Earlier this week, news of Executive Vice President and WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz challenging another promotion to a yet to be determined task. Today, on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Abdel-Aziz revealed that challenge in the form of a 10-fight World Series of Fighting vs. Bellator PPV that would pit some of the best fighters from each promotion against one another.
Bellator’s previous PPV plans were shattered when headliner Tito Ortiz was forced out of his bout due to a fractured neck leaving his opponent Quinton Jackson without a fight and thus, the Bellator 106 event was dropped to Spike TV.
The World Series of Fighting is yet to venture in to the PPV world as well. With just 7 completed major events, the promotion is fairly new yet it touts serious talent in the MMA world.
Here is the fight card as proposed by Abdelaziz:
Bellator officials have yet to return an email in regards to the challenge but with both companies showing interest in the PPV market, this may not be outside the realm of possibilities.
No date, proposed venue or PPV details were given with the mock fight card.
The headliner of the card would be a light-heavyweight bout between Bellator’s Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. WSOF’s Tyrone Spong. This fight is listed as a ‘Superfight’. Jackson is the only Bellator fighter who is placed in the red corner on the mock card.
The co-main event would feature Anthony Johnson up against Bellator light-heavyweight champion Attila Vegh.
Other Bellator champions such as Vitaly Minokov, Eduardo Dantas, Daniel Straus and Alexander Shlemenko also appear on the mock card as they would take on Andrei Arlovski, Marlon Moraes, Georgi Karakhanyan and Yushin Okami, respectively.
Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler is also listed opposite WSOF lightweight title contender Justin Gaethje (Gaethje fights for inaugural WSOF lightweight title on January 18th) while current Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is listed as an alternate with the caption ‘hostage’ below his name where other fighters training camps are placed.
While Bellator enjoys it’s off-season, the WSOF returns January 18th from Hollywood, Florida with WSOF 8. The main event of this event is the inaugural lightweight title fight between Justin Gaethje (10-0) and Richard Patishnock (6-1) as well as it’s first women’s bot which will crown the first straw weight champion. Jessica Aguilar (16-4) will take on Alida Gray (4-0) in this bout.
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