Here are the highlights from the post-fight press conference from tonight's Bellator show in Chicago.
-Zoila Frausto went to the hospital to check up on her foot. Bellator CEO and founder Bjorn Rebney mentioned the organization has yet to have a fighter have to pull out of a tournament following a win. Frausto returned ten minutes into the presser and reported that she should be OK to fight in 6-8 weeks.
-Dan Hornbuckle made multiple remarks in regards to Brad Blackburn hurting him in round one, saying Blackburn "almost knocked [him] out." Blackburn, for his part, felt he made a rookie mistake in aborting his gameplan. Blackburn later told me the gameplan was to stick tight to Dan's chest in the clinch. The thought of a knockout hyped him up, and he drifted away from his objectives.
-Scott Barrett believes he won the first two rounds from Damian Grabowski with takedowns and control. Grabowski felt that he was 100% the winner and told everyone to look at his opponent's face. He added that he might have lost if this were a wrestling match.
-The most interesting comments came from Rebney. In his opening remarks, Rebney commented on the lackluster attendance stating that he understands that Chicago is a major market with a lot of entertainment options. However, as their home office, Bellator wants to work hard to make a mark here. When asked about the improvement in attendance since the first Chicago show, Rebney equated it to the production, saying it's getting better, but it's not where he wants it to be. Rebney added that it's easier to draw in mid-markets like Louisville, but the company is committed to succeeding in larger markets like Chicago.
-Someone also asked Rebney if he feels like the public "gets" the tournament format. While a very silly question, Rebney provided a fairly interesting answer. Rebney stated that tournaments remove the "omnipotent wizard" calling the shots from behind a curtain. It puts a fighter's destiny in his or her own hands instead of the hands of a promoter or match maker. He went as far to say that the typical match making formula screams "theater" to him.