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Bellator’s Promoter Driving Organization Fast and Furiously

Promoter Scott Coker made Strikeforce into something great – so great, in fact, that the UFC felt the need to buy it and take it apart.

Then Coker was brought on by Viacom to run Bellator, and now here we are, with a heavyweight grand prix tournament underway and… man, I can even begin to speculate what rapper 50 Cent’s tweet could mean. Is he going to fight in Bellator? Perform at an event? Invest? Who knows.

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Bellator’s Promoter Driving Organization Fast and Furiously

Promoter Scott Coker made Strikeforce into something great – so great, in fact, that the UFC felt the need to buy it and take it apart.

Then Coker was brought on by Viacom to run Bellator, and now here we are, with a heavyweight grand prix tournament underway and… man, I can even begin to speculate what rapper 50 Cent’s tweet could mean. Is he going to fight in Bellator? Perform at an event? Invest? Who knows.

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Bellator’s Promoter Driving Organization Fast and Furiously

Promoter Scott Coker made Strikeforce into something great – so great, in fact, that the UFC felt the need to buy it and take it apart.

Then Coker was brought on by Viacom to run Bellator, and now here we are, with a heavyweight grand prix tournament underway and… man, I can even begin to speculate what rapper 50 Cent’s tweet could mean. Is he going to fight in Bellator? Perform at an event? Invest? Who knows.

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Bellator’s Promoter Driving Organization Fast and Furiously

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Promoter Scott Coker made Strikeforce into something great – so great, in fact, that the UFC felt the need to buy it and take it apart.

Then Coker was brought on by Viacom to run Bellator, and now here we are, with a heavyweight grand prix tournament underway and… man, I can even begin to speculate what rapper 50 Cent’s tweet could mean. Is he going to fight in Bellator? Perform at an event? Invest? Who knows.

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Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler Is Bellator’s Last Action Hero

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Other than a lot of recycled fighters, Bellator has few homegrown stars. In fact, they really only have one, and his name is Michael Chandler.

A fluke injury saw him lose the lightweight belt last year to Brent Primus last year, but while Primus has been languishing in injury limbo since then, Chandler has been busy kicking dudes’ asses. Like on Friday, at Bellator 197.

Chandler took out Brandon Girtz in under a round, totally smoking him on the ground like he was a toppled hookah pipe. The former – and likely future – champ stuck around when others were jumping ship to the UFC, and he now bleeds Bellator-colored blood (whatever that means).

Elsewhere on the Bellator 197 card, AJ McKee dominated Justin Lawrence for three rounds, and Kimbo Slice’s kid, “Baby Slice”, at Devon Brock for dinner.

Baby Slice Bellator 197

But at the end of the night it was all about Chandler, Bellator’s last action hero.

What a great night of fights! Swipe ⬅ to re-live some of the best moments! #Bellator197

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Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler Is Bellator’s Last Action Hero

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Other than a lot of recycled fighters, Bellator has few homegrown stars. In fact, they really only have one, and his name is Michael Chandler.

A fluke injury saw him lose the lightweight belt last year to Brent Primus last year, but while Primus has been languishing in injury limbo since then, Chandler has been busy kicking dudes’ asses. Like on Friday, at Bellator 197.

Chandler took out Brandon Girtz in under a round, totally smoking him on the ground like he was a toppled hookah pipe. The former – and likely future – champ stuck around when others were jumping ship to the UFC, and he now bleeds Bellator-colored blood (whatever that means).

Elsewhere on the Bellator 197 card, AJ McKee dominated Justin Lawrence for three rounds, and Kimbo Slice’s kid, “Baby Slice”, at Devon Brock for dinner.

Baby Slice Bellator 197

But at the end of the night it was all about Chandler, Bellator’s last action hero.

What a great night of fights! Swipe ⬅ to re-live some of the best moments! #Bellator197

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Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler Is Bellator’s Last Action Hero

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Other than a lot of recycled fighters, Bellator has few homegrown stars. In fact, they really only have one, and his name is Michael Chandler.

A fluke injury saw him lose the lightweight belt last year to Brent Primus last year, but while Primus has been languishing in injury limbo since then, Chandler has been busy kicking dudes’ asses. Like on Friday, at Bellator 197.

Chandler took out Brandon Girtz in under a round, totally smoking him on the ground like he was a toppled hookah pipe. The former – and likely future – champ stuck around when others were jumping ship to the UFC, and he now bleeds Bellator-colored blood (whatever that means).

Elsewhere on the Bellator 197 card, AJ McKee dominated Justin Lawrence for three rounds, and Kimbo Slice’s kid, “Baby Slice”, at Devon Brock for dinner.

Baby Slice Bellator 197

But at the end of the night it was all about Chandler, Bellator’s last action hero.

What a great night of fights! Swipe ⬅ to re-live some of the best moments! #Bellator197

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Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler Is Bellator’s Last Action Hero

admin / April 16, 2018 / No comments

Other than a lot of recycled fighters, Bellator has few homegrown stars. In fact, they really only have one, and his name is Michael Chandler.

A fluke injury saw him lose the lightweight belt last year to Brent Primus last year, but while Primus has been languishing in injury limbo since then, Chandler has been busy kicking dudes’ asses. Like on Friday, at Bellator 197.

Chandler took out Brandon Girtz in under a round, totally smoking him on the ground like he was a toppled hookah pipe. The former – and likely future – champ stuck around when others were jumping ship to the UFC, and he now bleeds Bellator-colored blood (whatever that means).

Elsewhere on the Bellator 197 card, AJ McKee dominated Justin Lawrence for three rounds, and Kimbo Slice’s kid, “Baby Slice”, at Devon Brock for dinner.

Baby Slice Bellator 197

But at the end of the night it was all about Chandler, Bellator’s last action hero.

What a great night of fights! Swipe ⬅ to re-live some of the best moments! #Bellator197

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Benson Henderson: Bellator’s Big Waste of Money?

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When you buy junk at a yard sale, the prevailing hope is that the junk you’re buying is secretly something of great value.

That’s the underlying theme with all the acquisitions of UFC veterans by Bellator in recent years. Sure, these fighters are often being discarded because their contracts are up and their best days are behind them and there’s little chance of sufficient return on investment, but still…

…Why pass up on a TUF winner like Ryan Bader? He’s potentially got some good fights left in him.

…Why not sign Phil Davis, who carved out a little niche for himself as the gatekeeper to the elite class of the Octagon’s light-heavyweights?

…Why ignore Chael Sonnen, whose physical decline will always be out-weighed by the outrageous trash he talks?

Sometimes these items purchased at the grand MMA yard sale do have value.

And sometimes, like in the case of former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson, they end up being a big waste of money.

These are the facts:

In his first outing in the Bellator cage, Henderson was given a title shot against welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov. The former UFC champ looked like total crap, and lost handily.

Henderson beat Patricio Freire after that, when the Brazilian suffered a leg injury, but then came decision losses to Michael Chandler and Patricky Freire.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Chandler and Freire are among the organization’s best, but an elite Henderson would’ve smoked them. Bellator didn’t purchase the elite version of Henderson, though. They got the discarded, yard-sale version.

You have to think their return on investment is going to be nothing more than a whole lot of disappointment.

Anyway, Henderson is fighting Roger Huerta at Bellator 196 in Budapest, because why not. Here’s a little hype reel they put together for him.

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With Rory MacDonald’s arrival, Bellator’s welterweight scene a hot one

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It was good to see Rory MacDonald back in the cage, even if it was a new one not limited to just eight sides. It was cool to watch him shut out a partisan London crowd for his Bellator debut, to cast that loveable “playing with your organs makes me feel nothing” gaze on Paul Daley. And it was downright refreshing to see MacDonald take care of business the way he did. MacDonald didn’t waste too much time trading with the power broker Daley, who was fresh off his KOTY nomination over Brennan Ward. He just wiped the canvas with him, working more guards than you can find at Buckingham Palace, before finally tapping him with a rear-naked choke in the second round.

MacDonald came out in mint condition. He was back in the same neatly pressed psychosuit he arrived in with nary a nick, in time for last call at the Lamb & Flag.

That’s one hell of a debut.

And it was a sight better than the last couple of times we saw MacDonald, who had his nose shattered in one of the greatest, most harrowing fights on record against Robbie Lawler back at UFC 189. MacDonald refractured that nose against Stephen Thompson in what was his final UFC fight last June, and his time of convalescence served as a segue for him to greener pastures. That came in the form of Bellator. MacDonald took nearly a year to resurface, but it was well worth it. The MacDonald that just rolled right through Daley was a reminder of the one that beat the likes of Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia and Tarec Saffiedine — and dropped Lawler off at death’s door.

It was also a reminder that, don’t look now, but Bellator’s got a good-looking welterweight division. MacDonald now awaits the winner of the big June 24 show at Madison Square Garden, when current champion Douglas Lima will defend against another Bellator newcomer, Lorenz Larkin. That fight takes on additional gravity with the presence of MacDonald hovering over it. It’s very unBellatorian to have an obvious horizon. This is how it should work.

What’s even better is that the periphery is filling in, as well. Michael Page, a kind of asterisked sensation who is waiting his first “real challenge,” was cageside for the MacDonald-Daley fight. He was supposed to face Derek Anderson on the card, but fell out with a knee injury. Yet that fight is all but forgotten now that Daley and Page nearly came to blows after Friday’s main event. In some ways, Daley stole the headlines by setting the table for a clash with “MVP.”

(Daley’s one of those feisty cats you’ve got to keep an eye on after a fight — the man is full of extracurriculars).

It’s a healthy division that Bellator has up and running, especially as you remember that Andrei Koreshkov is looming out there, too. It looks all the more healthy with Woodley and Maia — two MacDonald victims — are getting ready to fight for the UFC’s welterweight title at some point in the near future. What made MacDonald a prized free agent? Exactly that. His resume is a document of butchery. His casualty list can stand up to anybody’s.

And really, that was the best thing that came out of his debut in Bellator. MacDonald bucked a kind of disturbing trend. Benson Henderson, who was the best free agent acquisition before MacDonald, found himself rag dolled against the bigger Koreshkov in his debut. Matt Mitrione got clubbed by Carl Seumanutafa before snapping back to consciousness and winning his debut. Koscheck’s Bellator debut against Mauricio Alonso was lamentable, and Josh Thomson hasn’t exactly been a fire starter in his reunion with Scott Coker.

MacDonald is different. At 27 years old, he is still in his prime. He’s never been a champion, which gives him motivation. He’s splitting his training at his childhood home of Kelowna, which has (apparently) given him a sense of revival. He’s the same dead-eyed killer that made a name for himself, and it was in evidence in that fight with Paul Daley. One key addition opens up a realm of possibility.

MacDonald was that addition, and business just picked up in Bellator’s welterweight division.

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