Bjorn Rebney: Bellator is Not Just a Feeder League for the UFC

Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney dismissed the notion that the up and coming mixed martial arts company is just a feeder league for the UFC, saying they are building great champions and have some of the best fighters in the world today.

Rebney, speaking via MMAJunkie, said:

“We’re in a very, very unique spot in terms of rarified air. We’re in a spot that nobody else has ever occupied in the mixed-martial-arts space other than the UFC, and I think it needs to be made very clear we never have been and we never will be a feeder system for the UFC. We are building up champions and some of the greatest fighters in the world compete in this organization. I believe we have the greatest featherweight and the greatest lightweight in the world fighting in this organization, and soon I believe we’ll have more of the nest fighters in their respective weights fighting in this organization.”

“We did not get into this to be No. 2, and so the reality of this situation is that we’re not simply an organization that was designed to give people an opportunity, and then ultimately they can transition to the UFC. When you sign a contract, and you get a $150,000 signing bonus, even if it’s four years later, you still have to live up to the terms of that agreement. Call me old-school, but when you sign an agreement with somebody and you take a lot of money and you get paid handsomely to fight, the expectation is that you should live up to your commitments that you made in that contract. That is the point.”

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