Bellator announces departure of executives Bjorn Rebney and Tim Danaher
Spike TV today announced that Bellator MMA’s top two executives have parted ways with the company.
Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s founder, chairman and CEO, as well as company president and COO Tim Danaher, have the left company, effective immediately.
A reason for their departures wasn’t given, though a statement from Rebney mentioned a difference “in our views on the right strategic direction.”
BFC Evolves the Tourney
Bellator isn't getting away from their tournament model, but they are adjusting it. In short, Bellator tournament champions no longer have to re-enter the tournament system to earn subsequent title shots.
Bellator officials exclusively tell MMA Fighting the tournament still earns the winner a guaranteed title shot and $100,000 extra in earnings, but also something more now. Once a fighter wins a tournament, they'll forever belong to a pool of fighters who can win a series of fights outside of the tournament that also lead to a title shot.
Bellator 121 weigh-in results: Four main-card matchups set with no issue
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
-Austen Heidlage (205.7) vs. Philipe Lins (205.7) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
-James Thompson (260.3) vs. Eric Prindle (264.8)
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (204.8) vs. Terry Davinney (205.8)
-Carlos Eduardo (205.2) vs. Egidijus Valavicius (205.2) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7 p.m. ET)
-Stephen Banaszak (145.9) vs. Treston Thomison (145.9)
-Cortez Coleman (185.7) vs. Joe Vedepo (185.6)
-Kelly Anundson (206.3)* vs. Rodney Wallace (205.9) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
-Jamelle Jones (205.8) vs. Ray Sloan (202.4)
-Matt Jones (188.4) vs. Bubba McDaniel (189.8)
-Steve Garcia (139.2) vs. Cody Walker (140.2)#
-Guillermo Ayme (168) vs. William Florentino (170.8)
* – Anundson has two hours to lose the remaining 0.3 pounds
# – Walker has two hours to lose the remaining 0.2 pounds
Bellator 120 clears 100k PPV buys.
Viacom-owned Bellator MMA pushed north of 100,000 buys for their May 17 card, according to industry sources with information regarding the promotion’s debut foray into the pay-per-view business.
Calf Injury Knocks Pat Curran Out of June 6 Title Defense at Bellator 121
Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will not defend his title as expected next month.
Bellator officials Wednesday announced that Curran sustained a severe right calf strain in training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned rematch with Patricio Freire at Bellator 121.
“I’ve been training incredibly hard for this fight by pushing myself to my absolute limits in training,” Curran stated in a release. “Unfortunately, during some conditioning drills, I suffered a bad calf strain that has halted my training for one of the biggest fights of my career. I have my sights set on getting back into the cage as soon as possible, with July in mind, but I want to be 100 percent healthy heading into that cage to smash ‘Pitbull.’”