The Bellator roster recently underwent a massive change as a bunch of fighters fought out their contracts and some retired, but Bellator President Scott Coker knows why the changes are happening.
Coker says that all the roster changes is a reflection of where the company is going in the future.
“The (list) is really a reflection of where the company is going, right? One of the things about running this company with 250 to 270 to sometimes almost 300 athletes is there are only so many TV spots. There’s only so much room on the roster.
“Sometimes fighters retire, like Pat Curran. He retired. Jon Fitch, he retired. Sometimes there are fighters whose contracts run out. That’s just what it is. We chose not to re-sign them, or they went somewhere else. To me, it’s just 30 fighters that have (are) basically gone, and we signed 30 new fighters. We need to make room for some of the new athletes on the roster.
“Really, it’s a period over what? This is the first time this has happened since February, right? You’re talking about 30 athletes in a 10-month period. You’re talking about three athletes a month going in and out. It’s really not that much. It just seems like a lot because we haven’t done it since COVID hit. That’s been about 10 months,” Coker said to MMA Junkie.
There is no word yet on which fighters, who fought out of their contracts, that the promotion plans on re-signing.