The President of Spike TV addressed the media a week ago and was raving of the performance of the current state of Bellator MMA since the reigns had been handed over to him from Bjorn Rebney. Major impacts are still going to progressively be made including bigger events over the coming year and more glitz and glamour on the promos and entrance ramps.
“Fighters just love this guy and camps and management and people, they want to be in business with Coker,” said Kay. “They feel like he’s honest, he’s straightforward, he puts on great fights and he promotes really well. I think it’s just a giant step up from where we were and I feel like the organization is in great hands and the future is really bright. I feel like we have a lot of potential to grow now.” Now, the gloves are off in a sense. You can go to a guy and say, we can give you three or four fights in a year, but not in a tournament. If you lose, then you have to start from scratch and go back in the tournament. It was so complicated. I feel like we have a tremendous commitment to getting free agents.”
Kay even gave a short list of big name fighters that Coker is in contact with.
“He has the relationships to talk to everybody. He’s with Fedor. He’s talking to Brock, he’s talking to Gina. These are people he’s known for years, so we are in a better position to potentially land those people.”
While Coker is enjoying good fortunes, Dominick Cruz (20-1) has withstood many bad fortunes lately. The former UFC bantamweight champion has been sidelined time and time again from ACL tears and surgeries. On Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour, the former champion gave yet another optimistic return date, speaking on his time away and surgery.
“It went well. Obviously, I have done this more times than I’d like. I’ve become pretty used to the sequence of events that take place.”
“Right now, I’m in a machine that kind of bends my leg and I get to move it 10 degrees each day. I’m on 80 degrees today, 90 degrees tomorrow then I go see the doctor on Thursday and then rehab starts. I’m right on track, surgery was very successful and I am absolutely optimistic…I am looking at probably nine months. A typical ACL surgery is six to nine months, minimum. I’m just going to say nine months, because that’s what the doctors say. That can be later or a little bit sooner. There is no way that it will be faster than six months.”
Cruz last fought at UFC 178 and needed only a minute to dispatch of the highly touted WEC veteran Takeya Mizugaki by knockout. That was Cruz’s first fight in roughly 3 years.