To say that Bjorn Rebney disagrees with a recent report describing the alleged impending demise of his fight promotion would be a slight understatement.
In fact, the Bellator Fighting Championships founder and CEO said the report is lacking one vastly important factor: the truth.
"Usually, when you see rumors that are completely ridiculous, they're coupled with something that's true," Rebney told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "In this instance, it's false on top of false on top of completely ridiculous on top of completely unfounded."
A weekend report on MiddleEasy.com outlined a series of rumored issues Rebney and Bellator were said to be facing. Among the concerns were the lack of a television deal, angered investors looking to "pull the plug" on the promotion, and a desperate need to arrange a long-discussed bout between Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and his Strikeforce counterpart Gilbert Melendez as a last-ditch effort to save the company.
Wrong on all accounts, said Rebney.
"Either it's someone just starting rumors for the sake of starting rumors, or it's just the most ridiculous type of amateurish nonsense," Rebney said of the report. "I don't even like to call it journalism because it has no connection to reality.
"That blog, whoever that is that wrote that, is just so filled with nonsense. It's completely, unequivocally untrue on every front they wrote. It's literally as if someone stepped out and just said, 'I'm going to create whichever fantasy I choose to create, and I'm going to write it.' There wasn't even the slightest hint of accuracy or truth in anything that showed up on that blog.
"It's the downside and the negativity of the Internet. Any idiot can write any ridiculous, completely unfounded nonsense thing, and it can gain traction."
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