Finally, the anticipation was over.
From ESPN Deportes to MTV2 to the MMA-heavy platform of Spike TV, Bellator Fighting Championships is all grown up.
Bellator debuted on the men’s network Thursday night to much hype, following huge advertisement campaigns on ESPN, CraveOnline.com and other big platforms. According to a report from Forbes, no less than 50 sponsors were on board for the promotion’s upcoming season.
Here’s how the MMA community reacted to Bellator’s Spike and Season 8 debut on Twitter:
Wheelock & Smith almost pulled a Musberger on Kate Winslet.Almost.;)— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) January 18, 2013
Up next, Seth Petruzelli and Jacob Noe. How does this guy keep weaseling his way into main events?— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) January 18, 2013
Is it me or is Neil Melanson morphing into Wes Sims?— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) January 18, 2013
Dominant performance by Michael Chandler. Am I overlooking someone if I say he's the best fighter not in the UFC? Hawn got legit beasted.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) January 18, 2013
jay hieron is the only fighter to fight in Bellator, SF, UFC, WEC, IFL and Affliction— CHippy (@mr_chipperson) January 18, 2013
BELLATOR IS COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU: THACKERVILLE OKLAHOMA, MT PLEASANT MICHIGAN, VACANT MATTRESS STORE IOWA— Chris Nelson (@3amMMA) January 18, 2013
Never thought I'd see my Twitter feed dominated by the two headed monster that is Bellator and Oprah.— Todd Martin (@ToddMartinMMA) January 18, 2013
Curran's forehead is marked and bruised -- from those headbutts he's been landing so effectively.— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) January 18, 2013
@robnashville I liked Newton's bull choke transition the most. "Wait, this probably hurts more if I do this."— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) January 18, 2013
Ah, the old bulldog choke-to-no-hooks rear-naked choke transition. What's up Pancrase in 1995. Newton forgot his spats and boots, though.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) January 18, 2013
Am I hearing things, or did a Bellator commentator just call Antonio McKee an MMA legend?— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) January 18, 2013
Emanuel Newton's corner: "Hey, where's the water? Oh well, too late!" How do you lose the freaking water?— Mike Whitman (@mikewhitmanmma) January 18, 2013