A few Strikeforce “Los Angeles” post-fight news and notes from Sherdog’s post-show interview with Scott Coker.
— Scott Coker says Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante is a potential opponent for King Mo in August, but he still wants to put together King Mo vs. Babalu Sobral for the title despite the fact that they refuse to fight each other. Then, Loretta Hunt breaks it to him that Babalu has a giant cut over his eye and probably wouldn’t be cleared to fight in time, and man, I about spit my drink all over my computer because Scott Coker’s reaction was just priceless. “I see. Yeah, I’m not sure. Was it deep? Was it deep? Ohhh boy… Wow, hmmm…” Where does Coker go post-fight? He missed the entire CBS brawl too somehow. Anyhow, like Dana White, Coker thinks fighters are professionals first and friends second. They should have to fight each other if that’s what is asked of them. It’s a valid point, but why King Mo vs. Babalu? No one’s asking for that fight as far as I can tell.
— Coker confirms Sergei Kharitonov and Valentijn Overeem have both signed with Strikeforce.
— Herschel Walker will fight for Strikeforce again. Scott Coker isn’t interested in Kimbo Slice.
— Coker has a “feeling” Fabricio Werdum is going to upset Fedor Emelianenko. They wanted Fedor at E3 and the LA show, but it sounds like he had some visa issues. Fedor is arriving in the US today though. A press conference was held in Russia for his send-off.
— Coker thinks KJ Noons vs. Nick Diaz makes a lot of sense to put together (thank you!). Noons is up for it. I assume Nick would be down, but who knows, he doesn’t talk to the media too often. Word is he was issued a 90-day suspension from the Tennessee Athletic Commission for the CBS brawl, but it doesn’t start until he returns a form and money for the fine. Understandably, Coker is worried it won’t get returned which would keep Nick out indefinitely. Hopefully Cesar Gracie gets on that, and Strikeforce is able to do Noons-Diaz II by the end of the year.
— Noons also wants to fight Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight title, but Melendez has a broken hand that needs surgery, so that won’t happen anytime soon.
— Coker says they’re far apart on money with Jake Shields, and they’re quickly moving towards an 8-man tournament for the middleweight title. Tournament participants Coker named were Dan Henderson, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Robbie Lawler, Scott Smith/Cung Le winner (might as well throw in both) and Kazuo Misaki. Like DREAM GP’s, the tournament would stretch out over multiple events. Coker thinks he can have it together in 2-3 months.