Ben Askren has been the bellator champ for years. He's been fighting in the organization for even longer.
Hector Lombard can say the same.
Now, get this...
Ben Askren never faced decent competition until he fought Jay Hieron.
Hector Lombard never faced decent competition until he fought in the UFC.
That's because Bellator isn't in the business of building an organization with the best fighters and the best quality opponents.
Its in the business of feeding Askren, Lombard and most of their other champions cans. They feed prospects a series of mismatches to make them look more skillful and exciting than they actually are.
Then when their prospects like Askren face a decent level of competition in the form of Jay Hieron -- they get exposed. They never faced real competition in their careers and never competed at that level. They're completely unprepared for it.
It figures Sports Nerd and OU wouldn't get that.
You two aren't the brightest bulbs on the christmas tree.
LOL please. I'm sorry you are stuck up Dana White's ass so far you think anyone without the magic 3 letters on the gloves are scrubs. But those of us that actually watch the sport of MMA(you probably refer to the sport as UFC) can see there are clearly world class fighters outside the UFC that are better then the majority of guys currently in the UFC. I'm sorry you can't grasp this concept. Half of the best smaller weight fighters(below LW) are not in the UFC.
But then again it's much easier to echo Dana White with "Just Bleed" written on your forehead.