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Former Bellator Champ Among Those Released

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According to multiple sources, Bellator MMA has released 13 fighters, including former champion Attila Vegh.

Vegh won the light heavyweight title in 2013 over Christian M’Pumbu, losing for the first time in a Bellator cage recenty to Emanuel Newton. Vegh is 29-5-2 overall in his career.

Other fighters cut include Bryan Baker, Patrick Cenoble, Mark Godbeer, Desmond Green, Austen Heidlage, Sergio Junior, Mighty Mo, Shahbulat Shamhalaev, Ron Parks, Justin Torrey, Egidijus Valavicius and Rodney Wallace.

Bellator hired Scott Coker earlier this year to replace Bjorn Rebney as president, and Coker has stated plans to do away with the tournament-format that made Bellator famous. With less tournaments and plans for less cards, less fighters are needed on the active roster.

Shamhalaev challenged for the featherweight title, while Valavicius and Green were in recent tournaments. Baker won eight of 12 Bellator fights.