Scott Coker Considering Legal Actions as Feud With Ben Askren Escalates

Published 12/24/2020, 1:31 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 02: Ben Askren celebrates his submission victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Ben Askren and Scott Coker got involved in what seems like a very heated feud. Askren is set to fight Jake Paul in a boxing match in March 2021. Speaking to Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie, Coker shared his opinion on how that fight would go.

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I already know who’s gonna win that one. Ben’s a wrestler. Let’s put it that way, right? So I think he gets knocked out in a boxing fight. But in an MMA fight, it’s a different story,” said the Bellator MMA CEO.

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Askren fired back, claiming Coker is ruining Bellator with his poor management. “Funky” also added ViacomCBS is trying to sell Bellator. But they can’t find a buyer because of Coker’s poor administration.

Coker didn’t take these claims lightly. Speaking to MMAFighting.com, he said they might take legal action against his organization’s former welterweight champion for his recent claims.

He’s making a very serious accusation that’s untrue. I’m meeting with my lawyers later today to discuss our options. There’s probably been five, six offers for Bellator since I’ve been there – in the last few years – and Viacom turned them all down,” said Coker.

He also added that Askren is just sour because of his honest prediction about the latter’s boxing fight.

He’s just mad because I said Jake would knock him out in a boxing match, which is true,” Coker added.

Ben Askren will end his hiatus from competition against Jake Paul

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Ben Askren hasn’t fought since his submission loss against Demian Maia in 2019. Askren joined the UFC as an undefeated fighter. He is a former ONE FC and Bellator MMA welterweight kingpin. But his UFC run didn’t go as smooth.

Jul 6, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jorge Masvidal (red gloves) punches Ben Askren (blue gloves) as referee Jason Herzog stops the fight at T-Mobile Arena. Jorge Masvidal set a new record for the fastest knockout in UFC history with five seconds. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

A controversial win over Robbie Lawler was followed by the historic Jorge Masvidal flying knee. A submission loss against Demian Maia was the final nail in the coffin.

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Jake Paul, on the other hand, has 2 knockout wins in professional boxing in as many bouts. Considering the standard of Askren’s standup game, there is a high chance Coker actually predicted the outcome right.

What do you make of the recent feud between Scott Coker and Ben Askren?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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