Bellator MMA wasn’t shy to join the signature of a well-known free agent, but last year it promoted some of the UFC’s top light heavyweight candidates.
Former Top 5 Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson Asked from his contract, he reached an agreement with Berator only a few hours later. Recently, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has secured a release to sign an exclusive deal with Bellator.He soon joined multiple title challengers Yoel Romero Only a few days later.
The end result is Bellator, which boasts a very healthy light heavyweight division for 2021. Vadim Nemkov And a lineup of all candidates competing for shots in his title.
Bellator President Scott Coker It’s definitely nice to see the £ 205 growth in the sector, partially stimulated by the UFC’s decision to break up with a few athletes.
“You’re talking about the two guys who really made a difference in their division,” Coker told MMA Fighting when talking about a recent UFC release. “I’m surprised they didn’t want to keep them. For me, it’s a great opportunity for us.
“Honestly, I think we’re good for those guys. They’ll have a great home here. I think they’ll be very happy here. The number I talked to People, they wanted to move. They wanted to come to Berator. When people got here, they understood how we treat fighters and it’s a family atmosphere. Yes, because it’s a business, we run like a business, but it’s really very different from other organizations. “
Anderson I raised my voice almost immediately About his excitement when joining Bellator’s roster, he quickly proved his worth by dismantling. Melvin Manhoef With his promotional debut.Johnson confirming that he had No discomfort with the UFC When that relationship ended, he also expected a great partnership with Berator after signing the promotion.
“In the end, I think the fighters wanted to be here,” Coker said. “They moved to come here. I think they were in different situations than their past employers. They didn’t want to fight this fight and the fight and ultimatum were thrown. I heard that it didn’t work.
“Too bad for them, good for us, and look at that light heavyweight division we have now.”
Coker had previously touted Nemkov as the best light heavyweight in the sport, but that didn’t change with the big plans for the 2021 division in mind.
Adding fighters like Johnson, Anderson, and even Romero only gives Nemkov the opportunity to prove his claim. The new light heavyweight champion has a long line of candidates for his title.
“There is no doubt in my heart. [we have the best light heavyweight division]”Coker said. “First of all, I think [Vadim] Nemkov is the best fighter on the planet at 205 until he is beaten. I think that will be my position.I’ve never seen it Ryan Bader It will be dismantled as he did for Nemkov.
“You’re talking about a man who can fight, strike, and complete games. The best pound for pound rating in the world. He was ranked top in the 205-pound weight class and he won a heavyweight tournament. He’s a serious athlete, this guy is a killer. Nemkov just did him with him. “
From top to bottom, Coker is pleased to compare his roster with anyone else in the sport. That’s why he’s proud of the stable Bellator built in the light heavyweight division, and expects the weight class to grow only from here.
“I believe MMA sports were really built in light heavyweight,” Coker said. “Go back to the day you had [Quinton] “Rampage” Jackson and Tito [Ortiz] And chuck [Liddell] And [Randy] For Couture and I, this is the second wave of 205-pound murderers, all gathered under one roof.
“They can all fight each other and have some great fights for Bellator in 2021.”
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