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Scott Coker Lobbies for Fedor vs. Overeem, Defends Negotiations With Batista

(Batista vs. Undertaker, reffed by Ricky Hatton. A terrifying glimpse into the future of MMA.)

We all go a little crazy sometimes. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker can certainly be forgiven for losing his mind in the wake of Fedor Emelianenko‘s upset loss against Fabricio Werdum, which wrecked Coker’s chance at a heavyweight title fight between Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem on pay-per-view, and even now seems unreal, a bad dream suffered after a night of torture porn and Indian food. But this is the topsy-turvy world of Strikeforce, where up is down, and guys who just got their asses kicked are #1 contenders. As Coker recently said on Sherdog Radio“My feeling is maybe Fedor should fight Alistair Overeem and whoever wins that fight gets to fight Fabricio Werdum. Alistair vs. Fedor? I’d love to see that fight happen.” 

LOL at "gets" to fight Fabricio Werdum. Is he the champion now? Is that how it works in your little club? Look genius, everybody would like to see Fedor vs. Overeem happen, but unless you want your titles to lose all significance and your matchmaking to devolve into utter chaos, you probably shouldn’t have Fedor challenge for Overeem’s belt after getting subbed in 69 seconds. I know, Brett Rogers got a title shot after being dunced by Fedor, but that situation was different, as Emelianenko was unavailable to fight at the same time Overeem was. In this case, the deserving #1 contender is available (even though he’s asking for an immediate rematch with Fedor, God knows why).

It should be mentioned that M-1 Global has also formally requested a rematch between The Last Emperor and Werdum. The logical title fight, Werdum vs. Overeem, is the only fight that nobody seems to want. Forget it Jake, it’s Strikeforcetown. But Coker’s suggestion of a title shot for Fedor isn’t the only alarming thing he said last week…

Negotiations between Strikeforce and 41-year-old former WWE star David Batista still appear to be on the table, as Coker & Co. try to "put together a deal that makes sense." Sure, that may sound like Strikeforce is opening the freak-show floodgates, but Coker defended the potential signing, saying:

“Just like we did with Herschel (Walker), we’d have to put him into a gym. It doesn’t matter what gym, as long as it’s a reputable mixed martial arts academy. He has to go in there and train because if he didn’t, we’d probably have a short relationship…We’re not the guys that are putting all the circus fights on. [Ed. note: Coker seemed to be referring to Kimbo Slice and James Toney in the UFC.] but in all fairness, look at Brock Lesnar. He made the crossover. Why not Batista? …I think Kimbo’s had his run, so to speak. He’s kind of had his time in the MMA business whereas Batista hasn’t and Herschel hasn’t. We already know how Kimbo will do, so, to me, there’s a little curiosity factor (with Batista).”

Why not Batista? That is indeed the question. And the answer, obviously, is because Batista’s only combat experience involves flying off a turnbuckle. Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley come from decorated collegiate wrestling backgrounds, and James Toney is a well-known boxing champion. That’s what makes their participation in MMA somewhat less than freakish. Even Herschel Walker had a black belt in tae kwon do before he started training for MMA, while Kimbo Slice made his name knocking guys’ eyes out in bareknuckle boxing matches, and fans wanted to see if his badass reputation was legitimate. Batista competing for Strikeforce is just a cash-in, no more respectable than Jose Canseco fighting Hong Man Choi. Listen Scott, the pro-wrestler thing has already been done — and much better than you’ll be able to do it.

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Dick_Gozenya- July 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Hey you guys! I made this post yesterday out of colored construction paper, macaroni shells and gold paint! I hate to re-use it but I hate to waste it too:

"If Emelianenko wins they can have Fedor's first challenger for his belt be Verdum, a guy who just beat him. And for further intrigue The Reemer will take on The Grim at DREAM 18 with the loser getting first shot at the belt, which incidentally will be given to Werdum after Fedor beats him but vacates the position to retire and live in an orthodox monastery in south-eastern Russia to work on a correspondence career of Russian parliamentary work and advocating for blind orphans. The Grim will come into the DREAM bout crazed from the effects of Asian Redbull and Japanese pussy and will mop the floor with the Reemer. The Reemer will immediately fly back to South Dakota for Strikeforce: Mt. Rushmore: Giant Heads of Stone: Carved in a Mountain but will get submitted by Werdum after 70 seconds by flying gogoplata after knocking Werdum down with a giant knee and delivering 47 unanswered hammerfists to Werdum's temple. Refereeing by Kim Winslow. The Big Reemer will be awarded the HW strap in defeat because, alas, Werdum's victory interview discloses the information that he has already been poached by Dana White as his cornerman got hit up with the ":P " on his I-phone's Twitter. This will set up the rubber match of The Big Reemer vs. The Grim Tire Guy for the Strikeforce HW Title at the biggest ever Strikeforce: Incredible Pyrotechnics! This will be held on the burning wreckage of an exploded oil-rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coastline and broadcast live on CBS. The Reemer will come in for the bout at 306 lbs. of raging chemically enhanced horse flesh, he will actually have a head that is beginning to resemble some form of equine minotaur, and he will literally cave the side of Brett Rogers skull in with a single knee. Blood will shoot everywhere, a riot will break out, pyrotechnics will shoot into the crowd and burning bodies will be televised falling ten stories into the pitching sea. Brett Rogers will be the first televised MMA fatality, CBS stock will plummet and Ubereemer will be banned from fighting on US soil (and oil rigs) ever again. Rogers will be posthumously awarded the HW strap and it will be buried with him in a special coffin that will be a replica of Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s stock car. Strtikeforce will cancel their heavyweight division and begin to focus more and more on what they do best: throwing hapless female kickboxers to their doom against Cris Cyborg Santos. The UFC will slowly steal the last of the meaningful talent from Strikeforce and by 2012 Strikeforce will be the premier home for women's MMA, aging ex-professional athletes, and former professional wrestlers who get bored doing cocaine and riding jet skis and need new hobbies.

frankspank- July 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm
maybe strikeforce will consider a human centipede for MMA?
it could fight the horse version of Overeem in a battle to the death?
Shatski- July 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Alright! Damn you Rex for talking that shit up! haha. I can't even bring myself to watch it, not even a trailer, after reading the plot write up on wikipedia. Ugh. Just the visuals I've cooked up in my mind are bad enough.
Captain Cannabis- July 6, 2010 at 11:37 am
man, for a second i thought ricky hatton was some sick kid who's dying wish was to see batista and the undertaker
Almost North- July 6, 2010 at 11:07 am
Told you.
2DaDeath- July 6, 2010 at 10:38 am
First, i could have lived the rest of my life happily not knowing that centipede movie existed.

Second, Caddyshack 2 was it's own amazingly awesome movie. (at least i think cuz i was like 12 the last time i saw it)

Third, if Fedor has 1 more fight left before he retires than I'd prefer it be against Overeem sans title implications. It should be an exhibition match, like Rocky vs. Thunderlips. (or more like Apollo vs. Drago)
DangadaDang- July 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

Gotta agree, but after the first one ended I wonder how that's gunna happen.
MediumRare- July 6, 2010 at 9:54 am
The Human Centipede is not torture porn. It is good quality wholesome entertainment.

Spoiler alert: The crazy doctor makes the human centipede fetch his newspaper.

Anyone who has not encountered this movie before now is sheltering themselves from the wonders of modern entertainment. This is quality stuff. Can't wait for the sequel.
DangadaDang- July 6, 2010 at 9:49 am
@ all concerned

I have seen Human Centipede and as disturbing as it is, it doesn't even come close to Antichrist
Lysol- July 6, 2010 at 9:39 am
Does Fedor still have that WAMMA title? Why not have him fight Overeem to unify the belts, with Werdum as the #1 contender? Oh, that's right, because I have a sock drawer that needs to be organized, and will never organize it if I keep watching irrelevant MMA fights. Never mind.
ccman- July 6, 2010 at 8:47 am
A. Randy quaid as the psycho lawyer in caddyshck 2 was AWESOME.

B. PURE COMEDY GOLD, even suggesting strikeforce titles ever had significance, stop, my cheeks hurt, brilliant.
ReX13- July 6, 2010 at 8:23 am
Update: I'm still effin creeped out about The Human Centipede, its claim to be "100% medically accurate", and the planned sequel.

Thanks Ben.

(I was going to call you an asshole, but then i started thinking about the movie again and got all heebedy-jeebedy.)
fatbellyfrank- July 6, 2010 at 8:06 am
Wouldn't this statement be redundant now, as these events have already happened at SF
" but unless you want your titles to lose all significance and your matchmaking to devolve into utter chaos,"
Too late dudes, already happening
ComaPlata- July 6, 2010 at 8:04 am
They made a caddyshack 2?
Sabado Gigante- July 6, 2010 at 8:01 am
Its hard to take Coker seriously these days... They put on some pretty quality fights, but at the same time they have a tendancy to depreciate their product by making some bull-shit decisions that negatively effect the sport...

Yes, I know... It would be interesting to watch a famous fake fighter fight for real... Heck, it may even produce thousands of new fans... But at the same time, you have hundreds of skilled, starving fighters that would kill to have a fraction of an opportunity to compete on a huge stage. Signing Bautista is a slap in the face to those who have been in the game for a long time and are struggling to make the big leagues (or in this case, the bush leagues)... It's called integrity... Business is business so I guess this rant was just a huge waste of time...

Viva Hate- July 6, 2010 at 7:54 am
The sequel 3 girls finger paint, as with most sequels, sucked. I feel that they rushed it out and did not take enough time with character development or subplots. I had not been that disappointed in a sequel since CADDYSHACK 2.
ComaPlata- July 6, 2010 at 7:49 am
Kids in a sandbox and 3 guys 1 hammer are my all time favorites... Oh oh and 1 guy 1 jar was classy too!
Viva Hate- July 6, 2010 at 7:47 am
2 girls 1 cup was another classic, I did have some issues with the plot but it was visually stunning.
ComaPlata- July 6, 2010 at 7:46 am
lbthai- July 6, 2010 at 7:43 am
When you say the human centipede is cinematic gold... are you comparing it to two girls and 1 cup?
Morningwood- July 6, 2010 at 7:28 am
Fedor has 1 fight left on his SF contract.
ComaPlata- July 6, 2010 at 7:27 am
It's not like we all didn't call the Fedor shitle tot off a loss anyways. There were countless people saying Fedor would get it because he lost. Is this really surprising? Scott Coker needs to switch careers. He is a joke.

Did anyone else see Dave's ass kicking skills in "Wrong Side of Town"? He should be able to make it to Bigfoot before losing in SF's HW division. SF's HW division is a joke.

Now the top lights, welters and middles are legit. I hope everyone goes thru with the middleweight mini prix for the belt. Of course Scott Smith just lost to Cung Le so under Coker's rules shouldn't he be automatic Champion?
ben- July 6, 2010 at 7:27 am
 @knucklesamitch: Well said. I understand the argument that if Fedor only has one fight left on his contract, they should put him in the best fight possible, but it could create more problems than it's worth.
ben- July 6, 2010 at 7:24 am
@ReX13 :  I haven't watched The Human Centipede, and I don't plan to.  But the concept is so insane that I just want people to know that it exists.
knucklesamitch- July 6, 2010 at 7:21 am
Memo to Scott Coker:

Listen up moron and listen good...Fedor has one (1) fight left on his contract. You cannot, I repeat, CAN NOT give him a title shot. Nevermind the fact that he just lost in 69 seconds and you'd be setting the standard that the loser of a No. 1 contender match gets a title shot (see Brett Rogers), but Fedor could potentially win the title in his last fight on his contract.

Champions clause or not, you're dealing with M-1 Global here...They'll hold that title hostage longer than Overeem did...Then what if you end up stripping Fedor...Who do you have fight for the Vacant title, Overeem/Werdum? EXACTLY...So just have the damn fight now and get it over with.

As for Fedor, I'd rather see a rematch with Brett Rogers...If then Fedor wants a title shot, he can sign a new deal.