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Scott Coker - The Fight Game

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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.
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Chapters

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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