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Bellator President Scott Coker explained why the Bellator 241 tournament was canceled a few hours before it started.
“I just wondered if I was putting my employees, fighters and film crew in danger. And I couldn’t find the answer to that question. I think we made the right decision, because who knows what might have happened? I didn’t know exactly what the situation was. There are various rumors, and in the end I just felt uncomfortable. My team members were also apprehensive, and we came to the conclusion that we would feel remorse if we tried to host this tournament.
We paid the soldiers, the staff, and all the employees. Think for yourself, these fighters may not be able to perform for another five months, no one knows how long it will take, so we decided that it would be the right thing to do. In any case, the promotion will be able to get out of the deficit by the end of the year, and we will be fine. We have plenty of time left and we will hope that in the summer or autumn we will reschedule the canceled matches, ” Coker said.
JIMI MANUWA: “I WAS BORN TO FIGHT»
Retired British knockout Jimi Manuwa admitted that he is thinking about returning to the octagon.
“My retirement was not planned. It happened only due to the fact that I was painfully apprehended defeat. I lost four fights in a row and I can say that I lost my love for this sport. But during the time that I do not perform, I realized that by nature I am a fighter, I was created for this. I was born to fight.And I don’t want my talents and skills to be wasted. I even thought about starting to perform according to the rules of Boxing.
If we talk about MMA promotions, then all my interest is focused on the UFC. If I come back, it will only be in the UFC. I don’t want to try to start a career in Belaltor or ONE. UFC or nothing – that’s my mindset, but you never know for sure. Maybe someone will make me a crazy offer that I can’t refuse. Although, to be honest, this scenario seems unlikely to me.
I currently train twice a day, as if I am preparing for a fight. And some weeks I feel great, and some weeks I wonder why I’m doing this. Now I am at a crossroads and trying to decide how to proceed.
I would like to close out some of my defeats, that would be a good start. A rematch with Rakic would be great, a trilogy with Blachovich is a great option for which I would love to continue training. Maybe we should give Corey Anderson a second fight, he’s been asking for it for a long time. There are a lot of interesting options, ” Manuwa finished.