As brilliant as Bellator’s product has been, one of the lone areas receiving widespread criticism pertains to how champions are treated from a matchmaking standpoint. Based on the company’s business model, contenders are determined through tournaments. While the approach has yielded a number of excellent results, there has also been controversy including razor-thin decisions not meriting immediate rematches and champs being thrown into “superfights”.
“The fans do want to see it but that’s matchmaking and that’s theatrical; that’s a guy in a shiny suit like this sitting behind a desk deciding who fights who for what and when,” said Rebney as a guest on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored Live. “Real sports competition is, you win and you earn it and then you get there. And it doesn’t matter what you look like or if you’re married to a supermodel or if you’ve got good hair or bad hair…it ultimately matters if you win. When that cage door locks, do you come out with a ‘W’ or an ‘L’. And that’s what determines if you get a title-shot. That’s what we’re about.”
Rebney also envisions a situation in 2013 where increased exposure will allow for multiple defenses of the belt every year meaning there will no longer be a need to keep champions active through alternate means.
“With our new structure and moving to Spike TV coming up we’re gonna be able to do six tournaments per season and that allows us to give guys 2-3 world title defenses every year so you eliminate the ‘superfight’,” explained Rebney.
Watch below for the complete interview: