Daily Debate results: Will cross-promotional fights will become a bigger trend in MMA?

Earlier this week, Bellator announced its bantamweight champion, Darrion Caldwell, will go after a different promotion’s title in a month.

Caldwell (13-1) is heading to Japan to fight Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2) for Rizin FF’s inaugural 135-pound title at that promotion’s annual year-end show, Rizin FF 14 at Saitama Super Arena on New Year’s Eve.

It’s a move Bellator President Scott Coker said he was in favor of.

“Bellator wants to support Rizin, and by sending our bantamweight champion to compete during their New Year’s Eve event, we look forward to this leading towards more collaboration between the two promotions in 2019,” Coker stated. “I want to wish Darrion luck in his quest to prove he is the best 135-pound fighter on the planet.”

The fight will be three rounds, will be held in a ring instead of a cage, will be under Rizin FF’s rules, and Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line.

So for our latest Daily Debate, we asked if you think this move is going to be the first in a new trend to have more cross-promotional fights in MMA. The results (via Twitter) were pretty overwhelming:

To hear the MMAjunkie Radio crew weigh in on the topic, watch the video above.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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