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Coker Keeps Talking Diaz-Mayhem, But Still May Not Fully Grasp his Role as Strikeforce CEO

("Diaz vs. Miller? I’d love to, but I think I’m busy that weekend." PicProps: MMA Convert)

Even after last week’s revelation that it would take “a couple fucking million dollars” to get Nick Diaz to meet Jason “Mayhem” Miller at a catchweight, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker says he’s still interested in making that fight … just not so interested that he’d actually take an active role in trying to book it. According to a story out on MMA Weekly this weekend, Coker says he didn’t even call Diaz manager Cesar Gracie during the recent period of negotiation when the fight almost happened, then didn’t.

“Sometimes I’ll call Cesar, but on that occasion I didn’t call Cesar and I let my guys handle it, and it was really close,” Coker said. “I thought it was going to happen, but at the last minute it fell apart. I know weight was definitely one of the issues. The weight they say, ‘Oh it’s only two pounds, three pounds,’ but you know what? When you’re two or three percent body fat, five percent body fat, there’s just not a lot to lose and we just couldn’t bridge the gap. In the future, I’d still like to put that fight together because I think they have some unfinished business with that match-up.”

Dude, seriously? Can you even imagine a situation where the UFC failed to put together a comparatively high-profile bout and then Dana White spoke with the MMA media to say: “Yeah, I wasn’t really involved with that, I had a lot on my plate that day.” No, you can’t, because that would never happen. Say what you want to about Our Fearless Leader, but at least he gets shit done. And when shit doesn’t get done? You hardly ever see anyone from the UFC try to lay off the blame on unnamed underlings.

We’re not sure if we’re even supposed to believe Coker when he says he didn’t bother to call Diaz’s camp to try to set up what would be one of his company’s biggest fights of the year. If we did believe it, could we respect it? Not really, even though it sounds like he still wants to see this match up finally come to fruition.

“That’d be my vote. To me whether it’s at a higher weight or a lower weight, those guys need to get it on,” Coker said. “We all know what happened in Nashville, all the drama there … and whatever happened, happened, and we’re all through with it, but I think the bad blood between those two guys is still there.”

Man, somebody should tell Coker that when it comes to Strikeforce business, he has more than a “vote.”

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fatbellyfrank- January 30, 2011 at 2:32 am
@ Jimbo. would have done, but that would have meant my three daughters agreeing to let Dad have the computer for 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon, so I got some ciders and some Rum and watched MTV for a cuppla hours, turned out not a bad afternoon.
Wouldhave loved to watch the fights tho, from the play by play posted on the esteemed King of MMA sites, Cage Potato it sounded (read?) like a pretty good showm and yes, I'm fucken drunk agin
jimbonics- January 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm
stream that shit frank.
fatbellyfrank- January 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm
No love for strikeforce from the Aussie PPV providers, we've got some boxing match for a WB whatever the fuck middleweight championship
DangadaDang- January 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm
Say what you want about Strikeforce, but their cards have been finish-full lately. All the fights on the undercard so far have been finishes as well.
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm
Im watching it too... but I had to mute the sound I cant stand the commentary by those dudes.
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm
When I was a kid I knew this old lady that looked just like scott coker... thats just creepy.
DangadaDang- January 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm
Their streaming the undercard on Sherdog, just saw the Kessler/Lawson fight. Not saying who but it ends in an inverted triangle that I have never seen before in a fight.
fatbellyfrank- January 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Fer fucks sake Coker, you run the show!!!!! set a weight and throw em in a cage, tell em to start fightin or they'll never earn another cent from your organisation again, and if we're going greek mythology on Coker, Hermaphrodite springs to mind
Perma- January 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm
What Coker meant by saying he was to busy that day is: He was busy giving Blow Jobs to the dudes in M-1 as per the contract with Fedoooor.
Seoul Brother- January 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Scott Coker should try losing a few percentage points of fat. He looks like a sweaty Stay Puft Marshmallow man, only with less charisma.
ghostboner- January 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm
Jake Shield is so boring that... I'm gonna start watching strikeforce events now that he is gone.

And as much as I hate to be that guy, I gotta say that the parallels between Coker and our real fearless leader (i.e. of the free world) are hilariously disturbing.
kmax1940- January 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm
yeah scott really needs to step up and take the lead. good article
justscrappin- January 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Also look at the limp wrist. I think he just signed Perez Hilton to do commentary and be his personal assistant. Listen....I don't even have anything against this guy...I don't know where all this is coming from.
justscrappin- January 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm
His face only takes up like 1/3 of his head...the rest is forehead...cheeks....chins....and jowels. Like he made an asian..smooshy face....and it stuck.
justscrappin- January 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm
What was that villains name....Galactus? with the huge robot-like head and small face. That's Coker
Ballkick- January 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm
I've mentioned this before,...every time I see a picture of Coker I wanna pants him, give him a wedgie, grab his forearm and make him slap himself in the face, pull the back of his shirt over the front of his face and kick him in the balls.....I cant explain it,......I know he's done nothing to me personally,.....but I just want to smack him,....Is that wrong?.......cause if it is,....I don't wanna be right.
RaginAsian- January 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Bellator becomes the number two promotion before the end of 2012. Coker sits by as it happens and says, "Well, we sure did put on some great fights though, right?"
myklhoey- January 29, 2011 at 11:34 am
when i read about this guy and hair what he has to say, i think to myself, how the fuck is this guy not eatin at a soup kitchen.
he has so much to work with but continues to fuck it up. strike force needs to hire paul hayman. think what you will but that dude would turn strikeforce into a huge success.
on anther note, daiz is runnin scared from miller, he keeps comin up with unrealalistic stipulations,
RSparrow- January 29, 2011 at 11:29 am
Here come all the strikeforce nuthuggers that are gonna complain about how anti Strikeforce you guys are.

Give me a fucking break. Strikeforce is a god damn joke, and Scott Coker is a giant turd. The frozen kind.
DARKHORSE06- January 29, 2011 at 11:13 am
Coker and SF are just JV and always will be.

Diaz offered to meet Miller at 178 and Miller said no. I have no idea why anyone would say Miller is fagging out. Besides, Diaz is the champ and Miller is a TV show host. The LEAST Miller can do is come down a few pounds.

And to recap - SF sucks.
steampunk22- January 29, 2011 at 11:08 am
@El Guapo

I always saw him as Sans Testiclees, the Greek god of Bitchassness.

Dude needs to fucking MAN UP, big time.
El Guapo- January 29, 2011 at 10:26 am
When I see Coker I think of Sloppyclis, the Greek god of double chins.