The CEO of Bellator, Scott Coker, has responded to speculation that the PFL will acquire the organization.
According to reports, Bellator is up for sale, which got the attention of UFC’s Dana White.
The latter would have an interest in seeing the outcome of any moves in the MMA field since Bellator and the PFL have offered an alternative to the UFC.
Francis Ngannou’s departure from the UFC demonstrated that, as links with Bellator led to the ex-UFC heavyweight champion inking a lucrative deal with the PFL.
In response, White has been very vocal about his confusion over the viability of such a move.
“I don’t know who in the hell would give them (PFL) $280 million dollars because I’m hearing they’re buying Bellator. Right? So, you’re an organization that’s burning cash, you have no ratings, and selling no tickets.
“And you’re gonna raise 280 million to buy a company that’s burning cash, sells no tickets, and does no ratings. Sounds f*****g absolutely genius to me,” White
But now Coker has let everyone know in no uncertain terms that a sale could very well happen.
“Listen, we’ve been out there. Bellator has been looking to take a partner. That’s really been Viacom that’s been handling that. So we’ll see where that nets out.
“We’ll probably have some clarity in the next 60 to 90 days. (PFL) is definitely in the conversation. There’s a couple conversations going on right now with Viacom and other companies. PFL is definitely one of them,” Coker