WSOF Matchmaker Says Ousting of Bjorn Rebney is ‘MMA Independence Day’
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.18.2014
“Today is a victory for all of MMA.”
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed World Series of Fighting matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz, and he lauded Bellator MMA's ousting of former CEO and founder Bjorn Rebney earlier today. Abdelaziz also put the offer out there to other MMA promotions to co-promote a PPV event. Below are some highlights.
Abdelaziz on his offer to other promotions to co-promote events: "If you're a top promotion out there – I'm not talking about AXS TV promotions. If you're on network or on cable television, and you want to do a challenge, World Series of Fighting will open the door, pay-per-view, split money, split gates – we all make money. Boxing does it. NFL East, NFL West does it. We can do it. We can have a clean competition."
Abdelaziz on Bjorn Rebney being ousted from Bellator: "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 lot of people are."
Abdelaziz on giving credit to Rebney for creating the promotion: "I want to say something to be a decent human being. You've got to give credit where credit is due, and this individual created a promotion. He gave fighters an opportunity to fight. They didn't get treated well, but you have to give the guy credit for starting a promotion like that and having (121) shows. That's not easy to do; it's hard. But it's even harder the way you do it and the way you treat others, and this is my issue. But I do respect that this guy put on that many shows, and now, a new guy can come on the block. We don't know if the damage can be fixed, but I like Scott Coker. I think he's a great guy, and I wish him the best of luck."
Abdelaziz on why it is too risky for Bellator to co-promote with WSOF: "If I was Bellator, it's too risky. They've been around for 127 shows, (and if) you have a company that's young and hungry as the WSOF coming on board and beating your guys up, it's not a smart business decision. But I'm open to it. I love challenges, respectfully. Right now, because my man Scott Coker is on board, I will respectfully do that."