Whether you upgrade to high-definition, or stick to standard, is Saturday’s Bellator 120 card worth the almighty dollar? That, in a nutshell, is the million dollar question.
Take a quick look at the card, now that it has lost the planned main event between Michael Chandler and lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
You’ve got Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the main event, Chandler sticking on the card in an interim title bout with Will Brooks, Tito Ortiz meeting middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in a non-title bout, the heavyweight tourney final and hot prospect Michael Page.
On the televised prelims, former UFC fighter Cheick Kongo returns to action, along with submission specialist Marcin Held and Bellator vets Mike Richman and Shahbulat Shamhalaev. The online prelims feature five bouts with fighters most outside of the hardcore fan have not heard of, so we’ll just pretend like those are the Fight Pass bouts.
So, if you saw this lineup featured on an upcoming Spike TV card, would you tune in? How about if this was an event being put on by the UFC for FOX Sports. Would you watch?
If you answered yes, we’ll continue. If you already said no, you probably want to stop reading now.
Continuing for those still here……now that we’ve assumed you would watch if this was a card televised on “free” television, what does it take to make it a pay-per-view worthy purchase?
Name-brand fighters? “Rampage,” “King Mo,” Chandler and Ortiz all present that to some degree. How about having a belt on the line? This card has that to, even though it’s an interim championship.
In typical Bellator-style, we’ve got a tournament final, so there is the bread-and-butter the company has built itself on.
If you don’t believe this is a PPV-worthy card, did you feel the same way about UFC 170 earlier this year? That featured Ronda Rousey defending her title, Daniel Cormier against an unknown, a battle of Top-10 welterweights in Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia, and that’s about it.
On the surface, if you removed “UFC” and “Bellator” from the names of the two cards, which one would you take? They both seem, from the outside looking in, to be very similar.
Jackson and Lawal have been attacking each other in the media and on Twitter for years now, and it seemed a sure-fire bet they would fight in the Octagon at some point. Instead, we get them going toe-to-toe for Bellator.
Sure, losing the third fight between Alvarez and Chandler hurts, but no more than UFC 170 when Rashad Evans bowed out and Cormier ended up with Patrick Cummins. Like Cormier, Chandler agreed to a new opponent, and Brooks is a much stiffer test for Chandler than Cummins was for Cormier.
Ortiz is well past his prime – and than some – but he appears to want to prove he can still fight and compete, and he carries with him experience that is second-to-none in the sport. Shlemenko, he’s a champion, has won 50 career fights and has been beaten since 2010.
So, with two PPVs this month – Bellator 120 this weekend and UFC 173 next Saturday – will you purchase both? Just one?
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