Bellator Prez Swears Ortiz/Bonner Showdown Wasn’t Staged

The comical confrontation between upcoming Bellator opponents Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar has resulted in the organization’s president promising fans that they are “not going into the pro wrestling business.”

The embarassing admission came on the heels of a strange showdown between the two fighters at the Bellator 123 event in Connecticut over the weekend. Coker says that scuffle (that included Bonnar bringing a masked man to the ring and insulting Ortiz’s ex-wife) was not scripted in the vein of a pro wrestling soap opera.

“No, no, no, that’s totally inaccurate information,” he told MMAjunkie. “Spike didn’t know, we didn’t know, and after the fight, I was sitting and watching Tito, and he was pissed off and mad for a good hour after that altercation. So as fake or as pro wrestling as it might seem, there’s some deep-seeded something going on over there. Really, I don’t even know what that’s about between McCully and Tito.

“To me, it’s like when Chael Sonnen does his wrestling bits. It’s very, ‘Now they’re going into the WWE business.’ It’s just how some of these guys choose to express themselves. I think Stephan had his script ready, but I don’t think Tito had his script ready because having Justin there threw him off. But at the end of the day, that’s something that happened one time. … But I’ll tell you this: The fight that’s going to happen in the cage on Nov. 15 is going to be real. All that stuff’s going to be put to the side, and they’re going to be locked in the cage, and they’re going to have to fight. But we are not going into the pro wrestling business. We’re not part of the TNA landscape, and we’re not part of Spike’s plan. It’s something that took us all by surprise.”

Coker said he even warned the fighters before they entered the cage not to do anything that would come off as stupid or cheesy.

“I told Tito, ‘Look, here’s the deal: (Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation Director Michael) Mazzulli’s here. You’re going to get fined. I’m going to get fined. Everybody’s going to get fined, so just don’t touch each other,'” he said. “I walked over to Stephan Bonnar, and as I was walking by, I see a guy with a mask. (I thought), ‘Who the heck is this guy?’ I was busy, but I went to Stephan, and I said, ‘We’re all going to get fined. You guys don’t like each other, but please don’t touch each other.'”

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