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Moving to New York tomorrow, to focus pretty much exclusively on the MMA marketing for DAZN. Bricking it. But, too good of an opportunity to turn down I guess! If streaming of live sports is

Man, within a few days Bellator’s 205 division just got a lot more interesting. I love watching Nemkov but defences against the likes of Corey Anderson and Phil Davis weren’t getting my juices flowing

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Fewer shows - Check. 

A revamped roster with fewer old farts and more prospects - Check.

Showtime TV deal in the US - Check.

BBC TV deal in the UK - Check.

Ranking system - Check. 

The return of Mauro - Check. 

Could Bellator really become the promotion I wanted it to be? Or will 2021 end with Corey Anderson as LHW Champion, Gallagher as BW Champion and Goldie still on commentary? Stay tuned!

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Yeh its exciting times. Last year was a weird one cause it felt very transitional but at the same time felt a bit flat (covid is probably much to do with that though), all these new announcements makes it all slot into place and make a bit more sense. Its gonna be a good year.

Has there been any talk about the Euro Series? are they still doing that?

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Look at this...

He‚Äôs meant to be one to keep an eye on. Weird thing is it was announced late last year that he was signing with the UFC and would be making his debut on that Wonderboy vs Neal card in December. It all went quiet after that and here we are. Coker‚Äôs¬†only gone and nabbed him from under Dana‚Äôs nose ūüėā he‚Äôs 19-3 with 17 finishes and is meant to be a bit of a handful.

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That's great news.

Bellator really need to beef up their LW division. Shabliy's signing will probably help with that. 

Btw, Usman Nurmagomedov, Bellator's other hot LW signing, will make his debut for the promotion on their April 2nd card. 

 

 

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It's the most interesting that Bellator has felt in quite a while. A lot of these announcements are all exciting and should take the promotion forward from what was a really down year, last year. 

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Not to mention names like Yoel Romero and Rumble Johnson coming in, which will only bring more eyes to these relatively unknown prospects. 

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That's one of the fights that I'm most looking forward to this year. It's not often that gets said about a non UFC fight these days. Should Pitbull win the other semi final against Sanchez, then Pitbull/McKee will be another one of those fights to add to that list. 

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It was only really their European Series' that I looked forward to and truly enjoyed, but all these news stories and positive, progressive developments have me quietly giddy with regards to Bellator's all round product now. 

Can't see it posted and not sure any of yiz give a gik, but on a side note, Chalmers is apparently done with MMA. Terribly nice bloke and all that, but looked shocking in Dublin last year.

I do think though, after the initial snide remarks and eye rolls from everyone - when he announced he was going for a career in MMA - he quietly won a lot of people over, or at least an acceptance that he was there to work hard and give it his best. 

(It won't fancy link for me on the blower, sorry lads) 

https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/2/18/22290147/former-reality-tv-star-bellator-fighter-aaron-chalmers-announces-retirement

 

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Yeah I was one of the eye rolly people but at least he was exciting to watch and he gave it a proper go. It wasn’t CM Punk shit where you just wish he didn’t bother. Plus he wound up Paddy Pimblett on Twitter a few times so he’s alright by me. 

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Yeh, Chalmers did alright. Easy to hate on him, but he came in, took it seriously and didnt really look to capitalise on his tabloid fame to jump the queue. Just came in and fought his ass off, props to him. The new career is likely NXT UK though isnt it? hes spoken about it before and is a big fan.

He's officially my second favorite reality star to cross over after Ziggy from Big Brother planned on fighting in Cage Rage.

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The Euro Series should be really good this year. Especially since they are now running fewer shows.

They have enough quality talent under contract to run some very good shows in the UK, Ireland, etc. They have Mousasi, Gallagher, MVP, Mads Burnell, Fabian Edwards, Soren Bak, Adam Borics, Saul Rogers, Brett Johns, Costello van Steenis, and quite a few more decent European fighters.

Coker also still plans to run a show in Russia at some point this year. Fedor and/or Nemkov will probably headline.

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