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Scott Coker Says Nick Diaz is the Only Strikeforce Champ Who Will Cross Over to UFC…At Least For Now


(Video courtesy of YouTube/5thRoundVideo)

Don’t expect to see any Strikeforce champions besides Nick Diaz fighting in the UFC anytime soon.

According to Strikeforce president Scott Coker, Diaz’s crossover to the UFC was a one-off exception that was made to prevent the Stockton native from turning his back on MMA in favor of a boxing career.

“When Nick was working his way over to the UFC, we had talks with [manager] Cesar [Gracie]. It was a process. It was a very unique situation because of the boxing allowance – that we had allowed him to box,” Coker explained during a recent press conference. That’s how it ended up working out the way it did. The idea was to keep him in MMA, and Nick used that as a little [bargaining] chip.”

Coker shot down the rumors that Diaz’s Team Cesar Gracie training partner Gilbert Melendez might be the next Strikeforce champ to jump ship to the UFC.

“Right now there’s no other fighters who are going over there. Gilbert [Melendez] doesn’t have the boxing provision in his agreement, so we expect him to fight for Strikeforce and get ready for a fight in the fall.

 

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Komodo- July 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm
WTF FUCKING SPAM BOTS ALREADY?!

All hope is lost.
Fried Taco- July 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm
I haven't seen the last two GoT yet, haven't had time. But I know what happens because I read the damn book! Although I don't remember it having that much sex in it...
ReX13- July 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm
wish i'd known you assholes were enjoying Game of Thrones. i would have been referencing that shit on the daily.
Yazloz18- July 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Hey I have those same shoes as Hendo. They are Skechers and they are slip on and have a phoenix on them. Comfy as hell. Good call Hendo
Kimbos Bread- July 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Coker is a Helluva Drug.
Cup Cheick- July 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Oh man more Game Of Thrones references?! Awesome.
the silver hawaiian- July 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm
I must not be historically astute enough to understand that one. And too lazy to use teh goog.
Uppercut Magnet- July 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm
oops :
Uppercut Magnet- July 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Scott Coker : Strikeforce :: Prince Viserys Targaryen :: Iron Throne
the silver hawaiian- July 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm
Scott Coker : Strikeforce :: Queen Elizabeth : England
LaWeapon- July 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm
ugghh.. Coker,, sorry to break the news to you, but you have nothing to do with Strikeforce anymore.. DW calls the shots now.
MKO- July 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm
That's nice that Coker thinks that. Good for him.
Fried Taco- July 6, 2011 at 11:53 am
Maybe Coker's forgetting about Gilbert's wrasslin' clause.
Me likey- July 6, 2011 at 11:49 am
@danomite
agreed. his bargaining chip would have been shoved up his ass.
blackboxmma- July 6, 2011 at 11:45 am
Why do they even allow Coker to talk. he might as well just post his thoughts on a comment section
danomite- July 6, 2011 at 11:41 am
should have just let him box. it would have been hilarious.
Jugger- July 6, 2011 at 11:37 am
Move the chair.
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