They say timing is everything, and never has that been more true than with Lyman Good, who’s had the requisite skills for the Octagon but none of the luck with timing.

After dominating the regional Northeast circuit, he was supposed to make his big-stage debut at an EliteXC, and discussions had him either taking on Jake Shields or Paul Daley. Then EliteXC folded.

Good went on to become Bellator’s inaugural welterweight champ after that, smashing his way through their first tournament. But he was locked in a contract with them for quite a while,  and during that time he was definitely on the UFC’s radar as a rising star. Finally, after four years under the Bellator banner, Good was finally free, and he tried to fight his way into the TUF House for TUF 19. He lost a decision after getting laid on for the entire bout.

Returning to the Northeast regional scene, Good resumed dominating, earning wins in the Caged Fury Fighting Championships.

And now here we are, with a vacancy on the UFC Fight Night 17 card on July 15, and Good stepping in to face Andrew Craig.

What can we expect from him? Insane conditioning, accurate striking, great scrambles and some dangerous submissions. Oh, and lots and lots of violence.