“There is no reason for this to be something taking place in the media. If Scott had just called me back and said, ‘Hey, dude, I’d love to work with you, but the Gilbert fight against Eddie is not one that makes sense for us,’ I never would have brought it up with the media. It’s just that to pretend to be engaged publicly and then not be responsive to my attempts to reach him for going on 90 days, I don’t think it’s fair or reasonable…. The only reason I followed up so aggressively with Scott both publicly and privately on his own private phone was that it seemed to us, based on his responses, he wanted to make the fight happen. I completely understand him not wanting to make the fight happen. Were the roles reversed, I probably wouldn’t want to make that fight happen either… Have your champ stop talking about the fight, so that Eddie can not have to respond to it and I don’t have to respond to it, or just sit down with me and let’s work it out… There’s no shame in saying, ‘I don’t want the fight. It doesn’t make sense for our organization. We don’t want it.’ But just let us know. Or just pick up the phone or sit down and have dinner with me. It’s a pretty simple process. We’ve gone out of our way to try to make it work. Doesn’t look like it’s going to work. Doesn’t look like Scott wants it, and I respect that if that’s the case, but just let us know you don’t want the fight.”
—Bjorn Rebney on Sherdog Radio explaining why he has taken to the media in attempts to put a fight together between Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez and Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez
The situation’s like this: Strikeforce is like the hot girl who’s out of your league but too nice to tell you she’s not interested. Instead, she leads you on for months on end until the mixed signals eventually drive you so crazy you do something stupid like release text messages to the media. Once you’ve crossed that line, you finally wake up and realize that she’s just not that into you. Not cool, Strikeforce. Please call Bellator and tell them you’re not interested so we can all move on.
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