Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Thinks Ronda Rousey Still Needs to Prove Herself as a Big MMA Star
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.13.2014
Rebney gives his thoughts on Ronda Rousey's stardom...
USA Today Sports/MMAjunkie recently interviewed Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney after Friday's Bellator 116 event. Below are some highlights.
Rebney responding to Dana White's statement of Ronda Rousey being the biggest star in MMA: "I would never want to verbalize disrespect for a fighter … but to characterize her as the biggest star in MMA is, I believe, a little disrespectful to a lot of fighters who have put in year after year after year in this game. If Ronda fights ‘Cyborg' and she could beat ‘Cyborg,' I think that would be a big statement as to where she is in the game. But to characterize her as the biggest star is a bit disingenuous. I think there are a lot of huge stars in MMA."
Rebney on Ronda Rousey still needing to prove herself: "In my own personal opinion, it seems like a very forced marketing position that someone's taking because she's attractive and she appears on a lot of magazine covers, and I think we saw that once before at Strikeforce, and (Gina Carano) fought ‘Cyborg' and lost handedly. No disrespect to Brock (Lesnar), but he was forced into a situation very quickly coming off very few fights to be positioned as a world champ because he could be sold on pay-per-view. Not because he beat the best fighters in the world, but because he could be sold. I think we're seeing the exact same thing in Ronda, and anyone who would tell you differently is not speaking the truth."