If Eddie Alvarez can be made an example of how not to leave your Bellator contract, perhaps Lyman Good can be his counterpoint. A former champion, like Alvarez, Good became something of an afterthought after losing the title to Ben Askren. He would enter the "toughest tournament in sports" twice more losing to Rick Hawn at Bellator 39 and Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 82 before a final win over Dante Rivera at Bellator 95 in April saw an end to his fight obligation.
Now, after waiting out his exclusive negotiation period, and matching period it would appear that the Tiger Schulmann fighter is entirely free to seek out work under another fight promotion. David Fish, Good's attorney, released a statement on his behalf:
"I have nothing but positive things to say about the experience I had with Bellator. I was their first Welterweight Champion and while I wasn't able to regain the title, I feel like I accomplished good things there. I was with the company from its start many years ago and hopefully, I helped move the company forward in some way," said Good. "The entire team at Bellator has been really good to me throughout my career and now they've given me the green light to go and fight anywhere I want."
While Good is exploring all opportunities, he does not rule out a return to Bellator at some point in the future. "I don't know where I'll end up next, but I'm going to keep fighting and, you never know, maybe I'll be back at Bellator at some point."
Bloody Elbow sought further clarification and was able to verify that Good is, in fact, clear of all matching clauses in his contract. It's hard to say if Zuffa will come knocking for him right away. While his career in Bellator was solid he ultimately failed to sustain his initial success with the promotion and would come into the UFC as something of a known, mid-tier, commodity.
However, he is only 28 and has the potential to continue developing as a fighter and a promotable name. If the UFC is willing to take a risk on him with a decent contract, I think he'd make a welcome addition to the ferociously deep welterweight division. Be sure to check back as I'm sure more information on his potential next step will be coming soon.