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Bellator will not sign Jon Fitch

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11:13 AM ET 02.23 | Immediately following the release of top ten welterweight Jon Fitch, mixed martial arts fans were hopeful that the former title contender would find a home with Bellator, the No. 2 organization in the world. The hope was that Fitch would get a few fights and work his way toward a shot at current Bellator champion Ben Askren. Unfortunately for fans of the sport, Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney shut down the speculation right off the bat. It is not the hope that fans of the sport had, but it's part of the business side of the sport. Bellator is not looking to be the place where UFC castaways go. They are looking to build up their own stars with their tournament format and it is hard to argue their strategy.

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February 24, 2013  11:09 AM ET

It would be harder to argue their strategy if Fitch wasn't better than 90% of Bellator's fighters. Bellator's real strategy is not to let Dana's castoffs come in and beat the hell out of their guys.

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