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 MMAFighting.com 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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