The UFC released Jon Fitch yesterday and the belief was that he could likely land in Bellator and speculation started that he could end up fighting in Bellator.Bjorn Rebney

However, Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney told that they will not be signing him.

“I have a lot of respect for Jon [Fitch] and I have a lot of respect for anyone who has to courage to do what these guys do and the athletic ability to do what they do but we are not going to be signing Jon Fitch,” Rebney said prior to Bellator 90.

Fitch is considered one of the top welterweight fighters in the world and had a UFC record of 14-3-1. However, he has gone 1-2-1 in his last four fights which led to the UFC deciding to part ways with him.

Bellator’s welterweight division is one of the deepest divisions currently in Bellator and Rebney wants to continue the development of the fighters that are currently under contract with his organization.

“We have a stacked welterweight division right now. We have a lot of guys that we are developing that we anticipate are going to be world class fighters and break the top ten. We want to keep guys busy. We want to keep guys inside the cage and we have a plan in terms of the next year and who is going to be apart of the tournaments and it’s just not the time.”

When it comes to free agents that may come available, it’s a case by case basis in deciding whether Bellator will attempt to sign the fighter.

“There is no hard and fast line in the sand with us. ‘King Mo’ Lawal came out of Strikeforce. He is one of my favorite fighters fighting in our organization. He is wildly exciting and awesomely talented. Ben ‘Killa B’ Saunders is another example and is fighting for us tonight. He came out and lost two straight in the UFC when we signed him. I just liking watching him fight. I love the knees and I love the clinch game and I thought he was exciting, so we signed him. There will be others like that. There will be other guys that get released from the UFC and it’s not a hard and fast rule.”

According to Rebney, the philosophy of Bellator is to build fighters in the organization and allow them to become a top fighters in the world.

“The philosophy that we have employed is where we build some of the best fighters in the world from within. Pat Curran, number two in the world. Michael Chandler, on most peoples list as number four in the world and other guys rapidly ascending to the top five to ten in the world. That has been the model and that doesn’t mean that we are not going to sign guys. That doesn’t mean that a guy might be released from the UFC or any other organization in the world that we may not think he would be a good fit for them here.”

24 Responses

  1. Ripp

    I understand Bjorn’s decision. The last thing he needs right now, when his company is getting a little momentum, is a “UFC guy” to come in and tear through your division like it was full of little girls.

    • Jim

      /\ I think you mean, he doesn’t want him laying on his top welter weights.

      • BarrysHypocrisy

        No, he means that Fitch would stomp the crap out of ANY welterweight in Bellator and prove that the best fighters are from the UFC.

  2. John

    Saying John Fitch is going to tear threw anyone is just a retarded statement. We get it you like boring fights I mean your a Fitch fan.
    It is not like the guy didn’t see this coming. MMA ,ufc and the others are all more then just fighting.You need to entertain as well as win or people are not going to come to your fights. I think its great that Fitch is well liked but that doesn’t make up for all the fights I sat threw where all he really did was lay and pray. The sad thing about this is the guy has skill he just refused to use it. When most of the people talking about your fights are saying things like I fell asleep or Joe Rogen has to keep reminding people how not all ufc fans realize how much skill it takes to fight in a way that gets you the win and helps people in the crowd who suffer from insomnia. You should know that you need to make a change.
    I like Fitch.I really do I think he is a great guy but I have no desire to sit threw another one of his fights.

  3. Misanthrope

    John, your thinking is a little retarded (I’m not saying YOU are). John Fitch’s fights are boring because he’s going against top level guys, who can survive against him. The guys in Bellator WOULDN’T be able to survive against him. Fitch’s fights in Bellator would be over much more quickly.

  4. mikel huez

    Did you see the Eric Silva fight the way he dominated, and if you think Eric Silva is a rookie wait and see his next few fights. i guarantee all will be k.o. in 1st round by Eric Silva.
    If your on bottom hes working, if you want entertainment take in an Elvis impersonator show, or ho see John Cena ot the Rock at the next WWE EVENT…IT was some hidden Dana zuffa issues,, already fought GSP PLUS etc,, I feel they ard headed more WWE way so uou are rihyt ill be headed the other way…But if you a sport and you takd a fitch outbyou mite as wrll takd out other yop 10 sport guys… dorty bout the bad typing

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