Bellator announces championship-rematch clause with move to Spike TV

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BuffaloDave
11/26/12 1:57:55PM
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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FastKnockout
11/26/12 2:18:55PM
Not a fan of this. I loved the must-win-tournament rule for title shots. Like the article said, it helped distinguish Bellator from the other organizations where in recent years we've been scratching our head at some of the match-ups. Sure, rematches like Chandler/Alvarez would be fun, but IMO I don't have to see it since most rematches never outshine the original.
BillsNewAccount
11/26/12 5:05:35PM
Good for Cole 'slaw' Conrad. If he didn't quit when he did he could never become a big time dairy farmer.

Championship clause makes sense, you know the baldfather will want King Mo back after he trashes the 205 class.
BuffaloDave
11/26/12 5:21:23PM
I like it, as long as it's as Rebney sticks by his guns, and only makes them "when called for" statement.
Twenty20Dollars
11/26/12 7:55:58PM
Maybe seems okay.

But you don't want your tournament winners sitting the sideline waiting for the other two to rematch.