Bellator FC, Spike TV and the pro-wrestling show TNA are to hold a joint conference call next Thursday.
The call was announced today and its purpose has been stated as being “to announce major talent deal involving Bellator Fighting Championships and TNA Wrestling.”
No details have been released from official sources but unofficially it is being made known that a talent-sharing agreement is in place between the two outfits.
It will see fighters under contract to Bellator FC being allowed to take part in TNA pro-wrestling shows and also, presumably, allow the possibility of TNA talent crossing over into real fights under the Bellator banner.
Muhammad ’King Mo’ Lawal, who was recently released from his contracts with Strikeforce and Zuffa, is understood to have signed a deal with Bellator FC and is expected to be the first athlete to be announced as a ‘crossover’ talent between TNA and Bellator.
Its a bold move but an unusual one, despite the historically close ties between MMA and pro-wrestling. In Japan such crossovers are the norm but in the US the move has been resisted because of fears it would undervalue MMA as a real sport.
However, Brock Lesnar is a shining example of what a boost it can be when a popular figure from one discipline crosses over into the other. Neither TNA nor Bellator has anyone of his stature of course, but there is a decent chance that both sides of the deal can gain some new fans by letting some of their talent cross back and forth.