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Bjorn Rebney Speaks Out on Randy Couture, Eddie Alvarez, And the Real ‘Toughest Tournament in Sports'

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Bjorn Rebney Speaks Out on Randy Couture, Eddie Alvarez, And the Real ‘Toughest Tournament in Sports’

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By Jason Moles

Between preparing to launch a new mixed martial arts reality television show on Spike TV, to selecting venues for 2014, Bjorn Rebney‘s time for small talk is sparse. But the Bellator MMA CEO always seems to have a moment to discuss his favorite topic — how much he loves running the second-largest MMA promotion in the world, and what the future holds in store.

Early Friday morning, just after the Bellator 87 post-fight press conference concluded at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in frigid Mount Pleasant, Michigan, I had the opportunity to speak with Rebney about some of the important topics that have developed in the past few weeks, and the impact they would have going forward for the ever-expanding fight promotion.

You could tell the man was tired by the look in his sleep-deprived eyes. Sitting on stage, and probably still laughing on the inside after having watched lightweight contender Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard shave his facial hair after losing a stipulation match to David “Caveman” Rickels not more than five minutes prior to our conversation (the clippings were still on the table next to him), the most powerful man in the building finally had a fleeting moment to collect his thoughts while resting for the first time that day…

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Post #1   2/4/13 11:14:24AM   

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i ike that randy is a part of bellator now, screw dana and his attitude. i have really started enjoying bellator. i think the talent is through the roof specifically in the lower divisions (170 and below). randy belongs in the sport and so what if it aint with the ufc.

on bellator being the toughest tournament in sports, yea i think so. TUF is definitely second but the difference is the caliber of fighters in bellator. all TUF contestants are relatively unknown whereas bellator has some fighters that we already know are bad MF'ers.

now with eddie alvarez's situation, i do still hope he gets out of bellator and mixes it up with the ufc's LW fighters. i think that is the next logical step for him and i think its BS that bellator has brought this into the court system.

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Bjorn is a BONER.........toughest tourney in sports? NCAA Wrestling would rape-choke and run a train on beLLator.

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Posted by tcunningham

i ike that randy is a part of bellator now, screw dana and his attitude. i have really started enjoying bellator. i think the talent is through the roof specifically in the lower divisions (170 and below). randy belongs in the sport and so what if it aint with the ufc.

on bellator being the toughest tournament in sports, yea i think so. TUF is definitely second but the difference is the caliber of fighters in bellator. all TUF contestants are relatively unknown whereas bellator has some fighters that we already know are bad MF'ers.

now with eddie alvarez's situation, i do still hope he gets out of bellator and mixes it up with the ufc's LW fighters. i think that is the next logical step for him and i think its BS that bellator has brought this into the court system.


Randy is making a good move and other than the Eddie situation I think they are doing things right. The Bellator tournaments are definately "Tuf"er than the Ultimate fighter house...the house I believe is just more annoying.

Post #4   2/4/13 11:28:58PM