Lyman Good (11-2) is ready to reclaim his belt. Announced Tuesday, the former Bellator welterweight champion has been scheduled to battle Michael Costa (10-5-1) at Bellator 59 for a spot in the season six welterweight tournament. Promotion officials confirmed the news via press release.
Good, the winner of Bellator's season one tournament, returns for the first time since landing on the wrong side of a split decision against Rick Hawn at April's season four semi-finals. The loss was the second in three contests for the 26-year-old, who previously lost his welterweight title to Ben Askren in a grueling five-round championship duel at Bellator 33.
"Coming off of that last fight, it really made me go back to the drawing board and start fresh," said Good. "You're going to see a new Lyman Good, but at the same time it's going to be the old Lyman Good. I felt like I got away from some things that made me who I was as a fighter, and I needed to get back to my roots. I can't wait to get into that cage, trade some leather and get back to my winning ways."
In doing so he'll face Costa, a Royler Gracie trained Brazilian Jui-Jistsu black belt making his Bellator debut. The 30-year-old veteran heads into the bout after ending a three-fight slump with a 88-second TKO of Danny Salinas last November. Costa has yet to fight in 2011.
Bellator 59 is scheduled for November 29th at Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The action will be aired live on MTV2 and EPIX.
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