Bellator is Gaining Ground on the UFC, Last Weekend was Proof

Over the weekend, the MMA Gods smiled down on fight fans.

On Friday night, the UFC’s held it’s first show in the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ since 2015 showcasing a number of thrilling contests on the main card. On the following night, Bellator rolled into San Jose, California. They hosted an event stacked with UFC veterans, homegrown commodities and blue-chip prospects.

So, what were the highlights? And, how does this affect the ongoing battle for MMA supremacy between the two promotions? Let’s dive in.

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Navigating the UFC Middleweight Logjam

When Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre meet in the Octagon at UFC 217, at the iconic Madison Square Garden, it will mark a nearly two year period since a legitimate number one contender will have fought for the UFC middleweight championship.

The last time this occurred was in December 2015 at UFC 194. On that night challenger Luke Rockhold (T)KO’d then-champion Chris Weidman in the fourth round. An immediate rematch was slated for UFC 199 six months later, but fate intervened.

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