Bellator president Scott Coker believes there is room in the promotion for future grand prix events to go down.
Coker told MMAjunkie following Bellator 199 this past weekend that he sees another grand prix starting up – but not until the current Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix is finished. That one is down to the semifinals with Matt Mitrione meeting Ryan Bader and Chael Sonnen squaring off with Fedor Emelianenko.
“I want to get through the heavyweight tournament first, but I think it’s a great format for us,” Coker said. “I believe there is a place for tournaments in MMA, and I think this grand prix tournament proves that it’s something worth doing.
“For us, it’s great because it crowns our new heavyweight champion. But don’t be surprised if you see another tournament or so next year.”
Prior to coming over to Bellator, Coker ran Strikeforce to great success, including a heavyweight grand prix that featured Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem and Emelianenko. That was eventually won by Daniel Cormier, who entered as a replacement, besting Josh Barnett in the finals.