Scott Coker Rips Emelianenko-Sonnen Fight Fixing Accusations

Bellator president Scott Coker rips those who claim the fix was in for Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen. Last night (Oct. 13), Emelianenko and Sonnen shared the cage for the semifinals of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix. In the end, it was …

Bellator president Scott Coker rips those who claim the fix was in for Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen. Last night (Oct. 13), Emelianenko and Sonnen shared the cage for the semifinals of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix. In the end, it was Emelianenko who emerged victorious via first-round TKO. He will meet Ryan Bader […]

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Scott Coker Responds To Claims Fedor vs. Sonnen Was Fixed

Scott Coker has addressed the claims that the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen fight was fixed.

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Scott Coker responds to some fight fans believing that the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen fight was fixed.

The Issue

It seems like over the past few years whenever there is a legend fight going on under the Bellator MMA banner, these claims come up. Well, the Bellator President is denying those claims as he said there was no foul play involved in the fight.

Headliner

As seen in the main event of Bellator 208 on Saturday night (October 13, 2018) at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on the Paramount Network, Fedor was able to score a first round TKO win over Chael Sonnen.

Scott Coker Responds

As a result of this fight, he advanced to the final bout of the Bellator heavyweight tournament. Coker spoke with the media following this fight where he was asked about these claims and downplayed it right away.

“I mean, c’mon – that doesn’t even deserve a response to the people that are saying it,” Coker told reporters, including MMAjunkie. “Listen, Chael got clipped. He told me, he said, ‘Man, he hit me and he hit me really good.’ And he was done. That’s it. With Chael, the thing with Tito (Ortiz), ‘Oh, he let him go,’ or something. C’mon. Why would you do that? You’re a professional athlete. You’re a fighter. He wants to continue, he wants to go to the next round of the tournament. That’s just all rubbish.”

The Bottom Line

Coker also stated that he’s not sure why this is brought up. However, he does think that it might have to do with to the fighters involved and their personalities. Coker couldn’t make it any clearer, which is that this was a true fight and nothing manufactured.

“I don’t know (why people say that),” Coker said. “To me, they see Chael, he’s got this character and they just feel like with Chael he’s this character, so maybe that’s what they’re thinking (it’s fixed). If you had Fedor punching you and kicking you and kneeing you like he was doing today – that was real. That was not fake.”

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader Set For Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final

The finals for this tournament has been booked.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader is set to serve as the final bout of the Bellator heavyweight tournament.

Tournament Final

Bellator President Scott Coker has already confirmed that the tournament final will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles, California on January 26, 2019.

The Process

Bellator MMA is finally going to crown its new heavyweight champion, which has been expected for some time. Thus, the Viacom-owned promotion brought back a tournament to find their heavyweight champion.

The company has been without a heavyweight champion since the title was vacated by then-champ Vitaly Minakov after Bellator decided to strip him of it in May of 2016 for failing to defend the title.

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader

The main event of Bellator 207 on Friday night (October 12, 2018) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut saw Ryan Bader score a decision win over Matt Mitrione. This served as a heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout. Before this fight, Bader picked up a first-round knockout victory over Muhammed Lawal in the quarterfinals of this tournament at the Bellator 199 event on the Paramount Network at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

On the flip side, Fedor beat Chael Sonnen on Saturday night at Bellator 208 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York by first round TKO. Before this, in the main event of the Bellator 198 event at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on the Paramount Network, the MMA legend finished former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir with strikes in the first round. This bout served as the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal bout. Emelianenko is a historic figure in the history of the MMA game and no doubt an MMA Legend.

Why LA?

“L.A. has a great MMA market, we have a great relationship with the Forum, and when you look at the fighter bases, there’s so many great gyms there,” Coker told the LA Times as to why they picked this location for the final of the tournament. “When I think about MMA in the United States, I think first of L.A., the Bay Area, Las Vegas and New York … L.A. is such a big hub. The guys know that when they fight in L.A., they better bring it.”

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Scott Coker Targeting February Return For Rory MacDonald

Bellator president Scott Coker wants Rory MacDonald to take some time to heal his broken nose. MacDonald was last seen in action on Sept. 29. “Red King” attempted to become Bellator’s first two-division champion by taking out middlewe…

Bellator president Scott Coker wants Rory MacDonald to take some time to heal his broken nose. MacDonald was last seen in action on Sept. 29. “Red King” attempted to become Bellator’s first two-division champion by taking out middleweight title holder Gegard Mousasi. Unfortunately for the welterweight champion, things didn’t go his way at all. Mousasi […]

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Scott Coker Targeting February Return For Rory MacDonald

Bellator president Scott Coker wants Rory MacDonald to take some time to heal his broken nose. MacDonald was last seen in action on Sept. 29. “Red King” attempted to become Bellator’s first two-division champion by taking out middlewe…

Bellator president Scott Coker wants Rory MacDonald to take some time to heal his broken nose. MacDonald was last seen in action on Sept. 29. “Red King” attempted to become Bellator’s first two-division champion by taking out middleweight title holder Gegard Mousasi. Unfortunately for the welterweight champion, things didn’t go his way at all. Mousasi […]

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Scott Coker Destroys “Embarrassing” UFC 229 Brawl

Bellator MMA has a full weekend of mixed martial arts action ahead. The bouts will kick off with tomorrow’s Bellator 207 from Uncasville, Connecticut, and conclude with Saturday night’s Bellator 208 from Uniondale, New York. Yet at today’s Bellator 207 & 208 pre-fight press conference, the UFC 229 brawl was still the topic of discussion. […]

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Bellator MMA has a full weekend of mixed martial arts action ahead. The bouts will kick off with tomorrow’s Bellator 207 from Uncasville, Connecticut, and conclude with Saturday night’s Bellator 208 from Uniondale, New York. Yet at today’s Bellator 207 & 208 pre-fight press conference, the UFC 229 brawl was still the topic of discussion.

Many of the fighters including Russians Fedor Emelianenko and Alexander Shlemenko were asked about the brawl between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s camps. Fedor declined to comment on the matter. The Pride legend said he hadn’t watched the fight (via MMAJunkie) because he was preparing for Bellator 208:

“I cannot give you any comments, because I didn’t watch this fight,” Emelianenko said. “During my camp, I don’t watch any fights. I have heard about the brawl. But at the moment, I’m not going into details.”

Shlemenko voiced his support for his fellow countryman.

However, Bellator President Scott Coker was far from as forgiving in his response. He vehemently blasted the post-fight melee by calling it a ‘black eye’ and ’embarrassment for the sport’:

“To me, it’s a black eye for the industry. It’s up to all of us to pick it up and make sure something like that never happens again.

“But that was embarrassing moment for the sport, as far as I’m concerned.”

Its tough to argue with Coker’s point of view on this. Of course, he’s no stranger to in-cage post-fight brawls on high-profile shows. The infamous Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller vs. Diaz brothers brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville back in the day gave him firsthand experience.

UFC President Dana White made light of the situation then. Perhaps he’s not laughing as much today. Or perhaps he’s simply laughing much more as the prospect of a rematch of the already record-breaking Khabib vs. McGregor looms overhead.

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