This past June, Viacom – owners of Bellator MMA – decided to pull the plug on the Bjorn Rebney era, and replace him with former Strikeforce president and CEO, Scott Coker.
The move shook up the MMA world, as many felt Bellator’s product was getting stale, and possibly losing ground on their claim as #2 MMA organization in the world.
Ever since Coker has taken over there have been many changes to the Bellator product that the fans have seemed to be embracing. From fight night production to signing a stable of popular fighters, Coker has done it all.
But now the Bellator president is claiming he will make an attempt at signing former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE wrestler, Brock Lesnar.
Here’s what Scot Coker revealed to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour when asked about the possibility of Bellator perusing Lesnar:
“We’ve had a conversation internally and it’s worth a conversation, but that’s something we’ll pursue maybe later into January or maybe February. But I would say, look, any fighter that’s out there or any star athlete; not star athlete in the sense of a baseball player, but like a Brock Lesnar, or somebody that really wants to fight, we’re going to have a conversation with them. Because if they can move the needle, we’re going to want them on Spike TV.
I think that he’s a big needle mover. There have been several years that have passed and I think that he still has the WWE limelight. So, I think that he still has a lot of, you know, star power, but to come back and say, ‘Hey, I want to train, I want to commit, I want fight’, that’s going to be a big commitment on his part. We haven’t had a conversation yet, but we’d like to at some point.”
There’s a chance that the WWE could work on a contract extension with Lesnar in order to retain his services. If not, it does open the door for Lesnar’s return to MMA.
Recently, UFC president Dana White has claimed that Brock Lesnar is interested in returning to the organization that he won the heavyweight title with.
But if Scott Coker and Bellator MMA get the chance to speak with Brock Lesnar and make him a significant offer that may appeal to him, things could get interesting.
Scott Coker makes his appearance on The MMA Hour at the 24:16 mark of the video below.