There are many words you could use to describe Bellator’s debut in Madison Square Garden, but none of them are “boring”.
Bellator NYC was the second pay-per-view in the company’s history, and their first visit to The Garden since the lifting of MMA’s almost 20 year ban in the state of New York. The craziness that seems to follow Bellator to all of their big shows refused to take a night off on their biggest stage to date.
This was a pay-per-view that was crucial to the promotion’s future, and while it delivered in many ways, it perhaps didn’t quite lead Bellator down the path they expected.
Scott Coker said in the post-fight press conference that Bellator will definitely look to do a pay-per-view again soon, but probably not again in 2017. Bellator has established itself as a TV show, and it’s sensible to not deviate from the model too quickly.
But there will have been a number of lessons learned from this show. Bellator NYC was an entertaining night for a variety of reasons, and some outcomes will be telling for the future direction of the company.