The longstanding saga between Bellator MMA and Alvarez took yet another twist on Friday (May 10, 2013) evening when Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting published an in-depth 30-minute interview with Rebney discussing the organizations much publicized ongoing contract dispute with Alvarez.
For one reason or another, Rebney was previously unwilling or unable to go on record at length regarding the situation with Alvarez. But when the 29-year-old fighter stated on last Monday's (May 5, 2013) edition of "The MMA Hour" with Ariel Helwani that Bellator MMA and/or parent company Viacom had changed the wording in his contract and intentionally blocked him from moving to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Rebney seemingly decided now is the time to open up and give his side of the story.
Here's what he had to say to Thomas:
Every single decision, with regard to Ed matching the contract, the steps we've taken and the legal steps that have been taken, have been made directly from this office, from this CEO at Bellator. The decisions have not been made by Spike and they have not been made by Viacom.
I've sat down with Ed face to face and made it completely and utterly clear to him that the decisions, the movements, the steps we were taking and the position we were taking was a decision that I was making, and it was a decision I was making based on the contract he signed, based on the commitment we had made to him financially, based on the agreement he had executed, and there was no other party involved. There was no other party voicing an opinion, there was no other party saying "do this" or "do that." The decisions of this company on this matter have been made 120% by me and by Bellator.
Ed's claims that somehow he was tricked into material terms being in that letter is absolutely, completely 100% false. The documents are available in the courthouse and I can forward the documents over to you. That is a completely false statement.
I don't have any idea why he'd say it, but part of the reason that, instead of just continuing to stay silent and just allow this thing to play itself out, when statements like that are made, that we can show without any questions are completely untrue, it just reaches a certain point where you say wait a minute: in 2007, I put every single dollar I had in the world into building this company, I took it from an idea in my head into something that's the 2nd-largest mixed martial arts organization on Earth, it's seen in 120 countries around the world and it's got a partnership with Spike, et cetera. At some point you just reach a boiling point where you say "time out." You can't, no matter who you are, you can't attack something that was built from literally nothing to something of this level by just sweat, blood and tears and not expect somebody to come back and say, "You're lying."
Rebney went on to say in the interview that he doesn't expect this legal battle with Alvarez to end anytime soon and feels it could possibly take up to 12 months to see the inside of the courtroom, which does not bode well for Alvarez, who has already had to sell some property for financial support.
As time goes on it is becoming increasingly clear that both sides are not going to come to any sort of settlement and the final decision regarding how the Bellator MMA contract stacks up against a UFC contract.
Unfortunately for Alvarez, the wheels of justice grind slowly and it is likely this entire process is going to take a significant chunk of time out of the prime years of his fighting career.