Scott Coker Discusses Fedor Emelianenko’s Bellator Future

Bellator president Scott Coker plans to meet with Fedor Emelianenko soon. Emelianenko was chasing his comeback moment. At the age of 42, the man who was once considered to be the baddest man in all of mixed martial arts looked to be turning back the cl…

Bellator president Scott Coker plans to meet with Fedor Emelianenko soon. Emelianenko was chasing his comeback moment. At the age of 42, the man who was once considered to be the baddest man in all of mixed martial arts looked to be turning back the clock. He stopped Frank Mir in an opening round bout […]

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UFC & Bellator Going Head-To-Head Only Hurts The Fans

This weekend, the UFC and Bellator will each hold events on Saturday, meaning the promotions will be going head-to-head for the first time in 2019. The UFC and Bellator have gone head-to-head before, including a couple instances in 2018, but in general…

This weekend, the UFC and Bellator will each hold events on Saturday, meaning the promotions will be going head-to-head for the first time in 2019. The UFC and Bellator have gone head-to-head before, including a couple instances in 2018, but in general it’s pretty rare for this to happen. Ultimately, the decision to hold two […]

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Scott Coker Comments On Rory MacDonald Possibly Missing Bellator 222

Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will defend his title against Jon Fitch at Bellator 220. MacDonald and Fitch’s bout takes place as part of the promotion’s Welterweight Grand Prix. The winner of the contest will advance to the semifinals against Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222 on June 14. However, that’s a quick turnaround for the […]

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Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will defend his title against Jon Fitch at Bellator 220.

MacDonald and Fitch’s bout takes place as part of the promotion’s Welterweight Grand Prix. The winner of the contest will advance to the semifinals against Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222 on June 14. However, that’s a quick turnaround for the MacDonald vs. Fitch winner, who fight on April 27.

Speaking at the Bellator NYC press conference this week, President Scott Coker was asked about the possibility of either MacDonald or Fitch being unable to medically compete so quickly. Here’s what he had to say:

“You’re right, I don’t want to think about that at this point,” Coker admitted. “In all fairness, we’ve been through this before. When I was working at K1 you had what they call Survivor Rule, so, if one of the fighters gets hurt and can’t advance, then the survivor would continue on in the tournament.

“But, you know, we’re gonna keep all of our options open. So, if one of the fighters can’t continue, then we’ll just deal with it at that time and we’ll make the best decision possible. In talking to both the athletes, they both wanted a quick turnaround. So this works into their favor as well, is what they’re telling me.”

MacDonald remains undefeated at welterweight under the Bellator banner. Unfortunately for “The Red King,” he failed to become a Bellator double champion in September against Gegard Mousasi. He was finished in the second round via TKO.

Now, MacDonald returns against Fitch at 170 pounds. The 41-year-old is currently on a five-fight win streak from fights in both Bellator and World Series Of Fighting (WSOF).

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Scott Coker Unsure What Will Happen If Rory MacDonald Or Jon Fitch Are Unable To Make Bellator 222

At Bellator 220, welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will put his title on the line against Jon Fitch. The bout is part of Bellator’s Welterweight Grand Prix Tournament. As for the winner of MacDonald vs. Fitch, they’ll advance to face Nei…

At Bellator 220, welterweight champion Rory MacDonald will put his title on the line against Jon Fitch. The bout is part of Bellator’s Welterweight Grand Prix Tournament. As for the winner of MacDonald vs. Fitch, they’ll advance to face Neiman Gracie in the semi-finals on June 14 at Bellator 222. Speaking at the Bellator NYC […]

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Bellator President Scott Coker Working On Bader vs. Kongo, Barnett Gets Dibs On Winner

Bellator president Scott Coker sees a clear path for the promotion’s heavyweight division. Many have wondered what’s next for two-division champion Ryan Bader. “Darth” holds the Bellator light heavyweight and heavyweight gold. I…

Bellator president Scott Coker sees a clear path for the promotion’s heavyweight division. Many have wondered what’s next for two-division champion Ryan Bader. “Darth” holds the Bellator light heavyweight and heavyweight gold. If things go according to plan, Bader will defend his heavyweight title against Cheick Kongo next. Bader vs. Kongo Planned Coker spoke to […]

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Scott Coker Officially Announces Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix

After months of speculation, Bellator President Scott Coker has officially announced the promotion’s upcoming featherweight Grand Prix tournament. The announcement came earlier today (Tues. April 2, 2019) at the Bellator London press conference. Coker revealed that the tournament is expected to get underway around October. 16 of Bellator’s finest 145-pound competitors will be competing in […]

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After months of speculation, Bellator President Scott Coker has officially announced the promotion’s upcoming featherweight Grand Prix tournament.

The announcement came earlier today (Tues. April 2, 2019) at the Bellator London press conference. Coker revealed that the tournament is expected to get underway around October. 16 of Bellator’s finest 145-pound competitors will be competing in the Grand Prix. The first full round of the tournament, which will be eight fights, will all take place on a single card.

As of this writing, it is unknown if featherweight champion Patricio Freire will take part in the action. He is preparing to challenge for lightweight champion Michael Chandler’s title soon. Pending the result of that contest, Freire’s plans should become much more clear.

Bellator has been very active with tournaments lately. Ryan Bader was crowned the promotion’s new heavyweight champion after winning the Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament by making quick work of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko in the finals in January.

Also, the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix Tournament, featuring the promotion’s 170-pound champion Rory MacDonald, is currently underway.

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