Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney gets wish with 'Rampage'-Ortiz pay-per-view
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...
Paul Daley Signs A multifight Deal with BAMMA
Paul Daley will be fighting for a familiar promotion in the near future, but it won't be the UFC.
"Semtex" has signed a new three-fight contract with the European-based BAMMA, Daley's manager Wad Alameddine confirmed with MMAFighting.com. BAMMA officials also confirmed the deal, which is a 12-month United Kingdom exclusive.
BT Sport launches to customer complaints, UFC loses 3.8 million UK Virgin TV customer base
BT Sport launched in the UK yesterday with a one day Freeview event to give potential new customers a taste of what they can expect with a full subscription. The day peaked with a 1.21% share (some 207k viewers) for the Bayern Munich versus Manchester City European Football (Soccer) match, according to BroadcastNow.co.uk
According to a BBC Business article, BT has spent over £700 million in the last few years for upcoming Premier League Football matches, compared to Sky's £2billion+ for the majority of match rights. ITV, Setanta and ESPN have tried taking on the Sky giant when it comes to exclusive live sport coverage and have been found lacking, and it seems BT has already failed to put its best foot forward.
Ben Askren Officially a Restricted Free Agent
It looks like another Bellator champion is on the market after completing his contract, following in the footsteps of Hector Lombard and Eddie Alvarez. According to CEO Bjorn Rebney, welterweight king Ben Askren is no longer obligated to any action under the organization’s flag after finishing his original deal with a successful defense at Bellator 97.
Askren is currently in a period of exclusive negotiations with Bellator and isn’t completely free to explore all of his options.