attends the Bellator-DAZN announcement press conference on June 26, 2018 at Viacom in New York City.
Bellator MMA president Scott Coker referred to comments made by his Ultimate Fighting Championship peer, Dana White, that the fighters in the ranks of the company founded in 2008 by Bjorn Rebne are either fired or under contract. UFC finishes.
“Ryan Bader and Phil Davis, or whoever comes from the UFC, they came in free agency. It’s not that they come here just because they got fired. That is a lie”, said Coker, increasing the differences that have long existed between the two heads of the most important promoters of Mixed Martial Arts.
The also founder of Strikeforce took the opportunity to warm up the atmosphere and said that the fighters «We offered him a better deal, that’s why they come » and I add: “We have the highest level athletes here and they are also boxers”.
Coker insisted that Bellator’s light heavyweight division is better than the UFC’s: “We have the best 205-pound division on the planet, without exception” and added in this regard: «That group has become a solid and really healthy division for us.«.
The two great CEOs of the MMA world will surely continue to have different opinions and will always try to keep their company first. According to Coker “He (for Dana) is doing his thing and we are doing ours. It is what it is and you know how it is. Let’s keep going and keep doing our thing«.
“This organization is growing and this organization has resources. It can be seen with the change to CBS Sports Network and there will be other opportunities for us within the family of platforms here at this company »explained the one born in South Korea and nationalized in the United States.
Every day when I wake up, we don’t think about those guys. We are thinking about what we are doing and we are focusing on how we want to grow this product », closed Coker