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Bellator 149: What’s Really In A Name?

Royce Gracie

Across the public address speakers begins the announcement:

“Ladies and gentleman, welcome to tonight’s co-main event between Kevin Ferguson and Dhafir Harris. Now, let’s get ready to rumble!”

Well, most are not likely to even bat an eye at this match, but change things up a bit and you create a spark.

“Ladies and gentleman, welcome to tonight’s co-main event between Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000. Now, let’s get ready to rumble!”

That’s more like what you will hear this coming Friday night at Bellator 149 when the two Miami street fight legends square off inside the cage.

Slice, now 41 years old, made a triumphant return to MMA this past June when he finished Ken Shamrock. It marked his first bout since a 2010 loss to Matt Mitrione with the UFC and improved his record to 5-2.

Harris, three years younger than his arch-enemy, also honed his skills outside of the cage. He has fought twice “legally,” winning in 2010 and a year later.

It really is funny how you can sell a card with fighters that have only competed twice in the past several years and it was against one another.

The main event for Friday night from Houston features UFC rivals Shamrock and Royce Gracie. Sporting a combined age over 100 years, this will be the third meeting between the two, as Gracie won the first and the second went to a time limit draw.

Again, name value sells and draws attention, which is what “Shamrock” and “Gracie” still hold. And it’s quite alright if you wanna tune in just to see the spectacle that will be inside the Toyota Center.

If you are more about the actual competition and sport of mixed martial arts, there is interest for you.

Daniel Pineda, who has scored three consecutive submission victories, and Emmanuel Sanchez meet in a key featherweight affair. Sanchez has won two in a row, including a November split decision vs. Justin Lawrence.

Also, Melvin Guillard is slated for action against Derek Campos and former Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton meets Linton Vassell.

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