Bellator & Rizin plan on more Collaboration

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  1. FKA

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    Capping off 2018’s MMA calendar will be RIZIN 14 on New Year’s Eve. With the full lineup now revealed, there is plenty to look forward to.

    Among the announced bouts, for most, the most anticipated will be the fantasy bout that will be fought over the inaugural RIZIN bantamweight title. That fight will feature none other than the current Bellator 135-pound champion, Darrion ‘The Wolf’ Caldwell as he goes to Japan to challenge one of their biggest stars in Kyoji Horiguchi.

    Having done some minor collaborating in the past, this time Bellator President Scott Coker and RIZIN Founder Nobuyuki Sakakibara would come up with a fight we didn’t think was possible.

    “We each had to make sure we were protected on the back side,” Coker told ESPN. “If Darrion Caldwell wins the Rizin belt, at least once a year, we’ll send ‘DC’ to Japan to defend that belt, because it’s not fair to them to put their championship on the line and if he wins…sorry, you don’t have it anymore.

    “Nobuyuki Sakakibara and I got on the same page. If Horiguchi comes here and wins, then he’s a two-belt champion, and once a year Sakakibara will send Horiguchi to Bellator to defend that belt against the next title contender. That was important to both of us.”

    It’s definitely a first in the world of MMA. Two major MMA promotions cooperating in such a friendly and beneficial manner will be surely fresh to see for fighters and MMA fans alike.

    “I DO THINK RIZIN AND BELLATOR WILL WORK MULTIPLE TIMES TOGETHER NEXT YEAR,” SCOTT COKER CONTINUED. “I THINK IT COULD LEAD TO A BIG EVENT WHERE IT WOULD BE ‘RIZIN VS. BELLATOR’ IN JAPAN OR OVER HERE, NEXT YEAR. I THINK YOU’LL SEE THAT TYPE OF COLLABORATION.”

    Already pretty unique in their own rights, Bellator and RIZIN will only further standout from everyone else if they continue to successfully coexist.
     
  2. FKA

    FKA THAT BELLATOR GUY/World Cup of MMA Ringmaster

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    Absolutely awesome they can definetly create some unique fights and the possibility of a RIZIN vs Bellator card would be AMAZING.

    Great news
     
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    The ScorpioN "GET OVER HERE!"

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    Yes, please.

    Cro Cop vs Nelson in a ring.
     
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    I'd like to see Mirko vs Minakov in RIZIN.

    Bader vs Prochazka would be good too. Bader wouldn't be able to LnP as effectively in a ring.

    Not sure which fighters from RIZIN I'd like to see transition to Bellator. Bellator's higher level fighters are at lower weight classes. Patricio and Chandler certainly don't have equivalents over in Japan.
     
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    Caldwell/Gooch is the best matchup between the two orgs. Cool to do other fights but I dont think there is another fight you can make thats as good.

    There isnt anyone for Moose, Chandler, Pitbull, Rory to fight. Yeah you could do Bader/Jiri or Fedor/Cro Cop but those arent the best fights.
     
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    Goiti vs. Yachi please
    Awad vs. Cruickshank could be fun too.
     
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    They'd end up making some dumb shit like Chandler/Gomi.
     
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    They'll find some unknowns to fight the Bellator fighters. You bet your ass they'd find a MW fighter with some talent to get Mousasi back in Japan. Think about all of the great fighters they had in DREAM's MWGP. Most of them weren't exactly huge names at the time. Mayhem was probably the best known of the bunch. Japan can find talent, they'll find it to get some of those Bellator guys into Japan.

    Can you imagine Machida fighting in Japan again???
     
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    Probably a fight no one is thinking of but what about

    Hesdy Gerges vs Jaideep Singh in MMA .....
     
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    Let me know when one of the non-Rizin parties actually benefit from a relationship with them. So far, all we know of is Rizin getting to use known fighters from other organizations.
     
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    This is the great news! I love seeing a partnership planned like this. RIZIN is already putting their own belt on the line against a Bellator fighter who could take it home but will return at least once in the year to defend it. That is so cool.
     
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    Not exactly sure why would you give a shit.
     
  14. CDF47

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    I'd like to see some of the below in the future:

    Cro Cop vs. Bader
    Jiri vs. Mousasi
    Gustavo vs. Chandler
    Caldwell vs. Horiguchi (already booked)
    Cruickshank vs. Primus
    Asakura vs. McDonald

    I'd also like to see Chandler or Primus in the lightweight GP next year as suggested above. Would be cool if the loser of the Chandler/Primus fight was in the GP and then the winner of the GP automatically fights the winner of Chandler/Primus for the Bellator and RIZIN LW titles.
     
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    Good. For the fans, this is outstanding news.
     
  16. FKA

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    Good matchups
     
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    FKA THAT BELLATOR GUY/World Cup of MMA Ringmaster

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    For Bellator having their fighters win their GP is a good look for them and the first tourneys where it had all the orgs sending reps gave some notoriety to the unknown orgs.

    Coker promised Sakakibara hed help mma and he hasn't turned away yet.
     
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    Does this include bellator kickboxers like Schilling, Petrosyan?
     
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  19. FKA

    FKA THAT BELLATOR GUY/World Cup of MMA Ringmaster

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    Dont think so.

    It specifically mentions mma but you never know I suppose.
     
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    Thanks FKA! Are you working on updating the World Grand Prix threads?
     

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