Bellator announces championship rematch clause

by Dann Stupp | source: mmajunkie.com
 

While fighters will continue to control their destiny in the Bellator cage, chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney has given himself some wiggle room.

The fight executive today announced a new championship-rematch clause that will go into effect with the organization's upcoming move to Spike TV.

When "called for," Rebney will have the option to book title-fight rematches.

Rebney said he listed to feedback and made the change.

"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." he wrote on bellator.com. "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."

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DanTheWolfman site profile image  

11/27/12 12:45 AM by DanTheWolfman

Interesting....maybe not bad, because they have had their Champs sit on the Shelves way too long, this could helpBUT,Was thinking this would be like Rediculous weight cutter dude would have gotten a shot a M'Pumbu's belt....Non-title fights in your weight class as a champ do not make sense, never have, thanks Japan etc.

CindyO site profile image  

11/27/12 12:34 AM by CindyO

Shill it up, Cindy. LMFAO! You're calling ME a shill... after the reach around you just gave Bellator? Dude, shut up. Bellator has still maintained the integrity of the tourney format and this is not a sign they'll stray. That's you're opinion. But Chris27 make a strong case that this IS a sign. And his POV makes sense. You certainly don't have to agree. In this case the guy getting a title shot would have earned it by recently winning a tourney and theoretically reigning as champ or only narrowly losing to the org's #1. But how is that fair? You have a winner and a loser and the judges decide the score. Unless its a draw, there should be no immediate rematch- that's a "strike while the iron is hot" money oriented decision, which calls into question the competence of the judges as well as a promoters ability to manipulate matches. The loser is supposed to go to the end of the line and then come back next year- that's how they sold their brand to the masses. It's not unfair nor is it unexpected. These fighters know what's up. It's not broken so why mess with it? For money and ratings;) I think Chris27's comments are on point and reasonable. In the case of an interim title fight, the participants would have recently won a tourney, and it's not for the official belt anyways. As far as phasing out non-exclusive contracts, that would be the sign of the growth of an organization, which is why it bothers you as a Zuffa employee. LOL@ me being a Zuffa employee. I don't work for them, never have. I'm not bothered by their changes as I will still watch. I just think it's funny how they are slowly moving in a direction they have been critical of Zuffa about in the past;) They'll still have non-exclusive contracts for a while until they hold a tourney every season and find ways like title rematches to keep their top guys busier. I'm sure they'd let a Khalidov moonlight w/ KSW where at this juncture they might justify paying more on a per fight basis, if he fortified their MW tourney. Eventually they wouldn't need other organizations (outside of being involved in a champion's league like I suggested) because they could accommodate all the fighter's needs themselves, that's the goal. Blah, blah, blah with your predictions, LaToya. Time will tell.   Cindy

RKing85 site profile image  

11/26/12 11:09 PM by RKing85

excellent news.Definitly announced this to try and swing Alvares their way, but no matter why they are doing it, it is great fucking news.

MountainMedic site profile image  

11/26/12 8:07 PM by MountainMedic

Personally I think its just insurance against losing champions to the UFC.Win ir lose a big big fight, the last one on your contract, Bellator still owns you.I love Bellator, love the format, love the production. But this is a big league move right out if the zuffa playbook.

FixedPartialArts site profile image  

11/26/12 7:49 PM by FixedPartialArts

Well, Bibiano Fernandes is not Tyson Nam. If Dantas lost to him he wouldn't take near the same perceptional hit. And Bellator would be turning over champs quicker on Spike, plus my idea would be for the champion's league to be a yearly thing, so he'd get another try soon enough, or not even still be champ by then.If Bellator won a good majority of fights in a co-pro they'd entrench themselves as the superior org. That's the big picture. Plus you get reach on the other side of the globe and match-ups with major intrigue and investment.

FixedPartialArts site profile image  

11/26/12 7:43 PM by FixedPartialArts

Shill it up, Cindy. Bellator has still maintained the integrity of the tourney format and this is not a sign they'll stray.In this case the guy getting a title shot would have earned it by recently winning a tourney and theoretically reigning as champ or only narrowly losing to the org's #1. In the case of an interim title fight, the participants would have recently won a tourney, and it's not for the official belt anyways. As far as phasing out non-exclusive contracts, that would be the sign of the growth of an organization, which is why it bothers you as a Zuffa employee. They'll still have non-exclusive contracts for a while until they hold a tourney every season and find ways like title rematches to keep their top guys busier. I'm sure they'd let a Khalidov moonlight w/ KSW where at this juncture they might justify paying more on a per fight basis, if he fortified their MW tourney. Eventually they wouldn't need other organizations (outside of being involved in a champion's league like I suggested) because they could accommodate all the fighter's needs themselves, that's the goal.

Dana Stern site profile image  

11/26/12 7:10 PM by Dana Stern

All I've ever heard from the people at Bellator was that they were different, that our guys have to earn their shot, the tournament will always dictate the champ/contender, we won't waiver. Now everything they have stood for is all going to slowly go away? I don't get it? I mean I get it, but just how quickly they changed their tune. Oh well I think there will be better fights and a bit more wiggle room for them to create excitement.

CindyO site profile image  

11/26/12 5:47 PM by CindyO

Yep. Bye-bye tournament format, earned title shots, and non-exclusive contracts. Too bad- I liked that they dared to be different.   Cindy

Chris27 site profile image  

11/26/12 5:09 PM by Chris27

I think its good and I think most fans will think its good but this just shows they are gonna move away from tournament only title shots. Its SPike, Spike isnt stupid, they are gonna do it little by little and one day you will see someone get a title shot without winning a tournament. Its gonna make Bjorn look bad because for years he has has been saying our guys earn shots, UFC guys dont and his whole format is gonna change to be exactly like the UFC, what's he gonna say? First its title shot rematches, then its interim titles, then its a guy gets injured and a non tournament winner replaces him and then its signing a legit top fighter who is a big name who gets thrown into a title fight either right away or after winning one fight. And no way is Bellator gonna work with other orgs to do champ vs champ fights. They just saw their BW champ get knocked out in a regional org in Brazil, trying now to promote Dudu as some beast phenom top 5 BW is over. You will never see another Bellator champ fight outside the org nor will you see them co promote with another org. They may sign another orgs champ to fight their champ but its gonna be in a Bellator cage and they will have that fighter locked into a contract.

Fernando Alonso site profile image  

11/26/12 4:25 PM by Fernando Alonso

Meaning KenFlo comes out of retirement.



 

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