It looks like Bellator has decided to change the company’s policy regarding the treatment of champions after a slew of slip-ups left the titles in question a bit tarnished. Specifically, Bellator will no longer allow divisional kings to compete in other promotions or subject them to bouts against opponents other than top contenders.
Two of the organization’s biggest flubs in that regard involved Eduardo Dantas and Christian M’Pumbu. Dantas, who holds the bantamweight belt, was knocked out in Brazil this past August while waiting for a challenger in Bellator, while M’Pumbu lost a decision to Travis Wiuff more than a year ago in his only fight since being named Bellator’s first light heavyweight champion.
CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed the new approach to MMAFrenzy:
“Super fights and fights outside of the organization are a thing of the past. Our champions will be defending very regularly, on a consistent basis, because we have all the tournaments we need now. There are a lot of incredible world title-fights that we’ll get to see.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Bellator