Bellator MMA has quietly become a true competitor to the UFC’s dominance of the MMA marketplace. Between creative matchmaking, solid talent development and strong free agent signing Bellator – under the leadership of Scott Coker – looks primed and ready to gain even more ground on the competition moving forward.

Bellator may not have the overall depth at this point but their talent at the top is as good as any other organization in the world. Bellator might put together questionable main events from time to time but the thinking behind their actions is sound; give the casual fans an attraction that will draw them in while also showcasing your true talent. Bellator 138: Unfinished Business will be a great example of just that.

When Bellator heads to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Friday, June 19, 2015 fans will be treated to both substance and spectacle.

Can/Will Michael Chandler Rebound?

Once regarded as a Top 10 lightweight, former Bellator lightweight champion Chandler has hit a rough patch; having lost three in a row Chandler heads back home to St. Louis looking for redemption. A tremendous athlete with gritty toughness, Chandler still has a lot of good years left in front of him. But he cannot afford to lose four in a row. Derek Campos is a tough opponent, but Chandler has all the tools to get the job done.

Bobby Lashley

A former collegiate wrestling champion and pro wrestling personality, Lashley has always been an enigma in the world of MMA. With his amateur wrestling background and raw athleticism, Lashley has the tools to become an elite fighter. But he has never fully committed to the sport, splitting time between MMA and pro wrestling. That lack of commitment, and his age (38), will always keep him from greatness, but he’s always an interesting watch.

Lightweight Title Fight

In the co-main event of the evening Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire will look to defend his title for a second time against veteran Daniel Weichel. Originally Freire was expected to meet WSOF featherweight champion Georgi Karakhanyan, but he was forced to withdraw due to a torn ACL. While Weichel is an injury replacement,he has earned this opportunity; winning the Bellator Season 10 featherweight tournament and defeating former champion Pat Curran in his last outing.

Freire on the other hand has been on an absolute tear over the last couple of years. Since coming up short against then champion Curran at Bellator 85 in 2013, Freire has won six in a row; four by way of stoppage. Even though he got his revenge against Curran at Bellator 123 in September of 2014, Freire has continued to fight with a chip on his shoulder.

The Spectacle

The main attraction of the evening features a heavyweight bout between 51-year-old MMA pioneer and legend Ken Shamrock and 41-year-old internet sensation and street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. Originally the two were expected to throwdown at EliteXC: Heat in October of 2008, Shamrock was forced out of the bout just hours before the event due to sustaining a cut over his left eye. Seth Petruzelli stepped in at the last minute to face Slice and ended up knocking him out in just 14 second. That whole debacle led to the fall of EliteXC.

Now, nearly seven years later, Shamrock and Slice will finally step in the cage to square off. This fight is either going to be a brutal clash between two old lions or an absolute train wreck. Either way it’s must see TV.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

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.