With Kimbo Slice and Paul Daley both out of the UFC, everyone has been speculating on whether or not they’ll end up in Strikeforce. No one knows for sure what will happen, but don’t expect Strikeforce to sign either in the immediate future.
When asked about Paul Daley on Sherdog radio earlier today, Scott Coker said they’ll wait and see how his situation plays out before making any moves.
“I’m not sure really when cooler heads prevail, maybe (the UFC will) be able to work something out with Paul, but I’m sure Paul will be on some heavy type of suspension from the commission up in Canada and I don’t imagine Paul being able to fight anytime soon,” said Coker.
“I’m sure we’ll get a call, but let’s what happens,” said Coker. “Who knows? He could be on suspension for four to six months. He’s not going to be able to fight. I don’t think that type of reaction or behavior from a fighter will be accepted. It’s just unacceptable.”
As for Kimbo, Coker was quick to remind everyone that they passed on him when they made the EliteXC deal.
“You’re like the sixth person who’s contacted me saying, ‘Hey, you have to put together Herschel Walker vs. Kimbo Slice,’” Coker shared. “The thing is with Kimbo is he was successful with the ratings, but when we purchased (the contracts) from Pro Elite, the deal at that time (for Kimbo), we felt was too rich for long-term viability…We haven’t revisited it internally yet, so as of right now I think we’re going to stick with our course, which is putting on the best fighters in the world in the best matchups.”
However, Coker added that Strikeforce would continue to both seek out and keep talent that enriches the company’s long-term strategy.
“The fighters that are important to develop our reach and growth, and are important to Showtime and CBS, we’re going to keep those fighters,” said Coker. “We’ve proven that we can stay in the game at the highest level with these athletes because believe me, Fedor (Emelianenko) is not a cheap fighter.”
In other words, if they can get Kimbo at the right price, then maybe.
If you ask me, they should look at Kimbo as a marketing opportunity to get more eyes on their real investment — Fedor. If they’re going to put all that money into Fedor, they might as well use someone like Kimbo to help promote the card he’s on…if they can get Kimbo at a decent price of course.
Below, Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole and Steve Cofield talk about why the UFC cut Kimbo and whether Strikeforce should pick him up.