Bellator President Scott Coker Explains Roster Cuts
Bellator President Scott Coker has spoken out on the promotion’s recent slew of releases.
On Tuesday, October 27, Jason Floyd reported that Bellator cut a bevy of talent from its roster. Among those names were Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Joe Warren, and Rafael Carvalho. With that list came three retirement reveals as Rafael Lovato Jr., Jon Fitch, and Pat Curran have hung up their gloves.
During an interview with MMAJunkie.com, Coker talked about the slew of talent that is no longer with Bellator.
“The (list) is really a reflection of where the company is going, right? One of the things about running this company with 250 to 270 to sometimes almost 300 athletes is there are only so many TV spots. There’s only so much room on the roster.
“Sometimes fighters retire, like Pat Curran. He retired. Jon Fitch, he retired. Sometimes there are fighters whose contracts run out. That’s just what it is. We chose not to re-sign them, or they went somewhere else. To me, it’s just 30 fighters that have (are) basically gone, and we signed 30 new fighters. We need to make room for some of the new athletes on the roster.”
Coker went on to say that he feels the news ended up being a big deal because it was all revealed at once. Coker said if you break things down, it’s around three roster cuts per month since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The Bellator boss insists that isn’t a high number given the circumstances impacting industries all over the world.