By Benjamin Bieker
As Bellator Season 8 comes to a close the promotion is already planning their next step on their new channel Spike TV. The fight cards must be doing well for “the channel built for men”, because they are expediting their next season by putting on their third summer Series. Generally, Bellator usually only allows one tournament during the summer, but the constant demand of contenders for the belt may make the company put more tournaments on. As of right now, Bjorn Rebney said he would like to get at least three tournaments on during this summer. The weight classes up for those slots are Light-Heavyweight, Heavyweight, and Bantamweight.
Heavyweight is in dire need of some contenders, because after Cole Konrad decided to retire the promotion was left without a champion. Alexander Volkov won the championship back in December of last year when he beat Rich Hale, but he has not defended the belt yet. The fight was not close enough to warrant a rematch, but they could line up some good fighters for that tournament. Eric Prindle and Brett Rogers are most likely fighting for a spot at Bellator 93, Blagoi Ivanov has gone 2-0 for the promotion, and even though it is a long shot Fedor Emelianenko has been rumored to come out of retirement.
No one has been able to keep a hold of the light-heavyweight title for long, but Attila Vegh just captured the title in February in a rather boring contest against Christian M’Pumbu. Obviously, he still has on his plate the winner of Season 8 Light-Heavyweight Tournament winner which will be decided in a bout between Emanuel Newton and Mikhail Sayats, but it would be nice to have more than one fighter in the cue for a champion.
At Bantamweight, Eduardo Dantas made his first defense of the belt against his training partner Marcos Galvao in February with a knockout win. Dantas captured the title in April of last year with an arm-triangle of former champion Zach Makovsky. Now, he sits without a challenger and no tournament to speak of going on. It will be hard to get any top bantamweights since most of them are in the UFC, but it is likely that Joe Warren will be in the tournament since he is one of the promotions most well known fighters. Other possible fighters are Ed West who had a giant knockout at Bellator 91, Brazilian Rafael Silva, and Russian Sergej Grecicho. It looks like Bellator is slowly building itself up to more tournaments even in their off season.
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