Sean Pierson does not want to watch Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva fight.
Bellator recently announced their upcoming pay-per-view Bellator: NYC which will be held in Madison Square Garden and headlined by Sonnen and Silva. On his weekly appearance on Fightful MMA's podcast, Pierson discussed his distaste for fights he sees more as a spectacle which Bellator has done with guys like Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock.
"Think about it, when we started watching UFC it was Ken Shamrock and a lot of these guys, they shouldn't be fighting anymore. Even when Bellator was putting out Kimbo again and that fight there and who is that DaDa whatever? People watching those fights were watching for the spectacle. If you're going to do that, we can go back to two drunks fighting in the ring and I'm sure we'll get some fans watching that too," said Pierson.
Pierson compared the matchmaking style to professional wrestling emphasizing the entertainment value being more important than the sport of mixed-martial-arts. He went on to say he thinks Bellator is not presenting a product like he would, especially with a main event like Sonnen versus Silva.
"It's not going to do huge numbers. I think some people are going to watch it. I'd rather see them build these off the Rory MacDonalds and the Larkins and the Semtexs, real fights that mean something," said Pierson. "I wanted to see (Silva versus Sonnen) ten years ago. I don't care to see Chael in the ring again.Wanderlaei Silva is another guy, after those terrible videos that guy made, I don't even want to hear that guy talk...There's no relevancy in this fight for me," later added Pierson.
He also said he feels similarly about Fedor Emelianenko's fight with Matt Mitrione on the same fight card. He said he probably will not buy the pay-per-view and will catch up online if anything noteworthy happens. On the rest of the podcast, Pierson discussed Conor McGregor potentially boxing Floyd Mayweather, including his thoughts that McGregor will not return to UFC, if he boxes Mayweather.
Pierson appears weekly on Fightful MMA's podcast to discuss current events in mixed-martial-arts.
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