Bellator 248: Ryan Scope Believes A Lot of People Would Have Said “No” to Short-Notice Omer Fight

Ryan Scope has become known for his willingness to take tough fights. Since joining Bellator, the lightweight known as “Big Baby” has faced Patricky Pitbull and Peter Queally.

Now, Scope (10-3) will look to turn things around, and claim his first win inside the Bellator cage against the much more experienced Alan Omer.

“I’ve never been one to take easy fights,” Scope said during this week’s Bellator 248 media day. The event, a historic first in Paris, France, unfolds Saturday. “Alan’s 25-3, on short notice, a lot of people would have just said no. But I’m confident, had a great camp, and I’m ready for whoever.”

Scope likes to keep the focus on himself during training, which makes that “take on all comers” attitude a little easier to follow through on. He’s watched “a couple tapes” on Omer, and admitted he’s seen some good things as well as some bad things. “But I’m not going to dwell on it too much,” Scope added.

While Scope is a former lightweight champ in BAMMA, this weekend’s Bellator 248 bout will come at a catchweight. It wasn’t Scope, or the pandemic, that created a need for the 160lb contract weight. “That wasn’t my choice. My original opponent, Paul Redmond, I think he must have been a bit heavy or something,” explained Scope. “So he asked for the fight at that weight, and I just said yes. Now the opponent’s changed, but the weight just stayed the same.”

“I’m happy with the extra three kilograms,” Scope added.

Watch the full Bellator 248 media day scrum with Ryan Scope above. The event goes down live this Saturday, October 10.