According to Five Ounces of Pain, Bellator’s second season has been postponed from October to January.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has recently been able to confirm the news of the promotion pushing back the date of their second season through sources close to the event.
The reason given for the postponement is that Bellator is currently trying to finalize negotiations with a new television partner.
On the surface, it doesn’t seem like the biggest deal in the world, but what does that mean for the fighters, specifically Bellator’s current champions? Last we heard, Bellator planned on holding another round of tournaments to determine number one contenders who would move on to challenge the champions for their titles after the season ended. When season two was set for this fall, the championship fights were penciled in for early 2010, but now since the season has been pushed to January, does that mean the champions have to wait until late spring/early summer to fight for Bellator again?
That seems like a lot to ask, especially for guys like Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard who could certainly find significant paydays outside the organization. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has said he’s open to allowing his champs to take fights outside Bellator pending his approval, so hopefully either that happens, or Bellator reconsiders their tournament plans and gives these guys title defenses in January.