The good news for Bjorn Rebney, UFC president Dana White (pictured) is FINALLY pronouncing his first name correctly (White was publicly calling him “Bjork” – like the singer, probably intentionally – up until Wednesday night). The bad news for Bellator MMA’s CEO, everything else White said about Rebney was far from flattering.
White was asked to comment on Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, who is a free agent that could be facing the same lengthy legal battle Eddie Alvarez did last year after his Bellator contract expired.
“Bjorn Rebney’s a scumbag,” White deadpanned. “The guy says, ‘Yeah, we’re going to let him go. Let’s just part ways.’ You ain’t f—– parting ways with him. He’s got a matching right and all that bulls—. This guy is a f—— typical boxing piece of s—. Everybody knows the guy’s a scumbag.
“It is what it is. We’ll see what happens to Ben. First they say they’re going to let him go. They’re not going to let him go. They’ll probably end up suing him too and make him sit out and lose a bunch of money and f— him in a deal. Bad guys. They’re bad guys.”
Alvarez essentially became a restricted free agent last October. After accepting a lucrative deal with the UFC, Bellator decided to “match” the contract. The only issue was, the UFC offered several points Bellator couldn’t – primarily, a percentage of the pay-per-view revenue on the cards where he competes for/or defends the title.
After nearly a year of legal tussling, the two sides finally came to a settlement outside of the courtroom. Terms of Alvarez’s new agreement with Bellator was not disclosed.
Alvarez will return to Bellator to challenge lightweight champion Michael Chandler for his crown in November, Bellator’s debut in the PPV pond.
Now that Askren is presumably rowing in the same boat Alvarez did, White doesn’t believe his rivals will allow him to walk, either.
“[Rebney’s] f—— him,” White stated. “He’s doing the same thing he did to Eddie. He’s not letting him really go out and get a fair – do you really think honestly, everyone here, do you think that if Eddie Alvarez did a deal with us, that Eddie Alvarez wouldn’t have made a lot of money? [Former Bellator middleweight champ] Hector Lombard did. Hector Lombard got paid.
“When you’re allowed to go and find out what you’re worth, that’s what that thing in the contract is. But these guy are signing these contracts over there that just f— them.”
White also claimed Rebney is no longer pulling the strings for Bellator, despite his CEO moniker. He believes Viacom is.
So, as if we didn’t know before, that explains why White has been calling Bellator MMA “Viacom MMA” for the past several months.