Scott Coker Not Keen On Bringing Anderson Silva To Bellator
Bellator president Scott Coker isn’t exactly salivating over the idea of signing Anderson Silva.
Silva is coming off a fourth-round TKO loss to Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 12. Going into the fight, there was a lot of talk about whether or not “The Spider” would retire. After the fight, UFC President Dana White expressed his belief that it would be “disgusting” for any other promoter to book Silva from this point on.
Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, Coker discussed whether or not there’s any interest in signing Silva.
“I have a lot of respect for him. He’s definitely one of the greatest fighters in the history of mixed martial arts. I really haven’t thought about it, but I think I’m happy with the way our roster is heading and the fighters that we have now. I think that’s my statement on that.”
At the age of 45, many believe it’s time for “The Spider” to hang up his gloves. He has gone 1-7, 1 NC in his last nine outings. It’s a far cry from his dominant run as the UFC Middleweight Champion. He once sat alone for the most successful consecutive UFC Title defenses until Demetrious Johnson broke the record.
Silva had a pro MMA record of 33-4 before his string of losses. Now, it sits at 34-11, 1 NC. He hasn’t emerged victorious since February 11, 2017.
The general consensus is that Bellator’s middleweight division is lacking. Gegard Mousasi is the current champion in his second reign after defeating Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima. Most fight fans believe that Anatoly Tokov is the lone threat to Mousasi’s gold with former champion Rafael Lovato Jr. being forced to retire due to a brain condition.
While adding Silva to the Bellator roster would make some headlines and generate buzz, very few will deny that “The Spider” is past his prime.