“…and I also understand that he always takes a penny, and never leaves one. He once killed a puppy with a kitten. He wears black all the time. He’s a malefactor, a villain. I don’t really know him from Adam, but f*ck that guy.”
Mark Pavelich, the owner/CEO/Gran High Poo-bah of Maximum Fighting Championships, is not the kind of guy who holds back his feelings. He’s an expressive, gregarious type who uses Twitter like he was getting bonuses for followers, and describing him as “outspoken” would be like saying Amy Winehouse liked to get high.* And right now, he’s feeling pretty pissed off at the Son of Winnebago Man.
It seems that recent moves by Bellator, particularly acquiring top MFC talents Douglas Lima and Ryan Ford, has worked the Pav’s nerves to the point that he had to go on Twitter to air his grievances, and then follow that up with an interview so he make sure that everyone understood the words that were coming out of his mouth. Pavelich insists that Bellator has signed unspecified fighters that are currently under contract with MFC, and Bjorn is an idiot. Furthermore, Pavelich doesn’t even know who this Bjorn guy is.
In an interview with FullContactFighter, Pavelich said of Rebney: “I don’t know him and I don’t want to know him. I don’t care at all what he does, but if he’s going to sign fighters that are under contract with my organization you’re picking a fight with my family.”
Now, it’s nothing new for Pavelich to say that he doesn’t watch other MMA promotions, but is he seriously saying that he’s unfamiliar with the other players in the MMA game? Sure, it’s possible to ignore Rebney and Bellator in 2009 when they were new and unknown, but Bellator has made huge strides in market penetration and talent acquisition. Even further, Pavelich says that he’s just started to watch some other MMA shows, but “90% of the fighters I’ve never even heard of before.” Ignoring well-established competition and the ever-developing talent pool outside his own promotion like this may not be the best way to stay on the forefront of MMA, but that’s just our opinion.
In a perfect world, Rebney and Pavelich would start beefing on Twitter, which would elevate to threats, which would lead to a mano a mano challenge, which would lead to a “let’s you and him fight”, which would lead to a sick MFC-BFC crossover card that would rock your face off. That probably won’t happen, but if it does, you heard it here first. In the meantime, at least Pavelich still has Lima‘s little brother, in his opinion the most exciting fighter in MMA.
But then, he never watches anything but his own show, right?
*What, too soon? Eat me.