Interview with Scott Coker (7/5/2016)

HalfKorean.com Interview: Scott Coker

Scott Coker

Since taking over as President of Bellator MMA in mid-2014, Scott Coker has applied his vast martial arts and fight promotion expertise and created an increasing buzz for the mixed martial arts company.

While general MMA fans may only be familiar with Dana White and UFC, knowledgeable fans know how important the founder of Strikeforce has been in the innovation and evolution of MMA as a sport.

Strikeforce was founded in 1985 originally as a kickboxing organization and eventually evolved into becoming the number two MMA organization. It has now been 10 years since Strikeforce’s first MMA event and five years since Zuffa (UFC’s parent company) bought Strikeforce. Strikeforce’s legacy continues to this day with many of their fighters going on and becoming UFC champions including Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Robbie Lawler and Miesha Tate.

Scott has been a lifelong martial arts practitioner, both as student and teacher, who lives and breathes martial arts and applies the concepts and principles to his career. His devotion to martial arts shows in the fight world as he is admired throughout the industry, including by rival promoters.

Last November, we were able to sit down with Scott at the Bellator offices in San Jose, California and discussed his personal upbringing, martial arts background, fight promotion and the world of professional mixed martial arts.

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J.Lately Releases New “Let’s Just Be Friends” Album

Independent hip hop recording artist Jeremy “J.Lately” Namkung has recently released a new album titled Let’s Just Be Friends.

J.Lately says, “I recently released my new album “Let’s Just Be Friends”, which is a soulful hip hop album touching on the complexities of relationships, personal development, and the human experience in general. The album, which is composed of nostalgic hip hop tracks with a modern twist, features Filipino-American rapper Bambu, as well as Von Pea, Shark Sinatra, and more.”

Please make sure to also check out our April 2012 HalfKorean.com Spotlight feature on J.Lately.

An interesting side note is that one of Jeremy’s cousins is Victoria Namkung, with whom we also did a feature on this past August. What a talented family!

J.Lately ft. Shark Sinatra – “Breathe”

Links:
Download J.Lately “Let’s Just Be Friends”
HalfKorean.com Spotlight – April 2012
J.Lately Official Website
J.Lately Official Facebook
J.Lately Official Twitter

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HalfKorean.com Shout-out from Scott Coker

Check out this shout-out from Bellator MMA President Scott Coker!

We had the chance to meet up with Scott to interview him last November at the Bellator office in San Jose, California.

We plan to post the interview with Scott on HalfKorean.com very soon!

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Sources/Links:
Scott Coker – Official Twitter
HalfKorean.com Official YouTube Channel

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Interview with James Moontasri (12/18/2015)

HalfKorean.com Interview: James Moontasri

James Moontasri

James “Moonwalker” Moontasri is a mixed martial artist of Korean and Thai descent who has been fighting professionally since 2008.

Prior to becoming a professional fighter, James had a highly decorated Taekwondo career which included him being named 2007 USA Taekwondo Male Athlete of the Year.

Currently holding an overall pro record of 9-3 (2-2 in UFC), the Moonwalker has shown his versatility by moving weight classes (lightweight and welterweight) while also proudly incorporating his 5th dan black belt Taekwondo (태권도) skills in the cage.

We had the chance to catch up with James during his training this past October prior to his impressive first round TKO victory at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015 in Australia to discuss his MMA career and personal background and are pleased to present this interview.

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UFC Fight Night Seoul: Henderson vs Masvidal

UFC Fight Night Seoul: Henderson vs. Masvidal (aka UFC Fight Night 79) takes place this Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea and will feature former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson in the main event against Jorge Masvidal. This is the first ever UFC event held in Korea.

This will be Henderson’s (22-5) second fight at Welterweight after successfully submitting Brandon Thatch back in his debut at that weight class this past February.

It is awesome to see UFC finally hosting an event in Korea and we can’t agree more with Henderson fighting in the main event. Go Smooth!

Fight Night Seoul: Benson Henderson Preview

Sources/Links:
UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal
Ben Henderson Official Website
Ben Henderson’s Official Facebook
Ben Henderson’s Official Twitter
UFC.com Profile
HalfKorean.com Interview with Ben Henderson – March 2010


UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs Masvidal
 
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