There have been some reports recently that Bellator light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh was asked by the promotion to sit on the sidelines so that they could book a match up between Muhammad Lawal and Emmanuel Newton for their first pay-per view event on November 2. The bout will be for the interim championship.
However, the promotion released Vegh’s medical records to show that there was no funny business going on.
Bellator Director of Public Relations Anthony Mazzuca also released a statement today to deny the reports:
Numerous websites yesterday posted a story regarding Attila Vegh and statements he allegedly made to a reporter while in Poland. The interview was done in Slovakian, through a reporter speaking Polish, and a number of U.S. websites published the story with inaccurate and misleading information.
Please see the attached medical report to this email, a doctor’s report provided to Bellator by Attila’s doctor detailing his injury and instructing him to do nothing for two months.
Additionally, Attila has confirmed that his statements were not translated correctly and were not accurate. Attila was fully aware that Bellator made numerous attempts to schedule his world title defense vs. Emmanuel Newton, and that his injury prevented that bout from occurring and that Bellator was going to schedule an interim world title fight because of the delays.
Attila will be facing the winner of the Newton vs. Mo Interim world title fight in early 2014.
Bellator claims that the reports generated from inaccurate translations during an interview.
Hopefully for Vegh, Bellator did not sideline him just to make the Lawal vs. Newton bout a more appealing match up with the title.