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Strikeforce Post-Fight Interview: Scott Coker Discusses Fedor’s Retirement Claims, Gina Carano’s Return + More

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.

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Send her tickets- February 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm
@ RWR point taken!

@ eradz good call!
djp1988- February 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm
BJ Penn + Diabetes = Scott Coker
RSparrow- February 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

Scott Coker is a complete tool, and has no business being the front man of a large organization.

Every time the man speaks and gives interviews, he constantly looks for the thing to be over... where he can go to the bathroom, look in the mirror and say holy shit that was tough.

Who says top 5 or 6? Also, he didn't even know what a fucking foul was. The guy knows nothing about MMA, he just saw an opportunity to make money and ran with it.

Dana knows what the fuck he's doing, I don't know why so many people hate on him.

Only Nick Ring makes me cringe as much when he speaks. I hate Coker.
Videodrome_NOW- February 14, 2011 at 10:21 am
When you read your comments back to yourself, do they still make sense??
"Coker is the best named promotor ever. The garbage pail kid is high Barrnett is clown shoes and putting any event with him and reem in test free japan is one more way this tourn would be a joke."

"Co-promotion is an act of a desperate company, hence mr cross promote himself coker avoided bellator."

Are these what you call sentences?? I mean, I know I'm sounding like an asshole here, but fuck, it's fuckin painful to read some of that shit on here. If you've got something to fuckin say at least try and make it somewhat readable.

Happy V day.
eradz- February 14, 2011 at 9:52 am
damn u beat me to it RwR!
eradz- February 14, 2011 at 9:52 am
prolly should post pics before giving tickets....
ccman- February 14, 2011 at 9:51 am
Coker is the best named promotor ever. The garbage pail kid is high
Barrnett is clown shoes and putting any event with him and reem in test free japan is one more way this tourn would be a joke. But with m-1 out noone else will demand testing.
And since again basic economics fail to many of you, any top ufc fighters get paid more than sf makes off their whole show. Why would ufc pretend to even entertain giving away money? If they want em they sign em. The only people in sf are wash outs, has beens, or those who like to talk shit from a safe distance. Co-promotion is an act of a desperate company, hence mr cross promote himself coker avoided bellator. They are cash strapped and need cokers tv deal. Coker needs ufc marketing and ppv money. If I was Dana I would say sure, but no sf signage anywhere, no sf sponsors, fighters get paid only what contract says, sf gets paid 10% gates, no ppv. Our production team, and you pay for a percentage on and marketing showing your. Fighters (if poster has 6 fighters, 2 from sf they owe 1\3 poster cost).

Sf would still make more than they did Saturday.
RwilsonR- February 14, 2011 at 9:50 am
@ Send her tickets - You actually think that is a 'her'?
Send her tickets- February 14, 2011 at 9:18 am
Send her the tickets then post some pic here...
RwilsonR- February 14, 2011 at 9:17 am
@ destinationblood - that wasn't Larry Flynt? I just thought from the camera angle I couldn't see the wheelchair.
Perpatraitor- February 14, 2011 at 8:26 am
Please send me tickets for beerbohm vs Healy. I live right here and I hear strikeforce will comp tickets! I'll wear magnificent daisy dukes and a CP shirt I swear! :)
Seoul Brother- February 14, 2011 at 8:16 am
eradz- February 14, 2011 at 8:10 am
Fedor always looked outta shape but he was looking like the marshmellow man from Ghost Busters! He could drop to 205 easy. Will he? prolly not, its time for him to start his political career in mother russia.
The Bone- February 14, 2011 at 8:04 am
Coker looks like Jabba the Hut dying
Smitty- February 14, 2011 at 7:59 am
@ knucklesamitch
Yeah bro, but we both know that'll never happen. That would require a co-promotion, and Dana ain't goin for that.
@ HusseinObama
I believe it's irony. First you fail at trying to be witty/insulting with your name, and then you have problems with your spelling. Back to the drawing board bro...
rpn453- February 14, 2011 at 7:53 am
What fight was Coker watching? I was somewhat surprised when Ranallo questioned whether the second round could be a 10-8, and then neither Frank nor Gus responded. It was obviously a 10-8 round. Silva dominated the round and gave Fedor a vicious beating. The first could have been a 10-10.
knucklesamitch- February 14, 2011 at 7:42 am
UFC and Strikeforce should put on yearly shows with cross promotional fights. If Strikeforce is so 2nd tier, then Dana shouldn't mind allowing his fighters to pick up some easy victories. Then we could truly figure out who the #1 fighter in the world is.
HusseinObama- February 14, 2011 at 7:41 am
You crazy dogiedoggiedoooogggg!
lono- February 14, 2011 at 7:37 am
blah @ hallmark holidays
Romanhelmut- February 14, 2011 at 7:37 am
It is ok Hussein....I knew "actong" was just a typo....the important thing is that you were error free when you called Dana a douche.
lono- February 14, 2011 at 7:35 am
Coker constantly looks on the verge of a heart attack. it always seems like he's just happy to make it through each event. never has a plan for the next show. the more mma the better but i just dont see SF lasting.
HusseinObama- February 14, 2011 at 7:34 am
I so so sooooooo very fat......... :( no Valentine for me
HusseinObama- February 14, 2011 at 7:27 am
Damn you CP!! I claim that Coker is a retard, but then I spell like I'M THE RETARD AND THEN I CAN'T EDIT MY FUCKING COMMENT!!
Mankeyz- February 14, 2011 at 7:23 am
Strikeforce heavyweight tournament will produce the #1 heavy weight int he world with far more experience than Cain " torn shoulder" Velasquez has had, and will have gone through much more competition than a over hyped fat man that we know as Brock Lesnar.
HusseinObama- February 14, 2011 at 7:21 am
Every time I hear that guy open his mouth I want to go to sleep. Sure, Dana is a douche, but this Coker is always actong like he's a retard.