Despite UFC flyweight exodus, Scott Coker says Bellator not interested in division

Over the past few months, notable UFC flyweights, from former title challengers John Moraga and Wilson Reis to contenders Brandon Moreno, Dustin Ortiz, and Matheus Nicolau, have all been released from the promotion. Will the top-ranked flyweights aggregate under another banner? Time tell, but don’t expect Bellator to addd men’s flyweights to their roster any […]

Fedor Emelianenko vs. ‘Rampage’ Jackson? Scott Coker likes the idea

Gallery Photos: Best of Fedor Emelianenko view 23 images NEW YORK – Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton Jackson have fought alongside each other on PRIDE and Bellator cards. Now, they might actually fight each other. Bellator CEO Scott Coker likes the idea of pairing the legendary heavyweight and the heavyweight-by-necessity, he told reporters after announcing Emelianenko’s […]

Scott Coker Explains Jon Fitch’s Presence As Backup Fighter For Bellator 222

Bellator MMA will mark its return to Madison Square Garden on Friday night with a stacked card featuring championship bouts in the welterweight and bantamweight divisions. View full post on Recent News on

Scott Coker ‘absolutely’ down for Bellator vs. UFC cross-promotional action: ‘We got some killers’

Bellator president Scott Coker knows it’s unlikely, but if the UFC ever wants to get into the business of cross-promoting fights, it’s clear where he stands. “Listen, it’s not their business model to do that, but if they want to get it on, let’s do it,” Coker said Wednesday during Bellator 222 media day. “We […]

Scott Coker says ‘King Mo’ is family, envisions ongoing Bellator role

NEW YORK – Muhammed Lawalwill play an ongoing role with Bellator if promotion president Scott Coker gets his way. “He’s part of the family,” Coker said Wednesday when asked about “King Mo’s” decision to retire after more than a decade of fighting. Whether it’s teaching seminars or working behind the scenes, Coker wants to keep […]

Stream or download MMA Junkie Radio #2904 with Scott Coker

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMA Junkie Radio with guest Scott Coker. Bellator MMA president Coker stopped by to talk about Saturday’s Bellator 220 card, which features two title fights and streams live on DAZN. Stream or download the entire episode over at, or watch a replay in the video above. View full post […]

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (8 p.m. ET) with Bellator CEO Scott Coker

The one and only Scott Coker joins the gang at MMA Junkie radio on Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The Bellator CEO is back at his home arena in San Jose, Calif. this weekend, with a big card that features two title fights: Rory Mac Donald’s welterweight title defense against Jon […]

Scott Coker: Josh Barnett will ‘probably’ get Bellator title shot against Bader vs. Kongo winner

Bellator double champ Ryan Bader will be defending his heavyweight title next, and according to company president Scott Coker, Cheick Kongo is still the top contender. Coker already has an idea in mind for the next title bout after that, though, and it involves former UFC champ and recent Bellator signee Josh Barnett (35-8 MMA, […]

Scott Coker: Bellator won’t let Wanderlei Silva fight again without ‘complete clearance’ from brain specialists

NEW YORK — At Bellator 215 and 216 media day, Bellator president Scott Coker discusses the promotion’s deal with Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, the regularity of grand prix tournaments, Ryan Bader being a double champion, Wanderlei Silva comments about concussion-like symptoms and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Tito Ortiz targets Bellator’s Chael Sonnen and Ryan Bader; Scott Coker and Bader weigh in

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Say what you will about Tito Ortiz, but the man knows how to spot a good career opportunity. And that’s just what Ortiz (20-12-1) did this past Saturday, shortly after witnessing one-time opponent Ryan Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) make quick work of Fedor Emelianenko to become Bellator’s first simultaneous two-division champ. (Via […]

Scott Coker: Ryan Bader in ‘Top 2 or 3’ P4P, Will Have ‘Leeway’ to Defend Both Belts

Ryan Bader became the first two-division champion in Bellator MMA history when he stopped Fedor Emelianenko in the finals of the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix on Saturday night. Scott Coker believes that puts the 35-year-old Arizonan in some rarified air when it comes to the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters. View full post on Recent News on […]

Opposite outcomes for Pico, Corrales at Bellator 214, but Coker says both their futures are bright

Gallery Henry Corrales def. Aaron Pico at Bellator 214: Best photos view 10 images INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Aaron Pico nearly ended Henry Corrales’ Saturday night early, but then Corrales turned the table on him. Corrales (17-3 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) pulled off the night’s biggest upset at Bellator 214 with a first-round knockout of Pico (4-2 […]

Scott Coker Says Fedor Doesn’t Need to Fight Again: ‘He’s Already the Heavyweight GOAT’

Fedor Emelianenko concluded his current Bellator contract on Saturday night, but he was unable to provide a storybook ending to his run through the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix. View full post on Recent News on

Bellator chief Scott Coker: ‘It does feel good’ to bring major MMA back to Hawaii before UFC

(This story first published in Thursday’s print edition of USA TODAY.) HONOLULU – For the first time in more than 10 years, a major MMA organization is visiting the Hawaiian Islands, and the man behind the effort hopes it will become an annual affair. “It’s something that I’d like to come here once a year […]

Scott Coker Expects Bellator, Rizin to Work Together ‘Multiple Times’ in 2019

The New Year’s Eve showdown pitting Darrion Caldwell against Kyoji Horiguchi could be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cross-promotional bouts between Bellator MMA and Rizin Fighting Federation. View full post on Recent News on

Scott Coker on Claims That Sonnen Threw Fight vs. Fedor: ‘That’s Just All Rubbish’

Fedor Emelianenko booked his spot in the heavyweight grand prix final with a TKO victory over Chael Sonnen in the first round of the Bellator 208 main event at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on Saturday night. View full post on Recent News on

Bellator President Scott Coker Addresses 50 Cent’s $2 Million Offer to Khabib Nurmagomedov

Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson may have a promotional and licensing agreement with Bellator MMA, but that doesn’t mean he speaks for the promotion when it comes to pursuing fighters from other organizations. View full post on Recent News on

Bellator title would add to legacy, but Scott Coker thinks Fedor Emelianenko is already the GOAT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Being crowned Bellator’s heavyweight champion would certainly be a nice addition to Fedor Emelianenko’s resume. But, the way Bellator president Scott Coker sees it, that’s just what it would be: an addition. Whether he beats Ryan Bader in the final bout of the  promotion’s heavyweight grand prix or not, Coker said, Emelianenko’s […]

Coker scoffs at suggestion that Bellator 208 main event was fixed

Chael Sonnen’s larger-than-life persona has resulted in him receiving admiration and attention as well as ire and ridicule. He experienced both after Saturday’s Bellator 208 main event in Uniondale, N.Y., with some praising him for his gutsy performance against heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko, and others criticizing him for a somewhat sloppy grappling game plan that […]

Bellator’s Scott Coker Believes Rory MacDonald Will Return In February

Rory MacDonald’s move up to 185 pounds to take on Bellator MMA middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206 on Sept. 29 didn’t go as planned, as the “Red King” got manhandled by his larger opponent before losing by a brutal second round TKO and suffering another nose break in the process. View full post on […]

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