Frustrated by controversy, Lyman Good wants decisive ending to CFFC 45 interim title fight
By: Mike Bohn – mmajunkie.com
Lyman Good despises when fights end in uncertainty. That’s why he’s so bothered his November CFFC welterweight title bout with Jonavin Webb was ruled a no-contest.
Good has been forced to sit on that result for the past several months. Even with an opportunity to compete for the interim 170-pound belt Friday at CFFC 45, he’s still frustrated his fight with Webb was stopped due to a controversial eye poke.
“It would be disappointing for any fighter given the circumstances of how we prepare for an outcome,” Good told MMAjunkie. “Even if it was a loss, that’s one of the outcomes that reasonably a fight ends in – a win or a loss. But a no-contest, it was extremely difficult for me to hear that. I would have felt better with a loss than I would a no-contest.”
To rewind, Good challenged Webb for the welterweight title at CFFC 43. The opening rounds were controlled mostly by Good, and as the third round began, it appeared a finish was in sight. Good then struck Webb with an unintentional eye poke and the referee decided the action couldn’t proceed.
As a result of the fight being waved off, Good had what he believed was a sure victory and title belt ripped away. That made the situation even more difficult to swallow, especially because he still swears the fight-ending eye poke never actually happened.
“I know that there’s a lot of hearsay on his end and with his fans, the same on my end with my fans and people who support me on my side saying there was no eye poke,” Good said. “At the end of the day there’s the people who have to live with themselves, and that’s the two fighters who were in there. Only two people know the truth of what happened that night, and that’s Jonavin Webb and myself. I know I did not poke him in the eye that night.”
While Webb admitted post-fight that Good got the better of him and was likely on his way to capturing the championship, that didn’t change the official result and blemish on Good’s record.
Fortunately for Good (16-3), he didn’t have to wait long for another title opportunity. Webb was unable to make the date for CFFC 45, which streams via GFL.tv online pay-per-view at The Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., so the organization created an interim belt. Good was first scheduled to face Elijah Harshbarger, but after a switch, he now meets Micah Terrill (5-3).
“I have tons of respect for Micah and I appreciate him taking the opportunity to step in and replace my original opponent,” Good said. “He likes to stand and bang, and so do I. That’s why I’m so excited about this fight, because there’s going to be tons of fireworks and I’ll get to display my skill set and my ability.”
Good claims he’s not driven by the idea of a rematch with Webb. He’s focused on Terrill, but should he emerge victorious, he thinks he’ll eventually cross paths with Webb in a unification affair.
“As far as the score settled, that’s always going to be a thorn in my side with it being a no-contest,” Good said. “When you train and you prepare and you do whatever it takes to come out with a win or some sort of decision. A no-contest is something that’s always going to be there.
“You have to move forward as a fighter. You can’t get hung up on the negativity of anything. You learn from it, you move forward and you keep going. You don’t let things like this stop you in your path towards what you want to reach.”
Good is directing all attention toward his current opponent and what kind of performance he expects to deliver. Good has earned half of his career wins by knockout, and wouldn’t mind adding one more to the list.
The 29-year-old never anticipates his fights to end in a specific fashion, but given his style and the style of his opponent, he can realistically envision a knockout leading to CFFC’s interim welterweight belt being placed around his waist.
“It’s going to be fireworks,” Good said. “I’m ready to go out there and display my skill set. I have one goal in mind, and I’m ready to take that goal and lead it to fruition. I’m going to take that ‘W’ and take the interim CFFC welterweight championship.”