Bellator responds to Attila Vegh’s claims he was not hurt
September 3, 2013
MMA Fighting reports Bellator’s response to light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh’s report that he was not injured and could fight on the Bellator PPV card. Bellator produced Vegh’s medical report to rebut the claim that it misrepresented that Vegh was injured.
The theory was that Bellator wanted an Emanuel Newton-King Mo rematch. In order to do this, it would have to postpone Vegh’s title defense as is customary Newton, the winner of the tournament, would have faced Vegh. Vegh claimed that he was not injured and could fight on the Bellator PPV. Bellator has produced Vegh’s medical report (via MMA Fighting). The report indicates that due to a kick in training, Vegh was instructed to sit out 6-8 weeks.
A portion of the Bellator press release is below:
..Attila has confirmed that his statements were not translated correctly and were not accurate. Attila was fully aware that Bellator made numerous attempts to schedule his world title defense vs. Emmanuel Newton, and that his injury prevented that bout from occurring and that Bellator was going to schedule an interim world title fight because of the delays.
Attila will be facing the winner of the Newton vs. Mo Interim World Title fight in early 2014.
Another public relations issue that Bellator has to handle. It seems that Bellator is hanging the issue on a perceived miscommunication on the original web site which had a Polish reporter interviewing Vegh in Slovakian. While the issue appears to be over considering the production of the medical report, it still looks like Bellator could have handled this better. It could have promised Veigh a non-title fight on the PPV card or told him the rationale for taking him off the card. Also, why is the Newton-Mo fight for the “interim” title if it sounds like Vegh would only have to sit out a couple months?
Certainly, Vegh wanted a shot on PPV as it would have been good exposure for him. However, the rematch between Newton and Mo would likely draw more interest based on their previous fight. Calling it for the “interim” title makes the fight appear a little more important. It definitely is unfair to Vegh considering he is the champion and it appears he will not make the big show.