As the UFC appears to be shutting down the men’s flyweight division, many believed Bellator would be a logical fight. However, according to Scott Coker, Bellator is not interested in having a men’s flyweight division in the foreseeable future.
Although they aren’t interested in it, they did talk about it according to the boss.
“We’ve talked about it, but we haven’t taken any action obviously,” Coker said (h/t MMA Junkie). “For right now, we’re going to focus on the divisions we have. We’re very excited about the finals of the welterweight tournament and we’re very excited about the launch of the featherweight tournament. We’re going to have our hands full with these events.”
Why they don’t want a men’s flyweight division right now is because they are too busy. They are working on expanding Bellator and creating more events and don’t have time to create a new division.
“We’re going to have our hands full,” Coker said. “If at some point, we felt like it was something we wanted to do, we’d really think it through. I don’t want to be jumping in and out of different weight classes. If we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it right.”
In the end, the time may come, but for now, Coker and Bellator are worried about other things.
“This is a company when I came on board, we were doing 14-15 events a year,” Coker said “Next year, we’re going to end up being 30 events worldwide. It could grow up to 40 very easily, depending on certain television deals we’re working on. This is a company that’s owned by Viacom, which owns networks all over the world and is a media company all over the world. We have a lot of requests to come to different territories [and] start doing big fights like we’re doing here.”
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