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.