Rebney: Bellator not for sale under any circumstance

by Dann Stupp | source:

With a series of 12-week, eight-slot tournaments in various weight classes, Bellator has carved out a niche in the MMA space. Previously airing on ESPN Deportes and then FOX Sports Net, the organization now airs each Saturday night on MTV2. Following Saturday's news that the UFC has purchased rival Strikeforce, Bellator arguably takes No. 2 status on the promotional ladder.

But as Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebeny told, he often reminds fighters they control their own destiny in the tournament-based organization. He said he and his fellow Bellator owners share the same philosophy when it comes to the company's future.

Is there any scenario in which he could see the UFC or another big spender buying out Bellator?

"No," Rebney told "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."

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Smug Sapien site profile image  

3/14/11 9:36 PM by Smug Sapien

Bellator is starting to grow on meI also like the fact that they've been rolling out new fights every weekend. Definitely planning to stay tuned. I think anybod can be bought for the right price though. never say never. That being said, I hope they keep growing so we're not stuck watching one promotion.

Mad Xyientist site profile image  

3/14/11 8:58 PM by Mad Xyientist

My financial/viewership support just went up 200%

Jason Chambers site profile image  

3/14/11 8:54 PM by Jason Chambers

I cannot speak for Bellator or Bjorn, but I can say that in business everyone has an exit plan. Bellator has 2 option IMO , buy out or go public. They have come a long way and put on better shows with higher caliber fights but Bellator is going to have an uphill battle endeavoring to become profitable.We need alternative to the UFC , but at the end of the day. The buck stops with Dana.

xcouturefan site profile image  

3/14/11 7:36 PM by xcouturefan

It's great to see people that hate mma posting on here.Where is evidence of your claims?

Kalin Johnston site profile image  

3/14/11 7:24 PM by Kalin Johnston

 Everything is for sale for the right price

snakes80 site profile image  

3/14/11 7:22 PM by snakes80

I like hearing this from Bellator, whether it is sound logic or not. I really enjoy Bellator's shows, and hope they stick around for a while.

stevekt site profile image  

3/14/11 4:44 PM by stevekt

Everyone has a price for the million dollar BLAF.

Hus site profile image  

3/14/11 4:41 PM by Hus

Who the fuck would want to buy Bellator anyway?  They lose cash on their shows, they are running in the red, their investors are losing billions in other managed assets, their ratings fucking suck.   Gotta give to Bjorn for the snarky sense of humor tho...

xcouturefan site profile image  

3/14/11 4:34 PM by xcouturefan

Spoken like a true 11'erBellator is pretty awesome. I really enjoy their shows.