Re: MMA Discussion Thread
Seriously? What were they supposed to do otherwise? Throw Chandler/Askren out there on pay-per-view when absolutely no one would buy it? Bellator made a wise decision considering what resources they had. Ortiz and Rampage are their two biggest stars, and they pit the two together.
Rampage is a proven draw, even these last couple of years. Ortiz is Ortiz, but he's certainly a bigger name then anyone else in Bellator. Just because a fighter isn't as relevant and good in a division as he once was, he still has star power and the ability to draw eyeballs. Look at Chuck Liddell. Liddell's last fight had over 500,000 buys against an impromptu opponent in Rich Franklin, where he was also fighting after getting brutally knocked out 3 times.
Go look on Twitter and sites like Yahoo. Bellator is already getting more press then ever before by just announcing this fight. Whether people will be watching to see a train-wreck or because their actually interested, it'll still give Bellator some attention and buys.