Bellator declines to match contract offered by WSOF to Tyson Nam

Since defeating Bellator bantamweight Eduardo Dantas in August, Tyson Nam has been dealing with a contract issue with the organization and that issue is now over.

Photo via Nam’s Twitter (@TysonNam)

Nam was previously under contract with Bellator and there was a clause in his contract that called for Bellator to be able to match any contract that the fighter receives.

Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney recently told that once they received a finalized contract offer for Nam, they would review the contract and decide if they want to match the offer.

Nam received an offer from The World Series of Fighting, which is a brand new promotion. After reviewing the contract, Bellator declined to match the offer.

The news of Bellator deciding now to match the offer was first reported by and has been able to confirm the story.

In the MMA Junkie story, Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney issued a statement on why they declined to match the offer for Nam.

“Bellator received the offer for Tyson Nam’s next fight from a new promotional group and we are not going to match that offer,” Rebney said in a statement.  “We wish Tyson good luck as he moves forward.”

As of this time, the World Series of Fighting has not confirmed that Nam has been signed by the organization, but an announcement of the signing and when he will make his promotional debut could be coming in the next couple of days.

The World Series of Fighting is a brand new mixed martial arts promotion and will have their inaugural show on November 3rd in Las Vegas. That show will be headlined by a heavyweight bout as former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski takes on former Strikeforce heavyweight Devin Cole.

If Nam were to make his WSOF debut on the November 3rd card, it could potentially be against former WEC champion Miguel Torres. The WSOF has already announced that Torres will be in the co-main event, but they have not announced who his opponent will be.

Stay tuned to for updates on Tyson Nam potentially being signed by WSOF and the inaugural show on November 3rd.