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My article on Scott Coker.

Just a few hours ago, news broke about Bellator had let go of longtime CEO Bjorn Rebney. Apparently, he and Viacom butted heads on various occasions, and there were rumors about how Viacom wasn't in favor of continuing tournaments, which is what Bellator claimed to make it stand out amongst the MMA landscape.

In order to replace him, Bellator is looking to Scott Coker. The founder of and CEO of Strikeforce, Coker held his position throughout the promotion's reign, from 1985 until January 1, 2013.

That was the date of Strikeforce's final event, and while the UFC's parent company, Zuffa inc, had purchased Strikeforce in early 2011, they allowed Coker to continue running the promotion.

Under his control, current and former MMA stars, such as Nick Diaz, Cung Le, Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson, the Shamrock brothers, and even one of the sport's top two fighters, the legendary Fedor Emilianenko, fought for the promotion.

Strikeforce was also the first major and successful promotion (unlike Elite XC) to allow women to fight. As a result, Gina Carano, Cristiane "Cyborg", Marloes Coenen, Miesha Tate, Julie Kedzie, and amongst many others, current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, all got a chance to shine under the promotion.

There is no doubting the impact that Scott Coker had on the MMA landscape, and seeing how much more respected he is than the loathe-worthy Bjorn Rebney, this is very likely a great move by Bellator.


\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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