Bellator has its eyes on the largest free agent in fight sports activities. Bellator MMA president Scott Coker says there are open strains of communication between former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and the promotion.
Ngannou was the reigning UFC heavyweight champion till the second his departure was made public. His UFC exit marks some of the high-profile splits in combined martial arts historical past and introduced arguably the most effective lively heavyweight on Earth to the free market. Coker made his curiosity in signing Ngannou public on Wednesday and revealed the 2 events are in communication to arrange a gathering.
“Of course, there’s curiosity anytime there is a free agent at this stage, we’re speaking to everyone on a regular basis and Francis is any person that we might have excessive curiosity in,” Coker instructed “The MMA Hour” on Wednesday. “I do know there is a dialogue occurring and I stay up for sitting down within the very close to future,” he mentioned. “Francis Ngannou can be an excellent addition to any roster and you realize, I assume we might be an excellent match as a result of you’ve Showtime Boxing, he may do boxing, and he may do MMA with us, so it would be a one-stop store for him.”
Fedor Emelianenko, presumably the game’s all-time biggest heavyweight, will make his last stroll to the cage in a Bellator heavyweight title struggle towards defending champion Ryan Bader at Bellator 290. Coker plans to increase an invite to Ngannou to attend Saturday’s card on the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California.
“We will invite him [to Bellator 290], however extra importantly is once we can sit down and actually discuss enterprise.”
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