Coker: UFC Only Wanted Cyborg To Have Her

Scott Coker is in the unique position of not only competing against Dana White, but working for him before competing against him again.

The founder of Strikeforce and current Bellator President spoke with the media on Thursday ahead of Cris Cyborg’s Bellator debut against Julia Budd for the Bellator featherweight title.

“I don’t think the UFC ever had an intention to start a 145-pound weight class,” Coker told MMA Junkie on Thursday of Cyborg’s UFC tenure which ended acrimoniously in 2019. “I think they wanted to be in the Cyborg business. That’s what it was.

“To build a division around her takes time and effort. You’ve got to go out and sign the people and nurture the fights. I think that was really one of the things that happened. They tied her up. Now, she’s free. Now, she’s here.”

Even though Cyborg is getting an immediate title shot, against Julia Budd, the division’s only champion, Coker feels the division is more than challenging for his newest signee.

“We have a lot of girls she can fight and it starts with Julia Budd, who by the way looks like she’s in amazing shape,” Coker said.

“She’s going to come and bring it. I tell everyone, ‘Don’t underestimate her. This girl can throw down and she’s dangerous. I’m expecting a great fight on Saturday night.”

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