On Saturday, Bellator MMA hosted their first ever pay-per-view event. The card was headlined by UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson who defeated former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion 'King' Mo Lawal.
A PPV is something that the world's second largest MMA company has wanted to do for a long time. Their first one was scheduled for October 6 where 'Rampage' was scheduled to meet another former UFC 205lbs champion Tito Ortiz, however a neck injury forced the latter out.
Bellator 120 was supposed to be headlined by the trilogy match up between Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, yet injury in the final week to Alvarez scuppered proceedings. This was by no means a bad thing as the two Light Heavyweight's are two of the best in their division.
As for Chandler, he met Will Brooks and in an extremely entertaining bout, we saw huge upset from the late comer, winning via split decision.
The PPV in general was a very good card. Tito Ortiz took out Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Schlemko, albeit gaining a huge weight advantage. There were extremely entertaining fights on the card, especially the Chandler vs Brooks fight.
After the event, Bellator President Bjorn Rebney was very impressed by the event. He also had some strong words for MMA's top dog promotion the UFC's PPV's. Speaking to MMAFighting, he said: “I used to watch the UFC years ago, and I used to buy pay-per-views when they were significant and every pay-per-view had big fights on it, but that’s not the case anymore. They do one every three weeks, and some of them, I’m like, ‘I wouldn’t watch that if it was on (FOX Sports 1).'
“My feeling is you should do pay-per-views when you can do huge depth on the pre-show on Spike and huge depth open the pay-per-view, and we did that tonight.
"And when we have the opportunity to do it again, whether it’s sometime later this fall to next year – whenever it is – we’ll do it again.”
Bellator's plan is only to put on certain cards on PPV and heavily stack them with talent and entertaining fights. The promotion has captured some real talent over the years, both from the UFC and scouting of their own. Now on SPIKE TV, it highlights how well they are doing.
The company has former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture now working for Bellator and he was a coach on 'Fight Master' along with Greg Jackson, who trains a vast number of UFC fighters including Jon Jones. Jackson has appeared on the UFC's 'The Ultimate Fighter' plenty of times coaching too.
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