Tony Khan Responds To Rumors Of He And His Father Being Interested In Purchasing Bellator MMA

As previously reported via Ariel Helwani, Shad and Tony Khan are reportedly interested in purchasing the Bellator MMA company.

Khan addressed the claim during a media call to promote the 2023 Forbidden Door PPV event.

“I was surprised to see that report. I haven’t had any conversations with them about that,” Tony Khan said. “So I don’t know what that was about. My father hasn’t had any conversations with them either. I don’t even know, honestly, who owns the promotion. Is Scott Coker, the owner, the President? I’m not sure. I’m familiar with Bellator. I’m familiar with MMA and have never worked professionally in this space other than having some stars from UFC appear at times in AEW. But I saw that report, and yeah, there’s really nothing to that. I’m not sure where that rumor got started. But obviously, it’s an interesting time in the MMA business, just as it’s a very interesting time in the pro wrestling business with a lot of things happening and with the success of AEW and our international expansion.”

“But I honestly have never had any talks, and my father has never had any talks about buying Bellator, so I was surprised to see that. I was at the show I was backstage yesterday; somebody sent me that. Was that something Ariel Helwani reported? Well, it would not be the first inaccurate thing Ariel Helwani has reported that is completely inaccurate, but that’s Ariel Helwani for you.”

You can check out the complete media call below:

(h/t to for the transcription)