While Dana White and the UFC continue to attempt to hold events, Bellator’s Scott Coker put a full halt to all events for the promotion. Bellator has yet to make any big fight announcements except when a card is about to be postponed. Coker would like it to stay that way until everything is back to normal.
During the week the coronavirus started to take a turn in the United States, Bellator had to postpone Bellator 241. It was initially closed off to the public before all the chaos surrounding the virus came forward. They then postponed three other events: Bellator 242 (May 9), Bellator Europe/Bellator London (May 16) and Bellator 243 (May 29). The company is hoping to keep events going for the summer.
If Coker gets the green light, as he told CBS’ Brian Campbell, it is the only way events will be going on for Bellator.
“I don’t want to get into the details, but we do have an execution plan,” Coker stated. “If we get the green light at the end of June, we are ready to go. If we get the green light in July, we are ready to go. What we have done is map out a plan for June, July or August re-entry, and each one of these plans has an execution of events with how many we need to do to catch up.”
Right now, the UFC is looking into holding events on a “Fight Island” or in Florida, where WWE have been considered an “essential business” and will produce live events. They have also attempted to hold events on Native American land. Bellator has done this before with the Mohegan Sun Casino, where Bellator 241 was supposed to take place.
Coker currently has other plans in mind. The company is currently in the middle of its Featherweight Grand Prix. Due to its deal with Viacom, acquired by CBS, there are options for holding events. If accepted, we could see a creative way in which Bellator cards are produced.
“Don’t be surprised if we end up going to a Paramount lot or a CBS lot and do some soundstage fights,” Coker went on to say. “I think it’s going to take time for a consumer to feel comfortable going back to a sporting event and being around a bunch of people. I think we are going to take it into a studio setting until the end of the year or late fall, and then we might start going to arenas again. But I think this will become a made-for-TV studio show if we can get back some time in July or late June, which is what we are hoping to get.”
One of the next events scheduled to take place for Bellator is Bellator 244 on June 6. Inside the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, the main event is meant to be Michael Chandler v. Benson Henderson.