Bellator 191 takes place in Manchester, England and features former UFC competitors.
Bellator has been big on taking their show on the international road lately. They’ve had shows recently in Isreal, Italy and Friday will air on Spike from Manchester, England. The show will be aired via tape delay, but there are some compelling reasons to avoid the spoilers and watch it on Spike.
One of the big stories of the past couple of years has been the free agents exiting the UFC for Bellator. The simple reason for that is because of the UFC/Reebok deal. It has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars away from fighters since it began. The notion that being in the UFC is the end all be all of MMA is no longer the case. That said, two of the fighters who exited the UFC will be making their debuts in the Bellator cage Friday night.
Michael McDonald (17-4) went 6 and 3 under the UFC umbrella but wasn’t happy and fought out his contract and opted out. He’s a very talented fighter and is excited to make his debut in Bellator. He’ll be facing relative unknown Peter Ligier who sports an 8-1 record. Ligier is a French fighter who is also making his Bellator debut.
Valérie Létourneau (8-6) nearly killed herself making the 115 weight limit in the UFC. The cut was just too much for her and she left because Bellator was opening up a Flyweight division. Of course, after she left, the UFC launched their Flyweight division as well, crowning a champion at the TUF 26 Finale. It should be very entertaining to see what Valerie does at 125 pounds.
She’s taking on Kate Jackson (9-2), who went 2-1 on the Ultimate Fighter season 23 but was not signed to a UFC deal. Kate defeated Colleen Schneider in her Bellator debut in August. It should be a good fight between two experienced fighters.
If you need another reason to watch Bellator, James “The Colossus” Thompson who always shows up and bangs. He’s a 300-pound beast who throws hands with absolute fury. He rages until he either knocks out his opponent or himself is knocked out. It’s not always pretty, but it’s always fun.
The Bellator 191 card can be viewed here.