Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) higher ups -- Dana White in particular -- will likely never see eye-to-eye on anything.
The two heads of arguably the top two mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions in the world have fired verbal shots at one another over the last few years (sample here) in an ongoing feud that will likely never see an end.
That streaked continued earlier today (Jan. 20, 2014) when the Bellator MMA head honcho slammed the Zuffa-owned fight company for the numerous "tasteless" comments its main man has been making about his former welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, in the past few weeks regarding the French-Canadian's stance on drug testing in the sport (read it).
When asked if he had an opinion on the comments, Bjorn unloaded during the Bellator 110 conference call:
"I do have an opinion. The UFC has set the bar pretty high in terms of tasteless comments. The recent comments on Georges St-Pierre are some of the most tasteless comments they've made in some time. I look at Georges St-Pierre as one of the most honorable champions our sport has ever seen. I don't think Georges St-Pierre owes us as fans anything. I don't think he owes the UFC anything. He's given us fans and the organization he's fought for, he's given everything. We should be thankful we've had a guy like that fight in the last 10 years. A lot of his points are good points. He's been a de facto ambassador for our sport and I put a lot of credence and credibility in what he's been saying."
"Rush" recently revealed that one of the reasons for his decision to step away from the promotion and the fight game altogether was the due to the fact that UFC failed to stand by him in his charge to increase the level of drug testing in the sport.
White fired back by saying their drug-testing is as strict as can be and if "GSP" had a problem with that all along, he should have been man enough to give him a ring on his cell phone, instead of blurting it all over the media.
As far as Bjorn is concerned, White and Co. aren't giving St-Pierre his due as one of the most honorable champions in its history and the recent "tasteless" comments from their end prove just that.
Here are Rebney's comments below: