SCOTT COKER REPLACES BJORN REBNEY AS BELLATOR PRESIDENT

BY: PAUL QUIGLEY

Yesterday was a tempestuous one to say the least for the Bellator MMA promotion – the closest contender to the supremely dominant Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In the early hours it was revealed that Bellator majority-owners, Viacom, were looking at replacing then current CEO and company founder Bjorn Rebney. Then, later the same day, news broke that Rebney had officially parted ways with the company.

Now all the rumours have been confirmed as former Strikeforce boss Scott Coker has been officially announced as Bjorn’s replacement.

“My plan is to go from a tournament format to a more traditional format, to more of a superfight format,” said Coker during a conference call yesterday. “We will do tournaments when the situation makes sense. I think a tournament can make sense, but it has to be the right time and the fighters have to be right.”

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