Things have been kinda up and down for Bellator this week. First, Bjorn Rebney announced that the company would be around for many more seasons and they would be announcing a new TV deal soon. Then MiddleEasy dropped a multi-pointed rumor saying there is no TV deal, Bellator is bleeding six figures per show, and it’s investors are about to pull the plug. There’s a pretty significant amount of distance between these two assessments of the promotion, so who should we believe? For his part, Bjorn Rebney says everything MiddleEasy reported was le bullshit:
“Usually, when you see rumors that are completely ridiculous, they’re coupled with something that’s true,” Rebney told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “In this instance, it’s false on top of false on top of completely ridiculous on top of completely unfounded.”
“Either it’s someone just starting rumors for the sake of starting rumors, or it’s just the most ridiculous type of amateurish nonsense,” Rebney said of the report. “I don’t even like to call it journalism because it has no connection to reality.
“That blog, whoever that is that wrote that, is just so filled with nonsense. It’s completely, unequivocally untrue on every front they wrote. It’s literally as if someone stepped out and just said, ‘I’m going to create whichever fantasy I choose to create, and I’m going to write it.’ There wasn’t even the slightest hint of accuracy or truth in anything that showed up on that blog.
“It’s the downside and the negativity of the Internet. Any idiot can write any ridiculous, completely unfounded nonsense thing, and it can gain traction.”
One point that everyone agrees on though: there is no deal with G4, although there is still apparently a deal with some other mystery TV network that Bellator will reveal a month from now. Past that the ‘idiots’ at MiddleEasy are saying they ‘hope that [they’re] wrong’, while at the same time reminding everyone that we still don’t really know how the hell Bellator’s business model works.
Hopefully after a week with such bullshit news as the UFC returning to Brazil, Tim Sylvia getting another shot in the UFC, and Bellator dying, we will all remember that just because something showed up on the internet, that doesn’t mean it’s true. Unless it is and we’re being lied to. In which case I suggest wrapping your head in tinfoil and never believing anything ever again.