I understand that Bellator has plenty of freak show fights in its past but at least they make their champions fight routinely and fight real contenders. They have tournaments to decide champions. It's on free TV almost 100% of the time and I understand that this will change if they grow but for now I can watch all the fights on TV or on their site in HD quality. I don't think the level of skill difference is as great as many would assume between the two orgs, as we've seen a lot of Bellator fighters come into the UFC and be competitive, even get a belt. We haven't seen the fighters that exodus the UFC and come to Bellator do nearly as well as many thought they would.
The thing is with the UFC is their belts have become a joke. They had a string of champions and interim champions. Their champions and contenders seem to constantly stay injured or busted by the golden snitch.
They had Mighty Mouse and instead of setting up a trilogy with Cejudo they have Cejudo fight T.J. and trade Mighty? Who even wanted to see that? Now we have TJ claiming he wants to be a 3 division champ?
Stipe won then defended the HW title 3x. He loses to Cormier, who doesn't fight him and takes on Black Beast, not a huge deal but now we have Cormier sitting on the sidelines, Stipe isn't fighting and we're waiting on Lesnar or Bones Jones to fight at HW? Cormier is constantly talking about retiring and you have a younger, hungrier former champ in Stipe that certainly deserves a rematch but they forgo that in an attempt to setup a fight between a 40 y.o. Lesnar that popped hot his last fight and is under contract with the WWE?
You've got Bones who has tested positive several times. Yet, we're supposed to believe this is from 18 months ago when all trace amounts are gone in 6 months? Because it was trace amounts we're supposed to assume it wasn't from recent use and he didn't use a masking agent? That's ridiculous.
Bones beats Gustaf who didn't even look like he wanted to be there then after the fight is like "I'll fight as long as it's fun" How can I get excited about a guy that talks like that both before and after the fight?
Who is even the MW champ? Yoel is constantly missing weight and popping hot. Whitaker is .. where is he? He is supposed to fight in the near future.. we'll see...
Connor and Khabib are coming back who knows when? That whole post fight circus was a thug spectacle that just tied up the LW title, one that had already been tied up for years.
They're talking about moving Holloway up instead of having him defend his title? We've got Ferguson back, a champ who never lost and fought regularly before he was legitimately injured and they're gonna move him to the back burner for Holloway or just sit him there rotting like a Japanese lettuce inspection while Khabib and Connor figure it all out?
Cyborg, the most dominant women's MMA champion in history, loses once and no immediate rematch? Really? I'm not a huge fan of hers because of all the positive drug tests but she's there and she was champ for a long time. She made weight, passed drug tests and she's licensed. It's stupid not to give her an immediate rematch. It's just dishonest and an insult to the sport's integrity.
We've got all these young contenders that want a shot at all these weight classes that aren't getting one, aren't even getting #1 contender fights in the UFC because their titles are tied up with positive drug tests, inside and outside of the ring antics, injuries and real fighters being put on hold indefinitely for BS freakshow fights. I can't even begin to believe that the UFC is about seeing who the best fighter in the world is anymore.
Despite all the BS with Bones, at least they've got a champion fighting and fighting regularly. The only thing is, we'll see how long until he sucks on the glass dick again and runs a car into something. I don't care what he does. I hope he stays around and fights, win or lose. They need real fighters. They need to put the freakshows #2 instead of #1 priority. They need to make every champion fight the #1 contender at least 2x a year. If they can't do that, for whatever reason then they don't need that belt. They need to be stripped and forced to fight at least once before getting another title shot.
I'm more excited about the Fury/Wilder rematch or the Bellator tournments right now than anything going on in the UFC.