UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Bellator president Scott Coker feels good about his promotion’s light heavyweight division.
Coker is confident that Bellator now has the best 205-pound weight class in the world after UFC champion Jon Jones decided to vacate his belt and move up to heavyweight earlier this week.
With arguably one of the greatest fighters of all time gone from the UFC light heavyweight division, Coker believes his roster of fighters is better than any organization’s.
“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 told MMA Junkie on Thursday. “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.”
Bellator has many notable names in its light heavyweight division. Fighters such as Ryan Bader, Phil Davis, Lyoto Machida, Gegard Mousasi, Liam McGeary, Vadim Nemkov, and Raphael Carvalho are some of the names on the roster.
But in addition to those names, Bellator recently signed former UFC contender Corey Anderson. Coker is excited about the newest Bellator member.
“I got to meet him. I got breakfast with him and DC (Daniel Cormier) probably like two weeks ago, and he’s been training with DC,” Coker said. “DC said, ‘Hey, you have to take a look at this kid.’
“At the same time, Rich and Mike (Bellator matchmakers) were saying, ‘Hey, we should really sign him. He’s a top four or five guy in the world. He’d be a great addition to our 205 division.’”