Scott Coker Doesn’t Think Bellator MMA Could Promote Liddell vs. Ortiz III


A third fight between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions in Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell looks like its becoming a reality with each passing day.

Scott Coker is the president of Bellator MMA and if the third fight does happen, doesn’t think the promotion can promote the fight in anyway.

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“Listen, is it a fight that would be fun to watch?” Coker said to MMA Fighting. “I think if they both pass a physical and Tito was healthy and his neck was healthy and he was able to perform at a high level, and they were fighting, to me is it interesting? I would definitely watch it. But would we promote it? I don’t think we can, because Chuck is still under contract with the UFC.”

Liddell had retired after a loss to former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin at UFC 115, while Ortiz retired after defeating Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170.

Despite potentially not being able to promote the fight, an enthusiastic Coker says there are a lot of great things coming in Bellator MMA.

“Right now, we’re extremely busy with our World Grand Prix,” Coker said. “We’ve got a great tournament going and we have some exciting things you’re gonna hear about in the next couple weeks. I think we’re gonna focus, keep our head down and keep doing what we’re doing and focus on these great events that we’re doing.”

The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion In Liddell had talked about fighting for Bellator MMA in the past, but nothing ever came to fruition.

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