Watching the prologue I heard Danis calling the DDS guys one trick ponies but if you've been the the blue basement/lab where they do work and train, or take class you'll know that's not true. The Squad guy are all ferociously talented in multiple areas apiece. I say that knowing and having felt it firsthand.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Part of my appreciation for Bellator's rise to MMA Prominence is its multi-pronged approach to building their brand:
freak show casual fan friendly match-ups
Faded UFC stars and legends
Solid B level fighters (and now A level poaches from the UFC)
Enough Int'l flare to keep it feeling global
It comprises a compelling stew appeal when stirred into a few events. The PPV they did was amazing as was the preceding Cable TV card. I'm undecided if their several month hiatuses which occur are good for avoiding audience fatigue or damage their relevance overall, but currently they're doing so much right, I can't complain at all.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
I've given Frank Mir a hard time in various points in his career. I'm not crazy about him as a commentator and in the age of the super HW behemoths, he suffered some brutal stoppage losses. What's lost in the mix is that in an age of brain damage inducing HW fights, Mir has a number of submission-related records during his incredibly lengthy tenure and he came back from snapping his femur in a motorcycle accident which tend to forget. Anyway, I'd never fault a man for making money the best way he knows how, and I hope to see him get a few more submissions against lower tier HW's. In an age of strikers or wrestlers, Frank Mir was the lone submission artist before Minotauro came to town but even he is more of a boxer/grappler than pure grappler.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
If ain't broke, don't fix it. Bellator has cobbled together a brilliant hodge podge of faded UFC stars and former champs, disgruntled title contenders, and it's own legit talent. Full speed ahead!