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Bellator Rule Out Signing Fedor Emelianenko For Now

When word first emerged that heavyweight star Fedor Emelianenko was coming out of retirement it appeared like it was going to be a battle between the UFC and Bellator to capture his signature, but it turns out that’s not the case. Bellator CEO Scott Coker knows Fedor well due to having previously signed him for Strikeforce, but in a new interview he claims that he’s not in a...
Via Fight Of The Night
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sean Grande to replace Sean Wheelock as Bellator MMA commentator

Multiple sources have confirmed to Awful Announcing that Bellator MMA is making their first change in the broadcast booth since 2010. Long-time play by play commentator Sean Wheelock will be leaving Bellator and is being replaced by Sean Grande, the radio voice of the Boston Celtics. Wheelock had worked alongside Jimmy Smith in Bellator since their 13th show, which took place in...
Via Awful Announcing
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator 141 To Include One Night 205lb Tourney Plus GLORY Kickboxing Bouts

Bellator CEO Scott Coker has announced that the promotion will be joining forces with kickboxing organization GLORY for a hybrid show at Bellator 141 on September 19th in San Jose. The intriguing line-up will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between current champion Liam McGeary and Tito Ortiz. Beneath that will be a one-night 205lb tournament to establish a new title...
Via Fight Of The Night
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator Announces Blockbuster ‘Dynamite’ Event On September 19

Bellator MMA will be hosting arguably the biggest show in company history in just a few hours, but that didn’t stop the UFC’s biggest rival from announcing a blockbuster show on September 19. During Friday’s conference call, Bellator president Scott Coker revealed they will hold a three-tier event inside SAP Center in San Jose, California entitled “Dynamite.” The extravaganza...
Via 5thRound.com
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Coker Says Bellator’s Phone Has Been Ringing Since UFC’s Reebok Deal

Many UFC fighters appear to be somewhat disgruntled with the UFC’s new Reebok uniform sponsorship deal as they believe it’s going to leave them worse off financially, and that’s lead to talk that rival promotion Bellator many now become a more attractive proposition for those looking to maximize their earnings. According to Bellator CEO Scott Coker in a new interview with MMAfighting...
Via Fight Of The Night
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Three-time wrestling champ Ed Ruth makes move to MMA

One of the top collegiate wrestlers is making the move to mixed martial arts. Penn State Nittany Lions standout Ed Ruth, a three-time national champion, has never hid his desire to make a run in MMA after his wrestling career, and on Monday it was reported that Ruth has signed with Bellator. “I’ve known for a long time now that after I get Olympic gold around my neck, I was going...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Melvin Guillard Signs With Bellator MMA

Veteran Melvin Guillard (pictured) has found a new home … again. The oft-unhappy lightweight has inked a multi-fight deal to join Bellator MMA. “We are excited to have Melvin coming onboard,” said Bellator president Scott Coker. “With competitors the likes of Lightweight Champion Will Brooks, Michael Chandler, Marcin Held, Derek Anderson, Saad Awad, Dave Jansen and Patricky...
Via 5thRound.com
May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyson Fury Head To MMA ? Say It Ain’t So

Could a big name in boxing be coming to MMA? Reports are surfacing that heavyweight contender Tyson Fury could be.   In a recent interview, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker stated there had been talks over the past few weeks with Fury’s camp.   For the past few years, Fury has been very outspoken with his dislike for MMA by belittling the sport and promising to knockout participants...
Via BadCulture
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator’s Alexander Shlemenko Suspended Following Failed Drug Test

Former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko has been suspended from MMA competition after he failed a drug test following his most recent fight for the promotion on February 13th. Shlemenko brutally knocked out Melvin Manhoef with a trademark spinning backfist at the event, but later tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. As such the result of the fight...
Via Fight Of The Night
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

‘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
February 26, 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

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

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

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

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

Scott Coker Reveals Bellator’s Strategy For 2015

This coming Friday night’s Bellator 130 show will mark their final foray into doing weekly shows before they switch to a new format on Spike TV in 2015. In a new interview on MMAfighting.com, Bellator CEO Scott Coker, who took over from Bjorn Rebney back in June, unveiled the new gameplan they have lined up as he looks to put his own stamp on the promotion and take it to the next...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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