Bellator MMA President Scott Coker has made a plethora of big name free agent signings since coming to Bellator MMA a few years back, but one of the more interesting negotiated names was former WWE United States Champion Ryback, who has shown interest in MMA.
However, the two sides were unable to come to an agreement and Coker recently sat down with Submission Radio, where he first talked about his meeting with Ryback.
“Yeah, we talked to him and we just couldn’t put the deal together. So if he wanted to come back and change his mind… I think it’s easier for him to stay in some type of wrestling and be an entertainer,” Coker said.
Unfortunately a deal couldn’t be made, with money playing a big factor with Ryback’s and Coker’s decision not to do business with each other.
“I’m not exactly sure, because they were talking to Rich (Chou), our matchmaker, but I think it was just basically on what the economics were. Sometimes the fighter or an athlete feels they’re valued a certain price, and sometimes we don’t feel that way,” said Coker.
Pro wrestlers have contributed to Bellator MMA in the past, the most notable may have been when former WWE/TNA star Kurt Angle appeared on a Bellator MMA broadcast to announce the Royce Gracie?Ken Shamrock rematch, which took place at Bellator 149.