Van Roosmalen: "Rumor of GLORY/Bellator crossover"
Hard-hitting GLORY lightweight contender Robin van Roosmalen has been told he is likely the next in line for a title shot at 155lbs. He holds two wins over current champion Davit Kiria but doesn’t see that as any guarantee of another victory. In addition to the title shot news, Van Roosmalen is also excited about a rumor that GLORY and Bellator might do some crossover matches now that Scott Coker has taken over at Bellator.
Bellator announces departure of executives Bjorn Rebney and Tim Danaher
Spike TV today announced that Bellator MMA’s top two executives have parted ways with the company.
Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s founder, chairman and CEO, as well as company president and COO Tim Danaher, have the left company, effective immediately.
A reason for their departures wasn’t given, though a statement from Rebney mentioned a difference “in our views on the right strategic direction.”
BFC Evolves the Tourney
Bellator isn't getting away from their tournament model, but they are adjusting it. In short, Bellator tournament champions no longer have to re-enter the tournament system to earn subsequent title shots.
Bellator officials exclusively tell MMA Fighting the tournament still earns the winner a guaranteed title shot and $100,000 extra in earnings, but also something more now. Once a fighter wins a tournament, they'll forever belong to a pool of fighters who can win a series of fights outside of the tournament that also lead to a title shot.
Bellator 121 weigh-in results: Four main-card matchups set with no issue
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
-Austen Heidlage (205.7) vs. Philipe Lins (205.7) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
-James Thompson (260.3) vs. Eric Prindle (264.8)
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (204.8) vs. Terry Davinney (205.8)
-Carlos Eduardo (205.2) vs. Egidijus Valavicius (205.2) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7 p.m. ET)
-Stephen Banaszak (145.9) vs. Treston Thomison (145.9)
-Cortez Coleman (185.7) vs. Joe Vedepo (185.6)
-Kelly Anundson (206.3)* vs. Rodney Wallace (205.9) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
-Jamelle Jones (205.8) vs. Ray Sloan (202.4)
-Matt Jones (188.4) vs. Bubba McDaniel (189.8)
-Steve Garcia (139.2) vs. Cody Walker (140.2)#
-Guillermo Ayme (168) vs. William Florentino (170.8)
* – Anundson has two hours to lose the remaining 0.3 pounds
# – Walker has two hours to lose the remaining 0.2 pounds