There’s the obvious one. Once Megumi Fujii didn’t become champion (regardless of how you scored the fight) and Zoila Frausto Gurgel was unable to make 115 again…. Bellator said fuck it to WMMA.
But, I don’t think that is necessarily true. They put on quite a few fights for Frausto and Aguilar after Megumi lost. Conversely, while rewatching all of Aguilar’s and Frausto’s fights for the WMMA stats project thing I’m doing, I fully realized how "not must watch" they were/are.
Between Frausto and Aguilar they have 9 of their 11 fights go to decision. And both of their finishes were in their first Bellator fights. That’s 9 straight fights they went to a decision. Of those fights, if you look at the fights from a casual POV (meaning they don’t know the significance of Megumi losing) I’d say the Aguilar/Esparza fight was the most memorable. While the rest… might as well may have never happened.
Other reasons: Zoila was out for over a year with an injury. I also think a lot of people, myself included, have them in the I don't hate, care or like them category. The absolute worse category. They both like to counter strike, and sit back, which is fine if you can finish like Machida, but they can't. Whole lot of nothing happens before something happens (and that something isn't even that great). Their ground work is 'lay n pray' oriented. Frausto had that huge knockout of Sexton that was good promotion, but her and Aguilar's fights were just bad, bad, bad. And that's pretty much what Bellator put on.
Thank Vitor for UFC, Invicta, Ronda and all these up and coming females.