Bellator has announced a new wrinkle in the promotion’s policy on title fights. Starting next season the promotion will institute a rematch clause for all title fights. The new clause will be a significant switch for the promotion which has always stuck to their policy of tournaments deciding title contenders.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the move via Bellator’s website. Rebney cited fan interest and request for the change.
“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. 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, re-matches 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.
Our focus is to constantly improve our televised and live events for you each and every week. A large part of making things better is listening to the people who make this all possible and adapting what we do to give you the very best we can. We’re committed to doing this as we move to our new home on Spike and the next step in our evolution.”
The move is being made as former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is currently a free agent. Alvarez has been adamant about receiving a rematch with current lightweight champion Michael Chandler after losing the title in their 2011 “Fight of the Year” nominee. However, it is not clear if the move will have any effect on the promotion’s attempts to sign Alvarez.