Anthony Johnson Still Not Cleared For Bellator Return, Reveals Scott Coker

Anthony Johnson may not fight again for a little while.

Johnson was supposed to face Vadim Nemkov in the light heavyweight semifinals but was forced to pull out of the fight with an undisclosed illness. Now, according to Bellator President Scott Co…

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson may not fight again for a little while.

Johnson was supposed to face Vadim Nemkov in the light heavyweight semifinals but was forced to pull out of the fight with an undisclosed illness. Now, according to Bellator President Scott Coker, “Rumble” is still dealing with that and remains out.

“I talked to him about a week ago and we had a very good conversation,” Bellator president Coker told MMA Junkie. “Without getting too much into his medical condition, he’s got to worry just about being healthy first. Fighting will always be there. I told him to keep doing what he’s doing, keep listening to the doctors and keep at it. We’re going to be here, we’re not going anywhere. If you get cleared at some point, we’ll definitely have you back.

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“I think he has a little ways to go, to be honest, and we’re going to be there rooting him on. But until he gets clearance – I don’t look at it like he’s going to be fighting in six months or four months or eight months,” Coker continued about Johnson. “Let him take his time, let him get healthy and when he gets healthy we can have a conversation. If it’s a year from now, 18 months from now, or six months from now, we’ll get at it. But until then, he’s got to heal up and get healthy because there’s so much more in life than just fighting. I want him to have a long, healthy life and that’s the most important thing.”

Anthony Johnson had a successful Bellator debut back in May at Bellator 221, where he knocked out Jose Augusto in the opening round of the grand prix. It marked his first fight since UFC 210 where he was submitted by Daniel Cormier for the UFC’s light heavyweight title.

In his career, Rumble holds notable wins over Glover Teixeira, Ryan Bader, Alexander Gustafsson, Andrei Arlovski, Phil Davis, and Jimi Manuwa. He is also a fan-favorite due to his one-punch KO power, so the hope is he will be able to fight sometime in 2022.

Who would you like to see Anthony Johnson fight when he returns?

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AJ McKee Hopes To Test Boxing Skills Against McGregor & Mayweather

Bellator Featherweight Champion AJ McKee is hoping to test his skills against the best in combat sports, including Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

McKee has quickly developed into one of the top mixed martial artists in the world. At the age o…

AJ McKee, Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor

Bellator Featherweight Champion AJ McKee is hoping to test his skills against the best in combat sports, including Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.

McKee has quickly developed into one of the top mixed martial artists in the world. At the age of just 26, “Mercenary” has built an unblemished 18-0 record, which includes 13 finishes, beating the likes of Darrion Caldwell and Patricio Pitbull, and having Bellator’s 145-pound strap wrapped around his waist.

After an incredible neck crank submission victory over Caldwell in November 2020 sent him to the final of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix, McKee established himself as the top dog in the division by dethroning then-double champ Pitbull. A first-round choke secured his place on the throne and his spot amongst the global featherweight elite.

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McKee Has One Eye On The Ring

Since extending his perfect record and joining the champions’ club, many have questioned how McKee compares to the top featherweight stars in the UFC. While he maintains he’s the best in the world, a sentiment shared by Bellator kingpin Scott Coker, 145-pound UFC titleholder Alexander Volkanovski isn’t so sure.

At such a young age, McKee has plenty of time to boost his skills and close any gap there might be between himself and the likes of Volkanovski and Max Holloway, and perhaps even crossover to MMA’s premier organization to challenge them. But his ambitions don’t end at facing the best in the cage.

During a recent interview with TMZ Sports, McKee revealed his aspirations to challenge the greatest across all realms of combat. With that in mind, he’s hoping to test his abilities against former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor and legendary undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather inside the squared circle.

“Hell yeah (I’ll box McGregor), what’s up, he’s got a couple fights left, Showtime Boxing, let’s do it. Definitely, I’ll box anybody… I’m a fighter. I want to test my skills against the best. That’s why I’ve always called out Floyd. It’s not like, ‘Ah, I wanna beat Floyd.’ I wanna test my skills, hand-to-hand combat, with one of the best athletes in hand-to-hand combat.

“I’m down for anybody. If it’s 145, ’55, 170, boxing I’ll go up three weight classes, what do I have to lose? It ain’t affecting my mixed martial arts career record. For me, it’s all money moves and fun and games.”

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With Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, Tito Ortiz, Frank Mir, Ben Askren, and Tyron Woodley all crossing over to the ring across the past year, a Mayweather and McGregor callout from a rising MMA champion isn’t as crazy as it would have seemed prior to 2021.

Should McKee continue his dominance in Bellator and possibly make the transition to the UFC, perhaps we’ll see him lace the boxing gloves against top names like “The Notorious” McGregor and “Money” Mayweather in the coming years. Having previously called out the latter, it seems that’s who McKee really has his sights set on.

Would you like to see AJ McKee test his skills in the ring against Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather?

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Yaroslav Amosov vs. Michael Page Targeted For Bellator London Event

Michael PageMichael Page will be making his first attempt to secure Bellator Gold on his home soil. Bellator president Scott Coker has announced the promotion is targeting the matchup for the second quarter of 2022, with the newly crowned champion set for his first title defence to take place in the United Kingdom. “We are in […]

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Michael Page will be making his first attempt to secure Bellator Gold on his home soil.

Bellator president Scott Coker has announced the promotion is targeting the matchup for the second quarter of 2022, with the newly crowned champion set for his first title defence to take place in the United Kingdom.

“We are in the process of putting that fight together now with him and MVP to fight in London at some point early next year.”

Michael Page was and still is destined for greatness in Bellator. He suffered his first loss at the hands of Douglas Lima in 2019 when the Brazilian caught him with an uppercut. Since then, Page has gone on to collect a 6-fight winning streak, 4 of those coming via stoppage. Page would also go on to exact his revenge when he edged out Douglas Lima at Bellator 267 via decision and propel himself into a title fight opportunity.

Michael Page Still Has Unfinished Business with Douglas Lima

Although it wasn’t the title Michael Page was interested in at first. Scott Coker revealed how the Englishmen wanted to complete his trilogy with Douglas Lima before taking that next step, however, he was able to convince him to do otherwise.

“I know MVP was kinda back-and-forth, do I want to fight Lima again, do I want to fight Amosov and then we said Hey, just go think about it,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “Our opinion as a company is you want to take the next step. You want to go fight for the belt now. This is your time. If you don’t do it now, when are you gonna do it? and then you can come back and fight Lima again in the future. So to me, it’s the right fight to put together. I think it’ll happen in the second quarter. It will be in London and it will be a massive fight over there because he’s such a big star.

“Believe me, a lot of people are saying well Amosov is so good and he’s – yeah he is that good and that’s why his record is undefeated. But MVP has a very unique style and he’s very hard to hit, to catch and it’s gonna be interesting to see how Amosov handles that because he’s fighting like a very awkward, karate style combatant and it’s not like your normal MMA fighter that’s just very straight forward, maybe a little bit more linear. He’s doing a lot of crazy stuff and that’s why people love him, but that fight will happen at some point in 2022 for sure.”

Do you think Michael Page will become a champion in 2022?

Scott Coker Provides Update On Anthony Johnson’s Bellator Return

Anthony JohnsonThere is still some time before we see Anthony Johnson return to a Bellator cage. Johnson hasn’t competed since a come-from-behind second-round knockout win over Jose Augusto at Bellator 258 back in May. The victory moved him to the light heavyweight grand prix semifinals where he was set to face current champion Vadim Nemkov. However, […]

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There is still some time before we see Anthony Johnson return to a Bellator cage.

Johnson hasn’t competed since a come-from-behind second-round knockout win over Jose Augusto at Bellator 258 back in May. The victory moved him to the light heavyweight grand prix semifinals where he was set to face current champion Vadim Nemkov.

However, an undisclosed illness forced Johnson out of the fight with Nemkov defeating Julius Anglickas who stepped in as the alternate.

Johnson later revealed the following:

“Really wish I could go into detail about how ill I truly am. Just know I need as many prayers as I can get, and I’ll see you in 2022, God willing…Never been this afraid of anything in my life, but I’ve remained strong with the support of friends and family.

“Not asking for anything but prayers ?? See you in 2022 hopefully ??This is gonna be a battle, and I’m gonna have to dig deeper than I ever have before.Love you all #RumbleSquad NOT COVID”

Scott Coker: Anthony Johnson Has A Little Ways To Go

Unfortunately, it looks like “Rumble” will remain on the sidelines for a bit longer as Bellator MMA president Scott Coker provided an update on his return.

“I talked to him about a week ago and we had a very good conversation,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “Without getting too much into his medical condition, he’s got to worry just about being healthy first. Fighting will always be there. I told him to keep doing what he’s doing, keep listening to the doctors and keep at it. We’re going to be here, we’re not going anywhere. If you get cleared at some point, we’ll definitely have you back.

“I think he has a little ways to go, to be honest, and we’re going to be there rooting him on. But until he gets clearance – I don’t look at it like he’s going to be fighting in six months or four months or eight months. Let him take his time, let him get healthy and when he gets healthy we can have a conversation. If it’s a year from now, 18 months from now, or six months from now, we’ll get at it. But until then, he’s got to heal up and get healthy because there’s so much more in life than just fighting. I want him to have a long, healthy life and that’s the most important thing.”

Are you excited to see Anthony Johnson eventually return to action?

Scott Coker Talking To Kayla Harrison, Believes She Should Join UFC Or Bellator Next

Scott CokerBellator MMA president Scott Coker revealed he is currently in talks with Kayla Harrison. Harrison is one of the hottest free agents on the market after her PFL contract recently expired. Many expected her to sign with the UFC and end up facing Amanda Nunes. However, Julianna Pena may have scuppered those plans if they […]

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Bellator MMA president Scott Coker revealed he is currently in talks with Kayla Harrison.

Harrison is one of the hottest free agents on the market after her PFL contract recently expired. Many expected her to sign with the UFC and end up facing Amanda Nunes.

However, Julianna Pena may have scuppered those plans if they were in motion in the first place.

Regardless, the UFC is not the only promotion Harrison is talking to as Bellator is also currently in talks with the 155-pound star. But wherever she ends up, Coker believes it should be in either of the top two promotions in North America.

“We had a really good conversation with her – she’s a sweet girl,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “She is one hell of a fighter and I think really for her to take her career to the next level she’s got to come fight Cyborg or go to the UFC and fight Amanda Nunes or (Julianna) Peña. I think that’s gotta be the next step.

“We’re all still talking. Nothing’s signed. I think she’s still trying to vet the offers and see where she wants to go, but I’m not sure what she’s going to do. For me, it just seems natural that if you want to test yourself, you’re going to have to make a move.”

Scott Coker: Cris Cyborg A Big Step Up

If Harrison does choose to sign with Bellator, the obvious matchup is one with 145-pound queen Cris Cyborg.

It would certainly be an intriguing matchup and definitely a huge step up. In other words, it would quite simply be the toughest test of Harrison’s career.

“Cris Cyborg has been doing this for how long?” Coker said. “If you look at her body of work over the past 15 years, nobody has done more in this sport in the cage, fighting, than this girl. So let’s give her the proper credit that she’s due.”

Where do you want to see Kayla Harrison go next? And do you agree with Scott Coker?

Ariel Helwani Brutally Roasts Bellator’s Dillon Danis

Ariel HelwaniAriel Helwani embraced his “Heelwani” side even more on Saturday by ending Dillon Danis on social media. Danis mocked Helwani and called him a b*tch after the veteran MMA reporter showed support for Jake Paul and his challenge to UFC president Dana White. That led to Helwani not holding back whatsoever as he proceeded to […]

Ariel Helwani

Ariel Helwani embraced his “Heelwani” side even more on Saturday by ending Dillon Danis on social media.

Danis mocked Helwani and called him a b*tch after the veteran MMA reporter showed support for Jake Paul and his challenge to UFC president Dana White.

That led to Helwani not holding back whatsoever as he proceeded to roast Danis.

“Guys if you think life sucks right now just think you could have begged for 3 years to fight an 0-0 YouTuber and 3 years later still not be popular enough or good enough to even be considered a worthy opponent for him. Imagine that. In other words, you could be @dillondanis.

“Hey guys follow me real quick and I’ll follow you back and pay you 1k. Ffs. Get a grip Dillon. Who acts like this?”

Helwani also poked fun at the fact that Danis said he would retire if Paul was ever able to sleep him like he did to Tyron Woodley. Danis, however, hasn’t competed in combat sports since June 2019.

“‘Hey guys if I lose to Jake I’ll retire.’ Retire from what? Social media? You already don’t fight.

“3…2…1 before ol DD texts me hey bro why don’t you like me? Like, I thought we were cool bro Can’t wait for the witty tweet reply, too. And then he’ll call for a truce and then ask me to RT his tweets every two seconds. What a pleasure.”

Helwani ended things by hoping Danis gets what he wants.

“Anyway. Maybe this will be the year he accepts your challenge Dillon!! I personally hope he does so you can leave us the f alone with your stupid tweets and lame social media skilllz Save us, @ScottCoker. The begging is unbecoming. Please. For the love of God save us.”

Ariel Helwani Comes Out On Top

Danis — who deleted the initial tweet calling Helwani a b*tch — has not responded as of yet and it’s hard to see how he does so without looking bad.

All in all, this looks like a win for Helwani.

What did you think of the roasting by Ariel Helwani?