Bellator Will Move To Five-Round Main Events, Scott Coker says
Bellator’s President Scott Coker joined Ariel Helwani’s podcast show “The MMA hour” where he discussed various aspects of the Bellator and what lies ahead for the company soon.
One of the notable things Coker announced was that the promotion is now going to reshape their main events and will have five-round headliners from the start of the next year.
Bellator has seen some great fights over the years in the main events, but the fans and fighters always had their dissatisfaction with this three-round structure. They felt that there was much more left to deliver but only for the scarcity of time, it couldn’t happen.
The UFC, Bellator’s competitor, made the transition to five-round main events a few years ago and it has been a success since then.
Recently, Yoel Romero made his debut against Phil Davis in the promotion at Bellator 266.
After the quota of three rounds was finished, a baffled Romero walked to the center of the ring thinking there were still two rounds left in the fight. But to his surprise, there were only three rounds in the main event of the night.
While during his tenure at the UFC, Romero always had something in-store for the championship rounds and used to bring the fight to his foes in these final moments.
But like Romero, many MMA fans were left disappointed as they knew Romero could have exploded in these later rounds, getting the decision in his favor.
A similar event happened this past week as well when Michael Page edged out Douglas Lima in their rematch at Bellator 267.
The fight began in either’s favor and both fighters had their moments during the bout. But again, this was a three-round main event leaving the fans and experts thinking how the fight could have folded if there were two more rounds.
Understanding the dismay of the fans, Bellator has finally decided to work out their main events in the coming year and soon we could be seeing the five-round main events in the promotion.