak when he cracked Zaromskis with a left hook and followed up with a huge amount of hammerfists that eventually caused the referee to stop the fight.
Daniel Straus opened the fight with a powerful double leg takedown against Alvin Robinson. Robinson countered with a guillotine choke to get back standing, but again was taken down by Straus. Most of the first round was like this, with Straus overwhelming Robinson with takedown attempt after takedown attempt.
The second round began with Straus opening with a nice low, left, front kick combo and landing a double leg takedown. After a couple of escapes and takedowns, Straus eventually landed a flurry of strikes from side control that caused Robinson to give up his back. From there, Straus was able to sink in the rear-naked choke to take the late second-round submission victory.
Brian Rogers opened the fight by rocking Dominique Steele against the cage. Rogers looked really good in the first round, landing more strikes and taking advantage of every opening Steele left.
In the second round Steele was more hesitant to throw after the first round he saw. He seemed tight and was unable to throw anything. Much like the first round, Rogers won the standup battle, landing a higher amount of strikes and being the aggressor.
Much like the first two rounds, Rogers was more dominant with his strikes in the third. Even with Rogers’ right hand being telegraphed now, it landed at will on Steele, who after a flurry of punches from Rogers saw his mouthpiece fly out of his mouth.
Rogers ended up taking a dominant unanimous decision victory over Steele.
Andrey Koreshkov def. Marius Zaromskis by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:14
Daniel Straus def. Alvin Robinson by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:51
Brian Rogers def. Dominique Steele by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Zoila Gurgel def. Casey Noland by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Rob Hanna def. Rocky Edwards by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Justin McNally def. Jack Nauracy by technical submission (triangle choke). Round 1, :38
Mikkel Parlo def. Jared Combs by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:51
Billy Horne def. Trey Houston by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:30
Jason Butcher def. Shaun Asher by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 1:32
Photo: Lyman Good (Keith Mills/Sherdog.com)
Photo: Lyman Good (Keith Mills/Sherdog.com)