Coker After Bellator 268: “I Didn’t Even Know UFC Had A Card Tonight”

Scott Coker likes to stay in his own lane, and not focus on his competition. This weekend saw the UFC go head to head with Bellator, with Aspen Ladd vs Norma Dumont headlining the former’s card at the Apex Center, and Phoenix, Arizona playing host to Vadim Nemkov vs Julius Anglickas. However Coker apparently had […]

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Scott Coker likes to stay in his own lane, and not focus on his competition.

This weekend saw the UFC go head to head with Bellator, with Aspen Ladd vs Norma Dumont headlining the former’s card at the Apex Center, and Phoenix, Arizona playing host to Vadim Nemkov vs Julius Anglickas. However Coker apparently had no idea that he was stepping on Dana White’s toes.

While speaking to media after Bellator 268, Coker was asked about the fact that Bellator and the UFC had fights going at the same time. Here he explained that he had no idea UFC Vegas 40 was happening that night, because he was focused on running his own promotion.

“You know, honestly I didn’t even know they had a card tonight. That’s the truth. I focus on my business, I focus on what we’re doing. I think we’re doing some great things… I think we’re back doing what we do best, we’re back on the road, and putting on great fights, and I think that’s what we did tonight,” Coker said.

Scott Coker seems to be proving at every step of the way that he is focused on what his crew is doing, instead of what his competitors are up to. That is why it seems to be a reasonable suggestion that he had no idea that the UFC had a card on the same day as his, especially considering the quality of the Fight Night in question and it’s much earlier start time.

The initial reaction to Coker saying that would be to doubt him, as the UFC can be hard to miss when they are making a show of things, promotionally. That said, whether he knew that he was putting on a show as the same time as his rival promotion or not, the time difference alone would mean that they do not have an effect on each other.

Check out the full post-fight interview below:

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Scott Coker: Bellator Grand Prix Winner Is Best Light Heavyweight In The World

CokerAs far as Scott Coker is concerned, the winner of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix is the best 205-pounder in the world. The finals were decided last night at Bellator 268 as Vadim Nemkov defended his title with a submission win over Julius Anglickas in the main event. In the co-main event, Corey Anderson […]

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As far as Scott Coker is concerned, the winner of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix is the best 205-pounder in the world.

The finals were decided last night at Bellator 268 as Vadim Nemkov defended his title with a submission win over Julius Anglickas in the main event.

In the co-main event, Corey Anderson made quick work of former champion Ryan Bader with a first-round knockout win much to the surprise of almost everyone.

With Nemkov now set to defend his title against Anderson, Coker — who has long hailed his light heavyweight division as the best in mixed martial arts — believes the winner cements their place as the best 205er on the planet.

“This was a gauntlet of 205ers and whoever wins this tournament, to me, is the best 205er on the planet, period. That’s how I feel,” Coker said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference (via Sherdog).

As for when the final will take place? Coker is hoping for early next year.

“The finals that we have now really is a fight that I thought,’This could be the finals.’ I’m gonna let them heal up for a month or so,” Coker added. “I think we’re gonna start having a conversation in the next 30 days about when we’ll have the finals.

“I personally would love to have the finals in late January, early February…I think Nemkov needs a little bit of rest time and we’ll get it on.”

Who do you have winning the final?

Bellator 268: Nemkov vs. Anglickas Results & Highlights

Bellator 268 has wrapped up, and we’ve got your results and highlights for you right here! Bellator 268 took place tonight from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The World Light-heavyweight Grand Prix continued with feature bouts in both the main and co-main events. Below, you can find the highlights from tonight’s main card followed […]

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Bellator 268 has wrapped up, and we’ve got your results and highlights for you right here!

Bellator 268 took place tonight from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The World Light-heavyweight Grand Prix continued with feature bouts in both the main and co-main events. Below, you can find the highlights from tonight’s main card followed by the quick results of the full event!

Henry Corrales vs. Vladyslav Parubchenko

Benson Henderson vs. Brent Primus

Ryan Bader vs. Corey Anderson

Vadim Nemkov vs. Julius Anglickas

Bellator 268 Quick Results

Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal: Vadim Nemkov def. Julius Anglickas via submission (kimura): R4, 4:25

Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal: Corey Anderson def. Ryan Bader via TKO (punches): R1, 0:51

Brent Primus def. Benson Henderson via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27×2)

Henry Corrales def. Vladyslav Parubchenko via unanimous decision (30-27×3)

Karl Albrektsson def. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov via unanimous decision (29-28×3)

Mukhamed Berkhamov def. Jaleel Willis via submission (guillotine choke): R1, 4:05

Nick Browne def. Bobby Lee via submission (heel hook): R1, 1:38

Javier Torres def. Gregory Milliard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Sumiko Inaba def. Randi Field via submission (arm-triangle choke): R2, 2:02

Lance Gibson Jr. def. Raymond Pina via TKO (punches): R2, 1:44

Jaylon Bates def. Raphael Montini via submission (armbar): R1, 3:49

Sullivan Cauley def. Deon Clash via TKO (punches): R1, 4:59

Maria Henderson def. Collette Santiago via submission (rear-naked choke): R1, 0:40

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Vadim Nemkov Demolishes Julius Anglickas – Bellator 268 Highlights

Vadim NemkovBellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov faces short-notice replacement Julius Anglickas in the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals at Bellator 268. Let’s find out who will meet Corey Anderson in the finals. Both fighters show patience on the feet in the opening seconds, but time is stopped due to an inadvertent eye poke […]

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Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov faces short-notice replacement Julius Anglickas in the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals at Bellator 268. Let’s find out who will meet Corey Anderson in the finals.

Both fighters show patience on the feet in the opening seconds, but time is stopped due to an inadvertent eye poke by Anglickas. The fight resumes and Nemkov lands a huge right hand that briefly stuns Anglickas. But, Anglickas catches Nemkov with a big punch that briefly drops him, but he’s able to get back up to his feet quickly. Nemkov goes in for the takedown and gets top mount. Lands some heavy elbows from top position. Nemkov is controlling the fight on the ground and Anglickas is showing very little resistance and is struggling to work from the bottom. Anglickas finally escapes and gets the fight standing once again. As the opening round ends, Nemkov lands a pair of big combinations that damage Anglickas before time is called.

Vadim Nemkov overwhelmed Julius Anglickas en route to a submission win at Bellator 268

The second round begins and Nemkov is starting to outpace Anglickas on the feet. Anglickas is having a tough time dealing with the deceptive speed of Nemkov. Nemkov is starting to also find a home for the overhand right that is forcing Anglickas’ hands to drop. Nemkov scores another big takedown with ease. He lands some hard strikes from the top and forces Anglickas to the edge of the cage in the process. Nemkov is the busier fighter and wearing Anglickas down with some hard ground and pound combinations with about 20 seconds left in the round, and Anglickas barely survives to fight another round as Nemkov overwhelms him and nearly finishes the bout.

The third round opens up much like how the second round ended, with Nemkov imposing his will and scoring another big takedown on Anglickas. He lands some hard ground strikes and has Anglickas in big trouble early in the round. Nemkov nearly secures the armbar, but Anglickas slips out near the end of the round.

Both fighters appear exhausted as the fourth round begins. But, Nemkov scores another takedown and finishes the fight with a nasty kimura submission.

Check out the highlights from Nemkov’s dominant performance at Bellator 268 below.

Corey Anderson Blasts Ryan Bader in Seconds – Bellator 268 Highlights

Corey Anderson Ryan BaderFormer Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader faces former UFC standout Corey Anderson in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals at Bellator 268. Let’s find out who will get a spot in the finals. The fight opens up on the feet with both Anderson and Bader attempting to find their range with the jab. […]

Corey Anderson Ryan Bader

Former Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader faces former UFC standout Corey Anderson in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals at Bellator 268. Let’s find out who will get a spot in the finals.

The fight opens up on the feet with both Anderson and Bader attempting to find their range with the jab. Just a minute into the fight, Anderson lands a massive right hand right behind Bader’s ear that drops him down to the canvas below. Anderson follows it up by landing some vicious ground-and-pound strikes that end up finishing the fight in one of the biggest wins of his career.

Anderson came into the fight off back-to-back wins in this new chapter of his career, after an up-and-down tenure in the UFC. Anderson has seemed to found a new home in Bellator after his vicious knockout of Bader to move on to the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix finals.

Corey Anderson knocked out former Bellator champion Ryan Bader in 51 seconds to move on to the finals at Bellator 268

Bader came into the fight after a dominant performance over Lyoto Machida in the first round, and was looking to get revenge against Vadim Nemkov if he could get past Anderson. But, it wasn’t meant to be and Bader will now focus on defending his heavyweight title in Bellator.

Anderson will get his first title shot after falling short time and time again in the UFC. His last fight with the promotion ended on a sour note, as he lost via TKO to the eventual light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in a UFC Fight Night headliner. Before that, Anderson had won four fights in a row over the likes of Glover Teixeira and Johnny Walker.

Check out the incredible knockout below, as Anderson moves on to the Grand Prix finals with a title on the line.

Corey Anderson: I Made More Money In Two Bellator Fights Than UFC Career

Bellator light heavyweight Corey Anderson is happy with his switch from the UFC and believes the gamble paid off ‘big time’. Corey Anderson is scheduled for a 205-pound contest against the current Bellator heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader, at Bellator 268 this Saturday (Oct. 16, 2021). Bader, also a former Bellator light heavyweight titleholder, will meet […]

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Bellator light heavyweight Corey Anderson is happy with his switch from the UFC and believes the gamble paid off ‘big time’.

Corey Anderson is scheduled for a 205-pound contest against the current Bellator heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader, at Bellator 268 this Saturday (Oct. 16, 2021). Bader, also a former Bellator light heavyweight titleholder, will meet Anderson in the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal bout. The winner is poised to potentially earn a $1 million payday in the finals of the tournament.

This will be Anderson’s third fight since leaving the UFC after losing to Jan B?achowicz in 2020 by knockout in round one. The American admits his risk-taking already paid off following two Bellator TKO victories.

Ahead of their showdown this weekend, Corey Anderson shared on a recent episode of Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour how happy he is to be fighting for Bellator.

“Oh yeah, (the gamble) paid off big time. I made a post after my second fight, like UFC gave me a career, but Bellator gave me the life. After the first check, my wife didn’t have to work, I bought her a new car. I fly my family out to fights now, I can go on vacation, I can do whatever, because I’ve made more money here in two fights than I did in my whole career in the UFC,” Anderson said.

With high praise like this coming from a former UFC veteran, it appears a spot on the Bellator roster might start becoming increasingly difficult to turn away from.

Are you surprised to hear Corey Anderson’s claim about the pay gap between the UFC and Bellator?

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