With Strikeforce now reduced to a temporary pet of the UFC, Bellator Fighting Championships finds themselves as the default No. 2 MMA promotion in America, if not the world.
Yes, I know that Dana White said that Strikeforce will still exist separate from the UFC, just as it had before Zuffa purchased it. But, I have seen this movie before and the Strikeforce label's days are numbered.
It is just a matter of time before Mauro Ranallo and Stephen Quadros return to cursing the UFC from the back of the unemployment line, and Gus Johnson returns full-time to a sport he knows something about.
And, with the new role as No. 2, Bellator has to keep their momentum going by picking up whatever talented fighters have not found their way under the Zuffa umbrella, or have prematurely been thrown out into the rain already.
Bellator has to find a balance between established veterans and rising prospects.
They must bring in some familiar faces to attract the attention of the casual fan, but also pack plenty of substance into their product by not going the way of EliteXC and selling more sizzle than steak.
Of course, they are already doing a tremendous job of that already. But, to borrow a line from Woody Allen, a fight promotion is like a shark. It has to keep moving to stay alive.
Bellator needs to keep moving and pick up any valuable free agents while they are still available.
Here is a list of 30 names I think would be worth giving at least one chance on the Bellator stage. Some of them are fading veterans, some are lesser known prospects. But, Bellator is all about giving a fighter an opportunity and putting their future into their hands.