Just hours after Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s founder, chairman and CEO, as well as company president and COO Tim Danaher, have the left company, effective immediately, according to Spike TV officials.
The company has named his replacement and that is Scott Coker. Coker is the former CEO and founder of Strikeforce back in 1985 and eventually grew it to become the number-two mixed martial arts organization in the world before being bought out by Zuffa in 2011. He has been out of the MMA loop until now.
“We are excited to have Scott Coker lead us in a new direction as we evolve the league format from a tournament-based organization to a more traditional model with big fights,” Spike TV President Kevin Kay said in a statement.
This is a big story and we will keep you posted on the latest.
“It is with bittersweet emotions that I announce that I am leaving the company I founded,” Rebney stated in today’s release. “I have great pride in having turned my vision into reality, a thriving business with television distribution to over 140 countries around the world, a partnership with one of the world’s largest entertainment giants and wide array of sponsors, partners and strategic allies all over the globe.
Bellator is coming off of their very first pay-per-views and looked like the company was going in a positive direction, something had to happen and we will keep you posted on this developing story. They are suppose to have a conference call later tonight with the media around six eastern.