In surprising news, Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker has revealed that accusations of potential Bellator fixed fights have been passed on to the promotion’s parent company, Viacom.
The promotion has been scrutinized on several occasions for what viewers believe to be fights ending with questionable stoppages. Most recently, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz submitted Chael Sonnen with a rear naked choke that many viewers believed to only be partially sunken in. That combined with footage of Ortiz allegedly making a discreet sign to Sonnen that quickly led to the fight ending grappling exchange, have been enough for viewers to question the legitimacy of the bout.
Of course after accusations of a fixed fight emerged, Tito Ortiz was quick to fire back at skeptics, saying:
“All these people are saying it was a fixed fight, those are the ones that are just fu*king haters,” Ortiz said on social media (via Bloody Elbow). “Believe me I tried to punch him hard in the face. I tried to elbow him in the face, hard. He gave his back, and I’m going to take the choke.”
“That was ‘fixed’, so that’s why I held on the choke a little longer? He even marked me. I got marks in my face from him. C’mon people. C’mon. I don’t fu*king do fixed fights, stupid! Haters are gonna be haters.”
“Yeah, ‘really fixed’, man’s going to need neck surgery,” he continued. “That’s how fixed the fight was, you stupid asses. C’mon people, don’t be so ignorant. Don’t be so dumb. People who do believe it, don’t be so gullible. You guys see how red his face was? I almost ripped his neck off, I almost broke his head, I almost broke his jaw, to tell you the truth. I was squeezing for dear life, that’s for sure.”
Now, Scott Coker has revealed that accusations of the promotion fixing fights have been passed on to Viacom’s legal team.
Not sure how far this will go but Scott Coker did say accusations of Bellator of fight fixing have been passed on to Viacom legal right now.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 9, 2017
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/9/2017.