Last week, the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA) officially formed to help even the playing field between the UFC and “feared” UFC fighters. Some of the top names in MMA are currently deeply involved such as Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Tim Kennedy, TJ Dillashaw and Donald Cerrone.
To everyone’s surprise, Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s beleaguered former CEO is also one of the main supporters and helped launch this new group, which will primarily focus on balancing the revenue distribution between the promoter and fighter.
Due to his past history in Bellator, Rebney’s involvement with the group has gained some “negative” responses from some fighters, including UFC President Dana White, who finally voiced his thoughts on the MMAAA on Tuesday.
White specifically targeted Rebney,
Listen, 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 — is involved in this thing.
And if you’re a fighter — 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 another business, it’s a business where guys are going to make money. And if you’re a fighter and this is what you want to do, you’ve got to figure out whose hand you want in your pocket. And I guarantee you, you don’t want Bjork’s hand in your pocket. You know what I mean?
In addition, White highly suggested that fighters should look into Rebney’s history with fighters before committing to the MMAAA,
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 their opinion is of this f*cking scumbag.
At the moment, Rebney has not responded to White’s brash comments, but stay tuned to Yell! Magazine for much more updates to come.