Scott Coker Reflects On Conversation That Convinced Him Rory MacDonald Was Nuts

Scott Coker had an interesting conversation with MacDonald

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Scott Coker reflects on an interesting conversation that he had with Bellator middleweight champion Rory MacDonald that just showed him a different side.

MacDonald became a big name while fighting inside of the Octagon under the UFC banner. Once he made the jump to the Viacom-owned promotion, he further showcased his skills. He won the Bellator welterweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 back in January.

This was a tough fight that saw him leaving the cage with an injury to his shin and an eye that was completely swollen shut. Most times, with fights like these, fighters would want time off. However, MacDonald is not most fighters.

Scott Coker Reflects

The Bellator President told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he had a phone conversation with MacDonald after his win over Lima. This is when the champ shocked him by what he had to say.

“Two weeks later, he calls me and he’s like, ‘I’m ready to schedule a fight,’” Coker said. “I said, ‘Rory, no, no. You need to put on the brakes here for a second. Let’s just rest.’ He said, ‘No, no, I’m ready. I’m just about ready to walk. I still have a limp, but I think I can start training in another week.’ I’m like, ‘This guy is nuts.’”

MacDonald’s Busy Schedule

Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will defend his title against MacDonald. The bout will happen on September 29th from San Jose, California. It has also been revealed that MacDonald will take part in the Bellator welterweight grand prix tournament as he takes on Jon Fitch. This fight is being potentially targeted for February.

“He just wants to fight, he wants to stay busy,” Coker said of MacDonald. “He wants to get out there and compete. So, I think it’s my job to slow him down. He’s chomping at the bit. And he wanted this fight with Gegard and Gegard wanted to fight him. And they wanted to test themselves.”

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Scott Coker Recalls The Time he Thought Rory MacDonald Was Nuts

Bellator president Scott Coker recalls thinking Rory MacDonald was out of his mind. MacDonald is the current Bellator welterweight champion. He captured the gold via unanimous decision in a hard-fought title bout against Douglas Lima back in January. M…

Bellator president Scott Coker recalls thinking Rory MacDonald was out of his mind. MacDonald is the current Bellator welterweight champion. He captured the gold via unanimous decision in a hard-fought title bout against Douglas Lima back in January. MacDonald is set to take on middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi in a “super fight” on Sept. 29. […]

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Ed Ruth Wants Fights With Rory MacDonald & Michael Page

Ed Ruth wants to go straight to the wolves in the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. Ruth is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Andy Murad back in June at Bellator 201. The win improved Ruth’s perfect professional mixed martial arts record…

Ed Ruth wants to go straight to the wolves in the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. Ruth is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Andy Murad back in June at Bellator 201. The win improved Ruth’s perfect professional mixed martial arts record to 6-0. Despite being an NCAA Division I wrestling champion, Ruth has quickly shown […]

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Bellator Reveals Opening Round Of Welterweight Grand Prix

The Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix bracket is official.

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The Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix tournament bracket is officially set and will kick off at Bellator 206 on September 29, 2018.

Earlier today (Aug. 6, 2018) Bellator announced the bracket seedings for the welterweight GP via Instagram. But the news didn’t stop there, as they announced Paul Daley as one of the eight men involved in the tournament.

Daley’s participation was in question due to his ongoing contract issues with the promotion, but now that is all squared away, Daley is in.

The bracket breaks down as such:

One one side of the bracket Michael “Venom” Page (13-0) will take on fellow Brit Paul “Semtex” Daley (40-16-2) in a grudge match years in the making. Joining them on that side of the bracket are two former champions in Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (29-7) and Andrey “The Spartan” Koreshkov (21-2).

On the other side of the bracket waits reigning welterweight champion Rory “Red King” MacDonald (20-4) defending his belt against Jon Fitch (31-7-1). The winner of that bout will take on either Neiman Gracie (8-0) or fellow unbeaten prospect “EZ” Ed Ruth (6-0).

It seems Scott Coker has thought this Grand Prix out well after all this isn’t his first rodeo. Yaroslav Amasov (20-0) will fight Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (19-7) with the winner earning the coveted alternate spot should one of the eight participants be unable to compete. It should be noted that reigning UFC double champ Daniel “DC” Cormier won the Strikeforce heavyweight GP as an alternate.

All fights are expected to be five-round affairs regardless of where and when they take place on the card. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this tournament is that the welterweight title will be up for grabs a total of three times. So, in theory, we could see a new 170-pound champion be crowned three more times in 2018.

The welterweight GP kicks off Sept. 29 at Bellator 206 with Daley vs. Page; the event will be the first on the streaming platform DAZN.

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Carlos Condit Will Travel To Tristar To Train With Former Rival

Carlos Condit will be training with some elite company soon.

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Carlos Condit is in a bit of a slump at this point in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

The former interim UFC welterweight champion is currently on a four fight losing-streak. From once competing in the glory days of MMA and standing toe-to-toe with the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz, Johny Hendricks and more.

“The Natural Born Killer” is now on a downhill trend in regards to his Octagon career, as his last outing was a second round submission loss to Alex Oliveira. The skid has been so bad that Condit was at one point considering retirement from fighting.

It looks like JacksonWink MMA striking coach Brandon Gibson has an idea up his sleeve. He revealed on The MMA Hour that he’s sending Condit to Tristar Gym in Canada to train with Bellator MMA welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I’m actually sending Carlos Condit up to Tristar,” Gibson said. “He’s gonna get a little work in with Rory and (Tristar head coach) Firas (Zahabi) and help Rory for the Mousasi fight.

“So I’m happy that Carlos gets to go out there and get a new look and pick up some new tools and get a new atmosphere and environment.”

MacDonald has flourished since departing the UFC. He has back-to-back victories under the Bellator banner, the latter earning him the promotion’s welterweight title. He will now challenge for his second title in Bellator MMA.

“The Red King” is slated to face fellow former UFC fighter Gegard Mousasi for the middleweight title on September 29th.

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Carlos Condit Being Sent To Train With Rory MacDonald At Tristar Gym

Carlos Condit will be training with one of the best welterweights in the world. “The Natural Born Killer” is currently on a four fight losing-streak. He’s a former interim welterweight champion who was once recognized as one of the mo…

Carlos Condit will be training with one of the best welterweights in the world. “The Natural Born Killer” is currently on a four fight losing-streak. He’s a former interim welterweight champion who was once recognized as one of the most dangerous fighters in the division. Recently, however, Condit’s hard times have had him contemplating retirement […]

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