Bellator offers puzzling challenge to claim that Vegh was not injured

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Slovak Attila Vegh won the Bellator light heavyweight championship by beating Christian M’Pumbu at Bellator 91 on Feb. 28.

When on Aug 15 it was announced that Muhammed Lawal would be fighting Emanuel Newton for an interim Bellator light heavyweight belt, a number of fans on the UG were dubious

“King Mo will once again meet Emanuel Newton, this time for the interim Bellator Light Heavyweight Title,” said the press release. “With reigning Light Heavyweight Champion Attila Vegh sidelined with a shoulder injury, Mo and Newton will now square off for a shot at the title.”

The promotion had invested heavily in Lawal, but his title hopes appeared derailed when Newton knocked him out in Feb. during an eight-man championship qualifiying tournament. However, Newton entered a four man ‘Summer Series’ tournament beating Seth Petruzelli and Jacob Noe, and found himself back in (interim) title contention, vs. the man who KOed him.

However, in an interview with’s Tomasz Marciniak, Vegh reportedly said he was not hurt.

“It’s about business on Bellator’s side,” reads the disputed translation. “People want to see the rematch between King Mo and Newton. That’s why my fight is postponed to January and I’ll face the winner of the November’s fight. I’m not injured, I’m perfectly fine.

“It may be caused by the fact that I’m a foreign fighter, I’m not an American. American people want to see their fighters, but I want give them my belt for free.”

Any UGer fluent in Slovakian can make a determination as to accuracy by watching the video.

However, Bellator released a statement to MMAFighting denying that any such thing occured.

Numerous websites yesterday posted a story regarding Attila Vegh and statements he allegedly made to a reporter while in Poland.  The interview was done in Slovakian, through a reporter speaking Polish, and a number of US websites published the story with inaccurate and misleading information.

Please see the attached medical report to this email, a doctor’s report provided to Bellator by Attila’s doctor detailing his injury and instructing him to do nothing for 2 months.

Additionally, Attila has confirmed that his statements were not translated correctly and were not accurate.  Attila was fully aware that Bellator made numerous attempts to schedule his world title defense vs. Emmanuel Newton, and that his injury prevented that bout from occurring and that Bellator was going to schedule an interim world title fight because of the delays.

Attila will be facing the winner of the Newton vs. Mo Interim World Title fight in early 2014.

The attached medical report:

However, the medical report is dated April 15, and thus the quoted six to eight week duration for treatment would end between May 27 and June 10. The interim title fight is not scheduled until November. Further, the injury referred to is a hematoma in his chest, estimated to be about five fluid ounces in size, caused by a kick. There is no reference to a shoulder injury.

Thus the medical report raised more questions than it answered. Until a plausible medical explanation is offered, and an accurate interview translation provided, many fans will continue to be dubious.