After Yaroslav Amosov’s dominating unification bout, Bellator President Scott Cocker has no doubts that he has assembled champions who already outperform UFC champions in most weight divisions.
“We’ve got a whole kill squad here,” MMAjunkie quoted Cocker as saying. “On March 10, Usman vs. Benson, Shablia vs. Musaev, and then we will see McKee vs. Pitbull and Barnawi vs. Primus. These are incredible fights that I’m looking forward to.”
“We have an incredible year ahead of us and we will be on a roll. We’ve had some great fights around the world and we’ll continue to do so. I think now we have the best roster we’ve ever had.”
“If you look at the light heavyweight division, I think we have the best fighter in the world in that weight class. At middleweight, we also have the best fighter in the world, as well as at welterweight. We can compete with any opponent, including in the lighter divisions, featherweight and lightweight. Whoever wins the lightweight grand prix becomes the best lightweight in the world. I think so”
“To be able to say that after five or six years on the roster is great because we have some really exceptional athletes in the organization right now. When I first came to Bellator, this was not even close. It was not the Bellator we see now. It was a small organization that put on little shows. And now we’re on the move.”
Last weekend at Bellator 291 in Dublin, Ukrainian Yaroslav Amosov successfully unified the current and interim Bellator welterweight titles, defeating American Logan Storley three times in five rounds by unanimous decision with a score of 50-45.
A few days earlier, Scott Cocker had revealed that his organization was in talks with former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and was discussing a dual deal with him that included boxing and MMA fights.