Scott Coker of Bellator has never been a guy to put himself forward and at the center like some other fight promoters, so it’s no surprise that we haven’t heard too much about him in the past few weeks so let everyone assess the effects and fallout of the current Coronavirus Pandemic. But with the news that Bellator has reached an agreement to air classic fights on CBS and will come back with new events in June, Coker has come to give us various promotional updates.
As usual, Coker played things close to the chest. The former Strikeforce chief is the king of saying “maybe” to almost every question he receives, and that’s what he answered when we were asked if we would see Quinton “Rampage” Jackson again. back in the Bellator cage. The last time Jackson fought for them, he ran for his heavyweight fight against Fedor Emelianenko in Japan, who opposed the 265-pound limit. After several difficult Emelianenko combos in the first, “Rampage” fell to the canvas and typed in a Sapp-esque nod to his opponent.
“Crawling, he did his best,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “He was touched and I think he just felt the power and he said,” There is going to be another day for me and it will not be tonight. “Fedor is who he is. Even though Fedor is in the fourth quarter of his career and that is the two-minute warning, the guy is still dangerous. Every day it hits you, it goes out. “
“I think he has to figure out what weight class he wants to fight in, and that’s really what it comes down to,” said Coker. “I know we have fulfilled our obligation with him and we are still talking to his manager. We have a good relationship with him and Tiki (Ghosn), and it’s just going to be like that, does he really want to do this? Does he really want to go out and throw? Because there are moments in a combatant career where it looks like, that’s all. They did everything they could in the sport. ”
Jackson’s performance with Bellator over the past four years has worsened from 224 pounds in his first heavyweight fight to 253 for his loss to Chael Sonnen. 265 pounds “Rampage” was like a big shadow of the 205-pound monster that appeared in PRIDE and UFC.
“Look, if Rampage retired today, the man is a legend,” said Coker. “He has already done everything. He has nothing to prove to anyone, including myself. I think this is something that we will have a conversation with him. But Tiki says he wants to go down to 205. If he’s really serious about trying another shot. We will definitely have this conversation. ”
Jackson will grow 42 when Bellator starts hosting events and is known to have thyroid problems that ruin his ability to train and regulate his weight. It’s a lot to overcome even when there aren’t any healthy young guys looking to make a name for themselves by kicking you in the ass, which Bellator is full of. We certainly don’t want to see Jackson come back into the cage without a lot of big changes, but what a story it would be if he got really “really serious” again and won a final victory.