The Bellator president spoke to the media ahead of this weekend’s stacked Bellator 222 card and explained how teaming up with the UFC would not be as out of the question as many would assume.
After a successful crossover that saw RIZIN champion Kyoji Horiguchi take on Bellator’s title-holder Darrion Caldwell at RIZIN 14, the Bellator bantamweight title will be up for grabs in the second of this pair of unique cross-promotional super-fights.
There is something very old-school about seeing the best of the best from two of the world’s biggest fight-organisations going head-to-head and now, after the Japanese star was able to score the late submission victory over the American last time around, there is the feeling that the stakes are even higher this time around.
Horiguchi has long been seen as one of the finest fighters outside of the UFC finds himself on the verge of holding both the RIZIN and Bellator bantamweight titles consecutively, a feat that would single him out as one of the finest bantamweights on the planet, if that was ever in any doubt.
“Listen, it’s not their business model to do that, but if they want to get it on, let’s do it. We would not be opposed to that.”
“Absolutely. I mean, c’mon. We got some killers in this league. If they want to get it on, let’s do it.” (via MMAJunkie)
Who knows if the UFC will ever bite on this one – given that they are known for their ruthless approach to business and their competition – although the prospect of seeing some of the UFC’s best going up against their cross-promotional counterparts does make for an interesting thought.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena