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Bjorn Rebney says Bellator is here to stay, financial problems a lie

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Bjorn Rebney

Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney responds to reports from that Bellator is close to its end due to finances. During an interview with Rebney fired back.

“Usually, when you see rumors that are completely ridiculous, they’re coupled with something that’s true.”

“In this instance, it’s false on top of false on top of completely ridiculous on top of completely unfounded.”

“Either it’s someone just starting rumors for the sake of starting rumors, or it’s just the most ridiculous type of amateurish nonsense,” Rebney said of the report. “I don’t even like to call it journalism because it has no connection to reality.

“That blog, whoever that is that wrote that, is just so filled with nonsense. It’s completely, unequivocally untrue on every front they wrote. It’s literally as if someone stepped out and just said, ‘I’m going to create whichever fantasy I choose to create, and I’m going to write it.’ There wasn’t even the slightest hint of accuracy or truth in anything that showed up on that blog.

“It’s the downside and the negativity of the Internet. Any idiot can write any ridiculous, completely unfounded nonsense thing, and it can gain traction.”

On the truth of Bellator’s future

“We’ve finalized a new deal, and we’re in the process right now of getting everything out,” Rebney said. “Everything that needs to get done has not been done yet in order to make an announcement, but we’re in a position right now where I’m very hopeful that either immediately before or immediately after Thanksgiving we’ll make an announcement relative to where we’re going to be moving forward. That’s in a great spot. That’s been a lot of hard work and effort on a lot of people’s part.”

“You want to know that if you put away the time on a Thursday night at 10 p.m., what you put away time to watch is actually going to be there and not get preempted by a Brewers game or a Clippers game or whatever. There’s been an awful lot of effort that’s gone into curing that problem, which we’ve now successfully done.”

“Our investors are thrilled,” Rebney said. “They’ve backed us as strong as any investment I’ve ever seen in sports entertainment. They’re thrilled with where we’re going. They’re wildly excited about our future, and they’ve stepped up in a huge way.

“We’re in an incredibly stable spot right now, and we’re on the cusp of making announcements that our current investment group is thrilled with.”

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