Several MMA promotions have been purchased by the UFC, with the most recent being Strikeforce. For Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, he is living a dream by running a promotion and wouldn’t consider selling it to anyone.
“Never in a million years,” said Rebney on Fight Hub TV. “If this wasn’t my job, this is what I would be doing for fun. I get to sit cage side and watch some of the greatest mixed martial artists in the world. I can’t conceptualize what I would be doing, if I wasn’t doing this and I’m getting paid to do it. I would do it for free. I never got into this with an exit strategy.”
Rebney went on that after spending long hours at the office, he calls his father twice a day who encourages him to stick with it as he’s won since he’s getting paid for what he loves to do.
Two other top promotions that Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, have purchased over the years include PRIDE out of Japan and the WEC which featured a lighter class of fighters. Top names from all three organizations such as Urijah Faber, Benson Henderson, Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva would join the UFC roster as a result of the sale.
Many have labeled the UFC as becoming a monopoly, but Dana White has said that he saved these fighters from having no job as the promotions couldn’t continue to operate and pay their fighters.
Bellator makes their second appearance on Spike TV later today, after signing a contract with the network to air their live fights.