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Hardy on Bellator’s matchmaking: ‘Why are we watching these old relics battle it out in main events?’

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Dan Hardy questions Bellator’s matchmaking process, despite being threatened with legal action for a previous tweet on the Tito Ortiz-Chael Sonnen fight at Bellator 170.

UFC veteran Dan Hardy was not a fan of how Bellator 170’s main event fight between Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz went down. He even voiced out his frustrations via Twitter, which he later got some flak about.

“The #Bellator170 main event was more choreographed than a Brittany Spears music video. Shame really… It might have been a fun fight,” Hardy wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.

Hardy later clarified that he meant no malice with his post, stating it was merely his instant reaction when he saw what happened during the fight. But nonetheless, Bellator CEO Scott Coker responded by saying that Viacom’s legal department would step in if anyone “questions the integrity of the company’s fights.”

“The Outlaw” seemed unbothered by Coker’s threats, and he even questioned Bellator’s matchmaking process once again in a recent interview with MMA Junkie.

“The other thing that frustrates me, as well, is Bellator have got so much talent on their roster. Why are we watching these old relics battle it out in main events? I want to see the talented fighters that they’ve already got competing,” Hardy said.

“I mean, (Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald) is a great fight. What a great fight. (Michael Page), we need to see more of that kid. We need to see him matched up against contenders that we know their status (so) we know where they’re at.”

Hardy hopes that Bellator would instead market the younger fighters on its roster, instead of putting on nostalgic match-ups involving elder fighters.

“I think they’ve got talent on their roster that they need to push more,” Hardy said. “And I know that they’re trying to bring in their markets with their big old names, but they don’t get the performances out of those big old names, especially with them reaching 40. They’re just not on their game any more.”

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