Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney won't stop Jonathan Brookins from fighting while he 'battles' the UFC for compensation

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Props: MMA Fighting

Quoteworthy:

"That's a legal question in terms of what our lawyers may or may not try to do, but part and parcel of the philosophy I've employed is that fighters should fight. If promoters have a conflict or argument, ultimately, typically the best-case scenario 99 out of 100 times is that the fighters get to fight and the promoters battle it out and whoever prevails in the argument gets compensation from the other one."

UFC lawsuit notwithstanding, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney doesn't want to prevent Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 champion Jonathan Brookins from competing inside the Octagon, despite his contention that Brookins joined the Spike TV reality show while still under exclusive contract to Bellator. With UFC heavyweight contender Roy Nelson also experiencing contractual issues from his past exploits, the legal side of the fight game is starting to rear its ugly head. Who is to blame in these situations? The promoter, the fighter, or the fighter's manager? Sound off, Maniacs.

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