Fight Night 30 had exactly one meaningful fight take place: Machida quickly and mercilessly
What was left was some TUF UK alumni....and, well, some TUF Alumni.
Dana can lambast Bellator all he wants, but I'm actually disappointed when Bellator puts on a boring show. I now literally accept that half the fights on a given PPV are of marginal to no interest to me.
More is not always....well, more and by "more" I mean very much so "better".
Sometimes, as with Bellator, less is more.
The linear quality to Bellator's tournament is so much better than the UFC's smoke and mirrors order to title shots where "so and so will fight for the title, maybe, yeah, if they win in dominating fashion, but if the other guy wins, he's probably not going to get a title shot b/c he had one 3 fights ago and even though he's stopped all this opponents since then..... blah blah (*$(*#$ing blah."
The MMA conspiracy theorist in me suspects Tito was planned all along to pull out, cancel the fight, I suspect the same with Rampage, Tito got to have his Punishment Athletics commericials (hell, Tito was wearing a knee brace IN THE COMMERCIAL WHERE HE APPEARS TO BE RUNNING UP HILLS), and Rampage gets to have some TV reality show exposure which is all that attention whore wants at this point in his career.
I could be wrong, but truth is stranger than fiction, right?
The good news is, regardless the reason, be it MMA Gypsy injury curse, or conspiracy...we get some damn good MMA fights on free TV amidst an already busy MMA month of programming.
"MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
- Champ Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez - for lightweight title
- Muhammed Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton - for interim light heavyweight title
- Champ Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus - for featherweight title
- Mike Bronzoulis vs. Joe Riggs - "Fight Master" tourney final
- Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan