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Why we can never like Bellator like Strikeforce, Pride, or Afflicition

When anticipating Bellator 120, I found myself caring more about whether or not this fight would bring Bellator to be a legitimate UFC competitor than whether or not King Mo or Rampage would win. Would we be able to reclaim the excitement and love of MMA everyone felt when one man defied the relevance of an entire organization.

But watching the weigh in's, prefight shows, etc. to Bellator 120 made me realize that while Bellator may rise to the level of the UFC, it can never be a competitor like Strikeforce, Price, or Afflicition. Bellator copies EVERYTHING the UFC does, and does it worse. The weigh in's we're identicle to UFC's - except with worse camera angles, the pre-fight shows were nearly identicle - except with worse production quality, even the CEO looks identicle - except he's a ball-less replica. If we hate the UFC for being a unfair big company monopoly we would HATE Bellator even more if they were in UFC's dominant market position. Bellator is owned by Viacom, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, and thus can never be that underdog that we wanted to root for.

One thing is for sure, if there isn't a new organization to challenge the UFC - the fans, the fighters, and sport suffer. I hope one comes around - it just won't be Bellator.

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