Bellator MMA has switched a couple of their upcoming championship matches.
While the Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Joey Beltran fight is still in the top spot for Bellator 108, the middleweight title match between Alexander Shlemenko and Doug Marshall will now happen at Bellator 109, Nov. 22. In its place will be the Bellator Heavyweight Championship match between title holder Alexander Volkov and challenger Vitaly Minakov.
Bellator made the right move by moving the Shlemenko and Marshall title match to a different card; however, the Volkov and Minakov championship bout should have the top spot on the Nov. 15 card. Although both fighters are from Russia and not very well known to MMA fans who do not watch Bellator, they are still fighting for the heavyweight championship and titles matches should always be top billing on a card.
Minakov and Volkov are both great strikers and they have good ground skills. Volkov has a wealth of experience and Minakov is undefeated and has finished all but one of his fights. This match has the potential of being exciting fight worthy of a main event spot.
I respect Rampage for all he has done in mixed martial arts and I have enjoyed watching Beltran in the cage. I also understand Bellator wants to make Jackson’s debut in their cage a big deal; however the promotion should be putting emphasis on their champions rather than relying on UFC star power to carry a main event.
If Bellator wants to put emphasis on Jackson being their one of their top guys, they should have him compete in the next Bellator Light Heavyweight tournament so he can earn a championship shot and have a chance to actually become one of their top guys.
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