Chances are, when the UFC doesn’t have room for you on their roster, there is a good reason for it.
The results from last nights Bellator 102 event prove just that.
Some may say that Cheick Kongo looked impressive in his second round TKO of Mark Godbeer and is now the clear cut favourite to win the heavyweight tournament. Sure, he looked good in the win, but really who cares? Winning the Bellator heavyweight tournament is like winning a local pie eating contest. Yes you feel good at your accomplishment, but in the end your prize turns out to be an upset stomach. For Kongo, his role in the tournament is simple: win and try to get back in the UFC (if that’s his desire).
On the other end of the spectrum, former UFC heavyweight Lavar Johnson was supposed to be a legitimate challenger for the heavyweight tournament crown, and instead ended up face first on the mat via a Vinicius Queiroz right hand.
This sets up a Kongo/Queiroz final that know one will be talking about, which in turn, will lead to a title fight no one will care about.
Bellator has an important role in the MMA universe. The more options and opportunities there are for fighters, the better. However, acting like this tournament means anything or will somehow legitimize Bellator’s heavyweight division is ridiculous.
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