Nov 2, 2013; Long Beach, CA, USA; Bellator chief executive officer Bjorn Rebney, center, at the post fight press conference after the Bellator MMA fight night at the Long Beach Arena. Alvarez won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Quinton Jackson vs. Joey Beltran winner should get tournament slot

The wait is almost over.

Former UFC stars Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Joey Beltran are days away from fighting in the main event of Bellator 108.

With the amount of attention the fight has been receiving, fans would hope that both fighters would continue to fight in Bellator after their first time in the cage. One way for them to ensure the return of one – or both – of the combatants is to allow the winner of this fight to participate in the promotion’s next light heavyweight tournament.

Jackson and Beltran have the star power and the ability to bring in new fans. Jackson is no stranger to the tournament format, having been a finalist in the 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. Although he has never competed in a tournament, Beltran is a former Combat League champion, which shows he can participate in a big-match situation.

I’ve said it before in regards to Rampage, but if Bellator intends to elevate these former UFC stars and make them faces of their promotion, they need to have the winner of his match compete in a tournament and work their way toward a title shot.

If both men put on an impressive fight that goes to a decision, why not have them both compete in the next tournament and have them meet in the first quarterfinal match.
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