It’s been a whirlwind day for MMA news, and the surprising thing is none of it has to do with the UFC.

Fans awoke this morning to the stunning revelation that Bellator found and longtime frontman Bjorn Rebney was forced out of the organization by his Viacom masters.

Now comes the official announcement that his replacement is none other than Strikeforce founder Scott Coker.

As per MMAFighting:

Viacom made the announcement official Wednesday afternoon, indicating that Bellator will likely distance itself from its trademark tournament format moving forward.

“We are excited to have Scott Coker lead us in a new direction as we evolve the league format from a tournament-based organization to a more traditional model with big fights,” Spike TV President Kevin Kay said in a statement.

There will be a media conference call to delve a little deeper into this turn of events later today, but if Kay is already using words like “new direction” and “more traditional model”, the forecast is calling for big changes on the horizon.