When Tito Ortiz had to pull out of the first Bellator PPV, it threw the entire PPV card out of whack. The show was moved to Spike TV and Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez II (the fight most wanted to see more anyway) became the main event.
President of Premier, John LaRocca is at the show tonight and we previewed it on FGB Radio earlier in the week.
Bellator is saying it’s their most important show ever, and it is, until they finally get on PPV.
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I’ve decided the give Bellator on Spike a shot, at least for a few weeks. I’ve never watched a full Bellator card before, so while I’m familiar with the fighters, I don’t know them inside and out.
1. Patricio Pitbull vs. Pat Curran
This is for Curran’s featherweight title.
From what I’d heard about Pitbull, I expected him to come out like a house of fire. It was a very slow round that didn’t really pick up in action until the last couple minutes. I’d give the first round to Curran for landing the cleaner shots. It was all on the feet.
The second round was much better. Pitbull’s nose was bloodied. He looked much more confident, stalking Curran a bit. It was another close round, but I’d give it to Pitbull. His punches are short and direct because he’s small. He can throw punches on the inside before Curran can because of his more compact style.
I’d give Pitbull the round again. He was the aggressor and nearly landed a great head kick. It still wobbled Curran a bit even if it was blocked. He’s beating Curran to the punch, though, his face looks the worse for wear. I really wish I could see some punch stats.
I put up an easy yes or no poll on the right side of this post.
I have never watched more than one Bellator fight ever. According to Wikipedia, Bellator has been around since 2009. I know our good friend Stevie J at Angry Marks has gone to several events. But for whatever reason, I’ve never been into it. Even though they have good talent like Eddie Alvarez and Ben Askren, I’ve always labeled them as minor league.
But I think that’s going to change. Well, at least for two shows.
Their eighth season starts on January 17 and it’s on Spike TV following TNA Impact on Thursday night.
Their first card features lightweight champion Michael Chandler defending against Rick Hawn who won the season six lightweight tournament. Pat Curran defends his featherweight title against season four tournament winner Patricio Freire. And the third fight features Babalu Sobral vs. Mikhail Zayats in a light heavyweight tournament fight.
For week two, Ben Askren will defend his welterweight title against Karl Amoussou and King Mo will debut in the light heavyweight tournament against Przemyslaw Mysiala.
I will give it two weeks before I decide whether to continue watching. What about you? Answer the poll on the right and let us know.