Bellator’s Scott Coker Confirms Light Heavyweight GP Possible
By FCF Staff
Having added former UFC contenders Anthony Johnson and Yoel Romero to the Bellator roster, Scott Coker has confirmed a light heavyweight grand prix is “under consideration”.
In recent weeks, Bellator has signed Johnson and Romero. In the case of the latter, he is expected to compete at light heavyweight, rather than middleweight moving forward. In addition to Johnson and Romero, Bellators 205 division also includes Corey Anderson, Ryan Bader, Phil Davis and champion, Vadim Nemkov. Gegard Mousasi can also fight at light heavyweight.
Due to the depth of the division, there’s been speculation about whether Bellator will hold a light heavyweight grand prix. When asked about this while talking with MMA Junkie, recently, Coker said this.
“It would be quite a tournament, and that’s something that’s under consideration,” Coker said. “Originally, we were thinking about the 135 (division), with the addition of Magomed Magomedov, and we still have (Juan) Archuleta out there. We were gonna invite (Kyoji) Horiguchi to fight, or (Kai) Asakura, whoever wins the (fight) in Japan, to come and enter this tournament.
“We talked about the women’s division – we still have some great talent there – and now we’re talking about the 205 (division). It’s definitely in the conversation, but we just haven’t decided. But that’s something we’ll figure out in the next 20 days, and we’ll be locked and loaded and ready to go.”
The aforementioned Horiguchi and Asakura are fighting on RIZIN’s New Year’s Eve card.