Bjorn Rebney Says A "Monster" Amount Of Depth Saved Bellator 120 As A PPV
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.16.2014
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In an interview with MMA Junkie, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said that a "monster" amount of depth on the Bellator roster saved Bellator 120 as a PPV after Eddie Alvarez had to drop out of the main event, a trilogy fight with Michael Chandler. The new main event is a light heavyweight tournament final between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and "King" Muhammed Lawal.
On not panicking when Alvarez dropped out: "I've been in this 20-plus years, so these are calls I've gotten before. The difference between this call and the call that I got (for November's show) was that this was an incredibly deep card with two true main events that were getting promoted equally – just a monster amount of depth. It was just one of those moments where you say, ‘There ya go,' and we got through this."
On what he was afraid of happening: "The call that I was expecting to get for the last two and a half months was Tito. Every time my phone would ring and it said '949′ or '714′ on it, I panicked and thought it was going to be Tito going, ‘I broke my neck, I hurt my knee, I did this, I did that.' But he's 110 percent. So (Alvarez) was an unexpected call, but in the bigger scheme of working in this business for 20-plus years, it wasn't that unexpected. You just pivot off of it and change all the advertising to exclusively focus on ‘Page' and ‘Mo' and you just move on because the card's that deep."
On Rampage vs King Mo being enough to main event: "Oh, without question. It's a premium-level fight. ‘Rampage' has won his last two with back-to-back knockouts. He looks like the old ‘Page' again – he's excited, he's enthusiastic, he loves the game again. And ‘King Mo' is ‘King Mo.' If both Mike and Ed had fallen off, I never would've given it a second thought. It's a totally different situation than we had last November. Last November, we were like, ‘Yeah, maybe we should go to Spike,' and our partners said, ‘Yeah, let's bring it to Spike.' But the thought never crossed my mind on this one."