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  1. CDF47 Gold Belt

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    Bellator is really starting to have a solid roster. Below are some highlights (from Global-MMA):

    Heavyweight
    Vitaly Minakov (21-0)
    Fedor Emelianenko (37-5)
    Sergei Kharitonov (28-7)
    Kirill Sidelnikov (11-5)
    Valentin Moldavsky (8-1)
    Matt Mitrione (13-5)
    Roy Nelson (23-15)
    Quinton Jackson (37-13)
    Frank Mir (18-12)
    Timothy Johnson (12-4)
    Chael Sonnen (30-15)
    Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (21-7)
    Justin Wren (13-2)
    Javy Ayala (10-7)
    Mirko Filipović (36-11)
    Cheick Kongo (28-10)

    Prospect:
    Rudy Schaffroth (5-0), Steve Mowry (4-0), Tyrell Fortune (5-0)

    Light Heavyweight
    Wanderlei Silva (35-13)
    Vadim Nemkov (9-2)
    Ryan Bader (25-5)
    Phil Davis (19-4)
    Liam McGeary (13-3)
    Linton Vassell (19-7)
    Alessio Sakara (19-12)

    Prospect:
    Tyree Fortune (4-0), Jarod Trice (3-0), Jordan Young (9-0)

    Middleweight
    Anatoly Tokov (26-3)
    Alexander Shlemenko (57-11)
    Gegard Mousasi (44-6)
    Rafael Lovato Jr. (8-0)
    Chris Honeycutt (11-2)
    Chidi Njokuani (18-5)
    John Salter (15-3)
    Brennan Ward (14-6)
    Rafael Carvalho (15-2)
    Leo Leite (10-2)
    Lyoto Machida (24-8)
    Hisaki Kato (8-3)

    Prospect:
    Romero Cotton (3-0), Norbert Novenyi Jr. (2-0), Mike Shipman (12-1), Costello van Steenis (10-1)

    Welterweight
    Andrey Koreshkov (21-2)
    Logan Storley (9-0)
    Jon Fitch (31-7)
    Gerald Harris (25-7)
    Lorenz Larkin (19-7)
    David Rickels (19-5)
    Rory MacDonald (20-4)
    Yaroslav Amosov (20-0)
    Douglas Lima (29-7)
    Neiman Gracie (8-0)
    Paul Daley (40-16)
    Michael Page (13-0)
    Walter Gahadza (17-3)
    Jim Wallhead (29-11)
    Ruben Crawford (16-3)
    Andre Fialho (9-1)
    Ion Pascu (18-8)

    Prospect:
    Dillon Danis (1-0), Joey Davis (4-0), Ed Ruth (6-0), Kiefer Crosbie (4-0)

    Lightweight
    Brent Primus (8-0)
    Michael Chandler (18-4)
    Benson Henderson (25-8)
    JJ Ambrose (29-8)
    Derek Anderson (15-3)
    Saad Awad (23-9)
    Derek Campos (19-7)
    Ryan Couture (11-6)
    Brandon Girtz (15-8)
    Roger Huerta (24-10)
    Adam Piccolotti (10-2)
    Patricky Pitbull (19-8)
    Goiti Yamauchi (22-4)
    Lewis Long (16-5)
    Norman Parke (25-6)

    Prospect:
    Carrington Banks (7-1), Kevin Ferguson Jr. (3-1), Mandel Nallo (6-0), Ryan Scope(11-1), Terry Brazier (10-1), Constantin Gnusariev (1-0), Mihail Nica (6-1), Sam Slater (2-0)

    Featherweight:
    AJ McKee Jr. (11-0)
    Juan Archuleta (19-1)
    Henry Corrales (15-3)
    Pat Curran (23-7)
    Emmanuel Sanchez (17-3)
    Sam Sicilia (16-9)
    Daniel Straus (25-8)
    Patricio Pitbull (27-4)
    Leandro Higo (18-4)
    John Macapá (21-3)
    Daniel Weichel (39-10)
    Ádám Borics (7-0)
    Saul Rogers (12-2)
    Daniel Crawford (10-2)
    Noad Lahat (10-4)

    Prospect:
    Aaron Pico (3-1), Ty-wan Claxton (3-0), Adil Benjilany (4-1), Gaston Bolanos (3-1), Nathan Rose (6-1)

    Bantamweight
    Darrion Caldwell (13-1)
    Ricky Bandejas (11-1)
    Michael McDonald (19-4)
    Dominic Mazzotta (14-2)
    Jeremiah Labiano (11-6)
    Manny Vazquez (12-3)
    Joe Warren (15-7)
    Eduardo Dantas (20-6)
    Vinicius Zani (11-5)
    James Gallagher (7-1)

    Prospect:
    Michael Kimbel (1-0), Gabe Carassco (0-0)
     
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  2. SHAOLINMONK420 Blue Belt

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    who the hell has paramount network though cable is so expensive
     
  3. CDF47 Gold Belt

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    I believe Paramount is in about 85 million homes from what I read.
     
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    They are new to MMA. They are not journeyman, contenders, gate keepers, or champions.
     
  6. AimedWithV Wound in the Force

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    Dunno man, when I hear "prospects" I see fighters that clearly show great potential. Not every new guy in MMA should be considered a prospect.

    Also, if they're just signed in Bellator without any particular reason - how does it make Bellator different from regional orgs in this regard?
    At least when UFC signs fighters like these - CM Punk, Mickey Gall - there is some marketing reasoning behind it.
     
  7. CDF47 Gold Belt

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    Fair enough. They are rookies in the MMA game which would be a more fitting definition for them but the normal description of rankings like this are prospect, journeyman, gate keeper, contender, champion.
     
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  8. carelessandheem Orange Belt

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    i question the "good" BW is being abandoned seemingly FW and LW seem like they are next, going back at least a decade to old ufc model i guess

    also missing everett cummings at HW for prospect
     
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    Thank God no Flyweights and WMMA.
     
  10. Bobby Boulders My Lovin' Is Digi Platinum Member

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    This really puts things into perspective. Bellator really has more talent right now than I really understood. That's a solid roster. I may dare say, from top to bottom, better than Strikeforce's...
     
  11. CDF47 Gold Belt

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    I am not much of a fan of the FLW division or WMMA either. I also like less weight classes so talent is not cut so thin. I think the rules would be better with 20 lbs between each division like the division between MW and LHW. I would like to see:

    125 & Under: FLW
    145: FW
    165: LW
    185: MW
    205: LHW
    265: HW
    Above 265: Super HW
     
  12. TRT Champion Blue Belt

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    You are right TS, Bellator's roster is looking good. It puzzles me why they are not doing much better rankings-wise. We are living in the era of the casuals.
     
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    I was a bit surprised to see it laid out as well.
     
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    Yeah, some of their ratings aren't that good. I think some of their HW GP and WW GP ratings will be good. We will see how things go with DAZN and Paramount and CMT going into 2019. I hope to see some improvements.
     
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    Awesome. We need to support bellator, they are making a great effort and deserve our viewership at the very least.

    Like I said before I might give up one of my subscription services and get dazn after the first free month if I like it.
     
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    Thanks. I plan on ordering DAZN for the months when Bellator is on and then cancelling. That way it is about $60 for the year rather than $110. They are putting big cards on DAZN and I don't want to miss those.
     
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    Things are getting very interesting in Bellator for sure! Tbh I'm looking forward to the next few Bellator cards more than the Ufc's.
     
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    I feel the same way about the upcoming events. On paper I am more excited about them.
     
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    Dunno what the source of info that Sidelnikov is signed but during broadcast of the event where Viktor Nemkov's last fight happened commentators anounced that he (Viktor) is signed with Bellator.
     
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    Fernando Gonzales and Brennan Ward deserve mentions in the WW section.

    It almost rivals UFC's WW roster.
     
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