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MMA Quick Quote: Ex-Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney was full of empty promises

And "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," for one, was happy to see Scott Coker replace him as head cheese.

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"I was so happy. I was real calm. Bjorn Rebney just made empty promises. He promised so much and he never followed through at all. I'm not going into detail, [but it was] things I had battle for in my contract. He says 'no, we're not going to do that.' [I said] 'it's in my contract, you have to.' It came down to the last two weeks before fight and then he finally came through, he had no choice. I would not have fought. There was a contract in place, it's business, I'm not 22 years old anymore. I'm not a young kid struggling to get to the top. I've been to the top, I gotta look out for my best interests as a businessman in this fight game. At the end of the day, it is a business. I've got children to take care of, I've got bills to pay. This is my job, that fight. Scott Coker, I've known him such a long time, he's always been a straight shooter. He's always been very, very respectful towards me. He understands the business. He understands marketing and how to push the fighters to make them superstars in a household environment."

It's been three months since Bjron Rebney was relieved of his duties as Bellator president and subsequently replaced by former Strikeforce head honcho, Scott Coker, and members of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community are still talking about the unprecedented move. Specifically, Tito Ortiz, who appeared on a recent edition of The MMA Hour to give his opinion on the matter. Without going deep into specifics, Ortiz declared that Rebney, the man who started the company from the ground up, had a habit of making empty promises. He event went as far as revealing that he almost backed out of a fight before Bjorn delivered on his promise at the eleventh hour. As far as his relationship with Coker, Tito says everything is good. Scott has seemingly made all the right moves so far, which includes making some strong acquisitions, and some questionable ones, as well. He also set a certain fighter that no longer want to be part of the Viacom family, free of his obligations with the promotion. Perhaps the only low light thus far during Scott's young tenure has been this small scuffle. But don't blame him for it.

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