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‘Kimbo Slice’ Fights Ken Shamrock in Bellator MMA Debut

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Ken Shamrock: Take Two. The scrap that slipped through Elite XC’s fingers at the last-second in 2008 will now come to fruition, thanks to Bellator MMA. On Thursday, Bellator president Scott Coker announced the heavyweights will headline their June 20 event inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. “I remember how excited I was when...
Via 5thRound.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Bellator 133 ‘Shlemenko vs. Manhoef’ What to Watch

No mercy will be shown when MMA veterans Alexander Shlemenko (51-9) and Melvin Manhoef (29-12-1) collide in a Bellator main event that will surely end violently. See what Bellator’s own Jimmy Smith has to say about this match up below. The Scott Coker era continues at 9 p.m. ET tomorrow night with Bellator 133 ‘Shlemenko vs. Manhoef’ live on Spike TV. 
Via hov-mma
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator On An Even Footing With UFC Says Spike TV President

If Spike TV president Kevin Kay is to be believed, Bellator are now on “an even footing” with the UFC. Kay was responding to a section in a recent anti-trust lawsuit filed against the UFC by several ex-fighters which declares that, “Bellator athletes lack significant public notoriety, in part because it is a ‘minor league. Bellator’s bout purses, gate revenues, attendance...
Via Fight Of The Night
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Brock Lesnar Already In Talks With Other Promotions?

It’s a known fact that unless Brock Lesnar has signed a new deal with WWE, his contract with the company is up shortly after WrestleMania 31. Spike TV President Kevin Kay recently spoke to MMAFighting about Bellator MMA President Scott Coker, and noted that the he is talking with the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.“He [Coker] has the relationships to talk to everybody...
Via AllWrestlingNews.com
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator MMA’s Scott Coker On Signing CM Punk, The Success Of Bellator, & More

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker appeared on Tuesday’s edition of the MMA Hour and this interview had some gems in it. Down below are highlights from the interview.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Cung Le Officially Announces Retirement From MMA

After taking a few months to think about it Cung Le has officially announced that he is retiring from mixed martial arts competition. Technically the 42 year-old had still been signed to the UFC, but it was clear his time there was finished after he fronted an ongoing class action lawsuit against the promotion which claims that Zuffa are essentially running a monopoly which restricts...
Via Fight Of The Night
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cheick Kongo Vs King Mo Set For Bellator 134

Bellator have announced that Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal will move up to heavyweight to fight Cheick Kongo in what they are billing as a ‘superfight’ at Bellator 134 on February 27th. “We’re going to put on a big superfight and it’s something this person’s been asking me for a long time to move up in weight and try out the heavyweight division,” Bellator CEO Scott...
Via Fight Of The Night
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mirko Cro Cop Returns To the UFC

In an unexpected move the UFC has announced that Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic will be coming back for a second stint in the promotion after signing a multi-fight deal. Cro Cop’s first spell in the Octagon was a disappointment as he failed to capture the form that had made him a superstar in the PRIDE organization in Japan. The Croatian was released from the UFC in 2011 after suffering...
Via Fight Of The Night
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson: 'I could sue Bellator for $10 or $20 million'

Bellator boss Scott Coker initially promised that his promotion would fight to keep Quinton "Rampage" Jackson from fighting in the UFC, because he claims the former world champ is still under exclusive contract with his organization. Jackson himself, however, seems to believe that Coker is all talk, and that Bellator won't end up trying to keep him from fighting in the UFC once more...
Via Fox Sports
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: WWE officials believe a Lesnar UFC return to be imminent

More info has surfaced on Brock Lesnar’s future and it comes from Dave Meltzer and company over at F4Wonline (sign up here). According to Meltzer, the belief within the WWE is that Lesnar will be returning to mixed martial arts after his current contractruns out. A combination of the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE world heavyweight champion showing up much lighter...
Via Fight Booth
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bellator CEO Scott Coker Targets Biggest Names In The Sport

Bellator CEO Scott Coker is a man on a mission as he looks to take the Bellator promotion to new heights in 2015 and he’s boldly claimed that no free agent, no matter how big of a star they are, is out of their reach if it comes down to a bidding war. “There’s not going to be a fighter on the planet we can’t afford and have access to,” Coker tells MMAFighting.com, and with...
Via Fight Of The Night
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

MMA Company Reaches Out to Brock Lesnar

Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed to MMAFighting.com that they have reached out to Brock Lesnar. Coker said that there haven’t been any negotiations, and that it was more of their was of “saying hello” and that they are interested in signing him.“There hasn’t been any serious dialogue,” Coker said. “But when the time comes to have serious dialogue, we’ll be...
Via AllWrestlingNews.com
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MMA News: Bellator President Scott Coker Confirms He Has Been In Talks With Alberto Del Rio

Earlier this month, both the professional wrestling world and MMA scene was rocked with the news that former multi-time WWE Champion CM Punk signed a multi-fight deal with UFC. There has been a lot of criticism about Punk’s move due to his lack of experience in the MMA world. He has some training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but there’s no doubt that he is on the fast track to the...
Via Wrestling News Depot
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Alberto Del Rio In Talks with Top MMA Company

Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed to MMAFighting.com that former WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio has been in talks with the organization.“I think that we did reach out,” Coker said. “I’m not sure where that is and by no means is it in the 11th hour, but I know there’s some dialogue going on.”Coker noted that Rodríguez “has had a lot of great MMA fights” in the...
Via AllWrestlingNews.com
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rampage Jackson explains signing with UFC ‘so Scott Coker can shut up’

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson may be back with UFC, but Bellator MMA is not going to go down without a fight. Once news broke that Jackson had indeed re-signed with UFC, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker took to Twitter to explain that his promotion won’t lay down and let UFC and Rampage step over them: Let us be clear that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is under an exclusive...
Via Fight Hub TV
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cung Le Asks For UFC Release After Drug Test Blunder

Cung Le has asked to be released from his UFC contract after becoming unhappy with the promotion due to a drug test blunder that led him to be suspended for a year for a positive hGH reading following is loss to Michael Bisping back in August, only for it to then be rescinded a few weeks later due to doubts aabout the tests validity. Le feels he was treated unfairly and had his name...
Via Fight Of The Night
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Behind Scott Coker, Bellator Taking Steps Forward to Compete with UFC

Bellator MMA is in no position to overtake the UFC for supremacy in the mixed-martial arts world anytime soon. However, recent evidence shows that the Viacom-owned promotion may have finally found the right formula for claiming a solid slice of the pie. When former Strikeforce head Scott Coker took over day-to-day operation of Bellator, in June of this year, we knew that big changes...
Via Between The Ropes
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tito Ortiz says there is ‘no reason’ to fight King Mo

If Bellator MMA wants “needle-moving” fights as Scott Coker has said in the past, then many would expect to see Tito Ortiz take on King Mo Lawal in a light heavyweight collision in 2015. The problem? Ortiz sees no reason to fight the alleged “journeyman”. In a recent interview on Submission Radio, Ortiz explained his disinterest in a fight with King Mo: I have two more...
Via Fight Hub TV
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Could Rampage Jackson Be Set For UFC Return?

Talk over the past few days suggests that Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson could yet return to the UFC after apparently becoming unhappy with life with Bellator. Bellator had a big event on this past weekend that peaked with 2 million viewers on Spike TV, but while the promotion seems to be on the up at the moment thanks at least in part to former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker taking...
Via Fight Of The Night
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Bellator 131 Beats UFC 180 Prelims and WSOF 15

Who the heck wants to watch washed up Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar (both pictured) fight? Two million people, that’s who. According to Bellator MMA, Saturday’s Bellator 131 event drew 1.8 million viewers, peaking at 2 million, making it the most-watched and highest–rated MMA fight on cable television in 2014. “Bellator 131 was an incredible event that had something for...
Via 5thRound.com
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome to the New Age: Bellator 131 will show us signs of a promising future

Out of the three big cards tonight – UFC 180, Bellator 131, and UFC 180 – Bellator has the most stacked card from top to bottom. As far as the television broadcast goes, the main card begins on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET, and it’s one that marks the beginning of a new era for Bellator MMA. Sure, it’s been months since Scott Coker took over after Bellator founder Bjorn Rebney...
Via Fight Booth
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Bellator Raise Production Values With New Hi-Tech Stage Tonight (Video)

Scott Coker is continuing to make his mark as Bellator’s CEO with the introduction of a new hi-tech stage tonight at Bellator 131 that will welcome each fighter to the cage in style. Coker adopted a similar ramp for the fighter walk-ins during his time as the head of Strikeforce, but the production values have been pushed higher for the Bellator show that certainly catch the eye...
Via Fight Of The Night
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Calling The Shots: Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar

Bellator MMA, under the leadership of Scott Coker, will hold its biggest event to date on Saturday night when Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar clash at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. This is a fight that should have happened in the UFC, however, the stars never aligned for a plethora of reasons. Both fighters have been vocal about their disdain towards one another...
Via In The Neutral Zone
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Bellator 130: Newton vs Vassell weigh-in results

Bellator 130 goes down tomorrow night, and this event essentially marks the end of the season format for Bellator. With Scott Coker taking the lead this past June, he was forced to finish out Bjorn Rebney’s season eleven, and this is the last event scheduled in the weekly format. With that being said, Bellator has put together quite the enticing event featuring Light Heavyweight...
Via Fight Hub TV
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bellator President Scott Coker: ‘Expect big signings in next few weeks’

Although Scott Coker was brought into Bellator to take over for previous CEO Bjorn Rebney back in June, the massive changes he promised have yet to come to fruition. This is not to say Coker lied to MMA fans, but rather he was forced to play out the rest of Rebney’s Season 11 of Bellator before he could really change the scheme of things. After Bellator 130 this Friday evening...
Via Fight Hub TV
October 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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