Bjorn Rebney: Bellator will not follow the Strikeforce examplePosted on March 13, 2011, 08:41 AM by Anton Gurevich
"No. My answer to that is based on our entire philosophy. It's one where fighters control their own destiny. The organization that puts the cage down and puts up the lights, and puts all the cameras together and puts on the show on MTV, has the same exact philosophy of the fighters who step into the cage. I am a big fan of controlling one's own destiny. It's what got me to this point. It's that type of control of controlling your destiny that is everything our organization is about. It's our very, very core.
I think time will tell whether it's good or bad overall for the industry. Competition is good for the industry. Competition ultimately breeds the best. ... It's always good to have alternatives and competition, especially in a space growing as quickly as the mixed-martial-arts space is. Ultimately, only time will tell if it was a good thing for the industry." - MMAJunkie.com
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney declared that the idea of selling out conflicts with the ideology of his promotion, which is all about giving an equal opportunity to everyone. With Strikeforce being under the ZUFFA banner Bellator are now the biggest "alternative" promotion in North America, mostly thanks to what seems like an extremely successful deal with MTV2. Next Bellator event will take place on March 19th (6PM on MTV2), and will be headlined by a Featherweight Quarter-Final bout between the top-ranked Georgi Karakhanyan and Patricio Freire.