(It’s not a damn library, Mayhem. For the last time, buy something or get out.)
Strikeforce put Jake Shields and “Mayhem” Miller on a media conference call today in order to get one thing straight: you’d have to be a real jerk to miss their fight on the Nov. 7 Chicago event on CBS. Okay, so they didn’t word it exactly like that, but Miller came close, saying that he can’t be blamed if MMA fans don’t watch because, “I’m Twittering, MySpacing and Facebooking. I’m out there. I might as well be spray painting about it on walls.” When reached for comment about that last remark, Jeff Monson issued a prolonged, cold stare before slowly shaking his head and then disappearing into the night.
This card also has that whole Fedor Emelianenko/Brett Rogers thing going on, but Strikeforce is drawing the heat where it can for right now. Something about Fedor’s blank facial expressions and cryptic Russian phrases don’t translate well on conference calls, and Rogers is most likely trying not to give away any more vital parts of his game plan. Instead, Scott Coker had to answer some hard questions about what’s going on with Strikeforce’s contracts, particularly with their champions (looking at you, Overeem).
Naturally, Coker isn’t about to divulge all the details of his various fighter contracts, but he did acknowledge that some of them might need a little tweaking and claimed that Strikeforce was trying to “clean it up.” He also said he expects Overeem to finally defend his heavyweight title in early 2010, adding that ideally a champion in the organization would put the belt up for grabs “at least twice a year.” Since Overeem hasn’t defended his belt at all over the last two years, looks like he has a busy 2010 ahead of him as he tries to make up for lost time.
Coker is also interested in using the Strikeforce/Dream alliance to create unified titles:
“I think that one of the reasons why we made the alliance is so we can see some of the best fighters of Dream fight the best fighters of Strikeforce. Unifying those title belts, I have no problem with that. As a fan and as a company, we would definitely like to pursue that.”
As a fan and a website, we would definitely like to see it. Just think how awesome it would be to see Shinya Aoki and Josh Thomson (once he heals up) go at it for the unified lightweight strap. And Marius Zaromskis could absolutely do some work in Strikeforce’s newly-awesome welterweight division. And Bob Sapp? Well, maybe there are some openings for security guards. Preferrably one of the posts where there isn’t a lot of walking or standing involved. We don’t want him getting winded on the job.