Scott Coker – The Fight Game

Scott Coker is a mixed martial arts promoter. He was the founder and CEO of Strikeforce and is the current President of Bellator MMA.

00:00 Trailer.
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.

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Dominic Jones

Powerful interview. Thank you.

Sigurður (Siggi) Ólafsson

Love when Coker talks about “thinking bigger” – we got to dare to dream big.

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