World Series of Fighting (WSOF) matchmaker and executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz saw the recent shakeup at Bellator MMA coming, and he wasn't alone.

MMA journalists such as MMA Fighting's Luke Thomas and Fox Sports' Mike Chiappetta said that grumblings of Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney's departure could be heard as long ago as 2012, making his eventual split anything but a surprise.

To Abdel-Aziz, the move, while not shocking, represents a key moment for the sport of mixed martial arts.

"It's a victory for MMA that this individual is out of the sport," Abdel-Aziz told Bleacher Report. "It's great for the sport to get these promoters who want to come and hold guys hostage on their contract out. Listen, you can keep your champion and try to protect your contract sometimes. You just have to be fair to guys and give them title shots when you need to. When it comes to hurting people's families and taking guys to court and all this stuff, it's not worth it."