Bjorn Rebney Discusses Bellator’s 100th Show And The Promotion’s Future
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.20.2013
The show is tonight…
- Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney recently spoke about the promotion hitting their 100th show. Here are the highlights…
On Reaching 100 Shows: "It's the 100th show, but it doesn't feel like 100 shows. It feels like 10 minutes ago that I was sitting back watching those early shows, when we were doing six-camera shows instead of 14 and the lighting truss was this little piece of steel instead of this huge, monstrous thing that travels in a semi, and we had one big screen and the sound system was adequate at best, but now it sounds like a U2 concert."
On Being One of MMA's Top Two Players: "When I got into this, there were five or six viable players in the space," Rebney said. "Now there's two. I'm pleased with what we've established, but by no means am I satisfied."
On Hiring UFC "Cast Offs": "I, for one, don't ever characterize any fighter that's fought here or for the UFC as castoffs," Rebney said, before adding that, according to Bellator's calculations, the UFC has signed more of its fighters than Bellator had signed of the UFC's. "But that's not a story that gets told a lot."
On Their Position In The Sport: "When I was building this, I never sat back as I was building out the business plan and the model planning on being No. 2," he said. "That was never the focus. Having been in the sports business for a lot of years and in the combat sports business for a lot of years, I have a real firm grasp on the fact that this is a marathon and not a sprint."