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
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
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