Bellator’s next ‘tent pole’ event is going down tomorrow in Houston, and it’s a card that’s being talked about a lot. But is it for the right reasons? Any publicity is good publicity right?
Yes, the card’s headliners feature competitors who are nowhere near title contenders. In the main event, you have a third bout between the legends Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock. In the co-headliner, you have former street fighters Kimbo Slice and DADA 5000 throwing down, in an apparent grudge match.
Are the fights going to rival the technical efficiency and jaw dropping pace of say, Michael Chandler – Eddie Alvarez? No. No they’re not. Are they going to be entertaining? Maybe? Am I going to watch? Yes.
Shamrock – Gracie III
The 49 year-old Gracie and the 52 year-old Shamrock, yes, that’s right, last met in 1995, and they battled to a draw. In their initial, 1993 meeting at UFC 1, Gracie won the fight via submission. Now considering Gracie hasn’t fought in nearly 8 years, trying to accurately call this fight isn’t exactly easy. We don’t really know what Gracie brings to the table at this stage of the game.
What we do know, however, is that Shamrock has fought several time since 2007, and last June, he was taken out by Slice. When you consider that Shamrock will be the bigger and probably, more athletic man on Friday, one has to think he’s the favourite. In fact, if you look at the betting lines, it’s somewhat surprising to see that the odds are pretty even.
Slice – DADA 5000
So, since 5000 has just 2 pro bouts under his belt, here again, no one should be running out betting their abode on the outcome. What we do know, however, is that Slice has much more experience and has been training in MMA for a longer period of time. So, provided he doesn’t get clipped, you would think Slice will take this one. In this case, the betting lines have the latter a fair sized favourite, and that seems right.
Chances are Bellator 149 is going to do just fine in the ratings, and it might even pull in some big numbers for Spike. But, Scott Coker and the promotion took a gamble here. Mainstream audiences aren’t the same folks who started watching this ‘ultimate fighting stuff’ seven, eight years ago. Even most casual fans have seen their fair share of world class fighters, in epic bouts at this juncture.
So if the headliners end up being ridiculously lopsided, or are drawn out, gassed out affairs, it won’t be good for anybody. So for Bellator’s sake, here’s hoping the bouts provide some decent action and some memorable moments, so that fans comeback to check out the promotion’s rising, less known talent.