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Scott Coker is a mixed martial arts promoter. He was the founder and CEO of Strikeforce and is the current President of Bellator MMA.
02:26 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:56 Brian’s Introduction.
05:31 Why Scott likes London.
06:26 The Gracie family who created competitions for Martial Art fighters.
08:39 Why Tito Ortiz and Lennox Lewis were at the pre Bellator 158 O2 event press conference.
10:16 How Brian became interested in MMA.
11:19 The evolution of MMA competitions.
14:06 Cross-training is now the way forward for MMA fighters.
16:08 First Strikeforce MMA promotion a record breaking sell-out success.
21:14 High and low points for Scott and the Strikeforce fighters.
29:48 Why agreeing to Strikeforce being bought by the UFC was not a happy time for Scott.
31:59 For Scott, the raison d’etre is not just about fighting, prize money and promotion.
35:24 The two moments that saved MMA sport.
41:40 Scott and Dana White have a different way of working, but their organisations are collectively growing MMA.
44:47 How does he think the UFC will change now it is owned by WME.
45:59 The call to run Bellator, making changes and nurturing new talent.
54:14 Bellator events now broadcast in 151 countries leading to invitations to organise events internationally.
57:27 Fighters have to be entertaining to fit in with the Bellator entertainment sports business.
58:44 The shock of the death of Kimbo Slice and memories of him.
1:07:26 James Thompson v Kimbo Slice cancelled rematch. Fighters that lose the big fight never get over it.
1:11:00 The circus or fun shows, but also the hard core fights.
1:18:52 Scott’s thoughts on Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Ronda Rousey, Gina Carano, Jon Jones.
1:30:12 Success secrets.
1:40:03 Phone call to 20 year old Scott Coker.
1:42:16 Best advice ever received.
1:43:47 Advice to the 20 year old who wants to be like MVP or Paul Daley etc.
1:45:26 Brian’s summing up.
Bellator 158 at the O2 Arena
UFC 38 Brawl at the Hall 2002
Pride Fighting Championships
Way of the Dragon
Strikeforce Heavy Artillery
The Nashville Brawl
Sharks Sports and Entertainment
People mentioned in this episode:
Michael ‘Venom’ Page
Frank Fertitta III
Christiane Justino ‘Cyborg’
Antônio Rodrigo Noqueira
Ernie Reyes Snr.