Saturday’s Bellator MMA show, Bellator 211, was always going to be a light card in terms of contests fought. With an increased emphasis on matches from sister promotion Bellator Kickboxing (Bellator Kickboxing 11 had nine total fights), Bellator 211 only had five total MMA fights on its main card.
With no championship belt at stake in the main event, a Light Heavyweight bout between Kent Kauppinen and Alessio Sakara was only a three-round match.
The pace of the card was rather brisk. Out of the five total MMA fights that were contested on Saturday, four of them ended in stoppages. Here are the results of the card: (note: winners of matches listed in boldfaced type.)
Main event: Kent Kauppinen, first-round knockout vs. Alessio Sakara
Co-main event: Hesdy Gerges, first-round technical knockout vs. Domingos Barros
Pedro Carvalho, first-round guillotine choke vs. Luca Vitali
Alen Amedovski, first-round knockout [12 seconds into the fight], vs. Ibrahim Mane
Kiefer Crosbie, unanimous decision, vs. Orlando D’Ambrosio
As was said last week during the Golden Boy MMA opinion piece, stoppages were the order of the day. The pacing of the show affected the programming schedule for Paramount Network after the fight.
Bellator 211 had an approximate two-hour, 15-minute runtime on Paramount Network Saturday afternoon. Due to the 80 percent stoppage rate of the main card, the event was over just beyond 90 minutes into its runtime.
At approximately 5:41 p.m. EST, 4:41 p.m. CST, Paramount Network signed off from Italy to return to its regular program schedule, in this case, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), with still a little more than a half-hour remaining before its scheduled end time.
Aside from the headaches from people who were recording the post-fight movie on DVR and were unaware of the early end of the show, there should be no complaints about the pacing of the card.
There certainly are no complaints from me. Unlike the Bellator 206 card from September, there were no padding or locker room segments.
A good MMA card should not take half the night to complete. For example, main cards from the PFL are generally very orderly and usually don’t take much longer than two hours to complete.
Simply put, there should be more MMA cards designed with pacing in mind.
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