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Midnight Mania! Scott Coker on the moment he realized Rory MacDonald was ‘nuts’

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Scott Coker knew Rory Macdonald’s reputation when he brought the current Bellator welterweight champion over from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but when “Red King” fully lived up to the eager disregard for pain he had shown in his UFC career, Coker was still a little shook. He spoke to MacDonald after the Canadian had won the belt in a fight with Douglas Lima that Macdonald himself described as the toughest bout of his career (via MMAFighting.com):

“Two weeks later, he calls me and he’s like, ‘I’m ready to schedule a fight,’” Coker said. “I said, ‘Rory, no, no. You need to put on the brakes here for a second. Let’s just rest.’ He said, ‘No, no, I’m ready. I’m just about ready to walk. I still have a limp, but I think I can start training in another week.’ I’m like, ‘This guy is nuts.’”

“He just wants to fight, he wants to stay busy,” Coker said of MacDonald. “He wants to get out there and compete. So, I think it’s my job to slow him down. He’s chomping at the bit. And he wanted this fight with Gegard and Gegard wanted to fight him. And they wanted to test themselves.”

While Rory didn’t get back into action as quickly as he would have liked, he did get the superfight he was angling for, at a stacked Bellator 206 on September 29 against middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi. After that, no matter the result, he plans on competing in the Bellator welterweight Grand Prix, with Coker targeting a February date against Jon Fitch. His welterweight belt will be on the line in each of his fights throughout the tourney, other competitors including Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov, Paul Daley, Michael Page, Ed Ruth, and Neiman Gracie.

“I have never met a fighter like Rory,” Coker said.


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