Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh was scheduled to defend his title against Emmanuel Newton later this year. The organization released a press release on August 15th stating that Vegh had suffered a shoulder injury and Newton would be facing Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator’s first pay-per-view for the interim light heavyweight championship.
No one really thought too much of Vegh being injured as it happens in the sport. Until now.
Vegh did an interview with Tomasz Marciniak of MMARocks.pl and told Marciniak that he isn’t injured at all. Here is what Vegh told Marciniak:
“It’s about business on Bellator’s side. People want to see the rematch between King Mo and Newton. That’s why my fight is postponed to January and I’ll face the winner of the November’s fight. I’m not injured, I’m perfectly fine.
“It may be caused by the fact that I’m a foreign fighter, I’m not an American. American people want to see their fighters, but I want give them my belt for free.”
The native of Slovakia hasn’t fought since February when he defeated Christian M’Pumbu at Bellator 91 to win the light heavyweight championship.
The first PPV for Bellator MMA will be Saturday, November 2 from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event will feature Tito Ortiz against Quinto “Rampage” Jackson with Michael Chandler defending his lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez, with the aforementioned Lawal vs Newton bout and Pat Curran putting his featherweight title on the line against Daniel Straus.
BetweenTheRopes.com has tried to reach Bellator MMA officials, but have not heard from them at this time of this piece.