Should there be another alternative other than Bellator?

Remember when the times when we had Elite XC, Strikeforce, WEC, and other promotions with great fighters? I sure do, I have to give it to Bellator because they have generated a great buzz and proper fighter treatment. Though, Bellator is a good place to go when the UFC isn't acting right, I miss the Pride era. I know Rizin is supposed to be the next best thing it lacks the star power, the crowd, and old excitement of the Pride days. Not only was Pride great in Japan, it reached success here in the states as well. It had a great rule set with the ability to book soccer stadiums and high level fighters. I miss the days of bone crushing stomps of Wanderlei Silva and bone breaking submissions of Ricardo Arona. You really weren't a fighter if you couldn't last in Pride. Elite XC and WEC were great but they were just another UFC waiting to be grabbed up. Elite XC had some prominent fighters but the over budgeting of Kimbo Slice and Seth Petruzelli telling them to fix the fight killed the promotion. Though having a prime time deal with CBS was helpful it wasn't enough to grab new audiences attention. Kimbo Slice was an indeed ratings booster but once off television people changed the channel. Though guys like Scott Smith, Robbie Lawler, and Cung Lee as well as Frank Shamrock they lacked to grab on to new audiences. With a well known and respected roster they lacked to push on stars to the sport. Mainly the downfall maybe because the promoters were boxing promoters and didn't really get the sport or didn't see any potential in any other fighter than Kimbo? World Extreme Cage Fighting was at the time the second biggest attraction in the United States behind the UFC. Making guys like Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, and Urijah Faber. It had built a buzz and Urijah Faber took over the whole west coast Of Mixed Martial Arts. It wasn't until 2009 they would be absorbed by the UFC and make new champions such as Dominick Cruz, Jose Aldo, and Benson Henderson. Since then there have been 5 former WEC fighters that have been UFC Champions. Strikeforce has produced the best fighters we know today such as Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero, and Alistair Overeem. The promotion maybe best known for former Pride Heavyweight Champion and Undefeated fighter at the time Fedor Emelianenko his first three losses. Strikeforce also had its impressive entrance ramp that may have inspired Bellator's ramp. It's use of no elbows basically made it a K-1 match with takedowns and ground and pound. After the merger former strikeforce fighters such as Robbie Lawler, Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier, and Current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley have started in Strikeforce before UFC. Though these promotions have had made superstars in their own right they just missed something to reach success. Is lack of faith in fighters or no promotion at all that were these companies downfall. At this the UFC is not doing so well and an alternative is the best thing right now. Bellator is doing well but sometimes watching Bellator can feel like watching UFC in 2010. I feel as though something similar to Pride(and I don't mean Rizin)need to assemble. Would you like to see something different, if so let me know?

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