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Bjorn Rebney: “This Is Real Sports Competition”

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney continues his campaign that his way of deciding No. 1 contenders is best for the sport.

“Matchmaking is what makes combat sports theoretical,” said Rebney during the Bellator 90 post-fight press conference. “The big positive is that you give a guy a shot that is not well known and suddenly he’s up that stream. This is real sports competition. The build of this organization is that guys earn their shots.”

Rebney said that tournament style fights take the decision out of the promoter’s hands and into that of the actual fighter. He continued that it eliminates politics, which have been a struggle for the sport.

In Bellator, to earn a championship shot one must win an eight person tournament. Most tournaments occur within one season, which last about three months.

In January, Rebney introduced a new rule that he can make championship rematches. It was done as some fighters chose to leave Bellator as they didn’t want to compete in another tournament for a title shot. The new rule has not been implemented.