Even if you’re more than a casual MMA fan and you try to catch every UFC PPV or the main event from every card they do, there’s still a good chance you’ve never seen an MMA fight outside of the UFC umbrella. Bellator is seen as the number two to the UFC in terms of other promotions, and it’s no secret that there’s a significant gap between the two in terms of both popularity and skill, as a general rule.
While the UFC has mostly monopolized the market, it doesn’t mean that anything outside of their cards is worth keeping an eye out for. The proof is in the pudding, and if you watched the co-main on the recent Poirier vs. McGregor card, you saw former Bellator champion Michael Chandler make one of the best UFC debuts of all time when many doubted whether he could even compete at the UFC’s level or not. If you’re interested in checking out what the wider scope of MMA has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of the ten best promotions that MMA has to offer today, with a little look at their history and key players.