Coker Teases More Bellator Tournaments
Even though Scott Coker took Bellator away from a tournament-centric format in 2014, following the reception of their heavyweight grand prix, the Bellator President teased more tournaments in 2019.
“I want to get through the heavyweight tournament first, but I think it’s a great format for us,” Coker told reporters at the Bellator 199 post-fight press conference.
“I believe there is a place for tournaments in MMA, and I think this grand prix tournament proves that it’s something worth doing,” said Coker after Matt Mitrione knocked out King Mo in 15 seconds, in the final fight of the first round.
“For us, it’s great because it crowns our new heavyweight champion. But don’t be surprised if you see another tournament or so next year.”
Both Aaron Pico and Jon Fitch, who won at Bellator 199, would be up for a tournament if it were in their divisions.
Bellator 199 main-card winners Aaron Pico and Jon Fitch, who came out victorious in separate bouts, signaled they would volunteer for a tournament when the promotion puts together brackets.
“At 145 (pounds), just in wrestling and fighting, there are so many good guys,” said featherweight Pico. “But if there was ever anything to emerge, that would be one hell of a tournament. There would be a lot of people tuning in, that’s for sure,” Pico claimed after knocking out Lee Morrison with a first round body shot.
“There are a lot of really tough welterweights right now, and the way they’re doing it with the heavyweights seems to be successful,” Fitch claimed after out-pointing Paul Daley in a controversial semi-main event
In his prior post as Strikeforce CEO, Coker put together a heavyweight grand prix in 2012, which drew big ratings for Showtime, but shied away from it when he took the Bellator reigns from Bjorn Regney in 2014.
Original Story: MMA Junkie