There’s likely a ton of people still talking about Bellator 149 today, but depending on whether you believe any publicity is good publicity, that may not be a good thing.
Yes, last night’s co-headliner between Kimbo Slice and DADA 5000 was not the quick, first round KO most folks thought it would be. Instead, it was a sluggish, ‘these dudes can hardly move’, ‘is this happening’ bout, which didn’t end until round three. If you were following Twitter during the fight, well, you know it didn’t exactly receive ‘rave reviews’.
Following Slice’s third round, stoppage win, he was asked about his cardio, and here’s what the former TUF competitor had to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“It lets me know that I have to continue to train with a little bit bigger guys, get used to that weight,” said Slice. “He’s a pretty strong dude; he took punches better than I thought, but hard work in training camp pays off.
“It was really his weight. I underestimated the weight. It’s all good. It went three rounds, I did good, but I underestimated his weight.”
There you have it. Could this have been a factor? Ya. Will it stop folks from panning and ridiculing last night’s bout? Nope.
And that’s the real issue here. It remains to be seen if Bellator 149 pulled big ratings–it probably did. But it will be interesting to see whether this hurts the promotion, at a time when they were just picking up steam once again. As you certainly know, the main event between Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock ended in controversial fashion, so that didn’t leave people buzzing either.
Hopefully, some folks, who aren’t big MMA fans, will tune in next Friday when Marcos Galvao looks to defend the bantamweight title versus Eduardo Dantas. Or when Benson Henderson faces welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov on April 22nd. Those bouts have the potential to showcase what world class MMA is about.