Bellator president Scott Coker says Dana White’s recent comments about ex-UFC fighters joining Bellator are not precise.
In accordance to an earlier debate sparkled by Coker where he suggested Bellator’s light heavyweight division is superior to its UFC counterpart. The comments came after Jon Jones vacated his UFC title to move up to heavyweight.
Scott Coker hits back at Dana White
Dana White stated that a majority of Bellator’s fighters were let go from the UFC at the origination’s decision. To which Coker disagreed and said, “We do have the best 205-pound division on the planet, bar none,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “When you think about the fighters that we have, tonight, Phil and Machida, then you have (Vadim) Nemkov. I think Gegard (Mousasi) will eventually move up to 205 because he told me he wants to move up to 205. … That group has become a really healthy, robust division for us.”
Coker added, “Ryan Bader and Phil Davis, or anyone that’s come over from the UFC, they’ve come over in free agency. It’s not that they come over here just because they got kicked out. That’s a lie. The truth is they were free agents and they wanted to shop their (worth) and we offered them a better deal so they came over here. These guys are prizefighters. This is not something they do just for fun. These are athletes of the highest level and they are prizefighters.”
“If can come here and you’re going to get a better deal, why wouldn’t you come to Bellator? If you have a better deal there, then stay there and do your thing. Being kicked out of certain organizations, that’s a lie.”
Since the two sides shared their opinions, there’s been plenty of discussion from MMA fans and pundits about potential cross-promotional matchups. Champions and fighters from each organization have had a go at each other, online too.
There’s one thing Coker is confident of, though, and that’s the Bellator brand continues to gain a foothold in the MMA space with many more big things still on the horizon.
Cooker feels that Bellator is on the rise and slowly and steadily the organisation is reaching up to new heights. Lastly, he emphasised that Bellator is doing a good job in identifying and building new MMA stars.