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Scott Coker (born October 3, 1962) is a South Korean-born American Martial Artist, Taekwondoin, former movie stuntman[2] and combat sports promoter. He is the founder and former CEO of MMA promotion Strikeforce and the current President of Bellator MMA.

Scott Coker
Born (1962-10-03) October 3, 1962 (age 57)[1]
ResidenceSan Jose, California, U.S
NationalityAmerican
OccupationBellator MMA President
Known forStrikeforce Founder and CEO

BackgroundEdit

Scott Coker was born in Seoul in 1962.[3] His father, a European American from the State of Tennessee, had arrived in Korea shortly after the Korean War. He met Scott's mother, a Korean, while she was singing at a USO club. They married in December 1959. When he was approximately 9 years old, Scott and his family relocated to the United States, where they settled in San Jose, California in 1973.[4]

Coker is an Ernie Reyes protégé and full-contact fight promoter covering Kickboxing, K-1, and MMA. Coker has obtained an 8th degree black belt in Taekwondo under Reyes and was an original member of the West Coast Demonstration Team. In 1986, Scott Coker became one of the first directors of ISKA.[5]

Mixed martial artsEdit

StrikeforceEdit

Coker founded Strikeforce in 1985 as a kickboxing organization.[6]

The promotion held its first MMA event, Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie, on March 10, 2006, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.[7] Over the next five years, Coker built the brand into the number two mixed martial arts promotion in the United States, partnering with both Showtime and CBS to televise their events. Strikeforce co-promoted some events with Elite Xtreme Combat, or EliteXC.

In March 2011, Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa, LLC.[8] Coker was retained by the company for a contractual period of three years, ending in April 2014.[9]

Bellator MMAEdit

On June 18, 2014, Coker was announced as the new President of Bellator MMA, replacing founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney.[10] Coker was brought in to make it a less tournament-focused promotion.

AwardsEdit

  • Combat Press
    • 2015 Executive of the Year[11]

Film careerEdit

Coker has participated in various martial arts movies as a fighter. Titles include Dragon Fight, The Last Dragon, and Surf Ninjas.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bellator MMA [@BellatorMMA] (3 October 2016). "RT to wish #BellatorMMA President @ScottCoker a Happy Birthday!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ http://www.ikfkickboxing.com/ScottCoker.htm
  3. ^ http://www.halfkorean.com/?page_id=10847
  4. ^ http://www.halfkorean.com/?page_id=10847
  5. ^ "About ISKA curtain". www.iska.org.uk.
  6. ^ "Scott Coker the man behind Strikeforce's curtain". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
  7. ^ Sherdog.com. "Sherdog Fight Finder". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  8. ^ "Zuffa purchases Strikeforce". mmafighting.com. 2011-03-12.
  9. ^ "With Zuffa contract complete, former Strikeforce boss plans to travel, not promote". mmajunkie.com. 2014-04-23.
  10. ^ "Former Strikeforce head Scott Coker named Bellator MMA president". mmajunkie.com. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  11. ^ Justyn Likes. "Combat Press 2015 MMA Awards: Executive of the Year – Bellator MMA President Scott Coker". Combat Press. Retrieved January 1, 2016.

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