With so much problems that Bellator and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has run into with Bellator 120, there is a lot of speculation on how the fights will do not only in the cage, but also in PPV buys. Rebney appeared on MMA Junkie to talk about past problems the company has walked into when they tried to do PPV back in November with Tito Ortiz – Rampage Jackson that was called off due to Ortiz pulling out of the fight.
He also spoke about Eddie Alvarez pulling out of the fight with Michael Chandler and what to expect from Will Brooks.
Finally, he spoke about the possibility of doing more PPV, their future in PPV and much more.
What was the difference between Tito Ortiz – Rampage Jackson fight being called off in their first attempt at PPV compared to this time around with Eddie Alvarez – Michael Chandler?
“It was so different from the call I got from last November. When I got the call we were looking at doing Tito Vs. Rampage, was that the fight? I don’t know, But when I got that call (Alvarez pulling out of the fight with Chandler) my brain changed, it went into overdrive. What are we going to do, we call our partners at Spike, maybe we will move it, ETC. I knew how strong this show was, with Rampage vs. Mo, I knew how strong the market place, that was going to be a huge fight. With Tito Vs. Shlemenko , that weird oddity fight that could go in any direction. That was compelling, do I wanna see Tito just fight some 205, no, not really, but with a small 185’er stepping up to fight him, I thought wow that is a great fight.”
What is the future on doing more pay-per-views?
“We’ll do probably two or three a year that are going to be big cards that make sense, that have great fights on them, and the rest we’ll do for free on Spike and keep doing big numbers, and we’ll keep building out the next (Douglas) Lima and the next (Alexander) Shlemenko and etc.,” he said.
“There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle with guys that didn’t get on this show, so we’re absolutely looking to do pay-per-views in the future,” he told MMAjunkie Radio on Tuesday. “You’re never going to see our organization where we’re in a position where we’re just force-feeding one every two to three weeks. It’s never going to happen. We’ll do big, significant pay-per-view events.”
Bellator 120 will take place this Saturday, May 17, at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. The prelim fights air on Spike.com and Spike TV. Then the main card airs on PPV. We will have live coverage of every fight from start of the first prelim card on Spike.com, Spike TV and then the final fight on PPV. We have you covered for everything Bellator 120 and all the rest of the news in this crazy sports that we all love. We hope you come out and join us for the first ever Bellator PPV.