Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Won’t Force a Rampage vs. Newton Title Fight
Posted by Larry Csonka on 05.19.2014
- Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney recently spoke about the possible Rampage Jackson vs. Emmanuel Newton Light Heavyweight Title bout. Here are the highlights…
On The Possible Rampage vs. Newton Title Fight: "The reason ‘Rampage' and I have had such a good relationship is we've approached things as guys working together, not me mandating what's going to happen," Rebney said. "That's the same way we're approaching this. You've got a guy with a split allegiance (in McKee), but ‘Rampage' has earned a world title shot. … I'm going to talk to him about it, but I'm not going to disrespect a guy who's been nothing but standup with us. He's rocked and rolled as a promoter for us, so I'm not going to say we're making this fight and plant this flag in the sand."
On Rampage Being Back: "‘Rampage' is back. The knees are back," Rebney said. "He didn't just get off the ground (after being taken down). He got off the ground with ‘King Mo' Lawal on top of him. Questions answered."
On Rampage Picking Fights: "He's a world-class athlete, so you can pick and choose and move around fights and do pseudo-superfights, or you can look to recapture a world title on a stage where there's a lot of good fighters," he said. "It's an epic fight, and there's some other great fights for us at 205, as well."