“Nate [Marquardt] was a dynamic in that we do things in a very specific way. We have a tournament format, you have to fight three fights to get there, nobody gets an automatic title fight. It’s a different way to promote MMA, it’s objective… it may not be the right fit for everyone. We just weren’t able to fit all the pieces of that puzzle together to get it done.” – Bjorn Rebney
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney spoke with The Fight Nerd recently to preview the fifth season of Bellator FC, which debuts in New Jersey this September. We discuss the upcoming tournaments as well as new acquisitions to the company’s roster of fighters, their plans to return more to the East Coast and talk about what went wrong with negotiations with UFC outcast Nate Marquardt. On the same topic, I inquire about how Bjorn would handle a situation like that in his promotion and what Bellator does to test for banned substances.