Coker still hasn't talked to M-1 about the sale


Interview highlights

Coker didn’t deny that there was company debt for Strikeforce but did not answer the question directly.

As for how the Strikeforce sale went down with Zuffa: “I had one meeting with them and then it was a little bit of chaos and letting the staff know.” When asked if he is sad or happy about the sale, “It’s a reality that’s real.”

In regards to when Showtime found out about the Strikeforce sale to Zuffa, he indicated that it was on a Friday (the day before posted the video interview between Ariel Helwani & Dana White online).

When the sale went down to Zuffa, Mr. Coker admitted that he didn’t talk to M-1 before or after the sale. “Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to talk to them, yet.” This prompted Bas Rutten to say, “So they found out on the Internet?” There was laughter. Scott replied, “That wasn’t on purpose, it just… I felt the need to contact other people first.”

Scott thinks that Zuffa will continue the Strikeforce brand and not dissolve it like the WEC brand. “A lot of great reasons to keep it going” because “this brand is worthy of continuing forward and growing in.”

Scott was asked point blank if Fedor bankrupted his promotion like many others he has fought for in the past. “Fedor definitely was an expensive item but I think he added value to Strikeforce and the brand.”

“Fedor’s next fight will be some time in late July or mid August."

UFC & Lorenzo Fertitta “care about the fighters and they care about this league.”

Regarding whether or not UFC will head to Japan to do business with the people involved in DREAM (Sakakibara’s henchmen): “I think that we’ll have a shot to sit down and have some conversations” and he believes this because “I think I can help bridge that gap.”

He doesn’t know if Josh Barnett or Paul Daley will fight in UFC proper again, but they will both fight in Strikeforce. Scott would like to see Nick Diaz/GSP, Jacare/Anderson Silva, and Gilbert Melendez/Frankie Edgar interpromotional match-ups.

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Poindexter site profile image  

3/21/11 8:22 PM by Poindexter

 Really real.

Just Kidding site profile image  

3/21/11 8:06 PM by Just Kidding

  “It’s a reality that’s real.”

MentaL site profile image  

3/21/11 8:02 PM by MentaL

Fuck M1. They ruined Fedor.

Steve4192 site profile image  

3/21/11 7:51 PM by Steve4192

Don't count on that.Reed Harris is still around. Zuffa needs front office talent just as much as they need talent in the cage. Coker is a guy who succeeded where almost everyone else has failed. He could be very useful to Zuffa.

slamming site profile image  

3/21/11 6:07 PM by slamming

 This.  One org future.

Snarl Snatch site profile image  

3/21/11 5:03 PM by Snarl Snatch

I think they need a level below UFN's.They need to be able to NOT give guys UFC fights but also not let them go to a competing org when their contract is up.It would let them keep control of the contracts of guys who have hit a rough patch in their careers but are still a draw.

Haulport site profile image  

3/21/11 4:56 PM by Haulport

He's just saying that. He is clearly unhappy and knows they are going to get rid of SF as soon as the contracts are done.

jimbobyeaboy site profile image  

3/21/11 4:34 PM by jimbobyeaboy

It's hard to talk to someone who is still in a state of mourning.

BruceLeeMMAfighting site profile image  

3/21/11 4:12 PM by BruceLeeMMAfighting

Coker's delusional.He'll be out on the street once the Showtime contract expires.

KingstonHawke site profile image  

3/21/11 4:04 PM by KingstonHawke

I wonder if people are still going to like him now that he works for Zuffa? Or if maybe people will start to see Coker for the slimball politician that he has ALWAYS been. Hey, well at least he was in Surf Ninja lol.