Bellator 102 Results Prove Promotion has Long Way to Go

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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  • Randall Flagg

    Kongo walked away from the UFC. His contract came to an end, he wasn’t cut, and I believe even Dana White confirmed he didn’t re-sign. He had a winning record in the UFC and could easily have stuck around, but to be fair – in Bellator he’s a big fish in a little pond. He has the chance at a belt even if it’s in the number two promotion. So I doubt he’s trying to make it back to the UFC as you claim – he had a chance to stick around and willingly left. His KO by Nelson killed any shot hope he had at getting a shot at UFC gold anyway (plus he’s lost to Cain already).
    Frankly I’m surprised the WSOF and Bellator aren’t signing ex-UFC heavyweights left, right and centre. The weight class is thin – guys like Phil De Fries, Oli Thompson, Jeff Monson, Dave Herman, Mike Russow – you’ve got a win-win with these guys if you’re a smaller outfit as they’ve got some name value from having been in the UFC, and if they go down, suddenly your own, developed-in-house guys earn some cred.

    • Randall Flagg

      And a day after having said that – WSOF signs Mike Russow.