Sources: TNAStars.com & MMAFighting.com
As many TNA Impact Wrestling fans know MMA fighting promotion Bellator’s Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez made an appearance on the 9/8 edition of Impact Wrestling. It looks like that will not be the last appearance of a top ranked fighter on the show either according to recent comments by the CEO of Bellator, Bjorn Rebney in a recent Q&A by MMAFighting.com.
Ray Hui Of MMAFighting: “Out of all the Bellator champions, the least recognized would have to be Zach Makovsky. As a promoter, how do you handle the challenge of making him a “name” alongside guys like Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard?”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney: “I think what we’ve got to do as a company is we’ve got to provide him with the kind of platform and the kind of fighters that he’s deserving of and that’s what we’re doing here. When this tournament ends, if Zach can beat the guy that comes out of this tournament and retains his title, then we’ll be able to complement that with the support mechanism for Zach we’ve got: Putting him on Impact Wrestling on Spike, get him out there and really try to powerfully support Zach. Just the qualitative level of the guys that are in the tournament will justify a top 3 or 4 ranking on earth and then we’ll be able to put the entire power of the machine behind him so that people can go, “Whoa! That’s Zach.” And it couldn’t happen to a better guy. It’ll be a pleasure to put that power behind him. “
I’m assuming Bellator must have been very pleased with the exposure Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez received on his Impact Wrestling appearance as it appears going forward Impact will be a big part of the name recognition push for the promotion’s fighters.
Bellator 51 by the way is live tonight 9:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm CT on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX. More info about Bellator is available by clicking here.