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There has been some debate over the past few months as to what the criteria is for Bellator title shots. Does simply winning a tournament get you a title shot? Does being a top fighter get you a shot? After you’ve won a tournament now, you are considered a top contender in Bellator. That means that if you won a Bellator tournament two years ago that you are still in the “title shot pool.”
Here is the list from Bellator.
Bantamweight: Eduardo Dantas*, Joe Warren*, Marcos Galvao, Rafael Silva
Featherweight: Pat Curran*, Patricio Pitbull, Daniel Straus, Shahbulat Shamhalaev, “Frodo” Khasbulaev, Daniel Weichel, Joe Warren.
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez*, Will Brooks*, Michael Chandler, Pat Curran, Rick Hawn, Dave Jansen, David Rickels
Welterweight: Douglas Lima*, Karl Amoussou, Andrey Koreshkov, Rick Hawn
Middleweight: Alexander Shlemenko*, Brennan Ward, Doug Marshall
Light Heavyweight: Emanuel Newton*, Rampage Jackson, King Mo, Christian M’Pumbu, Atilla Vegh,
Heavyweight: Vitaly Minakov*, Alexander Volkov, Cheick Kongo
* Denotes Current Bellator Champion or Interim Champion