Fortunes changed for five on busy night for MMA
It was only minutes into Saturday night's Bellator broadcast that it was clear this was a new company.
Late replacement, and relatively unknown fighter Joe "The Doctor" Vedepo, came out with a large video wall behind him, flanked by two models in nurses outfits. Not to be outdone, his opponent, "King" Mo Lawal, who is used to theatrics from his career roots in Japan, came out with women in skimpy bikini bottoms.
Bellator 2.0 is absolutely nothing like Bellator 1.0.
Whether this is good or bad depends upon your taste. Ultimately it depends on whether this new version of fighting entertainment can attract either fans from the MMA boom period who have dropped out, or create new fans...
Duke Roufus responds to team members' allegations, as other fighters chime in
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about the death of Roufusport amateur kickboxer Dennis Munson Jr. set off a firestorm of criticism aimed at head coach Duke Roufus this weekend, as former fighters such as UFC women’s strawweight Rose Namajunas and former UFC fighter Eric Schafer described a toxic atmosphere of abuse, both verbal and physical, at the Milwaukee gym that serves as the home to top fighters such as UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, among others.