In the build-up to Bellator 244 Coker claimed his 205lb roster was now the strongest in MMA due to the fact long-time light-heavyweight king Jon Jones has decided to relinquish his UFC belt in pursuit of a career at heavyweight.
“Listen, with Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight, I think we have the best 205-pound weight class on the planet with Bader, Gegard wants to move up, we have (Lyoto) Machida, and we have Corey Anderson now,” Coker said. “We have a bunch of killers in that weight class. To me, we have a great roster of fights for him (Corey Anderson) – and even Phil Davis. I mean, we’ll be able to put some great fights together, and I’m excited about that division.”
Speaking at the UFC Vegas 7 post-fight press conference White scoffed at Coker’s comments.
“I didn’t (hear his comments),” White said before adding, “Isn’t he cute?”
White understands why Coker would make such comments but doesn’t believe them to be true due to the fact the majority of his 205lb fighters have previously been let go by the UFC.
“Guys, everybody they have in their light heavyweight division we let go of,” White said. “He’s got the best light heavyweight division? We let those guys all go. It’s like the (expletive) dumbest thing I’ve heard, but I get it. He’s got to (expletive) do his thing. I’m not (expletive) on him. He’s got to try to do his thing. He’s got to try to sell fights. The way you don’t sell fights is, ‘I’ve got the best light heavyweight division in the world.’ Everybody that was there was let go from here. (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)
Do you agree with Dana White? Does the UFC still have the best light-heavyweight division in MMA?