Brett Rogers may have a chance to become Bellator’s heavyweight champion sooner than he thinks.
With the retirement of undefeated Bellator Heavyweight champion Cole Konrad, there is seemingly a vacant spot at the top of promotion’s heavyweight mountain, a spot that could be filled by Rogers or the other seven fighters competing Bellator’s Season Seven Heavyweight Tournament.
With no current heavyweight champion; it’s only fitting that the winner of the season tournament be crowned the new king of Bellator’s heavyweight division.
In the seasons one and three, Bellator held season-long tournaments where the winner would be crowned the promotion’s champion while tournaments in season two and four through six, as well as the 2011 and 2012 Summer Series tourneys, would declare that the tournament winners were the next ones next in line for a title shot.
Konrad had one the heavyweight title in season three and successfully defending the belt against Season five heavyweight tourney winner Eric Prindle.
Rogers signed with Bellator in June and made his debut at Bellator 71 where he faced former training partner Kevin Asplund. He won the fight via TKO by doctor stoppage, and is a favorite to win the tournament.
The first round of the tournament will take place Oct. 5 at Bellator 75. In addition to Rogers and Prindle, the tournament will also feature feature: Thiago Santos, Ruslan Magomedov, Ron Sparks, Mark Godbeer, Mike Wessel and Mark Holata.
Konrad is not the first Bellator champion to leave the organization while still holding a title belt. Former middleweight champion Hector Lombard signed with the UFC in April, vacating the Bellator Middleweight title.
Bellator Season Two and Five tournament winner, Alexander Shlemenko, will square off against Season Six tournament winner Maiquel Falcao for the vacated title.
Bellator’s motto is “Where title shots are earned, not given…”
Whoever wins this tournament has more than earned the right to wear the Bellator heavyweight strap around their waist.
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