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Monday, Jan 06, 2014

WSOF Proposes PPV Showdown With Bellator

Karakhanyan kicking Palmer (photo via WSOF)

By FCF Staff

World Series of Fighting and Bellator MMA are widely considered to be next in line to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and in an effort to determine North America’s number two promotion, WSOF has proposed a pay-per-view showdown with its competitor.

WSOF Executive Vice President and Matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz appeared on the latest addition of “The MMA Hour” Monday, and during the program he outlined a 10 fight card that feature WSOF-Bellator match-ups.  Here is some of what Abdel-Aziz had this to say about his competitor:

“I think Bellator has some great fighters, but they don’t get enough exposure. When was the last time you saw a Bellator guy doing an interview or on your show? They only come on your show when they have problems with Bellator, but we’re willing to give them some exposure, win live on pay-per-view, winner take all.”

The matchmaker reportedly proposed that the winning promotion would keep all the gate and PPV revenues. The proposed fights include:

Tyrone Spong vs. Quinton Jackson

Anthony Johnson vs. Attila Vegh

Andrei Arlovski vs. Vitaly Minakov

Marlon Moraes vs. Eduardo Dantas

Yushin Okami vs. Alexander Shlemenko

Rousimar Palhares vs. Douglas Lima

Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler

Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Straus

Jon Fitch vs. Rick Hawn

David Branch vs. Brett Cooper

It’s an interesting proposal, which hardcore fans would likely turn into see, but it remains to be seen if Bellator’s on board. Considering the latter’s broadcasting position on SPIKE, and that Bellator has been around much longer than WSOF, the company likely has much more to lose with this type of arrangement.

WSOF’s next event will take place January 18th in Hollywood, Florida.


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