Archive: Bellator

Jun 25, 2014 5:56 am

New Bellator President Scott Coker Trims the Fat From Roster, Cutting 21

Just a week after Bellator MMA welcomed its new president, Scott Coker, it seems as though more big changes are being made within the organization. 21 fighters have been removed from the Bellator roster, including a heavyweight tournament winner and a 2014 Summer Series Light Heavyweight quarter finalist. The complete list of released fighters is...

Jun 23, 2014 5:29 pm

Ben Saunders: I Visualized My Opponent Was Bjorn Rebney

Last week it was announced that Viacom had fired Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and replaced him with the former Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker. One person that is happier than the rest is Bellator fighter Ben Saunders who took to the Underground to express his distaste for the former Bellator CEO. “In My Opinion” He knew...

Jun 21, 2014 10:36 am

Dana White Responds To Coker’s New Bellator Gig

“Not only do I know Scott (Coker) very well, I know the guys at Spike very well. I was in business with them for a long time and I think this is a much better fit for them than Bjork was.” No beef for UFC President Dana White and Scott Coker, at least not yet....

Jun 19, 2014 1:00 pm

A Look Back: Strikeforce’s Last Days And Scott Coker’s Return

With all this Scott Coker talk, let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit the days of Strikeforce past. Strikeforce of course was the promotion that Coker founded and ran for its entire existence until Zuffa bought and eventually closed it down. March 12, 2011 is when Dana White announced the purchase, but explained...

Jun 19, 2014 5:59 am

Scott Coker Lays Out Plans For Big Fights Under Bellator Banner

“My plan is to go from a tournament format to a more traditional format, to more of a superfight format,” said Coker, in his first day at his new job after what he described was a very quick negotiation period. “We will do tournaments when the situation makes sense. I think a tournament can make...

Jun 19, 2014 5:05 am

Rep Says Alvarez May Stay At Bellator, Happy With New Direction

“Eddie is happy about the shakeup. He wasn’t happy with the way things were being run. I don’t think that’s any secret, so Eddie was very happy to hear there’s been a change in management. Eddie respects Viacom very much, and he’s always told me that.” … “Everything we requested (from the former management team)...

Jun 18, 2014 6:14 pm

LEAKED! – Rebney’s Scripted Hype Video That Viacom Threw Away

Our good friends over at Middleeasy have got their hands on this video that Bjorn Rebney tried to push on SPIKE TV. Zeus, of Middleeasy shares the story: The story behind this promo is Bjorn Rebney wanted to show the media how great of a rapport he had with his staff and fighters. In order...

Jun 18, 2014 6:04 pm

Bellator Announces Scott Coker As New President, Getting Rid of Tournament Format & Seasons

Following a full day or reports, rumors and speculation, the Bellator promotion has announced that Scott Coker will take over as the company’s president. Coker is a well-respected martial arts promoter who founded the popular Strikeforce promotion back in 1985. The company managed to operate successfully as the number-two MMA Promotion in the world under...

Jun 18, 2014 5:43 pm

WSOF Exec: Rebney’s Release Is Freedom From Slavery, A Victory For MMA

“Today is victory for all of MMA – for me, for you, for all the fighters. Today should be (named) MMA Independence Day. Freedom from slavery, freedom from abuse, freedom from shadiness – this guy left. I don’t want to say his name – just MMA fans should be happy, and I’m very sure a...

Jun 18, 2014 12:53 pm

QUICK TWITT | Pro’s React To Rebney’s Termination

Earlier today we learned that Viacom was taking their MMA company serious for once, and as a result they got rid of their plague of bad executives. A top the termination list was company founder, Bjorn Rebney. The MMA world reacted: Regardless of what went on ,it was Fun building this company w You @BjornRebney...

Jun 18, 2014 12:22 pm

QUICK TWITT | Rampage & King Mo Engage In Twitter Beef Following Rebney Exodus

Two of Bellator’s biggest stars, Rampage Jackson and King Mo Lawal just can’t seem to get a long. In their latest spat, the light-heavyweight duo took to twitter in the post-Rebney era to discuss Rampage’s recent hint at retirement. Check it: @Rampage4real so now u feel some typa way cuz your dick rider got fired...

Jun 18, 2014 10:01 am

Kimbo Camp Confirms Bellator Offer, Nothing Signed Yet

Could one of MMA’s biggest TV draws be coming back for a stint under Scott Coker? That’s what the rumor-mill has been filled with since our report last week. Now, we have confirmation from Ariel Helwani, that indeed, talks have taken place with the Bellator promotion. In Ariel’s report (via mmafighting.com), Kimbo’s manager Icey Mike...

Jun 18, 2014 9:52 am

Rampage Jackson Hints At Retirement

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion and action movie star, Rampage Jackson is hinting at retirement. The MMA superstar took to his instagram to vent his frustrations with the sport: “The1st time Chuck and I fought was in Japan. Pride reps asked me 2 give him a good beating even tho I had 2 fights that night....

Jun 18, 2014 9:46 am

CONFIRMED: VIACOM Gets Smart, Ditches Bjorn Rebney For Scott Coker

MMA’s biggest scoundrel, Bjorn Rebney has been officially removed from his seat as Bellator President. As we reported earlier today Scott Coker, the former Strikeforce boss, will come in as a replacement and likely give Bellator the credibility they’ve been lacking. Rebney released the following statement: “It is with bittersweet emotions that I announce that...

Jun 18, 2014 6:43 am

Report: Viacom Replacing Bjorn Rebney With Scott Coker

  If reports hold true, the MMA world just got loads better and Bellator now has a shot at longevity. Former Strikeforce president Scott Coker (pictured), the man who lead the world’s #2 MMA promotion for years, has reportedly been pegged to replace the controversial Bjorn Rebney as Bellator president. No oword from Bellator officials...

Jun 17, 2014 11:09 am

Phil Baroni vs. Karo Parisyan official for Bellator 122

We reported a couple of weeks ago that a welterweight bout between MMA veterans Phil Baroni and Karo Parisyan was in the works for July’s Bellator 122 event in Temecula, California. Today, that bout became official, as Bellator executives announced that “NYBA” and “The Heat” will meet on the main card of Bellator 122. Phil Baroni was last...

Jun 16, 2014 5:50 pm

Rumor: Kimbo Slice Signing With Bellator?

According to MMASupremacy on Twitter, Kimbo Slice has signed on with Bellator. Check out the Tweet below. Re: Bellator signing Kimbo, EliteXC Primetime (Kimbo/Thompson) is still 2nd most watched MMA event on NetTV after 11 UFC on FOX events #mma — MMA Supremacy (@MMASupremacy) June 16, 2014 Kimbo Slice hasn’t seen MMA action since losing...

Jun 16, 2014 6:21 am

Ben Askren Would Fight Nick Diaz If He Could ‘Stay off the pipe’

  Who’s up for some fictional and totally irrelevant match making? Today we’re going to talk about a fight between two former welterweight champions. One was the Bellator champion until he left the promotion in order to go on to bigger and better things. He was not offered a UFC contract, so now he fights...

Jun 14, 2014 1:44 pm

Michael Chandler to Get Title Shot Over Will Brooks?

Despite the fact that Bellator Interim Champion Will Brooks just earned a decision win over former champion Michael Chandler, it appears that it could be Chandler, not Brooks, who is getting the next shot at Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez hinted at this on twitter today, saying “I tried my best Big homie Your boss ain’t having it...