MDS published a really good in-depth interview with Scott Coker earlier today. Among the topics discussed were Kimbo Slice, Dana White, Alistair Overeem, Ken Shamrock, and Brett Rogers.
There were a few other items Coker talked about though that I thought were worth pointing out.
When asked if Strikeforce would be offering Tito Ortiz a contract, Coker replied.
Yeah, sure. We haven’t had a sit-down with Tito, but for sure we should have that sit-down with Tito. Our company’s expectations and goals have just changed as of last Thursday and I think we should have that conversation with him, but it hasn’t happened yet.
“Yeah, sure” doesn’t exactly sounds like Coker’s too confident that they’ll actually reach a deal with Tito, and really why should he? Tito wants the world and then some, and Coker’s smart enough not to give it to him. It’s almost a shame that’s the case though, because Tito would fit in nicely with what Strikeforce is trying to do.
Alistair Overeem’s desire to fight Fedor Emelianenko was also brought up. It appears Coker is open to promoting Fedor, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be trying to do anything while Affliction still has him.
Yeah, why not? I don’t see why not. I know Fedor is working with Affliction right now, but in the future you never know. If we could put that fight together, that would be fantastic. … When (Overeem) first started fighting with us in ’06, he was just a young kid, I think he was 25 years old. So he’s just getting to his peak. He has great stand up, and although he’s not a jiu jitsu guy, he’s developing his ground game to where he can be effective with submissions. He’s one of the best in the world. Him and Fedor, boy that would be some match-up, huh?
After what Alistair did last year, that would be a pretty solid match-up. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that’s the Fedor fight everyone is clamoring for at the end of the year.
Coker also confirmed Frank Shamrock will indeed get his rematch with Cung Le if he beats Nick Diaz on April 11.
Cung Le is now just getting into his acting career, and he’s doing very well. But he and I spoke yesterday, and if Frank beats Nick Diaz, Cung Le and Frank Shamrock will be the next fight. That’s been confirmed.
Probably four or five months after the fight. It depends on how Frank is. In MMA you never know, but if Frank wins that fight, he will be fighting Cung Le in a rematch of what was probably the best fight of the year last year.
I don’t think anyone would complain about Frank and Cung go at it again. That fight has CBS main event written all over it.
One more thing, Coker also addressed the situation with Jake Shields. He sounds pretty confident that Jake will be coming on board with them, and threw out a few names—Joe Riggs, Jay Hieron, and Phil Baroni—they were considering for Jake if he fights on April 11. Those could be good fights and all, but let’s face it, Jake belongs in the UFC fighting the world’s best welterweights.