Scott Coker On UFC 233 Cancellation: ‘The UFC Ran Out Of Bullets’
The UFC officially cancelled their UFC 233 pay-perview event set for January 26 and Bellator President Scott Coker has given his assesment of the situation.
Bellator 214 will take place on the same day and will feature a main event pitting Fedor Emelianenko against Chael Sonnen in the final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Speaking in Hawaii earlier this weekend, Coker was asked for his thoughts on the UFC cancelling their UFC 233 pay-per-view and he didn’t hold back with his assesment.
“Everybody has a business to run,” Coker told MMAJunkie. “They got a business to run, we got a business to run. We’ve been going on that date for the last three years or however long. Everybody knows we’re gonna go on that date. So, it didn’t work out for them because, I think, you know, to me it’s a roster issue. Who’s gonna fight, you know? And if you’re gonna bring somebody to fight and it’s like the Fedor v Bader card and ours is free on Paramount and on DAZN, and you’re gonna run a PPV, you better have you A-game. And you know what, I just think they ran out of bullets, so, here we are.”
Coker isn’t taking nay joy from the fact that UFC have backed down from going head-to-head that weekend. The Bellator president instead insisted that he’s just focused on running his own promotion and not being distracted by the competition.
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“This is not the first time, I think it’s the second, maybe even the third time on that weekend, so, you know, it is what it is,” Coker continued. “For the most part I thik we are just gonna focus on our business and just keep running it. But we have a great card on that day, with the Aaron Pico fight against Corrales, unbelievable Jack Swagger from the WWE making his debut in MMA and then Archuleta is gonna fight – we have an opponent for him. And you know Gegard and Fedor.
“Its all free on Paramount andi ts our final tournament. When you look at fedor, the greatest fighter in our sport, I think he is, against Bader who is pound-for-pound one of the greatest fighters today – it’s gonna be a legend against the current champ.”