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Bellator 59 was an event that looked quite good on paper, with two tournament finals, the Bellator debuts of two former fighters, and the Bellator return of a top Bellator Lightweight. But the event saw controversy after controversy, and now once again it’s time to ask: what’s next? What does the future hold after so much scandal? Here’s my answer to just that: a new edition of my “What’s Next for the Winners and Losers” series of articles, now featuring Bellator 59.
Each other, which is why I’m grouping them together. Although I enjoyed their fight at Bellator 59, I still firmly believe that Nover was robbed. So I also firmly believe that he deserves an immediate rematch with Held to hopefully erase this horrible judging error off of his record.
If his second retirement is anything like his first retirement, Pellegrino will be back eventually. I hope he does come back, it’s very strange to take your leave following what was clearly a bad call by the referee. If Pellegrino does decide to stay retired I’ll respect his wishes, but if he ever gets “the itch” again I’m sure both Bellator and its fans (including me) would welcome him back with open arms.
Even though the fight ended early, Freire once again proved that he was one of the best Lightweights in Bellator at Bellator 59. I would absolutely love to see Freire take on Eddie Alvarez, it wouldn’t be for the belt but it would definitely still be a “super-fight”. Whenever Bellator’s next Lightweight tournament rolls around, expect Freire to be a heavy favorite to win it.
It’s been confirmed that there will be an immediate rematch to crown a winner of Bellator’s Season Five Heavyweight Tournament. Even if their fight at Bellator 59 ended after only a handful of minutes, I think Thiago Santos proved that he’s the man to beat. Prindle needs to focus almost-exclusively on his takedown defense now, because if it wasn’t for an illegal groin strike it looked very, very possible that Prindle would’ve spent three rounds on his back. That may still happen.
And that’s what I think, fans and friends.
Oliver Saenz, also known as PdW2kX, is a freelance journalist, opinion columnist, hardcore FightGamesBlog.net.fan, and lifelong video nerd. For more news, views, previews, and reviews on all things Mixed Martial Arts as well as video games, be sure to visit