Bjorn Rebney was the creator of Bellator. He built the organization from the ground up and was along for its rise into the spotlight. Then all of a sudden he is gone within a blink of an eye. The story almost sounds like a bad Greek tragedy.
With Rebney gone, there will be plenty of questions that have to be answered. A few of the biggest were already answered by new Bellator president Scott Coker. Fans were informed that the tournament format Bellator is known for will be on the outs in the future. Given the fact some tournaments are already underway, the move will probably come within the next year or so (unless he decides to cease all tournament activity and throw away the hopes and dreams of its participants).
The only problem with moving toward a more traditional format is the fact Bellator probably can’t stand up to the UFC in that form. Bellator was MMA fans release from the norm. It allowed fighters to “earn” their title shot instead of having it handed to them due to notoriety (something the UFC is becoming known for). Though the format could sometimes destroy hopes of a super fight for a title, it allowed Bellator to stand out from the crowd instead of being buried in the middle.
One question that has yet to be answered is the weekly events held by Bellator. This is another thing Bellator is known for. If Coker plans on moving toward more star-studded cards, he will more than likely have to do away with the weekly events Bellator fans long for. One cannot have their stars performing week in and out with putting them at risk of injury. So more than likely, weekly events will also be gone.
Coker also addressed talent, claiming he would build a better roster. This is one thing Coker may be good at. He proved he can built talent within an organization when he worked for Strikeforce. Though many Strikeforce fighters are struggling in the UFC (Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson, Cung Le), while in Strikeforce they performed and delivered every event. If Coker can do the same with Bellator, either through building fighters or purchasing them, the organization can be a lock at number two.