Bellator MMA president Scott Coker told MMAFighting.com on Monday they have been in negotiations with former WWE star Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio, whose real name is Jose Rodriguez, is now working the independent pro wrestling scene as Alberto El Patron.
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We broke the news of Bellator MMA being in negotiations with Alberto Del Rio here on Wrestling News World Premium on December 11, 2014.
As I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion, there is an interesting talent war going on between MMA promotions. Bellator wanted to sign CM Punk but were operating under the impression he wasn’t serious about doing MMA. It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway because Punk wanted to fight in UFC and wasn’t going to turn down an offer from them.
In addition to Del Rio, Bellator is also preparing a massive offer for Brock Lesnar. Sources tell Wrestling News World after missing out on Punk, they don’t want to miss out on Lesnar if he returns to fighting. However, we’re told if Lesnar returns to fighting, it will likely be in UFC.