The ultimate showdowns in Bellator
Bellator events now make headlines in the MMA World, since its debut on 3rd April 2009. Bellator entered with the concept of wrestling based on weight classes. Bellator has improved leaps and bounds since then and has witnessed few of the memorable fights ever to go down in history.
- Bellator 58: Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler: When Michael Chandler entered the Bellator frame, the event had turned into a money laden ceremony. Chandler was a beast in the fourth lightweight tournament and won 8 to 0 in all his previous fights. However, the introduction of Alvarez stood as his biggest challenge. He took on Alvarez and made light work of him in the first 2 rounds, but he couldn’t finish him off. The third round started on different note, Alvarez went on a bloody run and went on a punching spree.
Chandler started to dominate in the 4th round and when he found Chandler vulnerable, he exhibited some of the best ground and pound punches. In order to survive the decimation Alvarez lost his shape, which gave Chandler a chance to get in his rear-naked choke, and that was it. Chandler cemented his legacy and the technicality showed the better side of Bellator.
- Bellator 138: Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice: When Scott Coker took the charge after Bjorn Rebney was dismissed, his first task was to entertain and engross the casual fans. A big marquee fight and some big names were all he needed, and Coker got the ripe recipe. Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice entered Bellator and were quickly pitted against each other.
Ken and Kimbo both brought different traits to the Bellator, the former held the foundation of MMA and Kimbo was the media magnet. Technically it was a mediocre fight and Slice had no problem getting the better of Ken. However, a record 1.6 million viewers had tuned in for the entire event.
- Bellator 120: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammad Lawal: Pay per view was still a remote dream till 2014. Chandler and Alvarez were set to lock horns with each other till the latter bowed out due to concussion. Lawal and Jackson were catapulted and despite the fight being one sided, their past rivalry had got the fans on the edge of their seats. The outcome was imminent as 100000 PPV’s were sold out and Jackson also stamped his mark after an easy win.