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Scott Coker Hopeful Fedor Will Fight the Loser of Overeem vs. Werdum

(After drowning his sorrows until closing at a New Jersey Dairy Queen, Emelianenko was overheard telling his priest, “Dah. I may fight again.”)

Scott Coker stopped AOL’s studio today to talk with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani about the successful first show of the opening round of his promotion’s heavyweight grand prix that took place Saturday night at the IZOD Center in New Jersey. Talk quickly turned to former top pound-for-pound king Fedor Emelianenko and whether or not Coker felt that “The Last Emperor” will indeed walk away from the sport forever as he intimated following his loss to Antonio Silva this past weekend.

“If the fighter doesn’t want to fight you’re not gonna want him to fight,” Coker told Helwani during The MMA Hour. “If the fighter doesn’t want to fight the promoter doesn’t make him fight. And if he wants to retire then it’s time to walk away. But I don’t think that’s the case … and I think the loser of Overeem and Werdum, that would be a great fight for Fedor.”

A bout with either opponent would make sense, considering the way Fedor lost to Werdum and the fact that fans have been clamouring for a fight between the Russian and the Strikeforce heavyweight champ, Overeem. Retiring on the heels of back-to-back losses likely isn’t the way he wants to go out; nor is it the way fans want to remember the once dominant former PRIDE and WAMMA champion.

Coker wouldn’t elaborate on the details of the proposed fight, which could end up screwing up the promotion’s heavyweight division if, say, Overeem was beaten by Werdum and then ended up losing his Strikeforce title to Fedor, who immediately retires with the strap. A possible remedy would be to make the tournament winner the interim champion, but who would an apt opponent be in this scenario? The finalist he beat in the tournament? Overeem?

Lets hope that Strikeforce doesn’t need to make any game-changing decisions like this. If there’s one life lesson that Coker and company have learned from past mistakes, it’s that the M-1 magic eight ball is not to be trusted.

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facebook layouts- February 16, 2011 at 1:09 am
thnx bro
durf- February 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm
seriously the photoshop is almost as terrible as the writeup
fACE7biter- February 15, 2011 at 7:38 am
Why would Coker want him fighting either guy? One guy beat him, one guy would beat him. He shouldn't have booked Fedor to fight Silva either considering there was a 50-60 pound weight difference. The fight that makes the most sense is Fedor Vs. Josh Barnett. He's not an oversized heavyweight, and its the most evenly matched, competitive bout available.
Snowdens Editor- February 15, 2011 at 7:38 am
Apparently someone who is "an actual professional" does not know how to use basic grammar. Bravo, you fuckface, bravo.
831 Father- February 15, 2011 at 6:37 am
Jesus, could Scott make this tournament look any dumber?

"Wait everyone!!!! There's still hope this tournament! Fedor could be slotted back in!!!! The other fighters in the tourney? What other fighters?"

The guy is nice and all, but some of things he does as a business...
LOKI- February 15, 2011 at 6:05 am
There is nothing good about this thread. A Pox on the lot of ya!
A plague on both your houses! May the flee's of 1000 camels infest your mouths! May you live forever and always have Matt Whore-Witch butt-fuck you in the face!
Gargoroth- February 15, 2011 at 5:18 am
Are all of you Fedor nuthuggers done crying yet. I have been saying for years this fat pudgy Russian was a looser. Nice to see it come to fruition. Fedor is over. . . . .
Gargoroth- February 15, 2011 at 5:17 am
Are all of you Fedor nut huggers done crying yet. I have been saying for years this fat pudgy Russian was a looser. Nice to see it come to fruition. Fedor is over. . . . .
AussieJosh- February 15, 2011 at 4:58 am
all you spelling and gramer poofs are poofs!

Fedor is one of the gratest fighters of all time! dont talk shit about him unless you would do it to his face with just you and him in a room! (and if you did....$100 says you would be out in 10 seconds)

I wish Fedor the best of luck whatever he does from now on!

p.s CagePotato poo's all over Sherdog! I had my CagePotato shirt on at 110 and ill have it on again at 127!

Also one more thing....Any of your citys that dont sell out a UFC show in the first day or two dont deserve a MMA or UFC show! Bring more UFC shows to Canada and Australia!!!! We know how to sell out a UFC event!
Are- February 15, 2011 at 12:43 am
Apparently, it's open season on the most indomitable mma fighter there ever was. No respect.
Bring back Accts- February 15, 2011 at 12:12 am
I have to admit I am a Fedor fan, and will always be. I must admit it looks like age and better prepared opponents have caught up with the Last "Ever" Emperor. Cro Cop had amazing stand up. Nog, Colman, and Randelman had great ground games. This was when the sport was still fresh. These days the younger fighters are trained in BJJ, Kickboxing, Wrestling, and lately more boxing. Pure Karate, or Pure Wrestling is not enough in MMA today. Fedor was ahead of his time, and had a little bit of everything. Like all mortals, age, injuries, and lost desires eventually neuter your super powers. With correct marketing, Fedor can have a similar reputation to a Couture, an old lion that still can outwit his opponent. But this would require great match making and great desire on Fedors part. MMA is a business and all fighters are there to make money. Legacy is always second in a capitalistic world. I think Strikeforce as a business needs to push a fight between the loser of Overeem and Werdum. If played correctly this organization has a chance to survive the vicious and greedy jaws of big brother. Competition is good for MMA, therefore I hope those bozos at M1 and Strikeforce play it smart.
JWM- February 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm
Hey professional, you misspelled call and I think you a comma would have worked better after junk. Sounds like a fragmented sentence to me. Oh well who's keeping track? Oh yeah......
Fedorgotbustedup- February 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Personally i hope he retires now, im tired of nerds and or keyboard warrriors, that also never did any activities in their lives praise him as God.

Get with it guys, Fedors Done and done a long time ago!
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm
@ bill_pharoni

I'd PPV that.
RwilsonR- February 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm
An Actual Professional - You hate the photoshops. You hate the articles. Why are you here?
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm
@ An Actual Professional

I think the photoshops are great. For A FREE SITE!!
If the readers of CP would be willing to pay a few bucks every month, sure, the quality would be higher. I don't know how the CP makes any money, if they do at all, but respect the site for what it is, otherwise there are lots of other shitty mma sites out there for you to go to.

Let's bring some positivity here, people!!!
An Actual Professional- February 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm
I know this'll fall on deaf ears, but I'll say it anyway. Whoever thinks they're a photoshop wizard needs to stop with this shit. The visual jokes are never funny. The quality is junk. And it adds nothing to the boring, terribly written articles they're suppose to be supporting.

To recap... owning photoshop does not make you clever. Or funny.

Once again: photoshop adds nothing to these abortions they cal journalism here at CP these days.

And lastly, enough with the photoshop. It ain't funny. Or clever. Or relevant.

p.s. Stop using photoshop.

*Editor's note: If you wanted us to show you how to Photoshop, Snowden, all you had to do was ask. You didn't need to throw a hissy.
NastyGuido- February 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm
this is what happens when you fight top, well not top but top 15, fighters
bill_pharoni- February 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Fedor needs to fight Carano . The winner of that fight can fight the winner of Diaz v. Cris Cyborg match in the first ever "Strikeforce Marketability Meal Ticket Grand Prix"
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm
@ Turd Furgeson

What?
What, what? In the butt?
Turd Furgeson- February 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm
He's just lucky Silva wasn't Palhares. Palhares would kill any of these dudes.
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm
@ danomite

I actually really like Strikeforce. Another org that is putting up good fights is ALWAYS good. Imagine how truly awful it would be if the UFC was the only significant mmma organiztion in the world, it would be bad for everyoneBut it's improssible to ignore the fact that the entire SF company seems to be run by run by totally clueless and incompetent people.
Dana White- February 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm
Id like a chance for Fedor to come on my show the Ultimate Fighter on Spike next season. Give me a shot at promoting him. He can fight Kimbo Slice.
danomite- February 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm
how many times did i just use the world "title"? i was going for a million. damn you no-edit button!
danomite- February 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm
so if werdum beats overeem that means Fedor gets a title shot coming off of two losses? Please for the love of god tell me that won't be a title fight if it happens. A title fight where both men are coming off losses would pretty much make the title of "strikeforce Heavyweight Champion" meaningless.
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