Scott Coker Hints At Bellator Women’s Grand Prix For 2020

Scott Coker has a busy weekend with Bellator 231 and 232 coming up, but during the media day in New York City leading up to the events, he hinted at some news for 2020. With the success and well-received Grand Prix events, Coker told the media in atten…

Scott Coker has a busy weekend with Bellator 231 and 232 coming up, but during the media day in New York City leading up to the events, he hinted at some news for 2020. With the success and well-received Grand Prix events, Coker told the media in attendance that fans can expect a women’s Grand […]

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Scott Coker Targeting Russia For Fedor Emelianenko Retirement Fight

There’s no doubt that Fedor Emelianenko is one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Currently, “The Last Emperor” is under contract with Bellator MMA. His next bout is being targeted for Japan against Quionton “Rampage” Jackson. However, at 43-years-old and competing at heavyweight, Fedor’s career is winding down. According to Bellator MMA […]

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There’s no doubt that Fedor Emelianenko is one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Currently, “The Last Emperor” is under contract with Bellator MMA. His next bout is being targeted for Japan against Quionton “Rampage” Jackson.

However, at 43-years-old and competing at heavyweight, Fedor’s career is winding down. According to Bellator MMA president Scott Coker, who spoke to RT Sport recently, a fight for Emelianenko in Russia is certainly in the cards. In fact, that’s where Coker wants Fedor to end his MMA career for his final fight.

“Fighting in Russia is definitely something we’d like to have happen,” Coker said. “We think Fedor will be a great fighter, obviously because of his history, to launch us in the territory.

“I think Fedor will fight a couple of times before we go to Russia. We’re working on a fight hopefully to have him fighting in Japan before the end of the year, and that’s what we’re working on. It’s not signed yet, by any means – it’s not done yet. I’ll see Fedor in Milan in two weeks and we’ll have a discussion, but we’re getting close.”

Coker notes that the plan is to have Fedor fight only a few more times before finally ending his career in front of a native Russian crowd.

“I think the plan was to have Fedor fight two times, and then go to Russia,” Coker said. “And I think this will probably be his final match. This’ll be the retirement fight. So, if people want to see Fedor, the greatest fighter in the history of MMA, especially the greatest heavyweight of all time, they’ve got to come to the fight and see him live.

“But we’re talking years away, probably. Or a year away, or two years away – who knows? But we’re definitely working on his first fight, which will be done here soon.”

Who do you want to see Emelianenko fight in his final MMA bout?

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Bellator President Scott Coker Aims To Have Fedor Emelianenko’s Last Fight In Russia

Bellator president Scott Coker intends to book Fedor Emelianenko’s final bout in Russia. Following Bellator 222 back in June, the promotion announced Emelianenko’s farewell tour. Bellator is hopeful that the first bout on the tour will be h…

Bellator president Scott Coker intends to book Fedor Emelianenko’s final bout in Russia. Following Bellator 222 back in June, the promotion announced Emelianenko’s farewell tour. Bellator is hopeful that the first bout on the tour will be held in Japan and that the last will end up in Russia. Coker Discusses Possibility Of Fedor’s Last […]

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Scott Coker Thought Patricio Freire Would Fight Darrion Caldwell

Bellator’s featherweight grand prix continued this past weekend. However, a choice in the selection show afterward left Scott Coker a bit puzzled. Bellator 228 on Saturday saw champion Patricio Freire, AJ McKee, Darrion Caldwell and Daniel Weichel advance to the quarterfinals. After Freire’s win over Juan Archuleta, there was a selection show that took place. […]

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Bellator’s featherweight grand prix continued this past weekend. However, a choice in the selection show afterward left Scott Coker a bit puzzled.

Bellator 228 on Saturday saw champion Patricio Freire, AJ McKee, Darrion Caldwell and Daniel Weichel advance to the quarterfinals. After Freire’s win over Juan Archuleta, there was a selection show that took place.

Seven of the remaining featherweights chose lots to determine who could pick their next opponent and fight date. Caldwell chose to fight in March and called out Freire. Pedro Carvalho later chose to face Caldwell in March.

However, being the champion, Freire had the “champ’s choice” to override any previous decision and pick who he wanted. Rather than respond to Caldwell’s callout, he opted to face Carvalho in March. Coker, meanwhile, was hoping “Pitbull” faced Caldwell.

“For me personally, I think that there’s some fighters that I thought were interesting, but I was hoping for a different fight at the very end,” Coker said in the post-event press conference (via MMA Fighting). “But I think he [Pitbull] picked who he wanted to fight and he’s the champ and he gets to do what he wants to do. But I tell ya, there’s some fights that I really look forward to in that tournament, so I think we’re going to have a great, great tournament on our hands.”

As for why Coker wanted that fight, it would have simply been more intriguing, especially with Caldwell’s trash talk of Freire:

“My only thought was I thought when ‘Pitbull’ had the shot, I thought he was going to fight DC [Caldwell],” Coker added. “I thought he wanted him really bad. But you know, it went the other way, so now we have some interesting fights on both sides and if you keep winning, you’ll fight each other anyway at the end, so it’s going to be fine.”

The selection show as a whole was a new concept and one Coker thought was a success overall:

“I liked it,” Coker said. “I thought it was great. It’s something that I’ll go back and look at the footage and talk to the guys but honestly I think it was a fun way to present the tournament and pick the tournament. It was a random draw but there was a little twist at the end so I liked it and we’ll see what happens.

What did you think of the selection show? And Pitbull choosing Carvalho rather than Caldwell?

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Scott Coker Reveals When Kyoji Horiguchi Will Fight In Bellator Again & Possible Opponent

Kyoji Horiguchi has to look to get back into the win column by the end of the year in RIZIN. The RIZIN and Bellator champion is coming off of a shocking knockout loss to Kai Asakura in a non-title fight at RIZIN 18. Why the fight was a non-title fight …

Kyoji Horiguchi has to look to get back into the win column by the end of the year in RIZIN. The RIZIN and Bellator champion is coming off of a shocking knockout loss to Kai Asakura in a non-title fight at RIZIN 18. Why the fight was a non-title fight is something Bellator president, Scott […]

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Scott Coker Claims UFC Was Never Committed To Cris Cyborg & Featherweight Division

Bellator president Scott Coker believes the UFC was never committed to Cris Cyborg or the women’s featherweight division. Cyborg was recently cut from the UFC after a public feud with Dana White turned ugly. She would go on to sign with Bellator where she reunited with former Strikeforce president Coker. And unlike in the UFC, […]

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Bellator president Scott Coker believes the UFC was never committed to Cris Cyborg or the women’s featherweight division.

Cyborg was recently cut from the UFC after a public feud with Dana White turned ugly. She would go on to sign with Bellator where she reunited with former Strikeforce president Coker.

And unlike in the UFC, Coker plans on keeping Cyborg active — especially as they are committed to the women’s featherweight division:

“It’s our job to keep her active, which I think we’ll be very successful,” Coker told MMA Fighting. “I think really she hasn’t been active because I don’t think the UFC has ever been [committed] to the 145-pound weight class division, that’s not their business. They’re in the business of the lighter weights but I don’t think they ever made the commitment to blow up the 145-pound weight class.

“The difference is we are in the 145-pound weight class female division, we’re in the business of females in that weight class.”

Bellator’s featherweight division will not only be boosted by Cyborg, but the promotion as a whole. That’s because Coker rates Cyborg as the GOAT of female mixed martial arts as well as one of the biggest faces in the sport:

“Listen, when you say she’s the greatest female fighter of all time, that’s a big statement,” he added. “That’s a very bold statement but everybody knows it. It’s not like ‘we don’t know this girl’. Come on, we all know she is the GOAT of female MMA and one of the pioneers.

“To be on the roster with Gegard [Mousasi] and Rory [MacDonald] and [Ryan] Bader and all the other stars, she’s arguably one of the biggest faces of MMA period. Let alone in any particular league.”

What do you make of Coker’s comments about Cyborg?

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