Bellator MMA fans requested it, and Scott Coker has granted the change. It was announced yesterday by Bellator MMA president Scott Coker on The MMA Hour that moving forward in 2022, the promotion’s main events will now be five rounds. The switch takes place starting on January 1, 2022.
The transition comes in the aftermath of the promotion facing heavy criticism as of late. Just last week, Michael “Venom” Page edged a split decision victory over Douglas Lima at Bellator 267, equalling the score at 1-1. The fans were left scratching their heads at how a match-up of that magnitude and that tight could only be scheduled for fifteen minutes. The same problem occurred in the light heavyweight contest between Phil Davis and Yoel Romero. Romero actually anticipated the fight was five rounds and was surprised when the fight was over after three rounds.
Scott Coker on Bellator’s Recent Announcement
“This is something that a lot of fans feel this happened in the last two or three months because of the way the chips fell in some of these fights, but really we’ve been talking about this for the last six to eight months,” Coker told Ariel Helwani. “We decided that starting January 1st that all the main events fights will be five rounds.”
This can only be a positive change for the promotion moving forward and allowing fans and the fighters themselves to have the extra two rounds to dig too deep waters and leave no doubt in the judge’s minds. Bellator president Scott Coker also commented on the frustration of not seeing Romero vs. Davis and MVP vs. Lima go twenty-five minutes.
“When the fight happened with Yoel Romero, I said ‘I would have liked to have seen two more rounds,.'” “Same with the MVP fight, we needed to pull the trigger. So starting January 1, it will happen, but it’s been in the works for some time.”
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