Bellator 39 Results: Rick Hawn Squeaks Past Lyman Good

Rick Hawn took a split decision (30-27, 29-28 28-29) over Lyman Good to win the first semi-final of Bellator’s 2011 welterweight tournament.

Hawn will face the winner of Jay Hieron and Brent Weedman at Bellator 40 next week.

Hawn pushed forward behind double jabs. Then he shot in and forced Good back against the cage. Hawn threw knees to the legs of Good. Hawn established double underhooks. Good answered with a knee to the head. They separated to trade punches and another knee from Good. Hawn tried for a trip then backed away. Hawn landed a right hand. Good with jabs and hooks. Good caught Hawn coming forward with an uppercut. Another. Hawn forced a clinch and pushed Good back against the cage. Hawn landed knees and punches then went for a trip. Good avoided it. They separated and Good landed a high kick. Hawn with a leg kick then attempted a high kick that Good ducked under.

Good opened the second with a leg kick . Good charged forward behind a barrage of punches but Hawn used the opportunity to land a trip and put Good on his back. Hawn with a right hand to Good’s face. Hawn landed some lefts from the top. Hawn ate an upkick but countered with punches from the top. Hawn flirted with a can opener and landed some hammer fists. Hawn made no effort to pass Good’s guard. Hawn threw a barrage of right hands to the body and head.

They went into the third having to assume they were even at one round each. Hawn backed Good up with aggressive footwork. Hawn landed a hard right hand. Good seemed hesitant for fear of Hawn’s take downs. Good countered with uppercuts but kept backing away. Hawn forced a clinch and attempted a trip. Good fought it off and landed a knee. Good landed a hard leg kick. Hawn with a body kick-backfist combo, Good answered with a right hand. Hawn forced another clinch then landed a right hand and backed away. Good peppered Hawn with punches and backed away. Hawn tried another trip. Hawn shot forward for a single leg but got nothing. Hawn threw knees from the clinch. Hawn finally got the take down towards the very end of the round. Will be a tough call for the judges.

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