World Series of Fighting executive president Ali Abdelaziz as extended a bold challenge to Bellator and Bjorn Rebney – WSOF vs. Bellator on pay-per-view.
Ali Abdelaziz appeared on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani today and used the platform to extend the proposition to their rival promotion. The challenge would pit the premier WSOF fighters against Bellator’s finest, in a co-promotional pay-per-view.
This isn’t the first time Abdelaziz has spoken about Bellator – he publically criticised them, and in particular the CEO Bjorn Rebney, for the way they dealt with the Ben Askren situation.
“I really feel bad for Ben Askren right now and the things he is going through. I love the sport so much, but sometimes I get disgusted with some of the things people do. You have this guy who is the Bellator champion and then you have this jerk from Bellator, Bjork Rebney or whatever his name is. He talks bad about Ben first saying he is ‘boring’ and ‘one-dimensional’ and he is their champion. The reason he is saying that is because he already knows in his mind he is going to release him. I think its disrespectful to Ben, the guy is an Olympian, there doesn’t come a better athlete than this, and listen, he is a one-dimensional fighter but his last two fights were so exciting and the guy brings a lot to the table. H talks, has a good personality, stays active on social media and for Bellator to do that I think it was disgusting and an embarrassment for the sport to talk bad about your champion just because you know you’re going to release him.”
Abdelaziz took the liberty to announce the potential fight card. But that’s if Bellator accept the challenge, of course.