Bellator MMA President Scott Coker hours before the Bellator 241’s opening bell on March 13 shut down all production and sent everyone home – with pay – after the coronavirus epidemic plunged most of the world in chaos.
About two weeks later, Coker and its partners at DAZN and Paramount postponed all events in April and May. As of this writing, the promotion is targeting a return to action in late June, even if it means holding closed-door events.
“If we get the green light in late June, we’re ready to go,” Coker told Morning Kombat (transcribed by CBS Sports). “If we get the green light in July, we are ready to go. What we have done is establish a plan for the start of the school year in June, July or August, and each of these plans has an execution of events with how much we have to do to catch up. “
UFC President Dana White is taking a less cautious approach, doing his best to broadcast the UFC 249 Pay Per View (PPV) event on April 18. Instead, he will be forced to settle for a May 9 super show at a location yet to be announced.
But it will not be “Fight Island”, which is still under construction. This assumes it really exists and is not just a fantasy of White’s imagination after the Las Vegas fight boss spent a weekend watching classic Bruce Lee movies.
“Well, listen, this was already done in 1973 with” Enter the Dragon “,” said Coker. “Bruce Lee had to go to the Isle of Han and he had to fight Han and kill Han in the end and let all the prisoners go. This has already been done. Do you want to go to an island? Go ahead, knock yourself out. Give it a few months and we will all be back in business, I believe, and we will start fighting. “
Coker could wait a few months, or he could just go here.