In an alternate universe, a sizable number of us MMA fans are going to shell out the dough for a Bellator 106 pay-per-view on Saturday night, and while we’re going to grumble about it and make all sorts of wiseass comments as to how it sucks, at the end of the day we’re going to be watching. Because, you know, we’re fans. Yet that’s an alternate universe, a mythical place where Tito Ortiz’s body isn’t a barely-mobile sack of bones and bleached hair, and where we’re forced to believe that Eddie Alvarez versus Michael Chandler II is at best second-fiddle to a main event featuring two dudes who can’t cut it in the UFC anymore.
Thankfully, we have reality, and on Saturday night on SpikeTV we get for free what is without question the best Bellator card ever put together. Courtesy of Tito’s fragile neck, we now have the Alvarez and Chandler rematch as a marquee bout, plus King Mo inexplicably getting a mulligan against the nobody who KO’d him earlier this year. We also get Pat Curran, the best featherweight in the world not signed by the UFC, and we get Joe Riggs in a bout that puts a cap on some reality show no one watched. In pretty much every way possible, we the fans get a big plate of awesome served to us on a platter forged of Bjorn Rebney’s misguided hopes and dreams. I’d say that’s worthy of a preview, no? Continue after the Jump ››
In case you missed it (and since we’re talking about The Ultimate Fighter, which is now airing on Nickelodeon-4-Infants or the Black Entertainment Television channel or something, you probably did miss it), last night’s episode of TUF 18 saw one of its fighters fail miserably in his attempt to make weight. Cody Bollinger, who’s male and therefore part of the uninteresting half of the current season that often features girls getting beaten up, had to get down to bantamweight for his fight against some dude with impeccable eyebrows. Unfortunately, as he usually fights at heavyweight, Bollinger could not – like, really, he could not. Like, “crying in a bathtub, whimpering in a sauna, moping around on a treadmill” could not. So he gives up. Which led to Dana White lining up all the TUFers and berating Bollinger in front of them before giving him the boot.
(For a synopsis of the episode, go here.)
Did Bollinger screw the pooch? To hear White tell it, the bantamweight-wannabe not only took a dump on his own future, but the future of another fighter who could have made weight and run with the opportunity. Thankfully, we have Twitter to make these judgments for us!
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First they tried to sell us on Rampage versus Tito Ortiz, telling us that it would headline Bellator’s first-ever pay-per-view event and that it would be all kinds of awesome. Then Ortiz broke his neck or something, and everyone was left wondering, “Great, but does this mean we’re still going to have to watch Rampage fight again?” Well, the answer is yes, and to make that “yes” an emphatic one, it’s just been announced that the former UFC champ-turned-UFC castoff will be facing another Octagon refugee in Joey Beltran.
Yes, the same Joey Beltran who lost in the UFC earlier this month. The same Joey Beltran who hasn’t won a fight since April, 2012. The same Joey Beltran who… ah, you get the point. Anyway, props to Bellator for finding two guys who still bear the scent of defeat on them and pitting them against each other.
Ultimate Fighter veteran Nam Phan will return to the Octagon this December at UFC Fight Night 33 against Takeya Mizugaki.
Phan, who dropped his last fight to Dennis Siver via decision, recently talked with RM Sports about his first pro MMA bout.
After a 1-4 mark from 2009-11, Phan has split his last four bouts.