WSOF Challenges Bellator to Cross-Promotional Pay-Per-View Event

By Mike Whitman Jan 7, 2014



The World Series of Fighting recently fired a shot in the direction of Bellator MMA, challenging the Viacom-owned organization to a co-promotional pay-per-view event.

WSOF officials recently tweeted an image of a hypothetical fight card, and matchmaker Ali Aziz appeared on “The MMA Hour” to verify the challenge.

The proposed 10-fight bill would be topped by a light heavyweight showdown between WSOF’s Tyrone Spong and Bellator’s Quinton Jackson. An additional 205-pound pairing between Anthony Johnson and Bellator champ Attila Vegh was also listed on the fantasy card.

All of Bellator’s remaining champions were also called out, including Vitaly Minakov, Eduardo Dantas, Alexander Shlemenko, Eddie Alvarez and Daniel Straus, who were paired with the WSOF’s Andrei Arlovski, Marlon Moraes, Yushin Okami, Justin Gaethje and Georgi Karakhanyan, respectively.

While Bellator did not immediately respond to a request for comment, the organization is no stranger to the concept of a cross-promotional challenge. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney challenged Strikeforce to a champion-versus-champion meeting between Alvarez and then-Strikeforce king Gilbert Melendez -- a meeting that never materialized.

Neither Bellator nor WSOF has held a pay-per-view show yet, with the former currently broadcasting on Spike TV and the latter airing on NBC Sports Network. Bellator was expected to make its pay-per-view debut this past November, but the event was changed to a cable broadcast after headliner Tito Ortiz was forced to withdraw from the main event with a neck injury.

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