Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bellator NYC's OverKill June 24th: Bellator PPV Countdown Special

I feel like 3/4 of the guys worth watching on Bellator are all fighting June 24th. Between the cable TV card and the PPV it's everyone from Fedor, Mittrione, Wanderlei Silva, Sonnen, Larkin, Lima, Chandler, Phil Davis, Bader, Machida's brother. Neiman Gracie, Aaron Pico's debut, & Ryan Couture. I exaggerate a bit on this being all the guys they have worth watching, but frankly, the regular cable card followed by a PPV feels a bit like Overkill. If that's not overkill, you gotta watch the countdown show. Full of choice hyperbolic descriptions of Wanderlei as a "killer in the ring" and plenty of Chael Sonnen promos, it falls short of hyping Fedor nearly as well as it could. The import of Fedor to Bellator after his run in Strikeforce is nothing short of miraculous....but I have digressed.

The show glosses over Chael's outside of the ring foibles, and completely ignores Wanderlei's 3 year suspension (was originally a lifetime ban in Nevada) for literally running out the back door to avoid a USADA drug test as well as his lengthy dispute with the UFC that coincided at that time.

The fact that Bellator had enough guys on its roster to do any shows for the rest of the year with what's left is impressive in terms of considering just exactly how far Bellator's roster has come. 

For the summer run after this extravaganza Bellator still has on deck: 
Lovato has his 2nd Bellator fight, there's a promised Dillon Danis debut, Kendall grove returns, Patricky Freire Joe Warren, Koreshkov, Brennan Ward and AJ McKee on a card in late August to round out bellators robust summer scheduling. 

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