When Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney decided to add the company’s new “championship rematch clause” earlier in the week, many considered it an obvious ploy to coerce former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez to stay with the company. Some even argued that a rematch with current champion Michael Chandler was on the table to get him to stay, but Rebney is saying that they weren’t even considering making the new rule retroactive.
Rebney explained to MMAWeekly:
“It’s going to start in 2013. A lot of people have asked me will this retroactively apply to Ed Alvarez, he demolished Shinya Aoki, and Aoki was No. 5 in the world, and then the incredible knockout over Patricky Pitbull in front of the packed house up in Canada. At this point, I talk to Ed on a regular basis, but there’s no negotiation going on, there’s no discussion. So a consideration of retroactive applicability to this hasn’t been one we’ve really given any consideration to.”
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