MENU
#Duane Ludwig #Ramsey Nijem #Julian Lane #Justin Buchholz #Conor McGregor #UFC 211 #Nate Diaz #Hayder Hassan #Dhiego Lima #Diaz vs. McGregor 2 #Bellator 179 #Rory MacDonald #TJ Dillashaw #Jon Jones #Jewels



With another Bellator season winding down, CEO Bjorn Rebney joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show to discuss two of the biggest stars in the promotion’s history: Hector Lombard and Eddie Alvarez.

Lombard recently left Bellator to sign with the UFC. Alvarez, however, has one fight left on his Bellator deal and could re-sign with the company or possibly join Lombard in the UFC.

Rebney on how negotiations with Lombard unfolded: “We don’t have that kind of ridiculously oppressive champion’s clause where if you’re champion, you stick with us until you’re 60 or 70 years old. We had an opportunity to negotiate exclusively with him. That came to an end, and then he had the right to solicit an offer from the UFC, and then we had the right to match it. … He went to the UFC, got a large-scale contract, submitted that to us, which was literally like 60 pages’ worth of contract and terms. We reviewed it with myself and our partners at Viacom and at Spike and looked at the agreement, looked at the pay-per-view movers and shakers in the agreement, looked at kind of the catalyst to being able to monetize the agreement, and just made a conscious decision.”

On the UFC offering Lombard a percentage of pay-per-view revenue: “That’s not part of our business dynamic right now. It’s not part of our format. It may be in the future, but it isn’t today. Part of the reason Bellator’s the number two player in the mixed martial arts space worldwide right now is that we’ve made decisions based on business principles. We’ve made decisions based on hard, fast numbers and objective data that we can take a look at as opposed to what a lot of people who’ve tried to come into our space have done, which is kind of throw mud at the wall and hope against hope that that proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow will fall into their lap … .”

On Lombard’s future in the UFC: “Hector’s an awesome dude. I think he’s the best middleweight in the world. I think that in very short order we will see Hector Lombard win the UFC title at 185 pounds on pay-per-view. I wish the guy nothing but the greatest success. He was great for us. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be great for the UFC.”

On how Bellator’s partnership with Viacom could affect negotiations with fighters and other investments: “Our partners at Spike and Viacom have been big supporters of the concept that a business runs by making good business decisions. Do we have greater access? Do we have greater ability now to make decisions to invest in opportunities? Sure. But is it going to change the way we do things like a young kid into new money? No, it won’t. We’re still going to make the decision based on real data and looking at things.”

On Eddie Alvarez’s future with Bellator: “Eddie’s with us until the middle part of next fall. He’s got one more fight left on his deal with us. He’s been great with us. Obviously he had a major setback in his Mike Chandler loss for the world title, but he had a great springboard fight back in the convincing first-round [Shinya] Aoki knockout victory. Kudos for Ed and for coming back and facing probably the most dangerous submission fighter in our game and beating him the way he did. But we’ll see. Ed will either have another fight under our banner against one of our very tough 155-pounders and/or we’ll negotiate a deal with Ed that puts him back in the Bellator fold for years to come, or we won’t [and] he’ll have one more fight, then he’ll be free to go and solicit offers from the UFC and see kind of where that goes and we’ll analyze whether we’re going to match it or not.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 3:16).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

With UFC Dragging Its Feet, Bellator Building Women's 125-Pound Class | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

While the UFC has often talked about a women's 125-pound division, Bellator is going full steam ahead and plans to crown a flyweight champion this year. read news >>

Ryan Bader will make '3 to 4 times' more in sponsorship money with Bellator

  • 27 days ago
  • 27 views

The UFC Athlete Outfitting partnership with Reebok hit many fighters hard in the pocket in terms of sponsorship dollars. Veteran light heavyweight Ryan Bader said he was one of them.Filed under: Bell read news >>

Bellator adds women's flyweights around former UFC title challenger Valerie Letourneau

  • 26 days ago
  • 8 views

The Bellator women’s flyweight division just got bigger with the signings of five fighters in addition to former UFC title contender Valerie Letourneau.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator's Scott Coker willing to hear out Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes on coming back to fight

  • 15 days ago
  • 12 views

If UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes want to stage comebacks, Bellator President Scott Coker is certainly willing to hear them out.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>

Ilima Macfarlane expects inaugural Bellator women's flyweight title fight, wants it soon

  • 18 days ago
  • 8 views

Ilima Macfarlane has no doubts that, when Bellator introduces its inaugural women’s flyweight championship, she is going to be one half of the title fight. But when?Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Jedrzejczyk has a lot to defend at UFC 211

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC.com analyst Matt Parrino is joined by Robin Black to breakdown the co-main event from UFC 211 - Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade. read news >>

Demian Maia expects UFC title shot next, but 'not going to sell' to be champion

  • 11 days ago
  • 17 views

DALLAS – Demian Maia was forced to take the scenic route in his quest to become UFC welterweight champion, but it appears his opportunity will finally come after beating Jorge Masvidal on Saturday at read news >>

Michael Bisping Expects Georges St-Pierre Fight Despite Dana White Cancel Threat

  • 8 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has said he expects his next fight to be against returning legend Georges St-Pierre, despite organisation president Dana White appearing to cancel the bout o read news >>

'We're Just Cattle to Them': Rory MacDonald Speaks Out on UFC, Bellator Debut

  • 8 days ago
  • 8 views

People still ask him about it. They ask him about the violence of it, the pain, that 10,000-mile stare. They wonder about the determination that appeared to derive from some obscure part of the brain read news >>

Bellator 179 is Set After Paul Daley and Rory MacDonald Make Weight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 7 days ago
  • 19 views

After making weight, former UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald will finally make his Bellator debut opposite Paul Daley at Bellator 179 on Friday. read news >>