Bellator has been busy making news and getting their shop in order for their upcoming 9th season, set to start in September. The biggest news items surround Bellator’s recent signings as they gear up for their November 2nd PPV debut. The main event for the PPV is set as Bellator inked aging veterans Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz for the main event of the PPV. Bellator also announced that Eddie Alvarez was back in the fold, signing to fight Michael Chandler for the Lightweight title a the co-main event. The ends a contract dispute that was bitter at times, and gives the PPV a legitimate title fight between fighters that are still relevant on the world scene.
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It will be interesting to see the lines for the Bellator PPV. The lines for both fights will likely be remarkably tight, as Ortiz and ‘Rampage’ could go either way, and the Chandler-Alvarez fight is a legit match between two top 10 Lightweights. Alvarez is still the more widely known name over Chandler, and that may be enough for him to open a slight favorite, but Chandler took him out in their first meeting. The betting lines will be far more competitive than your average UFC card.
Bellator also announced more nonsense about their tournament format. If a tournament winner cant compete for the title, he can now be replaced? Whatever.
Bellator is stubborn on their tournament format, but it has hurt them and they are failing to see the lessons other companies have used. The UFC started out as 8 man eliminations in one day, went to single fights, then they unveiled a modified tournament of 4 men. Sound familiar? What Bellator fails to see is that all these rules around title shots are self imposed and they are limiting themselves.
In other disappointing news that reveals Bellator’s tendency to use fighters and discard them yet again, Bellator has cut all female fighters from the roster and closed down their women’s divisions. As a company that at one time had several women’s weight classes in use, Bellator fails to see it as a strong point however, and did away with the divisions all together.