Currently, North America has two top MMA promotions. The UFC, which has been around for nearly 20 years, and Bellator who use tournament based fights to decide their No. 1 contenders. It was just earlier this month, that there was a third option with Strikeforce before they ceased operations.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney looks at the number of MMA promotions around and likes the balance it creates.
“I think two is a good number, but if another one is to show up and they have a great product, I don’t know if that’s going to be a bad thing either,” said Rebney on Fight Hub TV. “Optionality helps the sport. It brings more of a pool to pull from of younger fighters who can just fight. That’s going to bring rise to a faster evolution of the game.”
The closing of Strikeforce was something Rebney saw coming and understands that competition creates a better overall product.
Rebney runs Bellator, who just debuted on Spike TV two weeks ago after spending time on ESPN, FOX Sports Net and MTV2. The UFC called Spike TV home for years, before they switched to FOX less than two years ago.