Rebney: We don’t want Palhares either

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Rousimar Palhares infamously held a heel hook vs. Mike Pierce at UFN 29 on Wed, and was released by the UFC, for life. An obvious place for him go would be Bellator, but CEO Bjorn Rebney says he is not interested.

“Risks already exist for the courageous, world class fighters who enter the Bellator cage; without adding further unnecessary risks into the mix,” Rebney told TMZ. “Fighter safety is paramount to me and my team.”

In an interview with MMAJunkie, Palhares’ manager Alex Davis responded.

I never asked Bellator if they would have him in the first place – and if I had, it would have been on an email or a phone call! But Bellator goes out there in public and says they don’t want him. I have a feeling they will come to regret that one.

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