There is a lot to like in today’s era of mixed martial arts. The rise of a new generation of stars, along with a global influx of international talent, have made nights like this past Saturday — which showcase the beautiful chaos of high-level fighting — an occurrence of almost dizzying regularity over the past year. But with that has also come the rebirth of the circus fight, a ratings grab from a stranger age which has been revived under the tenure of Bellator president Scott Coker.
Over three million people tuned in to watch Coker’s latest experiment, a spectacle double-header which featured middle-aged UFC Hall of Famers Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock atop the latest iteration of the Kimbo Slice show. That number of eyeballs is almost staggering, making Bellator 149 easily the most-watched fight of 2016. And as someone who has been around this game for over a decade, and overcome his fair share of hurdles in the process, World Series of Fighting lightweight title challenger Brian Foster is disgusted by a trend he sees returning to MMA’s shores.
“It set us back, man. It really did,” a fired-up Foster told MMA Fighting. “People who had no idea what our sport is about, to watch that for the first time, what the hell do you think they would think? It’s just horrible, man. To see my sons training their butts off everyday and working towards a goal to become what their father is, and to have s**t like that happening and dilute the future, it’s horrible, man. It’s very, very horrible to a person who has children like that, who look for something like it. I don’t know. It just hurt, man. It hurt. It was unsatisfying. It pisses me off.”
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