Here's the problem though with wanting other orgs to "capitalize on this", you get stars getting spread out again. I don't like that. I want everyone under the same umbrella and that's where I'm sure a lot of us differ. I'm sure there are a number of folks who see the UFC as a monopoly or something similar to that. I don't care whether it's the UFC, Bellator or whatever, I want all the best fighters under one roof.
I personally don't jive with the Gilbert situation.
"I can't be too specific," said Rebney. "But it includes on-air opportunities, entertainment opportunities behind-the-scenes, some marketing opportunities, really, the whole genesis is Gil-specific. The key to the deal is building the Gilbert Melendez brand, not the Bellator brand or the Bjorn Rebney brand. The fighter's brand is what's important. The focus was on talking to Gil and his team. How do we leverage all the different resources to build the `El Nino' brand, and that's what got us all on the same side of the table to put this structure together."
I'm all for fighters wanting to be compensated fairly, don't get me wrong. If Dana wasn't offering market value, then by all means, Gil go get your $$$
However if you're just trying to stronghold an org, then I can't really support that. To me, that's what the Gilbert situation is, not that Dana was just being an idiot at the negotiating table. I'm still waiting on details though.