Bellator will enter into the world of pay-per-view Saturday evening, and whether you purchase the program or not, that is a decision I cannot make for you.
Everybody in the MMA media community seems to have an opinion on the card – good or bad. But when it boils down to it, it is not my money to play with. It is your money.
Whether you want to shell out the greens for the five-fight Bellator 120 card or not, all I can do is offer you some thoughts on what you might see if you decide to purchase the show.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Sure, a main event between lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler would have made it an easier selling point for Bellator, but you are left with the hand you are dealt. There is nothing Bjorn Rebney or the promotion can do about that now except move on and promote.
In the new main event we’ll see former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson take on ex-Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Honestly, these two have been pushing for a fight for years, and most expected it to take place in the UFC.
Jackson-Lawal could have easily been a headline fight on FOX for the UFC, or maybe even a main event on the right pay-per-view. So, it’s not a horrible defeat seeing it cast into the top billing for Bellator.
Both like to brawl, and Jackson has claimed to have improved his wrestling even more since a loss to Jon Jones. Lawal, meanwhile, has had an up-and-down run with Bellator since signing, but seems to have his old attitude back.
Chandler remains on the docket, set to face Will Brooks for the interim lightweight title. Whether Alvarez agrees with the decision or not, Bellator took the joker they were dealt and turned it into an ace by determining an interim champion would be crowned.
Having a title on the line – even of the interim variety – was a necessity for the pay-per-view. When the first PPV for Bellator was scrapped, a championship match featuring Alvarez and Chandler was moved to the main event.
If you’ve haven’t seen a Michael Chandler fight, be prepared to be impressed. He might just be one of the top lightweights in the world, and easily could move himself into the upper echelon by the end of the year if he defeats Brooks and Alvarez.
Tito Ortiz-Alexander Shlemenko was called a “freak” show fight by Rebney himself, and that is what it is. But, once again, they played the hand they were dealt.
Ortiz is coming back from neck surgery and was called out by Shlemenko, the reigning middleweight champion. You knew there was no way the former UFC champ would turn the fight down, and Shlemenko has given himself a stage to promote on by finally taking out the legend.
Alexander Volkov and Blagoy Ivanov can make people forget about the recent string of unsuccessful heavyweight fights promoted by Bellator if they can turn in a strong showing, while Michael Page has “star” written all over him and will open the show vs. Ricky Rainey.
There’s also nine fights set between Spike TV and online streaming, so Bellator has jam-packed a full night into the card.
Will you ante up to the table and drop down some cold, hard cash for the show? That’s for you to decide.