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Scott Coker Looks to Make Bellator ‘First-Choice Destination for Best Fighters’

Written by Tom Ngo
June 27th, 2014
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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker

Since taking over the reins as Bellator MMA president just nine days ago, it has been complete chaos for Scott Coker (pictured).

In addition to familiarizing himself with the company’s current fighters, staff and deciding who he would like to bring on board to help him take a larger piece of the MMA pie from rival UFC, Coker took the time to issue an open letter to Bellator’s fans.

Coker offers up a vague plan of trying to “make every Bellator event feel BIG and special which is a huge win for fighters, advertisers.” In addition, he wants to make Bellator “a first-choice destination for the best fighters in the world and we want our events to showcase the fun side of the sport.”

Here’s Coker’s entire address to Bellator’s supporters:

Dear Bellator Nation,

I wanted to take a moment and tell you all how excited I am to be a part of the Bellator family. I’ve been working closely with the incredible team here along with our partners at Spike to see how we are going to bring this great company to new heights.

My first order of business is to take a look at the Bellator roster and determine all the exciting possibilities that are in store for the future. Our goal is to make every Bellator event feel BIG and special which is a huge win for fighters, advertisers, and of course- and most importantly- you, the fans. I’ve been on the phone with dozens of fighters and to hear the excitement in their voices has been incredibly encouraging.

I know there are so many questions about what changes may be in store for Bellator. While we are still very early in the process of executing on our long term vision, the plan is simple. We want to put on the most entertaining events possible for YOU. We want Bellator to be a first-choice destination for the best fighters in the world and we want our events to showcase the fun side of the sport – the personality and showmanship that makes MMA so entertaining. This is the best sport in the world and we want our events to demonstrate that for all to see.

We’ve got a ton of work to do, and July 25th is right around the corner. We’ll have more updates in the coming weeks, and I can’t wait to see all of you on Spike TV and at Pechanga in July.

-Scott Coker

Coker’s first event goes down July 25 at Bellator 122. Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California hosts the festivities.



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