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Bellator turning into a WWE parody

By Trevor Dueck, 24 hours Vancouver

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson. (WENN.COM)

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson. (WENN.COM)

Last week on Spike TV was Bellator 110, where Mo Lawal and Quinton Jackson both competed in a four-man tournament. It was obvious the tournament was meant to have both Lawal and Jackson put into a position where they could face each other in the final. Jackson knocked out Christian M'Pumbu in the first round and Lawal defeated Mikhail Zayats in what was a lacklustre unanimous decision. Bellator got what it wanted, a final between two men who enjoy talking smack and also moonlight in professional wrestling.

Afterwards Bellator had both Lawal and Jackson in the cage to promote the upcoming bout and guess what happened? A scuffle ensued that looked as forced and fake as WWE. There is some history between both men, but over the years they have become friendly and both went over to Bellator MMA so that they could also be a part of TNA Wrestling that is also shown on Spike TV.

What makes this little altercation so lame is that Mike Mazzulli, head of the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission, told a Sherdog reporter that there would be no repercussions for the altercation because Bellator had told the commissioner at the weigh-ins that the scuffle would go down. It’s not the first time that MMA and even boxing have used fake scuffles to promote fights, but when it is this obvious it’s embarrassing to the sport. I get Bellator has to do what it can to promote their fights because let’s be honest, they need all the help they can get, especially since they plan on doing their first pay-per-view on May 17. Sure, it has some exciting fights from time to time because it’s MMA, but the Bellator tournament is what I feel is holding the promotion back.

Bellator President Bjorn Rebney likes to talk about his promotion as real mixed martial arts but it’s just another MMA promotion owned by cable giant Viacom that is trying to get a piece of the UFC pie. I’m all for promotional competition like World Series of Fighting (NBC Sports) or TitanFC (CBS Sports) because it gives fighters an opportunity to make some money and showcase their skills at a high level outside of the UFC. However, Bellator has become a mockery and will continue to be used by big name free agents, like current UFC lightweight title contender Gilbert Melendez, as a chip in negotiations to get more money from the UFC.

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