Despite it only being Tuesday, Bellator has already had a busy week. In addition to announcing the return of former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, set to face Michael Chandler on the organization’s November 2 journey into the realm of PPV, the company has also created a new way of determining contenders in cases where an injury or other unforeseen circumstance forces a fighter to withdraw from a title-bout.
According to an official announcement, competition will still be at the core of the process. In a “worst case scenario” where a late substitute is being sought, Bellator will refer to the most recent tournament attached to the respective division. Points will be tabulated based on performance with every decision win equaling “1” and finishes ranging from “2-4” based on the round involved.
Next, the top three names gleaned from the tabulation will be submitted along with a fourth chosen by Bellator officials where a vote will be taken involving current Bellator champions, current Bellator tournament winners, and Bellator executives including CEO Bjorn Rebney and matchmaker Sam Caplan.
According to Rebney, his envisions the format will allow for some flexibility when presented with a situation requiring a replacement without compromising the role performance plays in earning a go at the gold. The system will go into effect next month when Bellator kicks off Season 9 on Spike TV.