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    Bellator alters tournament format, creates new class for former tourney winners
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    Bellator MMA is shifting its format, and now former tournament winners may have an easier path back to a title shot.

    As long as a fighter wins a Bellator tournament, he will be placed into a pool of fighters who can be given a title shot at any time in the future. The promotion announced the change on Thursday.

    “Just like we’ve done since Day One, any fighter who wins ‘the toughest tournament in sports’ will still be guaranteed a world title fight,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “The addition I’m making here that I’m really excited about is if you’ve won a tournament, you’ll join an elite group of athletes who we can grant a world title fight to at any time.

    “For example, if you win a tournament, fight for the world title and lose, you forever remain in that elite group of fighters who can be awarded another shot at the title. We will place some fighters back into tournaments, while others may lose a world title fight, win some non-tournament fights and be awarded another shot at the title.”

    Rebney said the new method won’t be an automatic for anyone. Rather, the promotion will look at things on a case-by-case basis to decide if a tournament winner who loses a title shot should be thrust back into a fight with the champion.

    In recent months, former lightweight champion Michael Chandler lost his title to Eddie Alvarez this past November. But instead of Chandler having to win a lightweight tournament to get another shot at the belt, he was put into a trilogy rematch with Alvarez.

    That fight was set to take place a month ago at Bellator 120, the promotion’s first pay-per-view. But the week before the fight, Alvarez had to pull out thanks to a concussion. Instead, Chandler fought Will Brooks for the interim belt and lost a close decision.

    But as past tournament winners, all three of those fighters now are eligible to be put back into a title fight at any time.

    “We won’t be implementing any hard and fast rule as to when a fighter will go back into a tournament and when he’ll fight non-tournament fights and potentially be granted another title shot,” Rebney stated. “What’s great about this addition is that it allows us to stay true to our core format, where title shots can only be earned through a tournament win, while also providing us tremendous flexibility to make the great fights fans want to see.

    “And, we can do all this while keeping our fighters busy and battling in meaningful fights on a re-occurring basis. This is another step in our constant evolution and most importantly it’s a win for the fighters and the fans.”

    The new format appears to sit well with at least a couple current champions, as well.

    “When I heard about this change, I instantly fell in love with it,” interim lightweight champ Brooks stated. “This is a way to keep guys active after they have proven themselves in a tournament. You always want to stay in the mix as a fighter, and it’s really exciting to me that Bellator is taking the fighters and fans opinions to heart and making decisions to put on the best fights possible. It’s refreshing to see and be a part of, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

    Staying busy is something welterweight titleholder Douglas Lima wants to be able to do, as well.

    “At the end of the day, everyone wants to see guys they know stay busy and active,” he stated. “As fighters, we want to stay busy and keep fighting, and this new change helps keep the talent pool fresh and creates new challengers for us. I know the tournament isn’t going anywhere. It’s how we all came up and got our titles, but now we have a chance to keep staying busy and keep defending our titles.”
    The fighters currently eligible for title shots in the new format includes:

    Bantamweight: Champion Eduardo Dantas, interim champion Joe Warren, Marcos Galvao, Rafael Silva
    Featherweight: Champion Pat Curran, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev, Shahbulat Shamhalaev, Daniel Straus, Joe Warren, Daniel Weichel
    Lightweight: Champion Eddie Alvarez, interim champion Will Brooks, Michael Chandler, Pat Curran, Rick Hawn, Dave Jansen, David Rickels
    Welterweight: Champion Douglas Lima, Karl Amoussou, Rick Hawn, Andrey Koreshkov
    Middleweight: Champion Alexander Shlemenko, Doug Marshall, Brennan Ward
    Light Heavyweight: Champion Emanuel Newton, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Christian M’Pumbu, Atilla Vegh
    Heavyweight: Champion Vitaly Minakov, Cheick Kongo, Alexander Volkov
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    Translation: We will do everything in our power to make sure the fighters we want to be champion are champion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    Translation: We will do everything in our power to make sure the fighters we want to be champion are champion.
    Yeah, that's how I read it too.

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    I think it is a good idea as the tournament format is a way to create legitimate contenders but is too restrictive from a best for business point of view when you have few genuine stars and they have to go through a couple nobodies before you can make a money (re)match.

    Unfortunately the way Rebney has sold it makes it sound like they will give out undeserved title shots on a whim (which they will) which makes a mockery of the tournament format IMO and devalues the one thing that separates them from their 'competition'.

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    The tournament format was in place to guarantee that someone had to win like three or four fights before getting a title shot. Thus the tagline "where title shots are earned" was born. Guys who have previously won tournaments should still have to win another one to get a rematch. If they lose it creates a new star. This whole pool of winners who can get a title shot whenever is a cop out. They will do away with the tournaments soon enough, then they will go away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disposableassassin View Post
    The tournament format was in place to guarantee that someone had to win like three or four fights before getting a title shot. Thus the tagline "where title shots are earned" was born. Guys who have previously won tournaments should still have to win another one to get a rematch. If they lose it creates a new star. This whole pool of winners who can get a title shot whenever is a cop out. They will do away with the tournaments soon enough, then they will go away.
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    They've been compromising this core selling point for a while now, time to put some lipstick on that pig because they can't really tout this out there when UFC gifts a title shot, knowing full well they're doing nearly the same thing.

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    At least you need a tourney title in Bellator. The UFC has a pool as well with no specific requirements to get in. It's the pool that's created when Dana's vagina gets a wet spot for an undeserving fighter.
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    Dana White 'could give a (bleep)' about Bellator vs. UFC head-to-head on Sept. 5
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    “If you guys really think we look at Bellator and give a s–t what’s going on or what they’re doing, we don’t,” White told MMAjunkie. “That’s just the date that we landed on. We get the dates from FOX – we don’t pick our own dates, we get the dates. They give us the dates they need us to go on, and it’s determined by what other programming they have or what’s going on that night.

    “There’s nights where we’re going to fall on the same night as World Series of Fighting, too. And I’ve got no beef with those guys. I don’t give a s–t what night Bellator goes on.”

    Since Bellator moved to the UFC’s previous television platform on Spike TV in January 2013, White has rarely spoken highly of the promotion and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

    The root of his disdain could come from a variety of issues, but regardless of his personal feelings, White remains adamant about one thing: He doesn’t see Bellator as competition.

    “They make no difference to me whatsoever,” White said. “The day I start worrying about what Bellator (is doing), or thinking, ‘We’re going to go on the same night as Bellator ’cause I want to crush them’ … they’re getting crushed already by themselves. They can go on their own f—ing date anywhere and it’s not like me going on the same night is going to do any damage to Bellator that wasn’t already done.

    “I could give a s–t where Bellator goes. What night, what day, whatever. It’s not like Bellator’s out there killing it and we’re going to going to go in and take some away. I mean, it’s just stupid to even think that. We end up on the same night as many different sporting events, sometimes boxing events we land on the same nights. There’s tons of events and tons of MMA organizations. I could give a s–t about them.”

    Although White continues to reiterate his lack of thought for Bellator, the Viacom-owned organization did make some waves of late with its first pay-per-view event. Reports surfaced that the May 17 event headlined by Quinton Jackson vs. Muhammed Lawal managed to top 100,000 buys, which would be considered a major success.

    If the number holds up, White says he’d be shocked – if he thought the number was legit to begin with

    “Yeah it shocks me, because no it didn’t [do 100,000 buys],” White said. “Did [Rebney] ever find out what the gate was? No one ever got back to him on the gate? He didn’t know what the gate was. If he didn’t know what his gate was, but he did 100,000 pay-per-view buys … the guy is a f—ing clown. Could you imagine a night where you guys ask me, ‘Hey, what was your gate tonight?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ I won’t.

    “You don’t want to give out your gate, and yeah, you don’t want to give out a real pay-per-view number, either. It’s like, that’s why you’re asking me if I give a s–t what they’re doing like we’re trying to go the same night to destroy them. I’m doing two events on the same time on opposite ends of the world. Like I really give a s–t where they are or what they’re doing. I knew the real number before they knew the real number. That’s their business. It’s like their gate. That’s his business.”

    While White claims he doesn’t perceive Bellator as a threat, the fact still remains that the two organizations will be battling for live gate and television ratings on Sept. 5.

    The UFC has gone head-to-head in the past with now-defunct organizations such as Affliction, Strikeforce and EliteXC. However, White is insistent this situation is different and he won’t do anything special to one-up Bellator.

    “[I cared] back in the old days, back when there was a competitive landscape out there and there were things going on,” White said. “I honestly, I literally never think of Bellator, I don’t give a s–t what Bellator’s doing or what’s going on with them. It’s not like Bellator is some organization you have to look out for. Let’s be honest here. Seriously look at the cards they put on and what they’re doing.

    “Nobody is going out of their way and saying, ‘Oh f–k, a big Bellator event is on tonight.’ I literally never think about Bellator and I could care less what they’re doing.”
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    Why would Dana care? UFC is going to get the majority of the viewership anyway. Honestly, I think UFC should schedule opposite Bellator more often. Bellator would be dead in 2 months tops.

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