Scott Coker: ‘You Need To Ask Paul Daley’ Why He Won’t Fight MVP
Bellator CEO Scott Coker was in attendance at BAMMA 34 last evening just two months ahead of Bellator’s two-hundredth show in the UK capital.
Another man also attendance last evening was Michael ‘Venom’ Page who has not fought since November 2016 at Bellator 165. With UK Fans clamouring to see MVP back in the Bellator cage, it was announced last week that he will return to fight David Rickels at the Bellator 200 show in London scheduled for May 25.
Speaking backstage last night with MMANytt.com, Coker expressed his delight at having Page back in action.
“I would like to keep MVP busy,” Coker said. “He’s taken some time off and he’s had boxing and he wants to continue to box and to fight MMA. I think that we’re going to try and keep him as busy as we can.”
“I think this is a big fight and that he wants to fight Rickels on this card and getting back into MMA. It’s my goal to try keep him busy and have him fight three or four times a year because he’s talented. He could be a big, big superstar.”
A potential showdown between Page and his longtime rival Paul Daley has been talked about years. Contracts have been put in front of both men on multiple occasions, but the fight is still yet to come to fruition.
Last evening, Coker explained that it was Daley who wasn’t keen on the bout and that he’d changed his mind since calling him out last year at Bellator’s last evening in London.
“I think that’s something you should ask Paul Daley,” Coker said. “He’s the one that said he wanted to fight him, called him out and then he changed his mind.
“Maybe he will change his mind again, but we’re always going to ask I can assure you.”
Despite Daley’s reluctance to get the fight signed, Coker says he’s still keen to get the fight happening and that he’d not given up hope of it going ahead.
“Absolutely, I think that fight should happen in the future and I think it should happen here in the UK,” Coker said. “We’re working on a few things though.
We’ve been successful putting big fights on at the moment so I think it’s just a matter of time.”
Watch the full interview: