Scott Coker: Cris Cyborg already one of the biggest stars in Bellator, UFC was never committed to her division

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The moment Scott Coker found out Cris Cyborg was a free agent, he immediately began burning up the phone lines to get a deal done to bring the former UFC champion to Bellator MMA. It was a natural fit considering the current Bellator president had previously promoted Cyborg when he owned […]

Scott Coker hopes to sign Nick Newell to multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA

With a first-round submission victory at Bellator 225, Nick Newell may have just found a new fighting home. The veteran lightweight who came up short in his bid to earn a UFC contract in 2018 was given a one-fight contract to compete for Bellator near his home in Connecticut last month. Newell, who is a […]

Scott Coker putting bracketing of featherweight tournament in winners’ hands

Bellator SAN JOSE, Calif. — On Saturday night at the SAP Center, Emmanuel Sanchez, Pedro Carvalho, Adam Borics and Derek Campos advanced to the final eight of the Bellator featherweight Grand Prix tournament. While the tournament lacked the explosiveness hoped for, there were no controversies. The first three fights ended with stoppages and the fourth […]

Scott Coker: Cris Cyborg-Bellator talks progressing; Interest in Cat Zingano surfaces

Photo by Josh Hedges/Forza LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — For those interested in where featherweight great Cris Cyborg will next turn up, an answer could come sooner rather than later. Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting that while there is still work to be done, he hopes to have Cyborg locked […]

Scott Coker: ‘Ryan Bader is the Best Heavyweight Fighter on the Planet’

After Stipe Miocic stopped Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 241, many took to social media to declare the Cleveland native to be the greatest heavyweight of all-time. Yet, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker thinks otherwise, as he believes Ryan Bader is. View full post on Recent News on

Scott Coker: MacDonald vs. Lima Welterweight Grand Prix Final Targeted for Late October

There appears to be a targeted timeline and venue for the Bellator welterweight grand prix final bout between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima. View full post on Recent News on

Scott Coker breaks down ‘random drawings’ for FW Grand Prix, more

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting BURBANK, Calif. — At Bellator media day, Scott Coker breaks down how the fighters will choose the fate for the Featherweight Grand Prix, Kyoji Horiguchi’s future, why Aaron Pico was left out of the tournament, and more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

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

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