Bjorn Rebney ousted as Bellator CEO, makes statement

He’s gone. Bjorn Rebney is gone from Bellator. Ousted by Viacom executives, along with Bellator President Tim Danaher. Rumors are circulating that ex-Strikeforce founder and president, Scott Coker, will be the next leader of Bellator, but that’s not 100% confirmed yet. (update: it’s confirmed).

What we do have is Bjorn, ousted likely along with the tournament format and the old guard. I think we’re about to see a major push against the UFC from Bellator now. They have the deep pockets, they can do it.

But for now, Rebney’s statement:

“It is with bittersweet emotions that I announce that I am leaving the company I founded. I have great pride in having turned my vision into reality, a thriving business with television distribution to over 140 countries around the world, a partnership with one of the world’s largest entertainment giants and wide array of sponsors, partners and strategic allies all over the globe. This has been a wonderful eight plus years of creation, development and success. I will miss the courageous, strong and dedicated fighters I have had the pleasure of promoting, and equally, I will miss the incredibly hard working, remarkable team that has become a family for me over the years. Viacom and Tim and I differed in our views of the right strategic direction for Bellator, but Tim and I both wish them well.”