It is a new day over at Bellator Fighting Championships. Prior to today’s announcement, Bellator fighters would have to fight their way through a tumultuous 8 man tournament bracket in order to earn a championship fight. And if the fighter lost their opportunity or if the champion lost their title, a rematch was not even a remote possibility. That ship has since sailed. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced earlier that Bellator will be introducing Championship Rematches in an open letter to fans 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,” Rebney wrote on an open letter to fans posted on the company website. “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.”
This strategic announcement is sure to offer more compelling fights between the upper echelon of the Bellator locker room. Who wouldn’t want to see Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler have a championship rematch of their Fight Of The Year candidate from Season 5? Who knows what other classic fights could arise from this news.