Bellator MMA: Bjorn Rebney fired, Scott Coker hired, Dana White reaction news stream

Bellator MMA, operating under the Viacom umbrella, fired founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney on Wednesday (June 18, 2014) and hired Scott Coker to take his place. In addition, the former Strikeforce CEO will help lead the Spike TV-televised mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in a new direction as it ditches the tournament-based format in favor of a more traditional model with big fights. What does Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White have to say about all this? That, as well as all the other top headlines from this major MMA shake up, in our live news stream below.

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14 Total Updates since June 18, 2014
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  • Videos 3
  • Articles 11
  • All Updates 14

Bellator Adds King Mo, Kongo, Lashley For Sept. 5

If you thought Bellator MMA was just going to roll over on Sept. 5, you better think again.

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Open Letter: Dear MMA Fans ... Signed, Scott Coker

With the tournament format -- and former head honcho Bjorn Rebney -- scrapped, Scott Coker is eager to bring Bellator to "new heights."

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Bellator Cleans House, Cuts 19 Fighters

But insists the releases were done prior to the hiring of former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.

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Ex-Bellator Fighter Admits Plot To Fire Rebney

Because Rebney was "two-facing like a fake ass motherf---er..."

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Via-Conned? One Cynical MMA Fan Is Bjorn Again

Since most of the dirty laundry was aired in the post-Viacom era of Bellator MMA, this fan wonders aloud if ex-CEO Bjorn Rebney was just a pawn in the cutthroat game of MMA.

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Dana White Issues Statement On Bellator Shake Up

White makes sure to get one last shot in as "Bjork" cleans out his desk.

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Scott Coker Outlines Vision For Bellator Reboot

The former Strikeforce CEO has also considered co-promotion, if the fights "make sense."

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Bellator 2.0: Hear Coker Talk New Promoter Role

Bellator held a conference call earlier this afternoon (Weds., June 18, 2014) to introduce its new president, former Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker, as well as discuss the future for the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Spike TV president Kevin Kay discussed Coker's new role, as well as briefly touch on the sudden departure of Bjorn Rebney. Listen to the full audio replay below and check out our full story stream here.

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Video: Watch Rebney's Viacom-Rejected Promo

Bjorn Rebney often claimed that he -- and Bellator -- were all about the fighters, not the brand and/or promoter, unlike its competition UFC / Dana White. This never-before-seen clip that surfaced shortly after his release was announced earlir this morning would seem to suggest otherwise.

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Alvarez, Saunders React To Rebney's Removal

Some are happy, some are bummed, while others are hoping Bjorn Rebney lands on his feet on the heels of his recent dismissal as Bellator CEO.

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Hello Scott Coker, Goodbye Tournament Format

Ch-ch-ch-changes ... turn and face the stranger.

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Rampage Mulls Retirement After Losing 'Dick Rider'

Despite all the compliments he was handing out after signing with Viacom in 2013, it appears the sport of MMA, according to Jackson, does not have his back.

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Rebney Fired, Issues 'Bittersweet' Statement

Bellator President Tim Danaher has also stepped down.

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