‘We’d Love to Have Him Here’- Bellator President Scott Coker Eyes to Sign Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson

Published 08/14/2021, 8:26 PM EDT


Bellator MMA President Scott Coker spoke to the media at the post-fight press conference for Bellator 264. The company President went over the exciting night of fights and also commented on the possible arrival of a new star. Olympian Gable Steveson has been making waves in the MMA community after his star-studded performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Steveson has expressed a desire to compete in MMA at the highest level and fans across the sport have taken notice. Chiefly, wrestler’s transition to MMA has made a huge impact and Gable Steveson has the potential to be a star talent. The Olympic gold medalist himself has gone out of his way to call out Dana White and thus sent the MMA community into a frenzy.

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Moreover, established MMA stars like Jon Jones have taken notice of Steveson’s talent and have offered to train him.

However, the hype surrounding Gable Steveson doesn’t stop here as stars on the Bellator roster have also called him out. WWE superstar turned MMA fighter, Jake Hager called out Gable Steveson, and the Olympian was quick to respond.

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Gable Steveson to Bellator MMA?

Scott Coker has transformed Bellator into a worthy adversary to the UFC. The Bellator MMA President was asked if he would be interested to have a star athlete like Gable Steveson on board. Coker was certainly interested, and he believes that Steveson would be a valuable addition to the roster.

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“We’ve already been in touch with his management. I do know he has a couple of years left in school, [he] wants to go back and wrestle. I think he really wants to wrestle right now. But if he wants to come to MMA, we’d love to have him here.”

“I think nobody builds athletes like say from the wrestling or build them from ground up the way we do. I think we’re the best at the and I think we would be a great home for him.”

Given the way the MMA community has taken to Gable Steveson, it’s clear that he has the potential to make waves in MMA. Bellator specializes in building up talent and he would be a tremendous addition to the roster.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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