Bellator 73 went down last night, ending Bellator’s 3 fight summer series. The show was crippled when it lost it’s main event of Pat Curran and Patricio Freire, but the company did manage to close out several open tournaments. Why owner Bjorn Rebney insists on sticking to a tournament format is beyond reasom. Looking back at a little history, the UFC used tournaments for about 20 events or so, then they were scrapped completely. But Bellator continues to stupidly stick to the format. In the main event, Atilla Veigh took out tournament favorite Travis Wiuff to earn a shot at the Light Heavyweight title owned by Christian M’Pumbu.
Up next for Bellator is the start of Season 7, with their Bellator 74 event scheduled to kick the season of from Atlantic City on September 28th.
Take a look at the video of Atilla Veigh taking on Travis Wiuff from Bellator 73…
This was the final of the summer series tournament. The co-main event saw Marcos Galvao take out Luis Nogueira via TKO in Round 2,as the season 6 bantamweight tournament crawled to a finish. Galvao now earns a shot at bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas.
Lyman Good vs. Jim Wallhead, Andrey Koreshkov vs. Jordan Smith, Michail Tsarev vs. Tim Welch and Nordine Taleb vs. Marius Zaromskis will be the start of the Welterweight tournament at Bellator 74.
One look at the tournament and Bellator’s roster overall, and some may consider investigating Rebney for human trafficking from eastern Europe. Granted, the fighters are tough, but they tend to lack charisma and since MMA is still developing in those areas of the world, they tend to come with very incomplete games.
The Bellator 74 card has very few recognizable names, with Lyman Good and Marius Zaromskis probably being the most recognizable names.
There can be no better example than the Bellator 74 card for the argument against tournaments. The card is bereft of any matches that can truly be built up. The tournament format forces the champions into extremely long lay offs and completely handicaps the building up of stars.
Until Bellator recognizes this (hopefully next year, for their much anticipated move to SPIKETV) we will be stuck watching near anonymous cards throughout season 7.
The other handicap they have is despite champions sitting, and challengers emerging from the tournaments in season 6 and the summer series, there is no fixed calendar for when we will see the matches.
One of these days Bellator may emerge as a legit sports company, but until they ditch archaic formats and self inflicted rules, they will remain firmly B class.