Bellator MMA President Scott Coker promised a new approach when he took over the reins at the six-year old promotion back in June.
He abandoned the tournament format, signed some new talent, and unveiled the new look earlier this year at Bellator 131. That night, Bellator scored impressive ratings and offered promise for a new era.
But Coker clearly isn’t done yet, and his plans include the man some call the greatest heavyweight of all time.
In an interview with Sherdog.com, Coker sais he’s en route to Tokyo to attend Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye event, where he intends to meet Fedor. Per the transciption by Tristen Critchfield, the Bellator pres seems cautiously optimistic about the matter:
“I’ve heard mixed signals,” said Coker. “The last time I talked to [his people], they were basically saying he’s retired and he’s working for the government supporting MMA, and the growth of MMA in Russia. I’m going to the New Year’s Eve show in Japan, so I’ll be over there and I’ll be talking to him and seeing if there’s any interest.”
Fedor was a heavyweight champion for both PRIDE FC and Strikeforce MMA. He retired in 2012.
Another, very different talent who Coker has reached out to is Jose Rodriguez, who was performed under the name Alberto Del Rio as a pro wrestler in WWE. Coker confirmed he had spoken to the Mexican star with Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting earlier this week.
In addition to his pro wrestling career, Rodriguez fought in fourteen MMA bouts, including a pair of bouts in PRIDE — where he competed under his stage name from his pro wrestling days in his native Mexico, Dos Caras Jr.
That experience seems to have left an impression with Coker: “He’s had a lot of great MMA fights and I just think that would be a fun time to see him fight some of the guys we have on our roster.”