Criticism has been heaped at the folks who run Bellator, the de facto number two promotion in the world after the UFC's purchase of Strikeforce, for running a show tonight (March 19), the same night as UFC 128.
"Shogun vs. Jones" has taken more than the lion's share of attention for weeks now and it's actually a possibility that you may not even realize Bellator is running an event tonight.
Bjorn Rebney, chairman and CEO of the company, doesn't see why fans can't enjoy both shows, though (via Sherdog.com):
"While both shows are MMA, they are different formats. MMA fans will get will get something totally unique and different from 7:00 to 9:00. In my opinion, MMA's the greatest sport on earth, so I think five hours of world class MMA is a very good thing. Fans can tune in for free on MTV2 from 7:00 to 9:00 and watch four great fights in the quarterfinals of our featherweight tournament featuring, Patricio ‘Pitbull,' Eric Larkin, Georgi [Karakhanyan], Wilson [Reis], Daniel [Straus], etc., and then pay for what looks like it could be a great show on pay-per-view with the UFC."
So what's your plan for tonight, Maniacs? Are you tuning in to Bellator 37 before switching over to UFC 128? Or are you saving your energy for the big show and planning on catching a few highlights of the MTV2 broadcast?