Manager Malki Kawa couldn’t help but give his two cents on Bellator. While he states that he’s not bashing Bellator, Kawa isn’t impressed with some of their latest additions.
The last few months have seen Bellator bring in former UFC champions Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
“The issue I have with Bellator is that they say, ‘We’re not going to use any ex-UFC guys,'” said Kawa to MMA Junkie. “You’re about to do your first pay-per-view with stars the UFC built up. Sure, guys like Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and all these other guys did a lot to help build the sport, but at the end of the day, it was the UFC platform that built them up.”
Bellator has a deal with Spike TV in place that started in January. Since then, Bellator has held Season 8, the 2013 Summer Series and are in the final weeks of their reality show Fight Master.
As Bellator heads into their first PPV, they’re relying heavily on Jackson vs. Ortiz as their headliner. It’s the first time the two former UFC light heavyweight champions will meet and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney sees it as a dream fight.
That PPV occurs at Bellator 106 on November 2. It’s from the Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.
Kawa is the CEO of First Round Management.