Bellator kicks off it's 2013 Summer Series on June 19th, and for the first time we will see Bellator drop the 8 man tournament format to run 4 man tournaments in the Heavyweight, and Light-Heavyweight divisions. Bjorn Rebney the Bellator CEO has taken some pleasure in pointing out that guys like Frankie Edgar, and Chael Sonnen were coming off of losses when they were given their most recent UFC title shots. He likes to talk about how fighters in Bellator have to earn their shots... OK. I'd like to see someone ask Bjorn why seven of the eight fighters in the HW, and LHW Bellator Tourneys this summer are coming off a loss, 6 by stoppage.
Heavyweight Vitaly Minakov is the only fighter who could come out of these tournaments and go into a Bellator title shot on more than a two fight win streak. What have these fighters done to even earn their way into a Bellator tournament? How is recycling the losers from previous Bellator tournaments immediately into another tournament any way to justify a worthy title challenger? It isn't, wouldn't it make sense for these guys to have to win at least one fight against some fresh talent to earn their spot... but that would make Bellator take it's eye off the prize which is getting King Mo a title shot by the most certain route possible.