Bjorn Rebney has a lot to smile about these days. His promotion is featured on national television on almost a weekly basis, Pat Curran and Daniel Straus are coming off a “Fight of the Year” candidate at Bellator 112, and the promotion’s upcoming pay-per-view looks to be a big success.

Following Bellator 112, the Bellator CEO was still in amazement over the fight between Curran and Straus.

“They’re among the best featherweights in the world and can beat anyone on any given night,” Rebney said. “They’re true mixed martial artists. You can’t put them in against a wrestler and say, ‘Okay, he’s just going to get double-legged and not be able to get back up.’ They have no weakness.”

Following the climactic rubber match between Curran and Straus, Rebney said Straus will face the winner of Curran vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire for the Bellator featherweight title. No timetable was given, but it’s a safe bet that Curran will need some time off following a tough fight with Straus. Rebney and Straus may have to wait for the featherweight title match-up to go down, but Rebney won’t have to wait very long for the promotion’s first pay-per-view.

On May 17, Eddie Alvarez will defend his Bellator lightweight title against rival Michael Chandler in a rubber match. The two men are without question the two best lightweights in the promotion, and they have had two of the best fights in recent MMA history. Chandler picked up a victory in their first meeting, but Alvarez was able to take the rematch in a fight that more than lived up to the hype. Now the two will headline the first-ever Bellator pay-per-view, with the winner becoming the quintessential face of Bellator MMA.

Although the rivalry between Alvarez and Chandler is built upon competition in the cage, their fight may ultimately be overshadowed by the evening’s co-main event. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal are set to square off in what could be the biggest fight in terms of pre-fight hype in Bellator history. The two men nearly came to blows after Rampage stamped his ticket to the light heavyweight tournament finals. Whether you believe the scrum was fabricated or not matters little, the two men are likely to engage in enough trash talk to generate interest in their clash.

“Rampage and I have been talking for a few months about the possibility of having this in Memphis if he were to make it to the finals,” Rebney said. “He put me in touch with a lot of people who reassured us that Memphis would be unreal, especially if it were Rampage and King Mo.”

Bellator’s first attempt at a pay-per-view was nothing short of a disaster in the lead-up, as fans heavily scrutinized the event. Then, Tito Ortiz, who was scheduled to face Jackson in the main event, had to pull out of the fight due to injury. Eventually, Bellator gave in and made the card a network television card. That card suffered from the start, but it seems Bellator has learned its lesson. This time the promotion is featuring its two best fighters in the main event, along with a grudge match that’s sure to sell tickets and increase the buyrate.