by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
Matt Stansell, matchmaker for tournament-based fight promotion Bellator Fighting Championships, resigned his post on Monday.
Stansell and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said the split was amicable, though Rebney said Tuesday that Stansell stopped working with the company two weeks ago.
“The simplest way to put it is, as companies evolve and grow, sometimes that growth is best for certain parties to stay together and sometimes that growth requires that certain parties split,” Rebney said. “At this point, it wasn’t the right fit as we continue to grow and expand.”
“I just chose to take a different path, that’s all,” said Stansell, who manages several of Bellator’s contract fighters. He declined to elaborate on his reasons for leaving, but said he would continue to work with the promotion on a manager-promotion basis.
Stansell’s clients include UFC light heavyweight standout Brandon Vera, WEC lightweight Ed Ratcliff, and Bellator veterans Wilson Reis and Eddie Sanchez.
Rebney said Bellator is currently without a full-time matchmaker, but is working with a variety of agents and managers to fill the roster of its second season, which debuts April 8 on Fox Sports Net and its regional affiliates. An edited version of the show will air every Saturday night on NBC and Spanish-language Telemundo over its 12-week season.
The CEO said the promotion could hire up to three full-time matchmakers as the season drew closer. More announcements on new Bellator acquisitions are expected this week.
“Over the past five weeks, I’ve had a whole team of people traveling on behalf of the company,” he said. “The show has become so much bigger than it was last season.”