The interim title is usually only fabricated if the current champ is out for a year or more.
Appears Bellator is trying too hard. They were in a great spot until Viacom bought them. Now they are doing everything every other Promotion has tried and failed. Trying to cram 15 years worth of work into 18 months. I enjoyed the Bellator shows and their unique format, but I have not watched a single show since they went to Spike.