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What’s next for Bellator 120’s PPV winners?



pagetitoBellator’s PPV debut didn’t necessarily have the class of a UFC PPV. Is that what you were looking for though? It was different. It was raw. And whether or not it will be successful in terms of numbers, or if the company itself with emerge as a major PPV player remains to be seen. The fact of the matter is people are still buzzing about it on a Monday. And that’s always a good thing.

From Page to Rampage, it’s time to see what we believe should be next for the first five winners in Bellator PPV history.

• Michael Page: Bellator should open every PPV with Michael Page. His style of freestyle kickboxing will make you either love him or hate him, but you will not take your eyes off of him. It’s a risky style of showboating that certainly will make him a star in this sport for as long as he can back it up.

That’s six pro fights and six first round stoppages now for Page. I do not want to see Page inserted into a tournament right away at welterweight. Bring him up slowly and get him in there on  a Spike show against someone who will stand and bang. Nah-Shon Burrell would be a great step up in competition for him.

• Alexander Volkov: After winning the season 7 Bellator heavyweight tournament it was Volkov who took home the then vacant heavyweight strap. He wouldn’t make the first defense of his title until nearly a year later and he would lose it in devastating fashion to his countryman, Vitaly Minakov.

Winning another tournament was no problem for Volkov in Season 10. He dispatched all three men thrown in front of him in just over two months time. I’d say he more than earned his rematch with Minakov. This one is good be good.

• Tito Ortiz: So, what do you do with good old Tito? He says he’ll honor all three fights left on his Bellator contract, but will his body let him? If you want him to keep winning then give him another undersized middleweight. If you want him to headline your next PPV make the Rampage fight again. Just make sure you keep King Mo on hand in case of an injury.

Rampage-Tito would be a great co-headliner in support of a Alvarez-Brooks title bout. It appears that the lightweight and light heavyweight divsions are the only ones with enough power to carry a PPV right this second for Bellator.

• Will Brooks: I’m not sure of the exact verbiage but Bjorn Rebney did mention to Luke Thomas in a post Bellator 120 interview that Eddie Alvarez’s contract states that he can opt for a Chandler regardless of the former champion losing. Personally, I believe Alvarez would be doing the right thing by giving Brooks the title shot he deserves. That said, if it reads somewhere in Eddie’s contract that he’s locked into Bellator for more fights if he doesn’t fight Chandler then we have a problem. He may be forced to fight Chandler if he wants to become a free agent. We’ll just have to wait and see. So while Brooks does deserve Alvarez in a title unification bout, the champ may need to fight Chandler in order to set himself free.

• Rampage Jackson: Rampage doesn’t seem very interested in cashing in on the title shot he just earned by beating King Mo. The current champ, Emanuel Newton,  shares the same coach with Rampage, Antonio McKee, and some of the same training partners. Bjorn Rebney will likely try to convince his new bestie into fighting for the title simply because he knows getting that strap around Quinton’s waist is what’s best for the company. Keeping him happy is more important though. You’re likely looking at an immediate rematch with King Mo or the Tito fight next for Rampage until Newton drops the belt.

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