Yes, this was a lazy choice for the leading picture. Suck it, Trebek.
Sometimes when major news breaks, there’s news that falls through the cracks. So while everyone and their brother is talking about middle eastern uprisings, Japanese earthquakes and #tigerblood, can we point out that we’re watching two major MMA organizations initiate their melodramatic death scenes? If you had Dream/FEG in your office MMA org death pool, well, we compliment your good sense, and sympathize with your loss.
Anyways, with yesterday’s seismic changes in the MMA scene (and if you believe the “business as usual” line, we have a used space shuttle to sell you), it’s possible you forgot about Bellator XXXVI. This was the kind of show that Bellator built its rep on: an eclectic mix of journeymen and young prospects competing in a field in which your predictions are about as solid as a coin toss, seasoned with the best undercard fights to round out the show. Bellator continues to stay on the cutting edge of free agent acquisition, and the tournaments are only becoming more compelling. If you DVR’d the Louisiana show last night, go watch it right now. Don’t worry, we’ll wait. If you can’t, you missed a solid card. Of the seven fights last night, exactly zero went to decision, although the much-requested Spiritwolf-Jara bloodbath from last week did actually make it to the judges. Come on in and we’ll tell you about it, without rubbing it in too much.