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  • 01-22-2014, 08:21 PM
    Tito Ortiz cleared to train after neck injury, Bellator's Bjorn Rebney fears potential paralysis
    Rebney talked about the delicate situation during a recent media conference call (via MMA Weekly):

    "Tito is still with us. I've got to sit down and really download with Tito. When I initially got on the phone with the doctors, and Tito announced to us that he had fractured his neck, that was and is the primary concern. There's not a substantive answer at this point to whether he's going to come back. We're having discussions with him. The key was to get 120 percent healed. It's an unsettling conversation to have a specialist in the field of neck injuries to tell you that with the right kind of drop on the head, or the right kind of impact on the spine, paralysis could be a result. That's never a good conversation: A) for a world class athlete, but B) it's never a good conversation for the person in my position charged with putting that person inside of a cage to fight against top tier competition. The concern is still there, but just like any kind of injury, or just like any kind of break, he may be able to come back from it. And if he is able to come back from it, we'll relight the fuse and figure out what the steps are to get him into the cage. But, right now, there isn't a definitive answer in terms of when he could come back."

    Rebney revealed that while Ortiz still has a contract with Bellator, it is currently on hold because of the injury as per company policy.

    "Tito and I have got to sit down, work through it, talk about it, and if he is going to get back inside the cage, which is a distinct possibility, figure out what the best launch pad is and how he'd want to do that and what makes sense."

    Meanwhile, according to Ortiz (via Twitter), he already has the green light to get back into training.

    Got the green light from my DR. Time to train. This year is all business. (@ Punishment Athletics)
    — Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) January 21, 2014
  • 01-22-2014, 07:09 PM
    Lol. There's thre kettle calling the
  • 01-22-2014, 06:00 PM
    mma #1 fan
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Speaking of Bellator... They have been awfully quiet lately, no media, no announcements, no constant advertising on Spike (ok, so that last one is an assumption). What is up with that?
    bellator has seasons and the last two months was off time for bellator
  • 01-21-2014, 09:05 PM
    WSoF exec: Bellator puts on 'ridiculous' mismatches 'all the time'
    WSoF matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz was quick to respond, via Twitter.

    Ali Abdelaziz @AliAbdelaziz00
    •Bjorn Rebney turned down our challenge. He doesn't believe in his fighters and now he wants to distract everyone talking about GSP. CANDYASS
    •For the record GSP is my training partner and very great friend for 9 years. It is embarrassing how Bjorn is using his name as a scapegoat.

    In another episode, when Bellator announced that the organization's featherweight champion Daniel Straus will fight former champion Pat Curran at Bellator 112, rather than two-time tournament winner Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, WSoF offered him a title shot in their oganization.

    Now WSoF's Abdel-Aziz said Bellator is rife with mismatches.

    "I sit down at midnight every night, and I watch a lot of videos. I'm a big fan," Abdel-Aziz told Bleacher Report. "I love this. It's never too much, it never makes me tired...I believe every match we've put on so far has been great except two matches, which, for seven shows, is pretty good."

    "The UFC puts on great matches, but you see the guys in Bellator, they put on mismatches all the time. It's ridiculous. There's no entertainment. You see guys go and knock somebody out—there's no competition, and we have to put on equal competition."
  • 01-21-2014, 11:11 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Not really the best example. Bjorn was trying to get Askren signed by the UFC and the fight to happen in the UFC. You could also look at it as Bjorn trying to help Askren get signed and a title shot in the most competitive organization in mma.
    While that is true, Bjorn was using Askren as a pawn in this game of wits with the UFC as well. When things didnt pan out with the UFC for Ben, Rebney just dumped him. To me that was an insult to the one guy that was there from beginning to help bring Bellator brand up.
  • 01-21-2014, 09:56 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by MMA4EVERRR View Post
    "I'm focused on our business. I'm not focused on call outs."

    Says the guy who repeatedly called out the UFC trying to goad them into making GSP fight Ben Askren.
    Not really the best example. Bjorn was trying to get Askren signed by the UFC and the fight to happen in the UFC. You could also look at it as Bjorn trying to help Askren get signed and a title shot in the most competitive organization in mma.
  • 01-21-2014, 01:02 AM
    Bellator is starting to go the way of UFC where they care more about how much a fight sells than how much the match up makes sense.
  • 01-21-2014, 12:46 AM
    "I'm focused on our business. I'm not focused on call outs."

    Says the guy who repeatedly called out the UFC trying to goad them into making GSP fight Ben Askren.

    Bjorn Rebney, of all people, should know what's it like being the smaller company trying to make a name for themselves by calling out the bigger company.

    I dont think he even gave a justifiable reason as to why Pitbull needs to wait for his title shot. When Pat decisively beat Strauss, Daniel was forced to re-earn that shot through the tourney. Now, when he decisively beat Curran, it should only be fair for Pat to re-earn his shot through tourney while Pitbull gets next crack at it.
  • 01-20-2014, 09:23 PM
    Bjorn Rebney talks PPV, WSOF challenge, Tito Ortiz and Pitbull Freire
    "I'm fortunate to be the guy who can put on Alvarez vs. Chandler III," said Rebney, after two classic fights, with each winning one. "It'll be a pay-per-view event. I haven't finalized a date for it yet. The first fight they had was the best fight I've ever seen live. The second one was one of the best fights I've ever seen. Some guys stylistically cant help but give you pure magic. We're going to do the third fight, the lightweight title will be on the line. They're both in camp working hard."

    Rebney also spoke about a number of other subjects on Monday:

    *He wasn't as positive when asked about the future of Tito Ortiz, who turns 39 on Thursday. Ortiz had agreed to come out of retirement to face Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on Nov. 2, only to suffer a fractured neck in training and have the bout canceled.

    "It's an unsettling conversation to have a specialist tell you that with the right kind of blow to the neck or spine, paralysis could result," said Rebney. "The concern is still there. But just like any kind of injury he may be able to come back from it. Right now there isn't a definite answer on when he could come back."

    *On Ortiz's DWI arrest:

    "We take DWI's and drunk driving ridiculously seriously. My hope is that he can put that behind him. Thankfully nobody, including himself, was injured in the situation. It's a serious situation. It's not a joke. It's something we take seriously and that everybody should take seriously."

    *On making a Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran featherweight title rematch instead of giving tournament winner Patricio "Pitbull" Freire the next title shot:

    "It's really going to depend on the circumstances. I've got to analyze everything. With the Straus rematch with Curran, I had to balance out a trilogy, the first fight Pat knocked out Daniel, the second fight Daniel grounded out the W. I had to look at those two guys and Pitbull. We can debate this. I see Straus and Curran as two of the top five or six featherweights on the Earth."

    *On Freire's unhappiness at not getting the title shot:
    "He fought five times on Spike TV in 2013. I appreciate his enthusiasm. To be super clear, he hasn't lost his world title fight. He's getting it against the winner of Straus vs Curran."

    *On the challenge put forth by the World Series of Fighting for a night of interpromotional fights, winner-take-all, on pay-per-view:

    "Look, and I understand the media likes to talk about this stuff and have fun with it, but the light heavyweight tournament announced today is the most competitive we've ever done. We're bringing a 100 percent healthy Rampage Jackson into a tournament. We're in 140 countries around the world and growing. We announced the Fox alliance, giving us the biggest distribution in Latin America when it comes to MMA. We've got the biggest distribution in the Middle East when it comes to MMA. We're on Spike TV, who wrote the book on distribution of MMA. I'm focused on our business. I'm not focused on call outs."
  • 01-19-2014, 12:05 PM
    @Rampage4real: Soon the world will see why I left the #UFightCheap and join Viacom,Spike tv,TNA and Bellator.
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