Gosh, it seems like it was just yesterday that Strikeforce was closing up shop, and putting forth one last hurrah in the form of a January, 2013 card – a card that had just as many questions left unanswered at the end of it (“Who’s going to the UFC? Who’s going to get crushed when they get there?”) as there were going into it. But one question that was answered for sure was who was going to be the last Strikeforce welterweight champ. That man would be Tarec Saffiedine, a Team Quest-trained striker from Belgium who kicked the crap out of Nate Marquardt to earn a belt that suddenly had zero value. Anyway, after almost a year layoff, Saffiedine will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time at UFC Fight Night 34 in January, and his opponent will be Jake Ellenberger. So here’s a video of Saffiedine talking about things like Belgian waffles and fries covered in Thousand Island dressing.
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- Bellator prelim bouts are like Clif Bars – sometimes they can make for a tasty snack, but damn are they the farthest thing from real food.
- You know what’s awesome? When a fighter’s ground and pound consists of a double-axe handle, and it actually gets a stoppage.
In case you missed it (and since it’s not the UFC, many of you probably did), Bellator had their biggest show ever last night. And though on paper the match-ups were stellar and promised action, when the big names hit the cage, it turned into a UFC 33-esque suckfest of decisions and depression. But then Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler stepped up to do their thing, and as rematches go, this one was da bomb-diggity. Imagine the epic-ness of their first meeting, add a ton more face trauma and brutality, and provide us with an outcome that guarantees another visit to the Violence Buffet. That’s what Bellator 106‘s main event provided for us. Yeah, it was awesome.
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 ››