Rumors began circulating months ago that Bjorn Rebney, the CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships, would be leaving the organization. In an official press release earlier today, Bellator confirmed that Rebney and Tim Danaher, President & COO of Bellator, would be leaving the company effective immediately.
Later on in the day, Spike TV president Kevin Kay officially named Scott Coker, the former Strikeforce Founder & CEO, the President of Bellator effective immediately.
After the announcement was made, an impromptu conference call was set for 6 p.m. ET. FanSided had the entire press conference covered. Check out some of the major quotes and tidbits from the Coker conference below:
- Bellator will be moving away from tournament structure, but they may do them again if the time and fighters are right. Coker: “Will we ever do tournaments again? Sure, but the timing and the fighters have to be right.”
- Coker is ready to reboot Bellator into Bellator 2.0
- Bellator may move away from weekly format as well as a season format. Coker: “This is a year-round sport. It shouldn’t have a season.”
- Coker likes the current roster, but promises in 6 months to bolster it even further.
- The 100,000 pay-per-view buys for Bellator 120 is 100% dead on accurate according to Spike TV president Kevin Kay.
- Bellator interested in co-promotion if the deal is right.
- Bellator will likely put on another pay-per-view.
- Coker on Rampage’s potential retirement: “Quinton has been a legend in this sport and we would like to work out whatever the issues are.”
- Coker is interested in WMMA, says “we will have to see how it goes” in reference to whether or not Bellator will bring the women’s division back.
- Coker: “The job is to put the best fights on Spike TV and move the needle.”
- Coker had no comment on whether he owned a piece of Bellator.
- Coker had no comments on the lightweight title situation with Brooks, Alvarez, and Chandler.
Overall, the press conference provided some interesting notes on the future of Bellator and the direction they are headed. Coker has a lot of work to do, but it will be interesting to see his view of Bellator shape over the coming months.