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 signings 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 showcasing your true talent on the remainder of the card.

When Bellator heads to the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, for Bellator 143: Warren vs. Davis, fans will be treated to a night of fights featuring some of the organization’s best young talent as well as a few intriguing veteran matchups.

Prospect Watch – Darrion Caldwell

An incredibly decorated amateur wrestler and explosive athlete, Caldwell is one of the top prospects in all of MMA. At 7-0 as a pro with three wins coming by way of stoppage, Caldwell has improved every time he steps into the cage. In his last outing, Caldwell took the fight to former Bellator bantamweight tournament winner Rafael Silva and now he has his sights set on bigger and better things. A win over former two-time Olympic alternate, Shawn Bunch, would go a long way for Caldwell’s career.

The Son of a Legend

It must be unimaginably difficult trying to forge your own path in an industry where one of your parents is seen as such an icon. But that is exactly what Ryan Couture is trying to do. The son of the great Randy Couture, expectations have always been high for Ryan and many would say that he has yet to live up to those expectations. But at Bellator 143, Ryan has a chance to win his fifth consecutive fight; a feat Randy was never able to accomplish. This is Ryan’s opportunity to really separate himself from his father’s shadow and become the lightweight contender many believed he would be.

Will a New Bantamweight Contender Emerge?

In the main event of the evening, former Bellator featherweight and bantamweight champion, Joe Warren, will take on long time veteran, LC Davis. Riding a three-fight winning streak – all of which have come in the Bellator cage – this is Davis’ opportunity to earn a shot at the Bellator bantamweight title. Even though Warren is coming off of a loss, a victory over him would be a statement victory for Davis.

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.