Coker Blasts CSAC’s Handling Of Jones Case
Bellator returns to California on January 26th with Bellator 214, and Scott Coker has taken issue with the California State Athletic Commission. Coker’s issue is not with his event, but how they handled the case of UFC 232’s headliner Jon Jones.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, the Bellator President took issues with CSAC and their executive officer Andy Foster’s handling of the UFC 232 situation, which saw the UFC move the event to The Forum (site of Bellator 214) after the Nevada commission denied Jones a license after testing positive for turinabol.
“I called Andy Foster, it was a private conversation and I’d like to leave it at that. But just from a company standpoint I think it’s very disappointing,” said Coker during a recent media scrum (via MMA Fighting).
“You go out there and put your reputation on the line for health and safety and all the weight-cutting. We have always supported the commission and we will continue to support the commission,” he added.
“But listen, if a fighter has PED’s in him, he has PED’s in him. That’s how I feel. To be the judge, jury and executioner, now, it’s a little bit challenging for me to accept,” Coker continued.
“But it is what it is. I have always said we are going to abide by commission rules and we will continue. But I don’t think that it was the right call. But that was his call to make. For 32 years I’ve been with the California State Commission this is one of the few times that I said, ‘Hey, this is not right.’ But we will see what happens with that.”
Report Via MMA Fighting