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Old 06-17-2012, 05:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hopefully they start putting the same effort to their LHW division. Their 8-man line-up for the summer series is pitiful! 2 guys that are 0-1 in Bellator are in the tournaments. And in other divisions you have past champions fighting in qualifiers to get in the tournaments.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well they did sign King Mo, but he's not going to be in the summer series. There really aren't that many free agents at lightheavyweight that are legit. Houston Alexander is washed up, James Irvin is still serving for roids, and Souki is just whatever.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
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There's still lots of European prospects though rather than experienced fighters.... Jan Blachowicz, Steve Bosse, Jimi Manuwa etc, and there's tonnes of unbeaten LHWs at a 5-0 sorta record that should be given qualifier fights. I also wouldnt mind guys like Gilbert Yvel, Satoshi Ishii, Seth Petruzelli being given a chance.

But guys like Zelg Galesic, Chris Davis & Emmanuel Newton really are of no interest to me.
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Well this promotion has recently been based on up and coming stars. I think Seth has been a main stay at the promotion as it is. Though why he hasn't been in a tournament yet I don't know.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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there's tonnes of unbeaten LHWs at a 5-0 sorta record that should be given qualifier fights.
Oh, that's exactly what they planned on doing. Lins and Van Buren were both 5-0 and scheduled to fight each other, but the former couldn't get licensed and the latter got injured before the event. Vanttinen was 21-3 but carried a major knee injury into his pseudo qualifier w/ Hawk and couldn't get out of it unscathed.

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But guys like Zelg Galesic, Chris Davis & Emmanuel Newton really are of no interest to me.
Your attitude toward this field closely mirrors mine, but at least out of the names you mentioned, I have a little interest in how Galesic looks at 205 because physically he looks lean and muscular, and I have a little interest in Newton because he could have gotten the nod against both Jimmo and Prangley. His fight against Jimmo was boring as hell though.

There is still a possibility Lins could get in through the back door like Big Monster and Spang did. That's what I'm hoping for because he appeared to be the original participant with the most potential. A semi of Lins, Hale, Boughton/Newton, and Vegh/Galesic would be solid.
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Yea thats what i mean, the LHW bracket they origonally had planned looked decent (ish). Lins (5-0), Van Buren (5-0), Hollett (13-3), Desilets (13-3) were all guys i looked forward to seeing in the tournament; and if you add in Hale, Vegh, Wiuff & Tribolet to them, thats a pretty damn good field as LHWs go. But for one reason or another all of them 4 are unavailable, and they've dissappointingly been replaced with the guys i mentioned.

I'm still reasonably interested in some guys - if Hale, Vegh, Wiuff and Boughton advance to the semi's, i think it offers some good and interesting fights. But if we have semi's involving Davis, Newton & Galesic, i wont be interested i nthe slightest.

I'm just hoping whoever wins it beats M'Pumbu, don't know how the hell he won the fiurst tournament, let alone finishing every fight along the way!
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Well this maybe the chance for a rising star to establish himself. I've seen fighters who I've never heard of before in Bellator win tournaments. Though I'd prefer a veteran to win this one.
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Their heavyweight division is weak! They need a great welterweight division
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They've been addressing their heavyweight division. What do you think this thread is about?
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #20 (permalink)
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On the LHW tournament - Its been made even worse with the news that Richard Hale, the favourite, has been out injured.
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