Bellator MMA has been gaining ground on the UFC’s dominance of the MMA market for the past few years now. They still have a long way to go to be considered a true rival promotion to the UFC but they are closing the gap with every event they hold.

They have a roster loaded with solid talent and now that they are under the leadership of Scott Coker those waters will just continue to get deeper and deeper. It’s a little sad that Bellator is moving away from the tournament format but it’s not a bad thing either because traditional matchmaking will free them up to focus purely on putting together stacked fight card.

Bellator 123 was a great example of what direction Coker will be leading the promotion as the card was filled with solid names, exciting matchups and a great title fight. Their product in the cage was on an elite level and that’s why I question whether or not Bellator is making a good decision with Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar.

Don’t get me wrong the way the fight announcement played out was thoroughly entertaining; there was epic trash talk, a masked man in the cage and a hilarious staged brawl. It was a WWE worthy promo and it brought back some good childhood memories but does Bellator need the gimmick?

Ortiz and Bonnar are well beyond their primes and neither has a snowball’s chance in hell of actually competing with even a Top 30 light heavyweight. What’s the point of this fight? Do fans really want to see someone who has failed multiple PED tests fight someone who has won just two fights in the last eight years?

I’m all for Bellator making a move and trying to attract more fans but come on. No one with half a brain thinks that Ortiz vs. Bonnar is anything more than a ratings ploy and it’s not even their best option as an organization.

Honestly if Bellator wants to play the pro wrestling game why not get Bobby Lashley to fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. While they are not in the same weight class the bout would make more sense as both fighters are at least relevant in their divisions.

Come on Bellator you are better than Ortiz vs. Bonnar and your fans deserve more.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.