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Bellator considering four-man tournaments as the norm

Bellator 96 PosterOne of the few criticisms fans have had regarding Bellator relates to the company’s handling of championships. In numerous instances, the fighters holding divisional gold have either been left inactive based on a lack of challengers or been forced to face foes in non-title bouts. It’s an unfortunate aspect of current operations CEO Bjorn Rebney is well-aware of and, as it turns out, one he’s contemplating changing in the coming months.

Rebney recently spoke to MMAJunkie about Summer Series 2013 featuring four-man tournaments in comparison to the standard eight-man affairs, stating the same format could be applied to their spring/fall offerings as well.

“There’s no hard and fast (rule). They can potentially take place in the regular season, as well,” said Rebney. “It’s all about trying to figure out how to get more world-title shots set up for the guys, so that at minimum our guys are defending the titles three times a year – which is where we want to be.”

“This is about ensuring that, whether it’s going to be Emanuel Newton or Attila Vegh defending that title, you’ve got a guy lined up. As soon as whoever wins that fight is done, you’ve got another fight lined up and you’re ready to go,” he concluded. “It’s about working through those different movements of the company to get it to where every facet of it is working perfectly – and we’re getting close.”

Summer Series 2013 is scheduled to host a light heavyweight tournament featuring Renato Sobral, Jacob Noe, Seth Petruzelli, and Mo Lawal, as well as bantamweight and heavyweight brackets aimed at determining a top contender in the respective divisions.