Bellator light heavyweight champ Attila Vegh spoke a few weeks back about how the promotion asked him to step aside to make way for Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton for their first PPV. Those claims were denied by Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and now the champion might be changing his tune.
“Vegh called us and said, ‘I was quoted out of context’ and then he said ‘I understand it’s a business, people want to see that fight, so they’ll do it now,’” said Rebney to MMA Fighting. “And people construed it to mean he was saying he was bypassed to step aside. I’ve got a seven-page addendum to his contract that says, I’m injured, here’s the medical report, and I understand I’m injured.”
Rebney made the decision to introduce an interim title as Vegh couldn’t compete in the 2013 Summer Series or give a final answer about a return date. The winner of Lawal-Newton will now unify the belt with Vegh, which could happen during Season 9 or in early 2014.
Vegh is 29-4 and on a nine fight win streak. He’s undefeated in Bellator, last competing in February when he won the belt. He’s never fought Lawal, but does have a split-decision win over Newton.
The interim title will be decided at Bellator 106, which is the promotion’s first PPV. It’s November 2 from the Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.