Bellator Heavyweight Final Set For L.A.

With the Semi-finals set for next weekend’s Bellator 207 and 208, Scott Coker announced where the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix will take place.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire, Coker confirmed that The Forum in Inglewood, California will house the finals on January 26th.

“L.A. has a great MMA market, we have a great relationship with the Forum, and when you look at the fighter bases, there’s so many great gyms there,” Coker said. “When I think about MMA in the United States, I think first of L.A., the Bay Area, Las Vegas and New York … L.A. is such a big hub. The guys know that when they fight in L.A., they better bring it.”

The semifinals begin with Bellator 207 at the Mohegan Sun as light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader faces off against Matt Mitrione, and ends when Fedor Emelianenko squares off with Bellator commentator Chael Sonnen at Bellator 208 from the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York.

“The grand prix has created so much interest for Bellator … the ratings have been very successful — Fedor knocked out Frank Mir and 1.3 million people watched that fight — with the kind of explosive, fast fights you like to watch. With heavyweights, you can blink one time and miss the end. It’s been a good piece of business.”


Initial Report: Los Angeles Times

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