Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney gets wish with 'Rampage'-Ortiz pay-per-view

MMAPlayground.com » Community » MMA News Share Forum » Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney gets wish with 'Rampage'-Ortiz pay-per-view
grappler0000
8/6/13 8:03:08AM
Bjorn Rebney had a holy grail of MMA. He went after it, and in November he'll make it a reality.

That's when the Bellator MMA CEO will cross two things off his bucket list: Seeing a fight between former champions Quinton Jackson (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Tito Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), and putting on his company's first pay-per-view event.

Rebney long has talked about his desire to delve into the pay-per-view landscape with Bellator. After signing former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jackson earlier this year, he knew coaxing Ortiz out of retirement would be the second piece of the puzzle...

Full Story
grappler0000
8/6/13 8:08:54AM

Of the epic battles that I wanted to see that I never got a chance to see, what was No. 1 on my list? And 'Rampage'-Tito was No. 1 on my list


Shenanigans. I'm sorry, but you can't convince the fans of that merely by the power of suggestion. I guess a promoter's gotta promote though.
jae_1833
8/6/13 8:49:00AM
He is hinting at the end there that this will be an epic line up...lets hope so because Tito vs Page sucks!
grappler0000
8/6/13 9:03:46AM
Now that they're committing to this, that puts a huge weight on their shoulders. If this PPV is a flop, then what?
Goatenstein
8/6/13 9:04:23AM
The card better have Curran defending, Chandler defending, and Shlemenko defending.
finnish_line
8/6/13 10:02:46AM
There's no way they make enough to even cover the fighter salaries.
sparky
8/6/13 10:07:12AM
I hope Bellator does well but they should of just stuck with spike tv. FREE MMA is the wave of the future.
jjeans
8/6/13 10:14:43AM
Committing to a PPV with the headliners being Rampage and Ortiv is insane. I doubt either man makes it to the weigh ins. Especially if they're gonna be working the TNA scene as well...
postman
8/6/13 11:05:49AM
They should have figured out a way to pull off Randy v Fedor. It would be a little late but I would apperricate the effort far more
finnish_line
8/6/13 11:28:48AM
Fedor's demands are probably no less insane now than they were 4 years ago.
ry_dawg63
8/6/13 1:23:40PM
I really hope this doesn't put Bellator under. Pulling off this pay per view and getting the sells needed is almost impossible. Hate to see such a good promotion gamble with their future. Hopefully they stack the card and at leastbreak even
Budgellism
8/6/13 1:51:19PM

Posted by grappler0000


Of the epic battles that I wanted to see that I never got a chance to see, what was No. 1 on my list? And 'Rampage'-Tito was No. 1 on my list


Shenanigans. I'm sorry, but you can't convince the fans of that merely by the power of suggestion. I guess a promoter's gotta promote though.



If that's anyone's no.1 fight they want to see I'm guessing they're not much of a fan. This fight would be easy to predict whether it was 2006 or 2013.
GDPofMPG
8/6/13 2:12:53PM
They are selling the names over the records, and they are not the only, or the largest, promotion who has been doing more of that lately. I think the fact that Rampage and Tito have a combined 50 UFC fights with over 40 of them being the Co-Main or Main event has a lot more to do with this booking then does their recent records. BFC is catering to who the UFC caters to, the fans who see names above all else and don't know any better.

Does anyone really think the UFC wouldn't make Rampage vs Tito a Co-Main event or Main Event in 2013. They would for the same reasons.

The H-core fans are going to be watching for all the fights that are not Rampage vs Tito primarily, with that fight only holding nostalgic or sentimental value over that of BFC best fighters fighting to them. It's two of the sports all time most popular and well known fighters who happened to also of been (not still today) at one point two of the sports greatest as well. That is the promotional hook on a big part. All the other fights are just going to be bonuses for MMA fans who like to watch fights.

I'd like Curran or Chandler to headline this though.

I consider a card like this, give or take a competitor or two, to have a value equal to many of the UFC PPV offerings that have rolled along the past couple of years:

Chandler vs Jansen
Curran vs Frodo
Page vs Tito
Minakov vs Volkov
Lawal vs Newton
or
Shlemenko vs Manheof

Now it is very wishful thinking to expect to see it shake down with these fights, but something approaching it would be acceptable. I have a feeling they will use TNA Wrestling PPV prices though, $34.99 a few times and once thy did $39.99. Not gonna pretend to be so elite that I'm above watching good fights or wouldn't pay for them if it was the option.
prozacnation1978
8/6/13 2:41:45PM
45 bucks for a bellator ppv
I won't pay it
postman
8/6/13 3:21:17PM

Posted by GDPofMPG


Does anyone really think the UFC wouldn't make Rampage vs Tito a Co-Main event or Main Event in 2013.


I don't think they would make that a co main at all
Michael_Corleone
8/6/13 3:36:56PM
The problem Bellator is going to have is that their target audience mostly consists of hardcore MMA fans. The problem with hardcore MMA fans is that they are so hardcore that they often forget that in order to watch the MMA that they love to watch, the company needs to make money in order to keep providing content. Which would explain why Tito and Rampage are the headliners. I think that Bellator needs to go all in still and fire every bullet that they have in order to make this thing a success. The biggest names in the company fighting and as many championship bouts as they can have on this card. Then see where the chips fall after that.
quezocrema0032
8/6/13 3:53:56PM
If they can secure Chandler vs Alvarez as the co main event I'd order, we all know what the real main event would be. Its possible Eddie can come back for this fight seeing how its ppv & that would make bellator's counter offer equal to the ufc's (atleast as far as the terms go). Plus like people said Newton vs King Mo, Curran cs Frodo, plud Alexander S. Sounds like a fair pice tag. Only if Eddie resigns though
grappler0000
8/6/13 5:37:11PM

Posted by quezocrema0032

If they can secure Chandler vs Alvarez as the co main event I'd order, we all know what the real main event would be. Its possible Eddie can come back for this fight seeing how its ppv & that would make bellator's counter offer equal to the ufc's (atleast as far as the terms go). Plus like people said Newton vs King Mo, Curran cs Frodo, plud Alexander S. Sounds like a fair pice tag. Only if Eddie resigns though



I don't think you'll see Alvarez anywhere near a PPV anytime in the immediate future. If they do, they'll owe him a shit-ton of money.

Hmm, now that I actually think about it, they'd actually have to sell a lot of PPV's to owe him a shit-ton, but he'd take a percentage nonetheless.
GDPofMPG
8/6/13 5:44:04PM

Posted by postman


Posted by GDPofMPG


Does anyone really think the UFC wouldn't make Rampage vs Tito a Co-Main event or Main Event in 2013.


I don't think they would make that a co main at all



Tito's last three UFC fights
PPV Main Event
PPV Co-Main Event
PPV Main Card hump fight

Rampages last three UFC fights
UFC on FOX Co-Main Event
UFC PPV Co-Main Event
UFC PPV Main Event

If Rampage and Tito were contracted UFC fighters today, why do you think the UFC would not push them to the top of a card after they agreed to fight?
40ouncetofreedom
8/7/13 8:13:21AM

Posted by GDPofMPG


Posted by postman


Posted by GDPofMPG


Does anyone really think the UFC wouldn't make Rampage vs Tito a Co-Main event or Main Event in 2013.


I don't think they would make that a co main at all



Tito's last three UFC fights
PPV Main Event
PPV Co-Main Event
PPV Main Card hump fight

Rampages last three UFC fights
UFC on FOX Co-Main Event
UFC PPV Co-Main Event
UFC PPV Main Event

If Rampage and Tito were contracted UFC fighters today, why do you think the UFC would not push them to the top of a card after they agreed to fight?



Good Point, it could CO, or headline a Fuel,FX or TUF finale card, But i don't think UFC would promote it as a main headliner for a PPV... if it were 2005 probably. But not now, Most UFC fans shuld probably know where these 2 are at in their careers at this point....Either way I'm pretty happy Page isn't boxing RJJ, ..Because he'll get destroyed and boxing fans wil Trolololololo mma.