If you’re wondering where Roy Nelson’s pasty white ass went, it’s currently riding the bench over a legal dispute from Roy Jones Jr’s short lived MMA / boxing hybrid promotion company. Nelson fought once for them back in March of 2009 but signed what Dana White called an evil old school boxing contract. No one is really willing to explain more – least of all Roy – but long story short, he isn’t fighting in the UFC again until the case works itself out in court.
Not so for TUF 12 winner Jonathan Brookins, who’s in a similar situation to Nelson with Bellator. They signed him in 2009 and claim he actively tried to hide his participation in TUF from them. Brookin’s manager says that Bellator verbally released him from their contract. Normally a legal scrum like this would take a guy out of the fight rotation. But that hasn’t sidelined Brookins yet, and here’s Bellator head Bjorn Rebney giving a pretty good guy answer as to why:
“That’s a legal question in terms of what our lawyers may or may not try to do, but part and parcel of the philosophy I’ve employed is that fighters should fight,” he said. “If promoters have a conflict or argument, ultimately, typically the best-case scenario 99 out of 100 times is that the fighters get to fight and the promoters battle it out and whoever prevails in the argument gets compensation from the other one.”
Even though he does kinda leaves the door open to his lawyers being cunts and stopping Brookins from fighting, that’s still a refreshingly non-shitty attitude for an MMA promoter to have. Bjorn sometimes gets accused of being a sketchy bastard, mainly because of what happened with Dave ‘Pee Wee’ Herman and some seriously convoluted and possibly imaginary stuff that went down when he was a boxing promoter. But thus far in MMA he’s behaved pretty well, overall. Maybe not ‘Saving a little girl’s life’ well, but at least he’s not out there actively crushing people’s dreams and ruining their futures.