Scott Coker is promising something big for Bellator’s New York debut, which, well, God, I hope so. With the number two MMA organization in the world know for putting together freakshow matches, I would expect nothing less than Royce Gracie fighting an actual tiger.

Anyway, here’s MMAFighting:

Many believed that Bellator would try and beat the UFC to the punch, to become the first major promotion to hold an event in the state of New York since 1996. Coker said there was an effort in place, but it just didn’t work out.

“We were trying to work out our schedule with TV, and with the venue, and we just couldn’t put it together,” he said during the call. “So, we moved over to the Mohegan Sun, which I think is a great venue, and it’s been an amazing venue for Bellator fights, and we’re going to have a good time next Friday.”

One thing that Coker did reiterate was that when Bellator finally makes its way into the Empire State, that it would be in the city — and that it would be a big event.

“We are talking to both venues [Barclays and Madison Square Garden] in New York, in the city there, and I think we will probably go to the city first,” he said. “As far as bringing the right fight, I mean, it’s New York, so we’ve got to come strong. There’s some great talent on the roster, and the timing’s going to be the issue of when these guys are going to be available.