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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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Old 06-18-2014, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bjorn Rebney Out of Bellator. Scott Coker In?

Wow, the guy who founded Bellator is out, word is the Scott Coker is going to replace him as his no complete clause with the UFC was up in March. It's been on the cards for a while I think, but is this the beginning of the end for BFC?

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/6/18...ut-at-bellator

Bjorn right about now..

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Old 06-18-2014, 10:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Been rumoured for a while, and it's far from the end. Coker is a much more accomplished promoter than Bjorn. Hopefully this will put an end to Bjorn's ridiculous hiring policy of late, which has involved hiring over the hill UFC cast offs. Coker's going to do an awesome job at Bellator. Excited to see how they develop in the next year.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Earlier today we mentioned the reports that Bellator would be parting ways with Bjorn Rebney after months of rumors.

A press release sent out by Spike TV has made it official. Along with Rebney, COO Tim Danaher is also out.

The statement from Rebney in the presser is as follows:

"It is with bittersweet emotions that I announce that I am leaving the company I founded. I have great pride in having turned my vision into reality, a thriving business with television distribution to over 140 countries around the world, a partnership with one of the world’s largest entertainment giants and wide array of sponsors, partners and strategic allies all over the globe. This has been a wonderful eight plus years of creation, development and success. I will miss the courageous, strong and dedicated fighters I have had the pleasure of promoting, and equally, I will miss the incredibly hard working, remarkable team that has become a family for me over the years. Viacom and Tim and I differed in our views of the right strategic direction for Bellator, but Tim and I both wish them well,"

Kevin Kay of Spike TV added, "I would like to thank Bjorn and Tim on behalf of Spike and Viacom for their dedication and hard work building Bellator from the ground up. They worked tirelessly in getting Bellator to where it is today. They were great partners to work with and we wish them all the best."

As of now, Viacom has not announced a replacement.
I wonder why though?
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but is this the beginning of the end for BFC?

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/6/18...ut-at-bellator

Bjorn right about now..


The beginning of the end??!!! Man you can't be serious... Scott Coker is a genious. He's a trail blazer. This is an upgrade.

The difference between Strikeforce and Bellator is that Strikeforce was broke. They were a very small independently funded MMA org out of San Jose California. They started from absolutely nothing under the leadership of Coker they grew and developed fighters and used every extra penny to sign the best talent in the world. Under Scott Coker a very local organization based out of one arena began to be able to compete with the UFC.

They literally had a more stacked and exciting HW division.

Now you have Viacom. ENDLESS funds.... the money is plentiful. And Scott Coker a man who has been in the fight business for over 20 years and was such a threat and commodity to MMA at the same time that Zuffa came knocking with a huge paycheck.

THIS IS HUGE.

This is going to be the rebirth of Bellator. Coker will trim the fat. Get rid of the loose ends... and trust me we are going to see a renaissance for BFC.

Can't wait to see what's next!!
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I wonder why though?
Been rumours going around that Viacom don't like Bjorn, and have been trying to get rid of him for a while. Now, with Coker free to move away from the UFC makes the most sense to get rid of him.
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Coker will do a better job. He's been successful at every promotion he's run.

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They need to get rid of all the ghetto, thug fighters. I can't stand watching a promotion that supports these kind of people. It's like saying gang violence and going to prison is cool.
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Best news I've heard all week!

Scott Coker + Viacom money = Competition for UFC = What's best for us fans!
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Hmmm... BFC and Rebney part ways citing differences in vision on the same day it's reported Viacom really wants Kimbo Slice in BFC.... Yeah, something tells me the vision Viacom wants is cheap thrills for cheap views hence why guys like Sokoudju, Baroni, Slice, and a few others are getting cropped in now. Tells the whole story right there, Viacom wants people like Kimbo, Rebney doesn't. I like the vision of the guy who took out multiple mortgages on his home to build an mma promotion from nothing, not hundreds of millions in vegas mafia money, but from nothing but his own hard work to the strong entertaining promotion it is today with over 120 cards on national programming. Coker is good but he is gonna be in a worse position then he was in in SF where he had no confident backing to the product, here he will have something that looks like it will resemble the time-warner suits going mega cheap in vision to run down what was wcw.

Thanks for Bellator Rebney.

If you want more Sokodju and Kimbo, then this is big news for you.

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My concern here is that who do you think ran Strikeforce financially into the ground? If he was that great why didn't the UFC retain his services when they bought out SF? Viacom won't put up with huge financial losses. They will be after viewing figures and sponsorships. He doesn't deliver on those, then he and BFC are as good as gone.

Oh and Slice has turned down the initial interest in a contract with BFC.

I just hope they trim the fat with the over abundance of fighters they have. Because they have quite a few sitting on the sidelines waiting for fights, so they get 'loaned' out but of course it's never in the best interests of the loaner company.

On a very selfish note, I kind of hope we get Rob Sinclair back. The mere thought of Sinclair Vs. Barnaoui has me very excited.


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