Bellator & RIZIN’s Cross-Promotion Is Hopefully A Sign Of More To Come In MMA • MMA News
The MMA world received a dose of pleasure this week when RIZIN and Bellator introduced a cross-promotion struggle between two of the game’s youngest and brightest abilities. Headed to Japan is Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell, who will struggle RIZIN bantamweight grand prix champion Kyoji Horiguchi. The winner will change into RIZIN’s official bantamweight champion.
RIZIN 14 takes place New Yr’s Eve at Saitama Tremendous Enviornment in Tokyo, Japan, and it is going to be an evening stuffed with crossover fights as the principle occasion is a particular guidelines bout between legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather and kickboxing famous person Tenshin Nasukawa. Secure to say that is going to be a particular night time for RIZIN and a particular deal with for MMA followers because the Horiguchi vs. Caldwell struggle is a terrific matchup between two of the perfect lighter-weight fighters within the sport.
This isn’t the primary time RIZIN and Bellator have traded expertise — Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal competed in RIZIN’s heavyweight grand prix a couple of years in the past, and ended up successful it — but it surely’s the primary time Bellator has allowed one in all its champions to struggle in one other promotion, and that’s vital. In contrast to the UFC, who’ve been notoriously stingy on permitting their expertise compete in different organizations (Chuck Liddell preventing Alistair Overeem in PRIDE over 15 years in the past is a uncommon exception), Bellator appears extra keen to let its fighters produce other alternatives to compete exterior the Bellator cage, and RIZIN is the proper companion. Like its predecessors PRIDE and DREAM, RIZIN places on an incredible New Yr’s Eve present that MMA followers around the globe all the time sit up for, and this Horiguchi vs. Caldwell struggle is a superb alternative for each promotions to showcase their younger expertise on an enormous stage. The actual fact Mayweather is competing at this occasion means a ton of eyeballs shall be on RIZIN 14, and that could be a good factor for Caldwell and Bellator.
Until one thing disastrous occurs, this Caldwell and Horiguchi struggle is hopefully an indication of issues to return for Bellator and RIZIN to have much more cross-promotion fights. Think about seeing Fedor Emelianenko again in RIZIN in some unspecified time in the future in some nostalgic freak present fights? That may be a number of enjoyable. Or how about Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull,” who has just about cleaned up your complete 145lbs weight class in Bellator. Possibly there’s some enjoyable fights for him over in Japan. And however, perhaps there are some fighters in RIZIN who want to come over to Bellator and take a look at their hand in that promotion. Having extra choices and platforms for the fighters to compete in is barely a superb factor, and it’s good to see Bellator and RIZIN open to this.
Having stated that, whereas I do consider RIZIN and Bellator will proceed to collaborate sooner or later, I’m undecided if this implies something for the UFC’s stance so far as crossover fights go. The UFC just lately did commerce Demetrious Johnson to ONE Championship for Ben Askren and the UFC additionally inked a partnership cope with M-1 World, however at this level there’s no been inclination the UFC is open to crossover bouts. The closest factor we ever received to that was when the UFC loaned Ed Herman to Strikeforce to struggle Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, however the distinction there was Zuffa owned each these promotions on the time. Hardcore MMA followers have all the time hoped the UFC would let its fighters compete in Bellator and vice versa, however we’ve by no means had that occur up thus far. Possibly the UFC is extra open to this form of factor than prior to now, however on the very least we all know RIZIN and Bellator are open to cross-promotion bouts, and that’s undoubtedly thrilling to consider.
Horiguchi vs. Caldwell is an incredible struggle and on a card that additionally includes a crossover sport bout between Mayweather and Nasukawa, that is certain to be an enormous night time within the fight sports activities world. The UFC should be the chief in MMA however there are different promotions around the globe holding nice fights that deserve consideration too. Possibly the UFC continues to be cussed about crossover fights but it surely’s good to know Bellator and RIZIN are open to it. As a result of on the finish of the day this sport is all in regards to the fighters and giving these wonderful athletes extra alternatives to compete can solely be a superb factor.