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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker can’t even take one goddamned vacation to Italy without the world falling apart back home. In this video interview, Coker responds to all the recent speculation about Fedor Emelianenko‘s possible signing to Strikeforce (it’s not happening yet, at least), and a reported last-minute attempt to merge Strikeforce with Affliction (not even close). Coker explains that Fedor’s current crop of suitors include boxing promoters and network television, and discusses why he didn’t want to "sell out" Brett Rogers for the Fedor fight.

On the actual reason for Affliction’s demise, Coker says "escalating the fighter purses way beyond the true value, I think sooner or later the natural laws of economics apply to all businesses, and it finally applied to Affliction." How true. And if Fedor ever did sign with Strikeforce? "I feel pretty confident that we could give him four or five different opponents that would make sense for him."


In another Sherdog interview, Vadim Finkelchtein (booooooo!) defends his position on why a deal can’t be struck with the UFC without M-1 co-promoting. Still, Vadim says he respects what the UFC has done, and would probably curse as much as Dana White if he was in his place. Finkelchtein says that M-1 and Fedor are not looking for more money than the UFC offered, but are looking for opprtunities "which will be able to give us development perspective in future," whatever the fuck that means.

He also flexes his Dana White promoter muscle a little bit: "I do not consider Brock Lesnar to be the best fighter in the world…he’s a very good fighter but there are a lot of fighters on his level, and I think we’ll always be able to find the proper opponent for Fedor. But fans want that fight, that’s why we offered to the UFC to organize such a fight." And how’s this for a kicker: Fedor never had a contract with Affliction. The contract was only between Affliction and M-1 Global.

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Just A Wrestler- July 31, 2009 at 11:39 am
My top ten is
1. Vadim Finkelchtein
2. Josh Barnett
3. Michael Bisping
4.Tito Ortiz
5. Brock Lesnar
6. Kit Cope
7. Tim Sylvia
8. Phil Baroni
9. Jamie Varner
10. John McCain (because he hates the sport and he sucks)
Just A Wrestler- July 31, 2009 at 11:26 am
I cant believe Tito Or- i mean.. he who shall not be named doesnt make the top 10 list
ArmFarmer- July 31, 2009 at 3:57 am
Ya know it's kind of annoying when ya know you say the same meaningless phrase over and over and over again. Ya know like when some someone is ya know being interviewed and they just ya know can't finish a single sentence without ya know breaking it up with an uh or like or ya know something pointless like that. Ya know what's really funny is at around 4:20 when the interviewer starts doing it too. It's like ya know like they don't even know they're doing it. Ya know?
Jay Smith- July 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm
Whoever thinks Fedor is a douche should immediately be thrust into the number 1 ranked position on The DAMMA Top 10 Rankings!!! He is probably the most respectful fighter Ever in MMA. Will the real fans, and people with brains please stand the heck up.
Turkish- July 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm
Fedor is the best fighter in the world like it or not TUF Noobs.

And Smackdaddiest1 is right on the money.
thebloc- July 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm
If Fedor never had a contract with Affliction, who paid him the official numbers we had for DoR and Banned? M-1? or were they an Affliction "bonus"
Smackdaddiest1- July 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm
Is it just me or does Scott Coker look like a young Larry Flynt......

Call me crazy.
dude- July 30, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Although reading all this crap between the UFC and Fedor, it's good to know what's going on behind the scenes as to why Fedor hasn't signed with the UFC all along. In the meantime, why doesn't the UFC bring back Don Frye, Gary Goodridge, Mark Kerr, Dan Severn, Tank Abbott and entertain us with some freak show fights????
Dubbayoo- July 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Scott Coker needs some Dana White pizazz!! :P
KidDinomite- July 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm
What I want to know is why does Fedor stay with M-1? Does he have a multi-year contract with them? Whats going on with that? I think Fedor would possibly sign with UFC if he didn't have M-1 as a thorn in his side.
Häkkiperuna- July 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm
Wow, that guy Scott Coker is a smart one, eh? I immediately started to like him. Now I kinda hope that Strikeforce signs Fedor, and even those wastes of skin that are SF Heavyweights beat him!
Dr.- July 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Sorry... JPfighter-DAMMA. Spot on.
Dr.- July 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm
@ imakeutap:

Spot on.
Dr.- July 30, 2009 at 3:08 pm
I'm a big Fedor fan but I'm sick of this shit already.

FUCK them. Let them fade into the shit of M-1. Vadim, you are a cunt. Like Don King of Tyson's demise.

I sent M-1 a nice little note outlining my thoughts - let's email bomb the fuck out of them.
imakeutap- July 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm
JPfighter-DAMMA Says:
Thu, 07/30/2009 - 13:46
Fedor is like that hot chick in high school that everyone wants to bang, but she plays hard to get for too long. And before you know it, she loses her luster and nobody cares anymore because there are plenty of other hot chicks to bang. By the time she realizes that she is now ready to stop playing hard to get, nobody cares, and she lives a life a single woman in a basement apartment with 14 cats. Fuck a Fedor.

hahahahaha, so true
Chri534.- July 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm
What a fucking joke.
JPfighter- July 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm
@ RearNakedPoke

The DAMMA Board will take those suggestions under advisement at our next rankings review meeting. Thank you for your input.
Josh-O Slicenett- July 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm
I just hope that when Fedor fights Rogers in the next couple of months you all don't forget how much you trashed him in the comments section and start start saying shit like "who me? i said fuck fedor? whaaaaa?"
Jugger- July 30, 2009 at 2:35 pm
I'm seeing Fedor as more a "pawn" than a "douche".
RearNakedPoke- July 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm
i have them in this order Mr. President...
1. Vadim Finkelchtein

2. Steve Mazzagatti
3. Josh Barnett
4. Michael Bisping
5. Tom Atencio
6. Josh Barnett
7. Tim Sylvia
8. BJ Penn
9. Matt Hughes
10. DANA WHITE

IMO
Clyde- July 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm
Well. He didn't sign. None of us saw that coming. But to turn down that offer? What the fuck?

Will there be a pound for pound DAMMA ranking BTW?
CJvsCP- July 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm
Fedor and Vadim can both eat a big bag of dicks! He's overrated anyhow. Oh look at me my name Fedor and I beat up nothing but has beens...vodka vodka vodka.
AceCondor- July 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm
Fuck M1. Die already!
JPfighter- July 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm
@ Just a Wrestler

Your post brings up a good thought. Just as there are MMA rankings, we should have the MMA Douchebag Rankings. Perhaps this can be a Cage Potato exclusive, almost like WAMMA. LOL. How about DAMMA? Douchebag Association of Mixed Martial Arts! Yes, perfect. As the founder of DAMMA, I nominate myself to be President of DAMMA, and oversee the rankings.

So, let's get started. The DAMMA Top 10 Rankings for July 30, 2009:

1. Vadim Finkelchtein
2. Fedor Emelianenko
3. Josh Barnett
4. Tom Atencio
5. Tim Sylvia
6. Matt Hughes
7. BJ Penn
8. Anderson Silva
9. Michael Bisping
10. Steve Mazzagatti

And don't get pissed off at me for listing Anderson Silva in the DAMMA rankings. I am the DAMMA President damn it, so don't question my AUTHORITAH!
Sheps- July 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm
It's spelt "njet" retards. J is pronounced like Y in most slavic countries.
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