Rampage Jackson On Potential 50 Cent Matchup “He Ain’t No Fighter”

Bellator heavyweight Rampage Jackson shot down the rumors of a potential matchup with rap star 50 Cent in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. “50 probably drinking too much of that champagne that he got,” Rampage said. “Who actually t…

Bellator heavyweight Rampage Jackson shot down the rumors of a potential matchup with rap star 50 Cent in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. “50 probably drinking too much of that champagne that he got,” Rampage said. “Who actually think 50 trying to fight? I just don’t feel like 50 trying to step in no cage with […]

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Scott Coker Says He’s ‘Very Proud’ Of Current Bellator Roster

According to Scott Coker, the future is bright for Bellator MMA…

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Over the last few years, Bellator has become quite a respectable promotion in the mixed martial arts landscape, signing some of the biggest free agents on the market and developing young fighters under the leadership of Scott Coker, who took over as the promotion’s president in 2014.

And while the level of talent in the promotion likely still plays second fiddle to that of UFC, Coker acknowledges that improvements have been made and he expects this to continue in the years to come:

“The roster looks a lot different than it was three years ago,” Coker told MMAjunkie. “I think that we put on some great fights in the last three years, but in the last 18 months… Rory MacDonald’s fight with Douglas Lima was one of my favorite fights of all-time in this company.

“We’ve had just had so many great fights, I think in the last 18 months, and it’s just gonna continue on.”

In terms of high profile free agent signings, MacDonald certainly stands out as one, although Bellator has also brought in top names like Ryan Bader and Gegard Mousasi in recent memory. In addition to those signings, however, Bellator is also home to a plethora of young fighters who could transform into big names.

Because of that, Coker is not only excited to see what the future holds, but he admits that he’s ‘very proud’ of the roster that he’s helped build:

“If you look at the roster now, it’s something I’m very proud of,” Coker continued. “But, give us another 18 months – not 18 months. Maybe another year, that’s when you’ll see Aaron Pico really flourish out. A.J. McKee, James Gallagher, the Fortunes (Tyrell and Tyree).

“These are the future of the company, and I think you’re gonna see them really blossom in the next year.”

Do you expect Bellator to continue to flourish in the coming years?

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Scott Coker Says Bellator Ratings Are Doing Well Despite ‘Sports Clutter’

Bellator president Scott Coker isn’t worried about ratings. Since Spike made the transition to The Paramount Network, there has been an adjustment period. While Bellator had been enjoying decent ratings sometimes raking in between 800,000 to over…

Bellator president Scott Coker isn’t worried about ratings. Since Spike made the transition to The Paramount Network, there has been an adjustment period. While Bellator had been enjoying decent ratings sometimes raking in between 800,000 to over one million viewers, it hasn’t been smooth sailing since the transition. Take a look at ratings for Bellator […]

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Scott Coker Believes He’ll Re-Sign “Face Of Bellator” Michael Chandler

Scott Coker is expecting to reach a new deal with Michael Chandler…

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Since Scott Coker took over as the President of Bellator MMA in 2014, the promotion has gained a reputation for signing some of the biggest name free agents to hit the market. Now, however, Coker and company will have to retain one of their own.

Former lightweight champion and longtime Bellator mainstay Michael Chandler will soon hit free agency, but Coker is hoping he’ll stick around given that he’s ‘the face of Bellator’:

“He’s the face of Bellator – for such a long time,” Coker told MMAjunkie this past weekend at Bellator 199. “The performances that he’s had in the cage – even before I got here – he’s been fantastic. He has one of the greatest fights in the history of this company, with him and Eddie Alvarez.

“We talked a little bit about the deal. But I want him to be happy. If anyone deserves it, Michael deserves it.”

Chandler, who made his promotional debut at Bellator 31 in 2010, has compiled an 18-4 professional record, while going 15-4 in the Bellator cage. Most recently, he’s picked up back-to-back victories over Goiti Yamauchi and Brandon Girtz after losing the 155-pound title to Brent Primus last June in New York City.

Given his reputation as one of the best lightweights in the world, Chandler could consider making the jump to the UFC, but Coker revealed that Bellator has ‘every intent to keep him’:

“We have every intent to keep him,” said Coker, who plans to talk to Chandler this week. “I feel we’ll get a deal done. …

“I think, really, Michael wants to stay, and we want to keep him, so I don’t even think we’ll get to this point (that he talks to the UFC).”

Where do you expect Chandler to end up?

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Scott Coker: We Have Every Intent to Keep Michael Chandler

Bellator president Scott Coker is confident that Michael Chandler will stay with the promotion. Chandler has been known as a mainstay for Bellator. He has become a fighter who many consider to be the best lightweight outside of the Ultimate Fighting Ch…

Bellator president Scott Coker is confident that Michael Chandler will stay with the promotion. Chandler has been known as a mainstay for Bellator. He has become a fighter who many consider to be the best lightweight outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). With a record of 18-4 and two Bellator lightweight title reigns to […]

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Scott Coker Sounds Off On Potentially Signing Yair Rodriguez

Yair Rodriguez could end up in Bellator after being released by the UFC.

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It may not long for Yair Rodriguez to find a new home for his MMA career.

The reason for that is because Bellator President Scott Coker has expressed interest in signing the UFC prospect if he is indeed gone from the Las Vegas-based promotion.

It’s been well documented that UFC President Dana White revealed earlier this week that Rodriguez had been released by the promotion after he refused to accept two fights that were offered to him by the promotion.

The prospect was offered to fight against top contender Ricardo Lamas and then fellow prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov at the upcoming UFC 227 pay-per-view event.

He turned down both of those fights. This when the UFC boss had enough and decided the best course of action was to release him.

“My guys are talking to him, from what I understand,” Coker told MMAjunkie following Bellator 199 weigh-ins. “To say he’s a free agent, we’d just like to see the documentation. Where’s your release letter? If he’s truly free and clear, then we can have a serious conversation. Let’s make sure that we dot our I’s and cross out T’s.”

“Just because they say you’re fired, legally I don’t think that means you’re fired,” Coker continued. “When you get that letter, that means you’re released. So let’s see what happens with that.”

Rodriguez holds a pro-MMA record of 10-2 and 6-1 while under the UFC banner. If you recall, he was on a lengthy winning streak to kick off his start with the promotion that includes a dominant second-round TKO finish of former champion BJ Penn at a Fight Night event in January of last year.

However, he ran into his toughest challenge when he beat by former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 211 by TKO. Since then, he has not fought due to an injury.

“It could’ve been an emotional outburst and they say, ‘Hey, we want you back.’ You never know,” Coker said, before adding, “There must be more to it than we know. But that’s their business, and we’ll let them deal with it.”

“He’s a tough kid,” he said. “I will say this: Anybody that’s a free agent that is a top-10 (fighter) or top contender, we’re going to have a conversation with everybody – any weight class. If you’re the guy, and you’re a free agent, we’re going to have a conversation.”

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