Bellator will implement rematch clause in 2013
November 26, 2012
MMA Fighting reports that Bellator Fighting Championships will modify its current tournament structure to allow for championship rematches. The rematch clause should help bring exciting fights, storylines and recognizable names to its move to Spike TV.
On the Bellator web site, Bjorn Rebney wrote a letter to fans explaining of the slight change to the organization’s tournament format.
The change for Bellator will aid in its transition to Spike TV. The best scenario for Bellator would be an exciting title fight with the champion losing his belt and for a rematch to occur within a short span after the first fight. Thus, Bellator could capitalize on the buzz of the first fight by heavily promoting the rematch. It also would enable new viewers to familiarize itself with its fighters. This move is programming driven to ensure that it hits the ground running (i.e. ratings) on Spike TV.