Mixed martial arts' No. 2 promotion, Bellator MMA, has undergone significant changes over the past half-year.
The promotion released its founder and chief executive, Bjorn Rebney, and replaced him with former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. Coker was hired to overhaul the Bellator approach to MMA promotion, bringing in new fighters, moving away from a tournament-based format and switching to a lighter schedule with more stacked individual shows.
The first test for this new approach will come Saturday night, as Bellator 131 goes head to head with UFC 180 and WSOF 15 in a showdown between MMA’s top three North American promotions.
Headlining the card is a fight...