The stars will align perfectly on Saturday night, and fight fans will be treated to installments from the top three MMA organization. For the UFC, it’s UFC 180, a pay-per-view that was supposed to see heavyweight king Cain Velasquez take on challenger Fabricio Werdum in the promotion’s first foray into Mexico. Meanwhile, the World Series of Fighting has Octagon refugees Yushin Okami and Melvin Guillard taking on the WSOF’s best in Dave Branch and Justin Gaethje, and Bellator has a mega-card on SpikeTV featuring Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar, Will Brooks and Michael Chandler in a rematch, and “King Mo” and Melvin Manhoef taking on some scrubs. It’s a three-way battle for our attention, and guess who’s going to win it?
Here are the reasons why Bellator will come out on top.
- As everyone knows by now, Velasquez is out of UFC 180 with a knee injury, and in his place Werdum and Mark Hunt will fight for an interim heavyweight title. WELL, WOOPTY-FREAKIN’-DOO. Maybe, maybe if Velasquez was still in it the pay-per-view would’ve been worth the cost of tuning in, but now? Now we have a bout that should be headlining a UFC Fight Night event airing on Fight Pass at 3am.
- There are only a few recognizable names on the UFC 180 card, and though Ricardo Lamas vs. Dennis Bermudez should be a good one, and Jake Ellenberger vs. Kelvin Gastelum shouldn’t disappoint, can someone tell me who the heck Yair Rodriguez is? There are so many “no names” on the roster, it’s almost as if it’s a ONE FC event set in Central America.
- The World Series of Fighting… seriously, they’d lose a ratings battle against just raw footage of Dana White and Scott Coker eating burritos at Chipotle. They’re a DVR-only show if there ever was one.
- In an alternate universe where Bjorn Rebney is still the boss at Bellator, this Saturday’s event would’ve likely been their next pay-per-view. As it is, this is one heck of a card with a lot of meat for both the casual fan and the ardent fan. Brooks vs. Chandler II should be a barnburner, Manhoef will bring the violence, and you can’t ignore the fact that a Tito Ortiz fight on FREE TV is going to attract way more people than a $50+ UFC PPV that no one outside of Mexico really cares about.
So there you have it. Three big shows on Saturday night, and Bellator – by virtue of being the most compelling – is going to win the battle.