Bellator has put on some great fights over the years. Unfortunately, no matter how exciting a main event may be, the majority of bouts on any given card will either be a blatant squash match or a "showcase of local talent."
Some of that is to scout for new challengers. Perry Filkins, for example, beat German import Jonas Billstein in what seemed to be a showcase fight at Bellator 81. From there, he was promoted to a tournament spot and remains one of the more interesting prospects on Bellator's middleweight roster.
Some of it is to pad records for their bigger names. When Bellator picked up Michael Page, who had the internet ablaze with his wild spinning-kick knockouts on the British circuit, they had him debut against Ryan Sanders, a fighter who compiled a paltry 4-3 record in smaller New England promotions and was actually coming off back-to-back losses.
Some of it, though, is just an offshoot of amateur MMA's pay-to-play format. A random fighter from a local gym can bring along 10 or 20 of his friends, training partners, coworkers and family members. Multiply that by 10 to 13 and that can actually translate to a double-digit percentage of Bellator's oft-dinky crowds.
Fewer events should lead to an overall higher level of talent and, as such, fewer generally horrible fighters. No promotion completely washes its hands of squash matches, not even the UFC. Still, fans can look forward to watching more fighters work their way from the preliminary cards to the main cards to main events to title shots, rather than seeing random anonymous one-and-done jobbers show up to get smacked around by established talent.