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Thursday, Jun 19, 2014

Report: Scott Coker Planning More Superfights, Less Tournaments for Bellator

Scott Coker

By FCF Staff

Bellator has undergone a major shake-up, with the addition of Scott Coker and the subtraction of Bjorn Rebney, and not surprisingly, the incoming president has some significant changes planned.

During a media call on Wednesday, Coker relayed that Bellator will take steps to move away from the tournament format, which has been much of the promotion’s focal point to date (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“My plan is to go from a tournament format to a more traditional format, to more of a superfight format,” the former Strikeforce boss said. “We will do tournaments when the situation makes sense. I think a tournament can make sense, but it has to be the right time and the fighters have to be right.”

SPIKE TV President Kevin Kay reportedly repeated Coker’s sentiments on the call, and also said that Rebney’s preference for the tournament format, contributed to his withdrawal.

Kay also stood by recent reports that Bellator’s first pay-per-view event on May 17th, did in fact sell 100,000 buys.

Coker also said that he plans to talk with SPIKE, and Bellator, about whether the promotion should continue to offer weekly cards during each respective season. Coker also noted, however, that he believes Bellator should be producing cards all year round.


posted by FCF Staff @ 1:34 am
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