Scott Coker Interview

Interview Scott Coker: Talks James Gallagher and Anthony Taylor [Part One]

Earlier this year Bellator MMA welcomed Irish combatant James Gallagher into their ranks.

‘The Strabanimal’ claimed a decision victory on his debut at Bellator 158 London against Mike Cutting in July.

CEO of Bellator, Scott Coker, told Fightstore Media that it was a “good win for Gallagher in a back and forth fight against a pretty tough opponent”.

What is it about Straight Blast Gym’s James Gallagher (4-0) that attracted the promotion to him?

Coker replied: “I’m really really excited to see how he will develop and grow, because he’s such a young kid, 20 years old, it’s pretty amazing. And the other thing that really gets me about him is that he’s so composed. A lot of guys would be nervous where he’s at but he has a little swagger about him.

“The thing about the fight business is that at the end of the day you have to go get in a cage with somebody else and we’re going to lock the door and we will then see the results. He’s got to do his part and we will see how far he can go.”

Irish MMA fans have the opportunity to see Gallagher in action at the 3Arena for the Bellator 169 / BAMMA 27 joint event on December 16.

His opponent that night will be American Anthony ‘Pretty Boy’ Taylor (1-1). http://fightstoremedia.ie/bellators-anthony-pretty-boy-taylor-i-had-no-meaning-in-life/

“He’s a good trash talker,” stated Coker. “But again, on December 16 he’s got to get in a cage with James. But I think after the fight they will all be friends unless something dramatic happens. They will go have a beer after and shake hands.

He added: “This sport you never know. One wrong move or wrong technique you’re getting knocked out or submitted. Anything can happen. I’m looking forward to coming here and sitting through the undercard fights and BAMMA’s fights and really seeing all the top guys in this territory compete.”

In Part Two of our interview with Bellator’s CEO, Coker gives his thoughts on a monumental year for MMA, the sale of the UFC, plans for Bellator and whether MMA has become the world’s leading combat sport.

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Liam McInerney

My obsession with the sweet science started after reading a Sugar Ray Robinson biography. While being a student journalist in Dublin I became the boxing writer for Fightstore Media.

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