It's Cyborg ... by an eye

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Lyman (Cyborg) Good punched his ticket to the finals of this season’s welterweight tournament with a second-round TKO victory over Michail (The Lonely Wolf) Tsarev in the main event of Bellator 78 in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday.

During the second round, Good landed a glancing jab that grazed Tsarev’s eye. Tsarev attempted to motion to the ref that he was poked in the eye, but it was to no avail. The fight continued and Good put him away with punches moments later. The instant replay revealed the shot was legal, as Good’s fist was closed.

“That’s just a testimonial to how hard I’ve been working,” Good said.

“I’m going to go out there and represent my team ... I’m ready for whoever comes my way.”

The former welterweight champion will now meet Andrey (Spartan) Koreshkov in the finals.

Koreshkov earned his spot with a stunning first-round TKO victory over Marius (The Whitemare) Zaromskis in the co-main event.

Koreshkov did a brilliant job of keeping Zaromskis at a distance and beating him to the punch. After dropping the Lithuanian with a sharp left-hook, Koreshkov unloaded with strikes for the win. In a terrible display of refereeing, Jerry Poe took way too long to stop the bout, allowing Zaromskis to receive multiple unanswered punches.

“I’m very happy; there are so many emotions right now,” Koreshkov said through his translator. “I’m very happy I didn’t disappoint anyone.”

The winner of Good and Koreshkov will meet the victor of the upcoming welterweight-title fight between Ben Askren and Karl Amoussou.

Daniel Straus earned an impressive submission victory over Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Alvin (Kid) Robinson.

Straus immediately made the fight a grind, slamming Robinson to the mat repeatedly. After securing back control in the second, he locked in a rear-naked choke for the win.

Straus, who won last season’s 145-pound tournament, will face the winner of the upcoming featherweight-title bout between Pat Curran and Patricio Freire.

Brian (The Predator) Rogers won an exciting slugfest over Dominique (Non-Stop Action Packed) Steele.

Though Steele showed a ton of heart and never backed down, he spent much of the bout eating hard punches from Rogers. Near the start of the third round, Rogers cracked Steele with a vicious straight right and chased him down while throwing a flurry of strikes, but was unable to secure the knockout.

After three rounds the judges awarded Rogers the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.

“I tell you what, he might have Wolverine, adamantium bones,” Rogers said. “It was great fight.

“Everyone knows who is most exciting fighter in the middleweight division and that’s me. Now I’m becoming the most consistent. That’s a dangerous thing for all you middleweights out there.”

The final preliminary bout saw women’s strawweight champion Zoila (Warrior Princess) Gurgel win a unanimous decision over Casey (KO) Noland in a non-title fight.

The bout marks Gurgel’s first since winning a unanimous decision over Karina Hallinan in March 2011. She was expected to fight seven months later, but suffered a torn ACL.

Jason Butcher made quick work of Shaun (Sugar) Asher, slapping a guillotine choke for the submission win 92 seconds into the opening frame.

Billy (Mojo) Horne dominated Trey (That Just Happened?) Houston before sinking in a rear-naked choke to pick up the impressive submission victory. Never before has a nickname been so ironic.

Mikkel Parlo earned a vicious first-round TKO victory over Jared (Honey) Combs.

Rob Hanna won a debatable split decision over Rocky (The Number) Edwards.

It took Justin McNally only 38 seconds to submit David Blattman with a triangle choke in his professional debut.

BELLATOR RESULTS

n Lyman Good def. Michail Tsarev via second-round TKO (punches)

n Andrey Koreshkov def. Marius Zaromskis via first-round TKO (punches)

n Daniel Straus def. Alvin Robinson via second-round submission (rear-naked choke)

n Brian Rogers def. Dominique Steele via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

n Zoila Gurgel def. Casey Noland via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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