Scott Coker Calls Ryan Bader The Best Heavyweight In The World Following UFC 241

Bellator president Scott Coker believes his heavyweight champion in Ryan Bader is the best in the world and made sure to let everyone know following UFC 241. Stipe Miocic regained the heavyweight title following his fourth-round TKO win over Daniel Cormier in the UFC 241 headliner this past weekend. In the process, the Cleveland native […]

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Bellator president Scott Coker believes his heavyweight champion in Ryan Bader is the best in the world and made sure to let everyone know following UFC 241.

Stipe Miocic regained the heavyweight title following his fourth-round TKO win over Daniel Cormier in the UFC 241 headliner this past weekend. In the process, the Cleveland native also reestablished his claim as being the greatest heavyweight of all time.

Miocic was already regarded as the greatest heavyweight champion of all time after breaking the record for title defenses (3). However, many believed Cormier could be recognized as the heavyweight GOAT if he registered two wins over Miocic.

However, that’s not the case now as many firmly believe that title belongs to Miocic. Except for Coker who sent out a cheeky tweet following the event:

@RyanBader is the best heavyweight fighter on the planet,” he tweeted.

There were previous talks of a cross-promotional super fight between Cormier and Bader, especially as they were slated to fight each other in the UFC. One wonders if that will continue with Miocic now reigning as the heavyweight champion.

Do you think Miocic or Bader is the best heavyweight in the world?

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Bellator President Scott Coker Ready To Make Cris Cyborg Contract Offer

Cris Cyborg’s time with the UFC is apparently done. Earlier today (Fri. August 2, 2019) during an interview, UFC President Dana White revealed the Las Vegas-based promotion is “out of the Cyborg business.” Cyborg competed in the final bout on her UFC deal against Felicia Spencer last week at UFC 240, winning via unanimous decision. […]

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Cris Cyborg’s time with the UFC is apparently done. Earlier today (Fri. August 2, 2019) during an interview, UFC President Dana White revealed the Las Vegas-based promotion is “out of the Cyborg business.”

Cyborg competed in the final bout on her UFC deal against Felicia Spencer last week at UFC 240, winning via unanimous decision. Now, White will apparently wave the exclusive negotiating period in her contract, allowing Cyborg to sign with any promotion of her choice. This is of interest to Bellator President Scott Coker, who told MMA Junkie he is ready to get in contact with the Brazilian’s management immediately.

“That’s great news. I’ll be calling (Cyborg’s manager) Audie (Attar) in the next five minutes.”

Coker did clarify, however, he’ll first make sure White’s comments were, in fact, truthful, before attempting to negotiate a deal with Cyborg. Cyborg and Coker have a past working relationship, as she competed for Coker under the Strikeforce banner earlier in her career. One of White’s claims about Cyborg was that she’s afraid to rematch current UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes.

The pair met back in December, where Nunes finished Cyborg in under a minute. In regards to White claiming Cyborg is scared, Coker finds such comments “ridiculous.”

“I don’t even know what to say about that,” Coker said. “Cyborg isn’t afraid of anybody.”

What do you think about Coker being prepared to offer Cyborg a Bellator deal after allegedly being released from the UFC?

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Bellator President Scott Coker Plans To Speak With Cris Cyborg Following UFC Exit

Bellator president Scott Coker will attempt to sign Cris Cyborg following her falling out with the UFC. UFC president Dana White recently said the promotion is out of the Cyborg business White claimed that no matter what Cyborg says, she didn’t w…

Bellator president Scott Coker will attempt to sign Cris Cyborg following her falling out with the UFC. UFC president Dana White recently said the promotion is out of the Cyborg business White claimed that no matter what Cyborg says, she didn’t want a rematch with Amanda Nunes. The UFC boss even claimed that Cyborg tried […]

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Scott Coker Explains Why Aaron Pico Was Left Off Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament

Recently, Bellator MMA announced the matchups and participants for their 16-man Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament. If you haven’t seen those yet, check them out below: Bellator 226 — September 7 Sam Sicilia vs. Pedro Carvalho Daniel Straus vs. Derek Campos  Pat Curran vs. Adam Borics Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Tywan Claxton Bellator 228 — September 28 Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta A.J. […]

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Recently, Bellator MMA announced the matchups and participants for their 16-man Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament. If you haven’t seen those yet, check them out below:

Bellator 226 — September 7

  • Sam Sicilia vs. Pedro Carvalho
  • Daniel Straus vs. Derek Campos 
  • Pat Curran vs. Adam Borics
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Tywan Claxton

Bellator 228 — September 28

  • Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta
  • A.J. McKee vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
  • Darrion Caldwell vs. Henry Corrales
  • Daniel Weichel vs. Saul Rogers

Many noticed that one of the promotion’s most notable names, Aaron Pico, was left off the tournament. Pico was hyped as a mixed martial arts (MMA) prodigy heading into his professional debut, only to be defeated under the Bellator banner via submission in 24 seconds.

Pico was able to regroup and embark on an impressive four-fight win streak, before getting knocked out by Henry Corrales at Bellator 214 in January. In his previous fight at Bellator 222, Pico was again defeated. This time in dynamic fashion at the hands of Ádám Borics via a flying knee.

After back-to-back vicious knockout losses, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker explained at a recent media day why he left Pico off the Featherweight Grand Prix (via MMA Junkie):

“With Aaron, we’re going to meet with his manager either this weekend or next week,” Coker said. “I always felt like after his last fight in New York, let’s take a beat back. He’s a great kid. We have a lot of respect for him. We think he’s going to still come back and be great, but I think it’s time to take a beat.

“Let him train and let him get through this process. He would be fighting as early as Sept. 7 in eight weeks coming off that fight in New York. I think he’ll be back, it’s just a matter of time.”

What do you think about Coker’s decision to leave Pico off the tournament? Do you think he made the right call?

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Scott Coker Plans to Pump the Brakes on Aaron Pico

Earlier this week, Bellator announced a featherweight grand prix that will tip off at Bellator 226 this September, with 16 of the promotion’s best featherweights featured in the tournament. One of the biggest names in the promotion, Aaron Pico was cons…

Earlier this week, Bellator announced a featherweight grand prix that will tip off at Bellator 226 this September, with 16 of the promotion’s best featherweights featured in the tournament. One of the biggest names in the promotion, Aaron Pico was conspicuously or inconspicuously, depending your perspective, absent from the tournament. For those who did not […]

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Bellator President Scott Coker: I Would Love To Have Fedor Emelianenko Fight In Japan

Bellator officials are working on a trip to Japan later this year and Fedor Emelianenko could very well be a part of the card. It’s no secret that Bellator and Rizin have been doing business together. The partnership has made a significant impact…

Bellator officials are working on a trip to Japan later this year and Fedor Emelianenko could very well be a part of the card. It’s no secret that Bellator and Rizin have been doing business together. The partnership has made a significant impact already as Kyoji Horiguchi is the bantamweight champion of both promotions. Now, […]

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