It has traditionally been hard to get Bellator front man Bjorn Rebney to talk smack about UFC honcho Dana White, but occasionally gems do come out of his mouth. On yesterday’s media conference call announcing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s participation in this season’s upcoming light-heavyweight tournament, the conversation turned to White’s comments on Georges St. Pierre and how the UFC has treated their erstwhile welterweight and pay-per-view king. Said Rebney:
“The UFC set the bar pretty high in terms of tasteless comments, but their recent comments about GSP are probably, in my mind, the most tasteless comments they’ve made in some time.”
“I look at GSP as a guy who’s one of the greatest, most honorable champions our sport has ever seen, and in my opinion, I don’t think GSP owes us, as fans, anything, and I don’t think GSP owes the UFC anything,” he said. “As we saw based on the fallout from the last fight, he’s given us, as fans and for the organization that he fought for, he’s given us everything. I think we should all be thankful we had the opportunity to watch a guy like that fight over the past 10 years.
“It’s been our pleasure as MMA fans, and I think a lot of the issues he raises and points he makes are good points. He’s been de-facto ambassador for our game and a spokesman for the sport at a very high level for a long time, and I put a lot of credence and credibility in what he’s talking about.”
While it’s true that Bellator is by far the younger promotion, it’s hard to find examples of the organization publicly treating their departing champs in the same manner that White has treated GSP. But hey, that’s life, right?