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Bellator FC Bellator MMA (Bellator) is the 2nd largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the USA and the largest tournament-based MMA organization in the world. Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, the company was formed in 2008 by Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. Bellator’s events are primarily structured around tournaments. The tournament winner is declared the number one contender in their respective weight class, and is awarded a check for $100,000 and a shot at the reigning Bellator champion. Bellator uses the motto “The Toughest Tournament In Sports” Bellator FC now airs on Spike TV Thursday nights!

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post #31 of 57 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 08:45 PM
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Maybe if Coker was at Bellator all along, WMMA would've meant something there. Always seemes to be a sideshow on Bellator. Rebney had no clue WTF to do with them on their cards.
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Maybe if Coker was at Bellator all along, WMMA would've meant something there. Always seemes to be a sideshow on Bellator. Rebney had no clue WTF to do with them on their cards.
I was under the impression at the time Rebeney conceded to the fact that there was a lack of quantity in WMMA for him to be working with around the time of the women's division disbanding. Between Invicta being fully dedicated to WMMA and having fighters buy into them and then the UFC coming on at 135, keeping the women around would not be advantageous for any party involved, promoter or fighter. It is still a developing landscape in WMMA for the most part.

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I'm not really wrong. You listed a bunch of fighters who were not carrying SF when EliteXC was purchased by them or even in the organization at all at that time. Some were still in the UFC even and others just beginning their career. Many of those people came on later in the SF lifespan and several of those you listed had fought for EliteXC. When EliteXC stopped putting on fights, SF was the sole benificiary of getting to promote these name and prospect fighters who would be long time staples of SF run:

Nick Diaz, Gina Carano, Christine Santos, Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields, Brett Rogers, Scott Smith, JZ Cavalcante, Rafeal Cavalcante, Antonio Silva, and KJ Noons among others. They got like 8 WMMA fighters out of the deal.

Guys like Josh Thomson, Gilbert Melndez, Frank Shamrock, Clay Guida, Cung Le, Bobby Southworth, and Paul Buenatello were the SF staples in 2007/08 (I was there often), not a lot of the people you named. A lot of Californian/Bay Area guys and other fighters I had been watching in Lemoore, Porterville and Colusa for years and then in later in SJ when SF got the green light. When SF was able to purchase those other names I listed and the women's 145 pound division from exiting EliteXC, they turned the corner significantly.

SF flat out bought all of the ELiteXC's best assets. Those were the SF names and staples going for a while outside of the Bay Area commodities they used their first year.
JZ Calvalcante never fought for EliteXC.

We listed an entirely different group of fighters. The point I was making is that they may have signed EliteXCs best fighters but that is not what carried the company. Those fighters were just an addition to their roster as well as the fighters that they signed afterwards.

A lot of which were not locked into exclusive contracts thus allowing them to put on compelling fights without binding either Strikeforce or the fighters to be obligated to eachother outside of that specific fight. That was one of Cokers signature tactics and it worked beautifully for exposure and hardcore fans.

I followed EliteXC, SHOXC and Strikeforce heavily in their days as well.

We may just have to agree to disagree on this one.


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I was under the impression at the time Rebeney conceded to the fact that there was a lack of quantity in WMMA for him to be working with around the time of the women's division disbanding. Between Invicta being fully dedicated to WMMA and having fighters buy into them and then the UFC coming on at 135, keeping the women around would not be advantageous for any party involved, promoter or fighter. It is still a developing landscape in WMMA for the most part.
True, but Bellator started around 2009, a full 3 years before the 1st Invicta card. He had plenty of WMMA fighters to choose from, a lot of great talent not taken up by Strikeforce.
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Yeah but I doubt Coker will try to rebuild WMMA in Bellator again. The question now is what will Viacom allow Coker to do and will Kimbo really factor into things? Only time will tell in this.

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Yeah but would you really want that stupid goon bjork running the show on WMMA too? he would just ruin more carers and make more undeserved title shots and broken tournament win promises.

Bjork is a slimey queer and he'll be in court for months with viacom trying to win an unwinnable battle with them because that is what he does. He ruined the tournament format and he signed a lot of bums and castoffs from the UFC and other notable organisations.


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I doubt Coker would've rehabbed Rampage's knee or given Tito stem cell treatments to rehab his neck.

Good or bad for the sport / Bellator's profit margins?

You decide.
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WSOF Matchmaker Says Ousting of Bjorn Rebney is ‘MMA Independence Day’
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“Today is a victory for all of MMA.”

MMAjunkie Radio interviewed World Series of Fighting matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz, and he lauded Bellator MMA's ousting of former CEO and founder Bjorn Rebney earlier today. Abdelaziz also put the offer out there to other MMA promotions to co-promote a PPV event. Below are some highlights.

Abdelaziz on his offer to other promotions to co-promote events: "If you're a top promotion out there – I'm not talking about AXS TV promotions. If you're on network or on cable television, and you want to do a challenge, World Series of Fighting will open the door, pay-per-view, split money, split gates – we all make money. Boxing does it. NFL East, NFL West does it. We can do it. We can have a clean competition."

Abdelaziz on Bjorn Rebney being ousted from Bellator: "Today is victory for all of MMA – for me, for you, for all the fighters. Today should be (named) MMA Independence Day. Freedom from slavery, freedom from abuse, freedom from shadiness – this guy left. I don't want to say his name – just MMA fans should be happy, and I'm very sure a lot of people are."

Abdelaziz on giving credit to Rebney for creating the promotion: "I want to say something to be a decent human being. You've got to give credit where credit is due, and this individual created a promotion. He gave fighters an opportunity to fight. They didn't get treated well, but you have to give the guy credit for starting a promotion like that and having (121) shows. That's not easy to do; it's hard. But it's even harder the way you do it and the way you treat others, and this is my issue. But I do respect that this guy put on that many shows, and now, a new guy can come on the block. We don't know if the damage can be fixed, but I like Scott Coker. I think he's a great guy, and I wish him the best of luck."

Abdelaziz on why it is too risky for Bellator to co-promote with WSOF: "If I was Bellator, it's too risky. They've been around for 127 shows, (and if) you have a company that's young and hungry as the WSOF coming on board and beating your guys up, it's not a smart business decision. But I'm open to it. I love challenges, respectfully. Right now, because my man Scott Coker is on board, I will respectfully do that."
So the UFC feeder league is already on board with this.
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So the UFC feeder league is already on board with this.
That Ali guy is an incredible tool.

NFL East and NFL west co-promote? WTF? Today should be called Freedom from Slavery day? How is this guy in a public speaking role with any company?

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