Yesterday, World Series of Fighting’s executive vice president and matchmaker, Ali Abdelaziz, proposed a co-promoted PPV event with Bellator on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour. Ali stated that he believes WSOF is the #2 MMA organization over Bellator, and that he believes the only way to settle that dispute would be to put on an event that pits Bellator’s fighters vs WSOF’s fighters.
Here was the card he proposed, with Rampage Jackson taking on Tyrone Spong as the main event of the evening:
— Eric Jackman (@NewYorkRic) January 6, 2014
While fighters from both organizations were quick to share their thoughts on the PPV, Bellator nor Bjorn Rebney made any comments regarding the proposal. Today, Ariel Helwani tweeted that Bellator has declined to comment on the proposal:
Bellator has declined to comment on yesterday’s World Series of Fighting fight card proposal. So that’s that. Fun while it lasted.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 7, 2014
Bellator’s decline to comment is basically their way of saying that WSOF’s proposal was nothing more than a joke to them. This effectively ends all speculation of a cross promotion event. In all seriousness, if Bellator could not put together its own worthwhile PPV card, why would they put their fighters on the line against another organization on a PPV? It never made sense from the beginning, but it was certainly fun to think about.