Finally, the anticipation was over.
Bellator debuted on the men’s network Thursday night to much hype, following huge advertisement campaigns on ESPN, CraveOnline.com and other big platforms. According to a report from Forbes, no less than 50 sponsors were on board for the promotion’s upcoming season.
Here’s how the MMA community reacted to Bellator’s Spike and Season 8 debut on Twitter:
Wheelock & Smith almost pulled a Musberger on Kate Winslet.Almost.;)— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) January 18, 2013
Up next, Seth Petruzelli and Jacob Noe. How does this guy keep weaseling his way into main events?— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) January 18, 2013
Is it me or is Neil Melanson morphing into Wes Sims?— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) January 18, 2013
Dominant performance by Michael Chandler. Am I overlooking someone if I say he's the best fighter not in the UFC? Hawn got legit beasted.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) January 18, 2013
jay hieron is the only fighter to fight in Bellator, SF, UFC, WEC, IFL and Affliction— CHippy (@mr_chipperson) January 18, 2013
BELLATOR IS COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU: THACKERVILLE OKLAHOMA, MT PLEASANT MICHIGAN, VACANT MATTRESS STORE IOWA— Chris Nelson (@3amMMA) January 18, 2013
Never thought I'd see my Twitter feed dominated by the two headed monster that is Bellator and Oprah.— Todd Martin (@ToddMartinMMA) January 18, 2013
Curran's forehead is marked and bruised -- from those headbutts he's been landing so effectively.— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) January 18, 2013
@robnashville I liked Newton's bull choke transition the most. "Wait, this probably hurts more if I do this."— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) January 18, 2013
Ah, the old bulldog choke-to-no-hooks rear-naked choke transition. What's up Pancrase in 1995. Newton forgot his spats and boots, though.— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) January 18, 2013
Am I hearing things, or did a Bellator commentator just call Antonio McKee an MMA legend?— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) January 18, 2013
Emanuel Newton's corner: "Hey, where's the water? Oh well, too late!" How do you lose the freaking water?— Mike Whitman (@mikewhitmanmma) January 18, 2013