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Bellator FC Bellator MMA (Bellator) is the 2nd largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the USA and the largest tournament-based MMA organization in the world. Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, the company was formed in 2008 by Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. Bellator’s events are primarily structured around tournaments. The tournament winner is declared the number one contender in their respective weight class, and is awarded a check for $100,000 and a shot at the reigning Bellator champion. Bellator uses the motto “The Toughest Tournament In Sports” Bellator FC now airs on Spike TV Thursday nights!

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post #31 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-21-2011, 07:12 PM
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Yeah, I think for an upstart promotion they compensate their fighters well. They aren't overpaying them like Affliction or not paying them like Nemesis. Overall I think they could give the UFC a run for their money in the long run.

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Yeah, I think for an upstart promotion they compensate their fighters well. They aren't overpaying them like Affliction or not paying them like Nemesis. Overall I think they could give the UFC a run for their money in the long run.
I dont know man, their tournament format is a bit jarring.Its so spaced out and with so little promotion even the average fan forgets where things left off..

They have so few stars & when money fights are ripe something always falls through.Like take the huerta/alveraz match that should've been a "special feature" off the bat.But rbeny tried to play it cool to sell his tourney and huerta got exposed..The winner of the tourney gets injured so huerta ends up as a sub to fight alveraz in the end.But now not only has the fight lost its lustre but its basically a throw away fight..

Another example is pitball/warren, everyone wants to see it & we should see it but probably wont.Because pitball got injured and warren (who is probably sick of waiting) is dropping down..Its just little things like that thats goin to keep it from breaking through

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Yeah, their tournaments can be a little chaotic in terms of substituting. Their spacing is also something that can't be avoided if they want fully charged fighters each fight. I do agree they don't have that many stars but they are improving.

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Another good night of fights from Bellator. How long before Zuffa ends up buying them?
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It's probably going to be a long time before Zuffa buys out Bellator. Zuffa buys out failing and struggling promotions. Bellator as of right now is neither as they are thriving.

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Bellator was barely making money like a year ago. I'm not so sure about now but to call them thriving seems nothing but conjecture.


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And even if bellator was making money why would zuffa buy it? they needed to buy pride to acquire its fighters/library..They bought strikeforce to make sure spike had no alternatives in the event UFC and them couldn't reach a deal...What would bellator have that ufc need? maybe if they had the worlds greatest flyweights but they dont

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Well why did Zuffa buy out the World Fighting Alliance? It wasn't really important in terms of any fighters or fight libraries. And besides, Bellator is now in the running for Spike.

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Lets be honest, Bellator has two dudes that might have a claim at the top ten in there weight classes (Alvarez and Warren} apart from that, they dont have a lot of fighters that will add a ton to the UFC. I dont really see any reason for the UFC to try and put bellator out of business. They are probably safe for awhile.

Got negged for this comment. Ive watched almost every bellator event since they started. Like ive stated on several occasions in the the past, they dont have a lot of credible fighters and there format lends itself to failure. At some point, one of there champs is going to lose one of these "superfights" (Buentello/Konrad is the opposite of a superfight). At that point, the tourny loses all its credibility and the title fight that follows wont mean jack. If you are one of those anti UFC dudes that will always route for the second fiddle (a title bellator didnt earn, they fell into when the UFC bought strikeforce), then I guess this is your show. I will watch it whenever it is on, but im not going to pretend that the fights they put on mean jack shit when it comes to figuring out who the best is.

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Well I have to agree that so far Bellator has proved to be a stepping stone for some fighters. You look at Joe Duarte who just excelled at the last ShoMMA card who was in a Bellator tournament. So far most of their champions are rising stars but can get to be at an elite level if they keep it up.

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