Coker: Strikeforce on Showtime for 'many years to come'

by Tom Ngo | source:

Many believe ZUFFA is counting down the days until they can fold the smaller promotion, particularly since they are on the cusp of erasing the heavyweight class from Strikeforce and the website hasn’t functioned properly in weeks. However, is up and running again, and Coker claims ridding themselves of their 265-pounders was a mutual decision.

“The heavyweight division, they all agreed that there wasn’t going to be enough athletes to support both [UFC and Strikeforce] and they wanted to bring some of the fights over there at that time,” Coker shared during Thursday’s conference call. “But now that the Showtime relationship has been renewed and it’s been solid, I think you’re going to see those great fights on the lighter weights – starting with light heavyweight on down in Strikeforce.”

“We have a great relationship with Showtime, I think we have provided great fights with great ratings. I think you’ll continue to see Strikeforce on Showtime for many years to come.”

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duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

5/12/12 11:38 AM by duckhuntgangsta

 Nate recheck the page. The poster was tempory as they were working on the website. Site is up and it's amazing!!

FOX N00B site profile image  

5/12/12 10:09 AM by FOX N00B

I really don't feel like splitting hair over "let go" semantics with you because that gets away from the point I was trying to make. Simply put, they had a bunch of fighters fighting for SF last year who are not fighting for them anymore, and SF hasn't brought in any fighter of note save Marquart to replace them. How these fighters left does not change this at all. And I agree with you/others that to have any chance of SF successfully operating in the long term they need to bring in new fighters to replace these guys. But they are not doing this, so Coker's statements are completely delusional based on their current situation. Neither the fighters or Showtime are going to sign new contracts under the current situation. Bellator is out there for the fighters, and Showtime will cut their losses and move on. My 2c.

stonepony site profile image  

5/12/12 8:43 AM by stonepony

That's what Bellator is there for.

stonepony site profile image  

5/12/12 8:41 AM by stonepony

Once again? Retarded... Honestly that whole comment from you was just, retarded. There's is no nice way to put it.

Beggsie site profile image  

5/12/12 8:40 AM by Beggsie

Strikeforce should be like a developmental league.

stonepony site profile image  

5/12/12 8:35 AM by stonepony

You're obsessed with Fedor. Get therapy. Flunking out of SF, then being handed a free shot at the top HW, would just make SF look like an even bigger joke.

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5/12/12 8:35 AM by kevsh

Or, you could go the opposite way and name what Coker/SF has done since the buyout? How has he (or Zuffa) made the promotion stronger or more viable?I think it's safe to say the public perception is that this purchase of SF was to get the talent. And can you honestly say that anything that's happened since disproves that? Oh, right, a few token signings to help keep Showtime believing SF remains a serious promotion, but otherwise?

Nate 'Rock' Quarry site profile image  

5/12/12 7:27 AM by Nate 'Rock' Quarry

I'd believe it if the homepage for wasn't just a poster for their upcoming show that doesn't even get updated til weeks after the past show.Yeah. That's a great investment in SF.

Russianorkhan site profile image  

5/12/12 3:58 AM by Russianorkhan

Losing Fedor, overeem, henderson, cung le and diaz is enough for any organization to be taken as a joke....doesnt matter if they lost em to "big brother"....matter of fact is they dont fight for STRIKEFORCE......hopefully showtime puts some pressure on zuffa and makes the hw gp winner fight one more time and that "one" more time should be no other then FEDOR....Cindy will obviously be against this as she"s flossing with dana"s pubes....but hopefully the decision wont be up to them but up to showtime as thats who fedor had a contract with in the first place...

Brabo Ben site profile image  

5/12/12 3:16 AM by Brabo Ben

Coker's house must be full of motivational post-it notes, the guy is deluded to think he will have a job in strikeforce in a couple of years.