Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Talks Gilbert Melendez, Frankie Edgar, Gina Carano and Showtime

October 14, 2011
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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker

SAN DIEGO – Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is hopeful that Strikeforce will continue on Showtime, despite the departure of the man who played a vital role in bringing mixed martial arts to the network, Ken Hershman.

Coker, however, is still carrying on with “business as usual” and continues promoting Strikeforce, deflecting any thought of his company facing the grim reaper when its contract with Showtime expires early next year. So, for the time being, Strikeforce continues to operate and is scheduled to hold an event in San Diego on Dec. 17.

Headlining the San Diego fight card will be lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez defending his Strikeforce crown against No. 1 contender Jorge Masvidal. In addition, Cris “Cyborg” Santos will make her return to Strikeforce to defend her women’s featherweight title against Hiroko Yamanaka. K.J. Noons will look to get on the winning track in a fight with Billy Evangilista, and former light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi will lock horns with Ovince St. Preux.

Scott Coker talked with about the upcoming card and also answered questions ranging from Dana White seeing Frankie Edgar as the No 2. pound-for-pound fighter to Gina Carano’s status to the future of the company. Watch the video below.

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  • DrRJE

    Scott Coker doesn’t do shit. Nobody cares about StrikeForce…we care about the fights, not the promotion…and especially not about Coker.

  • Mario

    Scott Coker is a good guy!

    People shouldn’t knock him down. The man is passionate about the sport, and that’s what I focus on. He made the most with what he had. You gotta respect him for that.

    Regardless of what goes down with the whole Strikeforce situation, I hope they keep Coker on board.

    • collideoverme

      I’m sure they will. But then again, you never know with Dana White. I think Coker’s passion for the sport would lend the UFC well in the long run. Even if the UFC is about to absorb SF.

      • wonggfan

        Coker is good at what he does but Zuffa will most likely let him go if and when the two organizations merger.