Straight from the "this came out of nowhere" department, World Series of Fighting (WSOF) President Ali Abdel-Aziz has laid down the gauntlet and challenged Bellator MMA to pit their respective best fighters against one another.
Appearing on "The MMA Hour," Ali presented the challenge due to the fact that he believes he has the second best mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion under his control, not Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
And the only way to see who deserves the right to hold the No. 2 spot behind Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is to settle it inside the cage.
Ali came prepared with a fight card in hand as he presented his idea which would go down on pay-per-view (PPV) and feature nine bouts with one headlining "super fight" pitting Tyrone Spong against Quinton Jackson.
Here's how it goes:
"A lot of people say, Bellator is number two or that we're number two, a lot of the media says Bellator is number two, but, I believe it is all about winning. If we line up nine of our guys and nine of their guys, I believe we win. I have an idea of how we can do that. Listen, at the end of the day it's about the fighter and the fans. We are in the entertainment business, we are here to entertain people. A lot of people even say we are number four. How are we number four? Some people put Invicta before us, but I want to prove them wrong. Officially on this show, I will challenge Bellator, live on pay-per-view to 10 fights. A nine fight challenge with one super fight."
The fight card Ali proposed would look like this:
Tyrone Spong vs. Quinton Jackson
Anthony Johnson vs. Attila Veigh
Andrei Arlovski vs. Vitaly Minakov
Marlon Moraes vs. Eduardo Dantas
Yushin Okami vs. Alexander Shlemenko
Rousimar Palhares vs. Douglas Lima
Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler (or Eddie Alvarez, the "hostage")
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Straus
Jon Fitch vs. Rick Hawn
David Branch vs. Brett Cooper
In addition, Ali says each promotion would pay their fighters respective purses and which ever company wins the most fights will take home all of the proceeds from the PPV and live gate with an option for the losing Bellator fighters to jump ship over to WSOF.
The "winner take all" tournament will serve three purposes: it will settle Ali's personal beef with certain people at Bellator, prove once and for all who is No. 2 in the world of MMA and get more respect for WSOF from the media.
Bjorn, the ball is now in your court.
In 2010, Rebney attempted to stage a lightweight superfight between then-Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez against Strikeforce king Gilbert Melendez (evidence here), so something tells me he might be open to this idea.