Dream champion Marius Zaromskis continues road to Bellator title shot

By Al Stover

Marius Zaromskis seems to have taken a different road than some of his fellow Dream champions.

While former champions like Bibiano Fernandes and Shinya Aoki have signed contracts with the Asian promotion One FC, and heavier champions like Alistair Overeem and Gegard Mousassi have been competing in the bigger promotions like UFC and Strikeforce, respectively, Zaromskis has been fighting in Bellator Fighting Championships since May 2012.

Zaromskis, extended his record to 3-0 with the company after defeating Nordine Taleb to move onto the semi-finals of Bellator’s Season Seven Welterweight Tournament.

It was one year ago when Lithuanian fighter Zaromskis was on the king of Dream’s welterweight division. In addition to being the first and only Dream Welterweight champion and 2009 Dream Welterweight Grand Prix champion, Zaromskis also has wins over fighters like Jason High and Kazushi Sakuraba.

Prior to defeating Taleb, Zaromskis was engaged in a two-fight series with former rival Waachim Spiritwolf.

Zaromskis had first fought Spiritwolf in 2010, where the match ended in a no contest after an accidental eye poke from Zaromskis to Spiritwolf.

At Bellator 68, the Dream champion would pick up the win after a doctor’s stoppage in the second round. Zaromskis would face Spiritwolf a third time at Bellator 68, where he won by split-decision.

Zaromskis has improved when it comes to fighting in the United States. Aside from fighting in Bellator and the no contest in his first fight with Spiritwolf, Zaromskis has fought twice, losing to both Nick Diaz and Evangelina Santos in the first round.

Now that Zaromskis is in the semi-finals of the tournament, he finds himself against tough opposition no matter who he is paired up against in the next round.

There is Lyman Good, the first Bellator Welterweight champion who will be looking to reclaim his title, Michail Tsarev, a Russian fighter who hasn’t lost since 2010 and Andrey Koreshkov, another Russian fighter who is currently 11-0.

Bellator has yet to announce the time and venue for the second round of the tournament.

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