Bellator Quick Quote: Bjorn Rebney bites back at UFC Dana White's 'karma' comments

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Last night (Sat., Nov. 2, 2013) was not Bellator's best night and UFC President Dana White let company CEO Bjorn Rebney hear it shortly after it wrapped. Rebney responded, just not in kind.

"You know what, I've kind of picked my spots where I thought it was necessary to respond... Some of his valuation comments were ridiculous given that his partner [FOX] paid us tens of millions of dollars for our rights in Latin America and some of the other things. I don't know what karma is... If karma is that we just put on the best mixed martial arts fight I've ever seen, that's karma I'll take big boatloads of."

-- Bjorn Rebney wasn't overly impressed with post-event comments from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who called Bellator's CEO "Djork" and suggested that he had been served up a "flat plate of karma." White was referring to Bellator 106, which took place last night (Sat., Nov. 2, 2013) on Spike TV from Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. It was supposed to be the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's "big" night out, but for the most part it underwhelmed, dragging on for nearly four hours with three championship fights that went the distance. Even the highlight of the night, the main event rematch between Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez, seemingly didn't go Rebney's way even though it was another fantastic scrap (watch full fight video highlights here). Rebney and Alvarez were mired in an ugly -- and contracted -- legal dispute that was ultimately (and reluctantly) settled at the eleventh hour. It didn't sit well with White, who branded Rebney a "piece of shit" because he felt he screwed over Alvarez in the deal. His "karma" comment is no doubt tied to their frosty relationship, one that appeared to bu illustrated last night when the final decision was read (it was close) and Rebney was caught shaking his head in disbelief. At the post-fight press conference, Rebney went out of his way to express his support of Alvarez and praise him for another gritty performance whether it was genuine or not. And he seemingly held back with his response to White, not going overboard and shifting attention away from Bellator at a difficult time.

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