Scott Coker has been dealing with California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for quite some time now, and for the most part he will tell you he has never had any issues or disagreed with any of its decisions.
Bellator MMA’s president isn’t a fan of how CSAC and its executive officer, Andy Foster, have handled the Jon Jones situation, especially for allowing him to compete at UFC 232 after Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) denied him after several drug tests came up positive for a steroid metabolite.
“I called Andy Foster, it was a private conversation and I’d like to leave it at that. But, just from a company standpoint I think it’s very disappointing,” Coker said during a recent media scrum (via MMA Fighting).
“You go out there and put your reputation on the line for health and safety and all the weight-cutting. We have always supported the commission and we will continue to support the commission,” he added.
Still, several experts are adamant Jones has never re-ingested anything that has produced continuous positive results, as the root of the problem stems from his original failed drug test way back in 2017.
The lingering steroid metabolite showing up from time to time, according to “scientists,” is a result of a “pulsing” effect. For Coker, though, it’s much simpler than that.
“But listen, if a fighter has PEDs in him, he has PEDs in him. That’s how I feel. To be the judge, jury and executioner, now, it’s a little bit challenging for me to accept,” he added.
“But, it is what it is. I have always said we are going to abide by commission rules and we will continue. I don’t think that it was the right call. But, that was his call to make. For 32 years I’ve been with the California State Commission this is one of the few times that I said, ‘Hey, this is not right.’ But, we will see what happens with that,” concluded Coker.
Interestingly enough, Coker’s fighters will once again be under CSAC’s supervision this Saturday night (Jan. 26, 2019) as Bellator 214 takes place inside The Forum in Los Angeles, featuring the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix between Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader.
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