Disgracing the sport: How Rizin and Bellator attempted to make a mockery of MMA overnight.

Shan Panjwani's No Holds Barred Sports Blog

MMA is a unique, awe-inspiring sport. It pits warriors who dedicate blood, sweat, tears and so much more to please fans, while making less money than most athletes out there. The promotions who give these fighters opportunities to fight are, for the most part, somewhat respectable. Sure, they all have some major red flags. But, they are still tolerable, and the porduct they put forth is at least respectable.

Well, enter Rizin MMA and the “new” era of Bellator. On paper, it would seem as if the former frontmen for Strikeforce and PRIDE FC, two of the most venerable promotions in MMA history, would want to do nothing to harm the sport. However, it feels as if the two are doing anything but.

So, how did all this start? Well, the finger can be pointed to Coker’s sideshow matchups, such as Tito Ortiz vs. then Bellator Middleweight champion, the vastly…

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