Bjorn Rebney: Bellator to Allow Championship Rematches Beginning in 2013



The motto of the Bellator Fighting Championships has long been “Where Title Shots are Earned, Not Given” due to its tournament-based system.

In the past, only tournament winners were eligible to receive a title shot against the champion in each division. The Chicago-based promotion will become slightly more flexible in 2013, however, as Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced on Monday that his company will allow championship rematches beginning next year.

“I am proud to announce that driven by your input, we will implement a championship fight rematch clause as we move into 2013 and our launch on Spike in January,” Rebney stated in a letter on the Bellator website. “When a fighter’s earned a shot at the world title by winning the toughest tournament in sports and competes in a title fight that knocks fans like us back in our seats (win or lose) delivering an incredible fight, when a rematch is called for, we will deliver it. Championship fights give us some of the greatest moments in MMA. And, rematches of incredible championship fights will give fans like us more of those electrifying moments, while staying true to the world’s best fighters having had to earn their way to those title shots.”

Bellator has three more events scheduled for 2012 before it transitions to Spike TV next year. The promotion’s next event, Bellator 82, takes place in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on Friday and features a Season 7 welterweight tournament final matchup between Lyman Good and Andrey Koreshkov.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

The flyweight division continues to expand as Invicta Fighting Championships has signed another 125-pound fighter. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Invicta Fighting Championships recently announced four additions to the current roster, signing three new flyweights and a returning strawweight to the promotion. First announced o read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is generally considered to be the premier mixed martial arts promotion in the world, with Bellator MMA not far behind. But for Sam Oropeza, the first step in his ro read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is generally considered to be the premier mixed martial arts promotion in the world, with Bellator MMA not far behind. But for Sam Oropeza, the first step in his ro read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 43 views

Earlier this week, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White told the mixed martial arts (MMA) media that former middleweight champion Anderson Silva would be next in line for a 185-p read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Thiago Silva has signed with World Series of Fighting and will vie for the promotion’s light heavyweight title through a four-man tournament on March 28. read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 views

Returning Bellator MMA featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan likes fighting wrestlers. Because when he does, he gets the benefits from training for them. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 views

Ben Askren is set to defend his One Fighting Championship welterweight belt against Luis Santos at an as-yet-unannounced event in April. read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 27 views

Which saves Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) the trouble of making a counteroffer. Bellator MMA President Scott Coker, who partnered with M-1 Global a few years back to co-promote mixed martial a read news >>