Bellator Fighting Championships will introduce a “Championship Fight Rematch Clause” when the company debuts on Spike TV in 2013, according to an open letter sent to fans Monday by company CEO Bjorn Rebney.
The clause states that when a fighter has earned a shot at a title by winning the Toughest Competition in Sports Tournament, and competes in an incredible title fight that “knocks fans back in our seats,” the company will grant the rematch.
“When a rematch is called for, we’ll deliver it,” Rebney said in the letter.
“Championship fights give us some of the greatest moments in MMA. And, re-matches of incredible championship fights will give fans like us more of those electrifying moments, while staying true to the world’s best fighters having had to earn their way to those title shots.”
Rebney added that their focus is to constantly improve their televised and live events week to week, stressing that a large part of the company’s improvement is listening to fan feedback. Bellator is committed to this move, Rebney said, and considers this the next step in the company’s evolution.
“I listen to what you think and what you want to see,” he said. “Your input legitimately influences what we do. I never forget that if it were not for you, MMA fans, and our incredibly talented fighters, Bellator would have been nothing more than an idea in my head.”
Bellator will begin airing on Spike TV in January, and is expected to begin an MMA-based reality show shortly thereafter.