Following Bellator Dynamite 1, Bellator President Scott Coker spoke about the future of the promotion doing one-night tournaments.
For those who have followed Bellator MMA of some time now then you know of the days where Bellator only ran tournament based events under the Bjorn Rebney regime. One of Coker’s first decisions once taking over for Rebney was to stop doing those type of events and making the events normal, which most people liked.
However, Coker brought it back for Bellator Dynamite 1 to crown a new number one contender for the light heavyweight championship. Coker commented about the future of tournaments in Bellator MMA while speaking with MMAjunkie.
“If you’ve been in this business for as long as I have, there have been tournaments for the last 20, 30 years. I think (the) tournament (format) has a place, but I think that it depends on the athletes.”
Coker made it clear that the promotion only did the tournament this past Saturday because they knew they had the talent to do it with. If there’s no good talent available, then they won’t. It’s simple and straight to the point thinking.
“We wouldn’t have done this tournament if we didn’t think we had four of the greatest 205-pounders and put them together and make this tournament very unique. So, are we going to turn around do tournaments all the time – just to do tournaments? No. But I will tell you this: If we do tournaments – and we will – they will all be in one night. I really think that’s the way to do it.”
Bellator Dynamite 1 took place on this past Saturday at the SAP Center in San Jose, California and the main card aired on Spike TV in prime time.