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Scott Coker Talks Co-Promotion and Negotiations with Fedor, But is Conspicuously Mum About CBS Negotiations


("CBS? They suck. I’m not sure I want to work with them anymore.")

During today’s Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu conference call, the promotion’s CEO Scott Coker touched on some pressing questions, but was noticeably mum on others.

"You’re going to see big things," Coker teased when speaking of the California-based promotion’s plans for next year, but he didn’t say whether or not a return to CBS is in Strikeforce’s stacked deck of cards. In an interview he did earlier this month with Sherdog, Coker said that a reputable TV deal would have to be in place for him to entertain a co-promotion deal with the promotions, which could be a telling sign that CBS has taken his number off of speed dial.

He did mentione Showtime when discussing the ongoing, yet unfruitful negotiations with Fedor Emelianenko‘s M-1 Global management team, but didn’t give a clue about the status of Strikeforce’s relationship with CBS, which many assume is dead in the water thanks to the Team Cesar Gracie-Jason Miller brawl that took place during their last telecast in April.

"It’s been quite a long road here with the M-1 camp trying to get this done. I agree with [M-1 director of operations] Evgeni [Kogan] that there’s some light at the end of the tunnel," Coker explained. "We would welcome Fedor to have a long term deal with Strikeforce fighting on Showtime and we’re trying to get this done. It’s not done yet, there’s nothing signed. So really there’s nothing to announce."


Another hot topic of discussion Coker sloughed off by basically saying, "It’s a possibility, but there’s nothing to report," is the non-negotiations with Bellator that would potentially see Strikeforce strengthen its cards with a number of big name or up-and-coming fighters including Hector Lombard, Roger Huerta, Ben Askren, Jay Hieron, Eddie Alvarez and Jessica Aguilar.

"The way our company philosophy has always promoted–or it has not been afraid of co-promoting. We did it when we got into the business in mixed martial arts with, at the time, EliteXC. We’ve done it with M-1. We’ve done it with Dream. And each one of these business relationships — when I say that, there’s a fighter component but there’s also a business component to it — are all different," Coker said. "The deal with Dream, the deal with M-1, the deal with ProElite at the time, it’s all different. So everyone is different. With Bellator it comes with its own set of challenges. It doesn’t mean it can’t be overcome, maybe, maybe not. But to me, I’m just focusing on the 19th, this Friday night and then the 4th. And then we’ll take it to next year and see what happens."

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Ballkick- November 17, 2010 at 7:31 am
Scott Coker is not really a guy that exudes respect, maybe that is the reason his fighters treat him like a door-mat.
I would like to thank Cup Cheick for putting into words so eloquently what I could not.
Scott Coker really does remind me of that fat sweaty guy that frequents Chat Roulette playing with his junk. The very same guy I want to knee in the face and tell to put his fat, pudgy, short little dick back in his pants and ban from the Internet.
Bruces_Shoe_man- November 17, 2010 at 7:19 am
@ Ballkick - right on
J-Dog- November 17, 2010 at 5:05 am
It really seems like the monkeys run the zoo over there at Strikeforce.
ArmFarmer- November 17, 2010 at 4:59 am
Yeah this article really has 0 information in it.

So what good is having Fedor, Werdum, and Overeem under one roof if you can't get any of them to fight eachother? People can hate on ufc for being overly controling all they want, but they will never find themselves in these situations which is exactly why they do things the way they do.

Having a champion that goes years without defending his title, only having a handfull of good fighters that you can't get to fight eachother, having to renegotiate after every fight with fedor, having your organization crumble because a single fight didn't go down the way it was suppose to (elitexc/affliction), having fighters that just don't show up for fights because they don't feel like pissing in a cup... all things you won't see in ufc.
Cup Cheick- November 17, 2010 at 12:08 am
I dono Scott Coker reminds me of that fat sweaty guy that frequents Chat Roulette playing with his junk. Or an owner of a Thai whore house can't quite decide...

The more I look at him the more I want to throw up on my laptop.
Ballkick- November 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm
I just got to comment on something.

Sometimes you see someone and for no explicable reason,..... they never said or did anything to you, you just take an instant dislike to them.
Scott Coker is one of those people to me.
I know I shouldn't,....but there is nothing I can do about it, something about his pudgy fat fucking face just enrages me. I cant explain it.
Swedish- November 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm
This POS promotion needs to go under asap. They are holding up some decent fighters from competing with the best in the world. I'm so sick and tired of it
Kimbos Bread- November 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm
Could have been worse.

He could've followed suite with Dana White and said CBS isn't a top ten US TV network (and insulted pretty much everyone in the US for thinking otherwise).
fightfan- November 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm
What is so ridiculis to me..other than just about everything Strikeforce does is the whole Fedor nonsense??

I mean , they (SF) came out and said we signed Fedor to a 3 fight deal!!! OK, then why the fuck is there this ridiculis lull of 6-8 month after each figth where they have to "renegotiate" the contract. And, especially after a loss.

Can you imagine if them crazy Russians tried to pull this shit with Dana?? He would say, ok you dont want to fight for what you signed for?? Then you wil sit out and NOT fight until you are 40 and will not be allowed to fight anywhere until you give me the 3 fights. And Dana will have Zuffa's lawyers sue the shit out of them for breach of contract and keep them in US courts forever and/or till they are so broke they happily would fight!! Actually, that would be kind of awesome to folow.

But Coker mustnt have any balls. Instead after every fight he lets them "crazy Russians" dictate NEW terms and change the ones that they dont like. I find this absolutely ludicrous, especially after his stock fell with the loss to Werdum. I thought tht was teh whole idea of having him sign for 3 fights??
RaginAsian- November 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm
So you're reporting that Scott Coker has nothing to report. Awesome. I think I'll go call my parents and tell them I'm not engaged.
Art Vanderley Silva- November 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm
i feel like you guys aren't even trying anymore, caption-wise.
Get Off Me- November 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm
Release the haters!
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