Bellator's Bjorn Rebney Pulling Out All Stops For Strikeforce Co-Promotion
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney is pulling out all the stops for a shot at co-promoting with the Strikeforce organization. For the past few weeks, Rebney has been calling out the Strikeforce champions and clamoring for potential superfights.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker also said that he would be interested in putting together the bouts, but he claimed on the Sherdog Radio Network that he has not heard from Rebney regarding the fights.
Rebney has responded. He released photos of text messages sent to Scott Coker regarding the bouts.
In the messages, Rebney asks to put together Eddie Alvarez vs. Gilbert Melendez, Hector Lombard vs. Jacare Souza and Ben Askren vs. Nick Diaz. Rebney claims that there is a lot of money to be made if they put together a pay-per view card. Quite frankly, Rebney is correct.
I don't understand why Coker wouldn't attempt to make these bouts happen, especially with the recent UFC-WEC merger. He's got to be a crazy man to pass up the amount of money those fights could haul in.
Then again, maybe Coker is content watching Strikeforce fade into the background.
Continue through the slideshow for the photos of Rebney's text messages to Coker.
Text Message Number One
"Scott, Can we talk Monday re: an Eddie v. Gilbert super-fight? This could be great for Strikeforce & Bellator. Thanks Bjorn"
Text Message Number Two
"Any chance of our discussing Ed v. Gilbert and what about Hector v. Jacare & Nick v. Ben?? Great PPV show. Let's discuss. Bjorn"
Text Message Number Three
"Scott, Any chance of us speaking about a fight everyone seems to want to see? As always I'm available at your convenience. Bjorn"
Text Message Number Four
"Scott: if you'll get back to me on Eddie v. Gilbert I will fly out to San Jose and pick up dinner anywhere in N Cal."