ROSEMONT, Ill. – Even after all these years as a combat-sports promoter, Bellator President Scott Coker often will get to expertise a primary.
Although he points the contracts and indicators the checks and runs one among MMA’s most distinguished combat promotions, Coker typically experiences the sport as a real fan.
Take for occasion the aftermath of Saturday’s Bellator 198 occasion. Following the Paramount-televised occasion at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., famed MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko introduced his present (and former) promoter with a particular gift.
Just minutes after Emelianenko (37-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) stopped Frank Mir (18-12 MMA, Zero-1 BMMA) in a wild 48-second fight to advance to the semifinal spherical of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix, the 41-year-old MMA notable gave his fight-worn gear to a clearly appreciative and honored Coker (watch the video above).
“You guys cannot have this,” Coker joked with reporters. “These are his (hand) wraps, the gloves and shorts he fought in – his entire outfit right this moment.
“Wow, that’s the first time in 33 years I’ve had a fighter give me his gear. This is amazing.”
Coker rapidly tweeted his appreciation afterward:
Emelianenko signed with Bellator in 2017, and on Saturday, he fought for simply the second time beneath the firm’s banner. But the former PRIDE champion and heavyweight nice additionally had a run in the Coker-led Strikeforce promotion from 2009-2011.
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