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Bellator is cashing in off Strikeforce

Scott Coker isn’t exactly a question dodging master, but he’s gotten okay enough at it since he rarely seems to have answers to the stuff the press asks him about. “Let’s just let this event happen and then we’ll start looking into that” is a regular response. Then there’s “We should know in about two weeks”, or my personal favorite two weeks later, “Gimme two more weeks.”

When it’s come to a potential Gilbert Melendez / Eddie Alvarez fight to hash out who’s got the best lightweight champ, he’s taken a different approach: he’s claimed that Bellator head Bjorn Rebney hasn’t gotten in touch with him about it despite Rebney pushing the fight with every MMA reporter who’ll listen:

“Bjorn’s saying he’s texting me 11, 12 times an hour. I’m not sure if he’s trying to be a level-five clinger or anything like that, but I haven’t received one text from the guy,” Coker said. “I’m not sure what the motivation is, but maybe it’s just his way of staying in the media, staying in the press.”

“Let’s face it: Gilbert’s fought everybody,” Coker responded Friday. “He beat the guy that Eddie lost to. For them to say, ‘Oh, Gilbert’s ducking him’ — come on, let’s be real. Gilbert has ducked nobody, and neither has Eddie. These are two great fighters. The thing is, if Bjorn’s serious about doing this, then there has to be a business component that has to be worked out. Unfortunately that hasn’t started yet. It’s just been a bunch of stuff in the media. He’s chosen the media to use it as a platform to try to push this thing along, but I think it’s maybe a PR move.”

“It’s very obvious to me he’s using the media as a platform to try to do his business, but that’s not how we’re going to do business,” Coker said. “If he wants to do business, call me or fly out here, come sit down with me. If there’s a deal to be made, we’ll try to make it, but I’m not going to do it in the media. That’s for sure.”

Meanwhile, Rebney has no problem turning this into a he said / she said by posting several of those imaginary text messages to Scott Coker:


Many point out that Strikeforce has nothing to gain from co-promoting with Bellator and that’s why nothing is going to come of this. Dispite Strikeforce’s claim that Bellator was calling Scott’s old phone number, Bjorn Rebney might have figured out he’s getting ducked by now. But that’s not going to stop him from using this as an opportunity to say his champions are on the level with Strikeforce’s and so good Strikeforce won’t let these fights happen. Even if none of this shit ends up happening in the cage, Bellator is already winning.

4 COMMENTS
  • Blackula Jonez says:

    poor cocker is getting gangbanged by both the #1 and 3 promotions in the sport.

    Scott Cocker = the reason nice guys make sucky promoters.

  • agentsmith says:

    I somewhat agree with the argument that Strikeforce has nothing to gain by co-promotion with Bellator, but they were pretty stoked to match their champs against DREAM’s, weren’t they? It’s not like they knew for sure their boys would win, in fact one of them lost in highlight reel fashion. So what’s the difference?

    But in the end they basically fucked DREAM over the same way PRIDE fucked the UFC back in the day. None of the Strikeforce champs have yet gone to Japan to fight in a DREAM event, and at this point there’s no sign that they ever will. That’s easy to pull off when you’re doing it to a foreign promotion that not too many people in America even know about, but maybe not so easy with a domestic promotion that can and will publicly call you on it. In fact, I don’t recall it being a real co-promotion at all. I seem to remember that there was little mention of DREAM for those fights, and certainly no big advertisement of “Strikeforce vs DREAM” like a proper co-promotion. DREAM got nothing out of those fights, and apparently just lent their guys to Strikeforce just for the hell of it.

    Bellator would not be that dumb. And that’s the difference.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    If Baby Bjorn was really into it why not take a trip to san jose and see the fucking guy in person?

  • G Funk says:

    “But in the end they basically fucked DREAM over the same way PRIDE fucked the UFC back in the day. None of the Strikeforce champs have yet gone to Japan to fight in a DREAM event, and at this point there’s no sign that they ever will.”

    Diaz fought in Dream after the Dream fighters wave in SF.

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