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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Scott Coker Expresses Interest In Eddie Alvarez Bellator Return

Could “The Underground King” be on his way back to Bellator?

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Eddie Alvarez could potentially return to Bellator MMA.

“The Underground King” has developed an amazing mixed martial arts (MMA) career over the years. Alvarez has been fighting professionally since December of 2003. In his time as a fighter, he has fought for both Bellator MMA and the UFC.

Alvarez signed with Bellator MMA back in 2009. He even competed on Bellator 1 and defeated Greg Loughran in the quarterfinals of a lightweight tournament. He’d go on to become the promotion’s first 155-pound champion of all-time.

After a successful run that lasted about five years, Alvarez finally signed with the UFC in September of 2014. Alvarez’s relationship with Bjorn Rebney’s Bellator brass, as they engaged in a lawsuit in regards to his contract status, was extremely poor.

Upon signing with the UFC, Alvarez saw great success inside the Octagon. He earned wins over the likes of Gilbert Melendez, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, and Rafael dos Anjos. The latter earned him the UFC lightweight title.

He even participated in the main event of the UFC’s first MMA event from Madison Square Garden. Alvarez headlined opposite arguably MMA’s biggest star of all-time, Conor McGregor, in a lightweight title defense. Despite losing, Alvarez earned a lot of notoriety from the platform.

Alvarez recently fought out the last fight on his previous UFC deal. He was defeated by Dustin Poirier via second-round TKO. If allowed to hit the open market after a potential exclusive negotiations clause, Alvarez would instantly become one of the hottest free agents in MMA.

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker joined Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour to discuss the situation. He admitted that, if legally allowed, he’d “love” to talk to Alvarez about a potential Bellator return (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I don’t think we’ve talked to Eddie, but listen, if he wants to reach out and have a conversation and he’s truly a free agent and we’re not interfering in anybody’s contract, we would love to talk to him,” Coker said.

“I think the guy has done a lot of good work in building his brand here in the U.S. Obviously, he’s had some great fights with Michael Chandler here in the past. We want to talk to every free agent out there that’s a big star, and I think Eddie is still a big star.”

Should Coker ink Alvarez to a deal in the future, it wouldn’t be the first time the promotion has lured fighters away from the UFC. In recent years Bellator has landed fighters such as Rory MacDonald, Gegard Mousasi, Benson Henderson, Phil Davis and many more:

“There’s somebody here, there’s somebody there,” Coker said. “It’s not like there’s hundreds or even 10s and 20s of athletes.

“It’s more of, there’s a big star here or a big star here or a medium star there. But they’re out there and we’ve been plucking them away one by one. And we’re gonna keep shopping and we’re gonna keep growing this roster.”

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Bellator President Scott Coker Open to Speaking With Eddie Alvarez

Bellator president Scott Coker is open to having discussions with Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez is coming off a second-round TKO loss at the hands of Dustin Poirier. It was the last fight on “The Underground King’s” Ultimate Fighting Champio…

Bellator president Scott Coker is open to having discussions with Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez is coming off a second-round TKO loss at the hands of Dustin Poirier. It was the last fight on “The Underground King’s” Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) deal. UFC president Dana White said he’d like to re-sign Alvarez, but would understand if the […]

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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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Paul Daley Calls Out Michael Page After Signing New Deal

Paul Daley signed a new, multi-year deal with Bellator and will compete in the WW grand prix.

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Not only has Paul “Semtex” Daley signed a new multi-fight, multi-year deal with Bellator, but the brash Brit will be competing in the welterweight world grand prix as well.

The resigning of Daley was something that didn’t seem possible just a few short weeks ago, as the hard-hitting welterweight had some harsh words for President Scott Coker following his loss to Jon Fitch at Bellator 199 earlier this year.

It appears both Coker and Daley have buried the hatchet in the interest of making money.

Speaking to MMAjunkie earlier today, Coker would not specify on who “Semtex” would be fighting in the first round of the grand prix, but he did reiterate that Daley would, in fact, be apart of the tournament as the tenth official combatant. His manager Ali Adbelaziz told MMA Fighting that he hopes Daley will fight Michael “Venom” Page after a long, bad blood-filled backstory between the two British knockout specialists:

“This is who me and Paul want to fight, and who the fans want to see fight, “Abdelaziz said. “I’m so honored to be part of this, and I have no doubt Paul to going to knock him the f*ck out.”

The welterweight world grand prix is set to kick off Sept. 29 in San Jose, Calif. The event will be the first to take place on new streaming platform DAZN. The 170-pound tournament is coming together nicely. Here is the list of fighters that have already been officially announced to take part in the tournament:

Rory MacDonald

Lorenz Larkin

Ed Ruth

Paul Daley

Jon Fitch

Douglas Lima

Andrey Koreshkov

Yaroslav Amosov.

Michael Page

Neiman Gracie

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