The June appointment of Scott Coker as president of Bellator MMA left many wondering what was in store for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts company. There was plenty of optimism.
Coker brought years of experience behind the wheel of a mixed martial arts company. He came to Bellator saying the right things: He wasn't enthused about the tournament format. He believed the company was probably running too many events. He wanted to spend more time building up fighters and fights and creating stars read news >>
First thing's first, "Mayhem" has to be "okay" mentally before the Bellator president even thinks about adding him to his growing roster. Scott Coker knows all too well what kind of drama comes with bringing a guy like Jason Miller into the mix.
In 2010, Miller was caught in the middle of a Stockton-style beatdown after he stepped into the Strikeforce cage to ask Jake Shields for a rematch during his post-fight victory speech. What ensued was an embarrassing and forgettable attack on Miller whic read news >>
Scott Coker shares with John S. Nash his vision for Bellator. The news that Scott Coker was taking over Bellator from Bjorn Rebney seems to have been met with mostly positive reactions by the fans. Amongst fighters and their managers the response seems to be even more enthusiastic as evidence by the public statements from the likes of Muhammed Lawal, Phil Baroni, Mike Kogan,Tito Ortiz, Frank Shamrock, and Randy Couture. Taking my own informal poll, I asked roughly two dozen fighters, managers, a read news >>
Freshly washed of one troubled fighter, Bellator CEO Scott Coker may be looking at sign another.
To say that Jason Miller has had his ups and downs over the years, would be putting it mildly. The man more often known as 'Mayhem' has fought for titles under Dream and Strikeforce, gone through two inglorious stints in the UFC, and generally competed at a high level over a 14 year career that ended with his UFC release in 2012. Outside the cage, however, he's been a mess.
Following his UFC release, read news >>
Coker wants it, "Semtex" does not, but what about Melvin? Scott Coker said he wanted to put on big fights, and this one could be a doozy.
Coker, the recently-appointed president of Bellator MMA, is eyeing a potential match-up between two of the heaviest hitters in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA), as he is looking to pit Paul Daley against Melvin Manhoef later this year.
They were both recently inked to multi-fight deals with the promotion, so why not let them bang it out inside the cage read news >>
Just a day after new Bellator MMA President Scott Coker told MMAjunkie that the promotion was in talks with its lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez has been released.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>
New Bellator president Scott Coker discusses the state of the promotion in his first extended interview since replacing Bjorn Rebney. read news >>
You might think Scott Coker has had enough of Jason "Mayhem" Miller. But you would be mistaken.
The new president of Bellator MMA, and former honcho at Strikeforce, said Monday that he would be open to a return from the semi-retired Miller, provided the troubled but popular middleweight could meet certain prerequisites.
"It's worth a conversation, because everybody deserves a second chance," Coker said Monday on The MMA Hour with host Ariel Helwani. "I just hope he's OK. And if he's OK then we c read news >>
Scott Coker is looking for top-shelf talent to build Bellator MMA’s women’s divisions, but he isn’t yet signing two high-profile free agents: Gina Carano and “Cyborg” Justino.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, MMA Rumors, News read news >>
In the two months since Scott Coker displaced Bjorn Rebney as the President of Bellator MMA, the former Strikeforce boss hasn't exactly been shy about reuniting with some acquaintances from his earlier days.
Coker, a promoter who's always held the entertainment side of the sport in high regard, moved quickly to ink deals with old Strikeforce fan-favorites Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef, plus secure the services of former Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou. And when asked on Monday's edition of The read news >>
That's for the lawyers to decide. Sorry, fight fans, but Eddie Alvarez won't be mixing it up inside the Octagon, anytime soon.
That's according to Scott Coker, the newly-appointed Bellator MMA president, who appeared on The MMA Hour earlier today (Aug. 18, 2014) to update the current contract situation with Alvarez. This, after reports surfaced that he would be taking on Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 on Sept. 27, 2014.
Not so, said Coker, who spoke for the first time about Bellator-related news sinc read news >>