Following the post-event press conference at “Fedor vs. Silva” on Saturday night, I was able to get a couple minutes with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who ran down his thoughts on the insanity we’d all just witnessed — as well as some other big topics swirling around his promotion. To summarize:
- Coker still feels that Fedor Emelianenko‘s heart is still in competing, mainly because the first round of his fight against Antonio Silva wasn’t a total blowout. (By the way, a draw after two rounds? That second round was a clear 10-8 for Silva in my opinion, and the first round wasn’t a clear-cut win for Fedor either.)
- Whatever Andrei Arlovski does next is up to his camp, but Coker doesn’t sound too enthusiastic about putting him in the cage again.
- Strikeforce will find a way to have Josh Barnett compete in their heavyweight tournament, despite his inability to play nice with athletic commissions. In Coker’s opinion, Barnett is one of the top five or six heavyweights in the world.
- Gina Carano‘s return to MMA competition is going to be “great for everybody.” During the press conference, Coker was unable to share specifics on Carano’s return date or next opponent.
- Up until the shock upset in the main event that ripped the hearts from fans’ chests, Coker felt it was a great night of fights.