WSoF exec: Bellator puts on 'ridiculous' mismatches 'all the time'


Bellator MMA is widely considered to be the #2 promotion in mixed martial arts behind the UFC. However, World Series of Fighting is pointedly and repeatedly hammering Bellator. The kind of pre fight trash talk that builds interest in fights is now spilling over into a company vs. company rivalry.

First WSoF challenged Bellator to a fighter vs. fighter event, on PPV, winner take all.

Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney responded during a recent media conference call.

"I understand the media likes to talk about this stuff and have fun with it," said Rebney as transcribed by MMAMania. "But the light heavyweight tournament announced today is the most competitive we've ever done. We're bringing a 100-percent healthy Rampage Jackson into a tournament. We're in 140 countries around the world and growing. We announced the FOX alliance, giving us the biggest distribution in Latin America when it comes to MMA. We've got the biggest distribution in the Middle East when it comes to MMA. We're on Spike TV, who wrote the book on distribution of MMA. I'm focused on our business. I'm not focused on call outs."

WSoF matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz was quick to respond, via Twitter.

Ali Abdelaziz @AliAbdelaziz00
•Bjorn Rebney turned down our challenge. He doesn't believe in his fighters and now he wants to distract everyone talking about GSP. CANDYASS
•For the record GSP is my training partner and very great friend for 9 years. It is embarrassing how Bjorn is using his name as a scapegoat.

In another episode, when Bellator announced that the organization's featherweight champion Daniel Straus will fight former champion Pat Curran at Bellator 112, rather than two-time tournament winner Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, WSoF offered him a title shot in their oganization.

Now WSoF's Abdel-Aziz said Bellator is rife with mismatches.

"I sit down at midnight every night, and I watch a lot of videos. I'm a big fan," Abdel-Aziz told Bleacher Report. "I love this. It's never too much, it never makes me tired...I believe every match we've put on so far has been great except two matches, which, for seven shows, is pretty good."

"The UFC puts on great matches, but you see the guys in Bellator, they put on mismatches all the time. It's ridiculous. There's no entertainment. You see guys go and knock somebody out—there's no competition, and we have to put on equal competition."

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ssj site profile image  

1/21/14 11:05 PM by ssj

lol 3 kids and you spend your time cheerleading for an org that doesnt give a fuck about youwhats your books name? i imagine even you know how pitiful you come off as on this forum as a zuffa cock gobbler so you wont say, heh

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1/21/14 10:56 PM by Se7enout

Well I have 3 kids so I assure you I am not a virgin. I have my own house, not a mansion but a nice sized house and it has no basement... We have a crawl space. As far as real life work goes... I am a published author and now flip houses where I make a decent amount of money...And I am not shilling. I am bringing attention to a great promotion.

ssj site profile image  

1/21/14 10:37 PM by ssj

lol @ being a 30year old man shilling for a company, get some real life work basement virgin

ssj site profile image  

1/21/14 10:36 PM by ssj

lol racist faggot

MattyECB site profile image  

1/21/14 9:00 PM by MattyECB

In the same way I agreed with Bjorn on GSP, but knew him to be nothing more than an anti-Zuffa shill faggot, I too agree with Abdul Aziz Ansari, but know him to be nothing more than Dana's bottom bitch. To quote Bill Hicks, "you're off the artistic roll call, every word you say is suspect, you're a corporate whore and eh, end of story."WSOF and Aziz have been sucking off the UFC for too long, they're word means nothing now. Not like I have anything against the UFC, they product is awesome and I buy pretty much all the PPVs, but WSOF is just a part of the NSAC old boy's club and even though I wish him nothing but success so we can finally get a number 2 org who's not competing, but trying to serve as a feeder, it doesn't make him any less of a whore lol

KingofBJJ site profile image  

1/21/14 8:38 PM by KingofBJJ

Why is WSOF swinging of Zuffa's nutsack?

Se7enout site profile image  

1/21/14 6:23 PM by Se7enout

Bjorn is scared... no copromotion... its funny how he had so much confidence in eddie to try and copromote with strikeforce is scared of wsof... that speaks volumes...

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1/21/14 5:06 PM by MushroomHead

I thought WSoF and Bellator were considering a joint ppv. They are really turning on each other in a hurry.

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1/21/14 3:37 PM by ABE FROMAN CRE-AMED ME


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1/21/14 3:36 PM by Dogman