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Scott Coker says Bellator roster will come into its own in 2019, downplays recent ratings swings

Posted On: May 17, 2018   |   Posted By: MMAjunkie

Scott Coker says Bellator roster will come into its own in 2019, downplays recent ratings swings

When he took the job as the chief promoter and face of Viacom-owned Bellator in 2014, Scott Coker said he needed two years to build the kind of roster he had with his former promotion, Strikeforce.
Four years later, Coker believes the promotion is almost there.
“Give us another 18 months - not 18 months, maybe another year,” Coker told MMAjunkie prior to this past Saturday's Bellator 199 in San Jose, Calif.
Related Scott Coker doesn't expect UFC to factor into contract talks with 'Face of Bellator' Michael Chandler
As Bellator's president, Coker has managed to garner big ratings promoting aging MMA stars while aggressively pursuing star free agents. A handful of carefully developed new talents - Aaron Pico , A.J. McKee , and James Gallagher - are poised to break out, while stalwarts such as ex-lightweight champ Michael Chandler continue to push the brand.
Coker is counting on them all to spark the next wave of interest in Bellator. As the longtime MMA promoter and his partners know, ratings ensure...

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