Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney: 'We are not going to be signing Jon Fitch'

Mark Kolbe

Jon Fitch can't fight in the top two mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions in North America. So where does the recently-released fighter go from here?

Anyone thinking Bellator MMA is the cushion for free-falling fighters better think again.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender, Jon Fitch, was unceremoniously relieved of his duties earlier this week after promotion president Dana White decided it was time to trim the fat from his roster.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney quickly informed The MMA Report that Fitch is not welcome on Spike TV:

"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. 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."

The acquisition of Strikeforce sure seemed like a good thing at the time ...

Now Fitch has nowhere to call home. Other stateside promotions exists, like World Series of Fighting (WSOF), but as we quickly learned from the Quinton Jackson situation, not many promoters can afford a UFC price tag, so the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) standout may have to fight for smaller purses at greater frequency.

Overseas, perhaps? I hear ONE FC is doing big things in Asia...

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker