Last night saw many beatdowns unfold at UFC Fight Night 71. There was Frank Mir’s utter destruction of Todd Duffee. Tony Ferguson’s trouncing of Josh Thomson. Alan Jouban’s smashing of Matt Dwyer. But nestled all they way at the beginning of the event, in the first prelim to air on Fight Pass, there was Lyman Good. Maybe you missed it. If so, then you missed the first breaking of a human being at event.
Yeah, Lyman Good wrecked someone.
Granted, opponent Andrew Craig has been riding a pretty hefty losing streak, and other than a cool head-kick KO of Rafael Natal a while back, hasn’t looked all that great in the Octagon. But this was Good’s UFC debut, after a long career that has seen him win Bellator’s inaugural welterweight tournament, lose in his bid to gain entrance to the TUF House, and toil in the minor leagues until a UFC slot opened up.
It did on somewhat short notice when Craig’s original opponent was sidelined due to injury. Which is why we got to watch another former Bellator star quietly creep into the Octagon, out-fight his foe, and notch an impressive victory.
If the beating Good inflicted on Craig is a sign of things to come, the UFC’s welterweight division will have another source of violence and destruction to worry about.
That’s sounds pretty good to me.