White: Rebeny is 'out of his f--- mind'


As Bellator has grown, so has it's rivalry with the UFC. The UFC is still the dominant promotion in the MMA space, but Bellator, now owned by Viacom, has been making a push to sign bigger stars and poach talent from the UFC. 

Recently Gilbert Melendez is the star athlete in a showdown between Bellator and the UFC, recently having reached terms with Bellator, and waiting to see if the UFC will match those terms. UFC President Dana White was having a tough time dealing with Melendez's manager, but he has no problems with the fighter. On the other hand, he still has nothing good to say about Bellator President Bjorn Rebney:

"That dude's out of his f--- mind," he said.

He then pivoted from Rebney to Bellator's corporate parent.

"Nobody can f---- deal with those guys," White said. "Viacom will sue you til you f------ bleed. Sue you til you bleed. That's a whole ‘nother ballgame over there. Everyone wants to talk like the UFC is bullies? They're the f----- bullies over there. They've got these contracts you can't get out of."

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michaelkaras site profile image  

2/21/14 5:07 PM by michaelkaras

The way i understood that whole scenario was - Eddie's contract with bellator said if Eddie got an offer from another organization, Bellator had the right to match what another org was offering before eddie signed on with another org.UFC offered Eddie a contract, and to "match" the contract and keep eddie, Bellator copied the UFC contract word for word, except probably the party names. The other terms and form was probably identical.The controversy was over the "PPV points" that the UFC contract offered, because UFC claimed that the contract, although matching in form, would be impossible to match in practice, because Bellator had not put out a PPV yet.The judge ruled that Bellator had enough of a plan for PPV in place that the contract essentially matched, and Bellator got to keep Eddie.I don't know if all the Bellator contracts are the same, or just the one that they kept Eddie with.

danggook site profile image  

2/21/14 1:59 PM by danggook

the real sticking point of Alvarez' "matching" offer was that it had terms involving ppv buys and bellator has never put in a ppv. that was the scummy part of bellator "matching" his contract.

hendofanforlife site profile image  

2/21/14 11:28 AM by hendofanforlife

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/zuffa-sues-alleged-theft-trade-004400775--mma.html   This is why ken pavia is blackballed from signing new zuffa talent for life. Why do you think he was involved with bellator and sfl and the others but no more UFC signings? Must suck not to be able to sign your talent to the UFC ever!   Keep hating on your own creation Dana

Johnny Ringo site profile image  

2/21/14 11:18 AM by Johnny Ringo

Hmmmm...Well if that's not the pot calling the kettle black I don't know what is.

VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT site profile image  

2/21/14 10:58 AM by VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT

Dana should just stop. He sounded like an idiot at that scrum. The whole point of a contract and a matching period is to protect your investment in the fighter! And lol at Dana calling someone else a bully.

jagen site profile image  

2/21/14 10:27 AM by jagen

I remember hearing Bjorn saying Bellator's contracts (regarding matching rights) are almost identical to the UFC's. Never knew this was how it came about...interesting

dannyapodaca site profile image  

2/21/14 8:46 AM by dannyapodaca

Wolf tickets. Dana seems a little unsteady lately. Makes me wonder if there aren't some problems going on at zuffa.

AdmiralCackbar site profile image  

2/21/14 8:36 AM by AdmiralCackbar

So there must have been another reason why we didn't see Randy vs Fedor. Dana prevented us from seeing the biggest fight in MMA history. I'll never forgive him for that.

Morpheus1976 site profile image  

2/21/14 8:31 AM by Morpheus1976

well if a fighter wants to go to bellator from the UFC, you don't need to get out of the contract, its the other way around.

K4RP3NT3R site profile image  

2/21/14 8:08 AM by K4RP3NT3R

You just stated they have the exact same contracts as the UFC with some heavy implications aimed at the UFC's shady contracts. So, copying a shady contract results in a shady contact. Then you dub the man liar. Using you argument, he would be telling the truth.