Both Bellator and the World Series of Fighting promotions held events this past weekend. It is hard to see what direction the WSOF is going in, as they just seem to have bad luck, limited fights to develop fighters and limited ability to get talent. Bellator continues to do what they do, but instead of a HOT show with a lot of hype that would have built up the erstwhile PPV event, Bellator went with perhaps the most flat show they have had all season. Who is running things over there?
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The big news coming out of Bellator 105 is that the finals are set for their Lightweight tourney, as Will Brooks defeated Saad Awad and Alexander Sarnavsky took out Ricardo Tirloni. Look for Sarnavsky to be favored heading into the finals, as he made short work of Tirloni, choking him in roughly 1 minute.
Also on the Bellator card was Mo Siliga, who defeated Ron Sparks by keylock. Siliga has not been in a tournament for Bellator, so it is unclear how he fits into their title picture, but he is a veteran Heavyweight who is an upgrade over just about anyone on the roster. Mighty Mo is 5-2 overall in MMA, with his only losses being to Josh Barnett and Semmy Schilt, so he is facing much weaker competition in Bellator and should figure in the title picture soon. With Mo, Cheick Kongo and Champion Alexander Volkov, Bellator is at least putting effort into the Heavyweight division.
Bellator 106 is this weekend, and for free TV, Bellator is putting on their strongest card to date. Three titles are on the line, and a solid undercard are on tap, as this was the supposed PPV event that was moved to free TV.
The World Series of Fighting event is in disarray. It is their 6th event as they head into their second year, and they really do not have the activity as a promotion to develop a roster.
The organization put Josh Burkman in with Steve Carl to crown their first Welterweight titleholder. Burkman was favored, but he wound up getting triangle choked by Carl in the 4th round of what turned out to be a good match. On the undercard, Jon Fitch got back in the win column, via Split Decision over Marcelo Alfaya, but if WSOF thinks Fitch is rehabbed enough for a title shot after his resounding loss to Burkman, then they are wrong. But they really have no one else they can keep Carl busy fighting.
Bantamweight Miguel Torres, who had put together a gaudy record on local shows, failed to step up yet again and was taken out in the first round by Pablo Alfonso. Torres, who was cut by the UFC, is now 0-2 under the WSOF flag.
The WSOF has announced their seventh event will be held in Vancouver, Canada n December 7th and features Lightheavyweight Anthony Johnson taking on Mike Kyle. Look for complete card and betting lines to pop up closer to the event.