Bellator President Scott Coker has fired back again at Dana White for suggesting that ex-UFC fighters who have joined Bellator were let go by the marketing.
Again in August, Coker made headlines when he proclaimed that Bellator had the very best light-weight heavyweight division in all of mixed martial arts. In his protection, Coker’s responses arrived quickly next the information that longtime UFC mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones was vacating his title in purchase to transfer up to heavyweight.
“Listen, with Jon Jones shifting up to heavyweight, I think we have the best 205-pound excess weight course on the world with Bader, Gegard desires to move up, we have (Lyoto) Machida, and we have Corey Anderson now,” Coker stated.
“We have a bunch of killers in that pounds course. To me, we have a great roster of fights for him (Corey Anderson) – and even Phil Davis. I necessarily mean, we’ll be able to put some great fights jointly, and I’m enthusiastic about that division.”
Those reviews did not sit nicely with UFC President Dana White, who responded to Coker’s claim with the subsequent.
“Everybody they have in their light heavyweight division we permit go of. He has the greatest mild heavyweight division?” White scoffed. “We let all of those people fellas go. It is the dumbest f*cking thing I have ever listened to.”
Bellator lately crowned a new gentle heavyweight winner, this just after Vadim Nemkov dethroned Ryan Bader by way of knockout.
Dana White and firm will do the very same afterwards this September when Jan Blachowicz and Dominick Reyes square off for the UFC’s now vacant gentle heavyweight championship.
In advance of tonight’s ‘Bellator 245: Davis vs. Machida 2’ function, Scott Coker caught up with MMAJunkie exactly where he doubled down on his previous responses.
“We do have the most effective 205-pound division on the planet, bar none,” Coker explained. “When you imagine about the fighters that we have, tonight, Phil and Machida, then you have (Vadim) Nemkov. I assume Gegard (Mousasi) will at some point shift up to 205 since he instructed me he would like to go up to 205. … That team has turn out to be a genuinely wholesome, robust division for us.”
Scott Coker ongoing to make his situation towards Dana White and the UFC.
“Ryan Bader and Phil Davis, or anyone that is arrive about from the UFC, they’ve arrive about in free of charge company. It’s not that they come in excess of below just for the reason that they bought kicked out. That’s a lie. The real truth is they had been cost-free agents and they preferred to store their (really worth) and we provided them a far better offer so they arrived in excess of here. These guys are prizefighters. This is not a thing they do just for fun. These are athletes of the greatest level and they are prizefighters. If can appear right here and you’re going to get a greater offer, why would not you appear to Bellator? If you have a far better offer there, then keep there and do your point. As much as staying kicked out of certain corporations, that’s a lie.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on September 11, 2020