Bellator stole all of the MMA headlines today as the organization made sweeping changes when they announced that the Founder and former CEO of the company, Bjorn Rebney would be leaving the organization effective immediately. Replacing Rebney would be none other than StrikeForce CEO and Founder, Scott Coker, who is now the President of Bellator.
To introduce Coker and discuss future plans, Bellator held an impromptu media press conference call this afternoon. Among the many topics, the idea of co-promoting an event was discussed. Back in the heyday of StrikeForce, Coker would co-promote with M-1 Global in order to have Fedor Emelianenko fight for his organization.
Kevin Kay, the president of Spike TV said he would be “100% fine” with the idea of a co-promoted event as long as the deal is right. Of course, the “right” deal is quite subjective, but at least fans know that the opportunity is out there.
If you recall, back in January the World Series of Fighting proposed a co-promoted event alongside Bellator, but Bellator declined to comment on the potential event.
Here was the proposed card from WSOF president Ali Abdelaziz:
— Eric Jackman (@NewYorkRic) January 6, 2014
Who wouldn’t want to see the Rampage Jackson vs Tyrone Spong matchup? How about Daniel Straus vs Georgi Karakhanyan. The possibilities are truly endless, and the event would certainly “move the needle” as Coker stated that is one of his main goals for events.
Bellator interim lightweight champion, Will Brooks heard the news that Bellator is willing to co-promote, and brought up WSOF as well:
“@arielhelwani: Kay says he’s 100% in favor of co-promoting, if it’s the right deal.” Wsof vs Bellator? Let’s do it.
— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) June 18, 2014
Now it is just a waiting game to see if this card or any other co-promoted events will ever come to fruition.