Archive: Bjorn Rebney

Oct 27, 2014 9:02 pm

Scott Coker Unveils Plans For Bellator In 2015

Since Scott Coker took over control of Bellator from Bjorn Rebney earlier this year he has been a busy man, and doesn’t plan on slowing down in the new year. Coker spoke to Heidi Fang of MMAFightCorner to discuss his plans for the promotion in 2015. “Basically, Bellator will go once a month for its...

Sep 15, 2014 5:09 pm

Tito Ortiz: “Bjorn Rebney Just Made Empty Promises”

Since Scott Coker took over the Presidential duties of Bellator MMA, many fighters have emerged and stated that they were more than thrilled with the change, given their dislike for former President Bjorn Rebney. Now Tito Ortiz is speaking out about the former Bellator MMA President, saying the Bjorn made empty promises that almost kept...

Sep 10, 2014 4:01 pm

Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson 2 almost happened at Bellator 123

Former Bellator matchmaker, Sam Caplan was recently interviewed by Sherdog and shared some interesting stories regarding his time with the promotion. Among these, was a story from just months ago, on how Bellator almost had Kimbo Slice convinced to make a return to Mixed Martial Arts: “I wanted Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson for Bellator 123. That was...

Aug 28, 2014 12:33 pm

13 Released From Bellator Roster, Including Former Champion

Under the expert guidance of new president Scott Coker, Bellator MMA is continuing to make loads of changes as they push towards a new start at success. Part of those changes, unfortunately, are fighter cuts. In a report coming out of sherdog.com, the promotion has confirmed the release of 13 fighters, including former light-heavyweight champion...


Aug 1, 2014 12:41 pm

Tito Ortiz: ‘If you need TRT, get out of MMA’

“If guys need to use TRT they need to retire. Get out of the sport. I’m 39 years old, I’ve never touched any of that stuff. Why would guys get an opportunity to not play on an even field? If you’re going to compete, fight for what you can fight for. And not make supplements...

Jul 18, 2014 5:30 am

Exclusive: Phil Baroni plans to put “The Heat” on Ice at Bellator 122 (Video)

Former UFC and PRIDE veteran, Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni, returns to the cage next Friday (July 25) to face Karo “The Heat” Parisyan on the main card of Bellator 122 in Temecula, California. Baroni has been out of action ever since May of 2013, when he suffered a gruesome leg injury (dislocated ankle and...

Jul 3, 2014 3:55 pm

Eddie Alvarez Has Emergency Meeting With Bellator

Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez canceled his Asian tour with Blackzilian teammates to have an emergency meeting with new Bellator President Scott Coker. MMA-in-Asia reported the news earlier today. While Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez had an proverbial war over contract disputes with Rebney and Viacom that lessened his cage time for most of 2012 and...

Jun 23, 2014 5:29 pm

Ben Saunders: I Visualized My Opponent Was Bjorn Rebney

Last week it was announced that Viacom had fired Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and replaced him with the former Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker. One person that is happier than the rest is Bellator fighter Ben Saunders who took to the Underground to express his distaste for the former Bellator CEO. “In My Opinion” He knew...

Jun 21, 2014 10:36 am

Dana White Responds To Coker’s New Bellator Gig

“Not only do I know Scott (Coker) very well, I know the guys at Spike very well. I was in business with them for a long time and I think this is a much better fit for them than Bjork was.” No beef for UFC President Dana White and Scott Coker, at least not yet....

Jun 19, 2014 5:59 am

Scott Coker Lays Out Plans For Big Fights Under Bellator Banner

“My plan is to go from a tournament format to a more traditional format, to more of a superfight format,” said Coker, in his first day at his new job after what he described was a very quick negotiation period. “We will do tournaments when the situation makes sense. I think a tournament can make...

Jun 19, 2014 5:10 am

Lifting The Ban, More Bellator Coverage Coming To BJPENN.COM

In case any of you missed the news earlier, here’s a recap of what went down with Bellator MMA. Goodbye Bjorn Rebney, hello Scott Coker. Yes,Viacom, the huge media company that owns the majority of Bellator, has parted ways with founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. The now former CEO of Bellator released a statement about...

Jun 18, 2014 6:14 pm

LEAKED! – Rebney’s Scripted Hype Video That Viacom Threw Away

Our good friends over at Middleeasy have got their hands on this video that Bjorn Rebney tried to push on SPIKE TV. Zeus, of Middleeasy shares the story: The story behind this promo is Bjorn Rebney wanted to show the media how great of a rapport he had with his staff and fighters. In order...

Jun 18, 2014 6:04 pm

Bellator Announces Scott Coker As New President, Getting Rid of Tournament Format & Seasons

Following a full day or reports, rumors and speculation, the Bellator promotion has announced that Scott Coker will take over as the company’s president. Coker is a well-respected martial arts promoter who founded the popular Strikeforce promotion back in 1985. The company managed to operate successfully as the number-two MMA Promotion in the world under...

Jun 18, 2014 5:43 pm

WSOF Exec: Rebney’s Release Is Freedom From Slavery, A Victory For MMA

“Today is victory for all of MMA – for me, for you, for all the fighters. Today should be (named) MMA Independence Day. Freedom from slavery, freedom from abuse, freedom from shadiness – this guy left. I don’t want to say his name – just MMA fans should be happy, and I’m very sure a...

Jun 18, 2014 12:53 pm

QUICK TWITT | Pro’s React To Rebney’s Termination

Earlier today we learned that Viacom was taking their MMA company serious for once, and as a result they got rid of their plague of bad executives. A top the termination list was company founder, Bjorn Rebney. The MMA world reacted: Regardless of what went on ,it was Fun building this company w You @BjornRebney...

Jun 13, 2014 6:11 am

Bellator Changes Their Tournament Format, Adds Title Shot Pool

Bellator MMA is going to be reformatting their tournament structure once again. On Thurdsay, Bellator boss, Bjorn Rebney announced that all past tournament winners will now be entered into a sort of World Title Pool, where they can be granted a title shot at any time, without having to reenter and entire tournament. MMAFighting’s Luke...

Jun 9, 2014 8:00 am

Bjorn Rebney Comments On Going Head To Head With The UFC

    In about 3 months from now, on Sep. 5, the UFC and Bellator MMA will battle it out in Connecticut. Both promotions have an event scheduled for that day, and the venues are 10 miles apart. Bellator’s card will take place at Mohegan Sun on that Friday, which is when Bellator’s fights usually...

May 11, 2014 11:00 am

Eddie Alvarez Suffers Concussion, Out of Bellator PPV Main-Event

Are Bellator pay-per-views cursed? It is going to be a bit longer until we get to see the rubber match between Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler. Alvarez has been forced to pull out of the championship bout after suffering a concussion two weeks ago. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is clearly upset about...

May 8, 2014 6:31 pm

Bellator Boss: ‘Culinary Union Should Not Back Off The Fertittas’

“Every state has approved mixed martial arts. They run shows just about anywhere. You’ve got shows that generate revenue everywhere — from hotel rooms, to restaurants, to the actual fights. It’s regulated appropriately by every state commission in the country. The New York State Athletic commission is one of the top athletic commissions in the...

May 7, 2014 3:54 pm

Following Neck Fracture Bellator Takes Extra Measures To Ensure Safety Of Tito Ortiz

By Evan Stoumbelis Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has gone “above and beyond” to ensure the safety of Tito Ortiz leading up to his Bellator 120 bout with Alexander Schlemenko. Bjorn Rebney spoke back in January on Ortiz’ injury saying: It’s an unsettling conversation to have a specialist in the field of neck injuries to tell...

May 3, 2014 2:54 pm

Bjorn Rebney Offers to Share New Glove Design with the UFC

Bellator MMA has been working on improving the MMA glove design, a piece of  equipment that many have considered long-overdue for an overhaul. According to MMAjunkie, Bellator partnered with fitness equipment producer Everlast in order to make the new glove, which has been branded the “Powerlock MMA fight glove.” The glove is designed to better...

Apr 22, 2014 3:47 pm

Bellator Boss: Tito Will Have A 35 Pound Weight Advantage Over Shlemenko

“It’s 20 pounds on paper, but legitimately, Shlemenko walks around at 190.” Rebney told Sherdog.com. “He’s a guy who cuts four pounds, who stops eating big meals a day and a half before the fight to cut four pounds of water weight to make 185. He’s a typical Eastern European fighter who’s not interested in...

Apr 14, 2014 12:53 pm

Bellator Boss Shuts Down Dana – Ronda Not MMA’s Top Star

Before her crushing defeat over Sarah McMann, UFC President Dana White called, Ronda Rousey MMA’s biggest star. While her pay-per-view numbers, still leave room for improvement, her ability to land leading roles in major motion pictures is a feat not easily matched. Still though, Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s CEO, isn’t buying it: “I would never want...

Apr 11, 2014 7:33 am

QUICK TWITT | Tito Ortiz Cleared To Fight

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion and current Bellator fighter, Tito Ortiz, has been cleared to fight once again. Check out the HBB’s announcement: News get better and better. Guess who's cleared to fight???? — Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) April 10, 2014 Me that's who!!!!!! I'mmmmm baaaaack! pic.twitter.com/DjJ27k29Ib — Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) April 10, 2014

Apr 1, 2014 9:00 am

*April Fools* UFC Buys Spike TV, Cancels Bellator Broadcasts Indefinitely

This story is an April Fools Joke. For several months now it seemed as though Bellator had been picking up steam and finally hitting a stride of loyal viewers. A partnership with Spike TV meant ratings were rising, and as a result fighters were being signed. There were even talks that Bellator would eventually surpass...

Mar 14, 2014 1:00 pm

Bjorn Rebney Defends Straus vs Curran III Matchup

Many have offered criticism about Bellator MMA’s decision to give Pat Curran an immediate rematch against Bellator Featherweight champion Daniel Straus, given that both Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev and Patricio Freire have won tournaments and are waiting for their title shots. In a recent interview with MMASucka, Bjorn Rebney defended the decision, saying: “I had to...