UFC president Dana White believes that Bjorn Rebney’s involvement with the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA) taints the entire organization. He offered his comments on the latest UFC Unfiltered podcast that you can read below:
"I don't know enough about it to really speak on it. The only thing I need to know is the biggest scumbag in the history of combat sports Bjork (Bjorn Rebney) is involved in this thing," White said on the "UFC Unfiltered" podcast. "Listen, there's three unions out there now all battling against each other and if you're a fighter, these guys are all looking to get in your pocket.
"It's a business where guys are going to make money and as a fighter if this is what you want to do, you've got to figure out who's hand you want in your pocket and I guarantee you don't want Bjork's hand in your pocket.”
During a two-hour conference call to announce the MMAAA last week, Rebney criticized the UFC by claiming they only pay fighters eight percent of the total revenue earned by the company. He wants to increase the share to a 50-percent split.
White blasted Rebney, formerly of Bellator MMA, for saying his most successful year in MMA was when he paid fighters 53-percent of his revenue:
"He's saying 'when I was a promoter, I paid 53-percent of the revenue (to the fighters'. Cause there was no (expletive) revenue," White said. "Yeah you're paying 53-percent — there was no revenue! If that's the way we're going to gauge this back in the old days, then I was paying 250-percent of the (expletive) revenue. What a (expletive) piece of (expletive) this guy is.”
White believes that the fighters currently working with Rebney in the MMAAAA need to ask around about him:
"Listen if you're going to have a guy in your pocket and you're a fighter, you might want to go out and ask some other fighters what they're opinion is of this (expletive) scumbag," White said.
White claimed he doesn’t have an issue with anyone being involved with the MMAAA, regardless of what was said on the conference call last week. He did seem surprised by the involvement of Donald Cerrone, who was one of five fighters introduced with the group. He explained why:
"First of all he's [Donald Cerrone] only main evented like three fights, never held a title in the WEC, never held a title in the UFC, and a couple years ago he was on his boat, he gets into a beef with a guy on another boat. He's in big trouble. Who does he call? He calls me," White said. "What do I do? I go out and find him the best criminal defense lawyer and I spent over $100,000 of my own money for "Cowboy" Cerrone. When I see ‘Cowboy’ standing up there it's like all right, really? OK."
"Never heard a word from ‘Cowboy’ but whatever. It's all good. I never called him. Never called any of the guys. He's a big boy, he can do what he wants to do.”
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