Bellator president Scott Coker spelled out why Bellator produced 30 roster cuts like veterans this kind of as Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, and Joe Warren.
It was noted previously this 7 days that Bellator lower a amount of fighters from its roster. Numerous of the fighters who have been released were being veterans coming to the finish of the like these types of as Mir, Nelson, and Warren, but there had been also a amount of young fighters on the record such as Ricky Bandejas, Chris Lencioni, and AJ Agazarm that surprised followers.
Speaking to MMAjunkie.com’s Nolan King ahead of Thursday’s Bellator 250 card, Coker described why Bellator made a decision to release these fighters from its roster.
“The (listing) is genuinely a reflection of where the organization is heading, suitable? 1 of the factors about working this corporation with 250 to 270 to sometimes pretty much 300 athletes is there are only so lots of Television set places. There’s only so much space on the roster,” Coker reported.
“Sometimes fighters retire, like Pat Curran. He retired. Jon Fitch, he retired. From time to time there are fighters whose contracts operate out. Which is just what it is. We selected not to re-signal them, or they went someplace else. To me, it is just 30 fighters that have (are) mainly long gone, and we signed 30 new fighters. We need to have to make place for some of the new athletes on the roster.
“Really, it is a period above what? This is the initially time this has happened due to the fact February, proper? You are speaking about 30 athletes in a 10-month period of time. You’re speaking about a few athletes a month likely in and out. It is actually not that much. It just looks like a good deal mainly because we have not done it due to the fact COVID hit. That’s been about 10 months.”
There are definitely some exciting names on the list and some of these fighters might finally make their way to the UFC. So the issue to the admirers is, do you assume Bellator and Scott Coker made sensible roster cuts? And who must the UFC indication?