When Strikeforce booked Brett Rogers in a heavyweight title fight coming off a loss, the organization took a little heat, but for the most part, was given a pass by the media and the fans. M-1 Global and Fedor Emelianenko were holding out for whatever it was they were holding out for, and we wanted to see Alistair Overeem finally defend his title against a solid opponent, even if that opponent had just lost to Fedor. It was the exception, not the rule.
Well, apparently no one gave Scott Coker that memo, because here he is on Sherdog Radio talking like Fedor won a couple weeks ago.
“My feeling is maybe Fedor should fight Alistair Overeem and whoever wins that fight gets to fight Fabricio Werdum,” Coker told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show last week. “Alistair vs. Fedor? I’d love to see that fight happen.”
Yeah, we all wanted to see that fight happen, right up until the point Fedor Emelianenko tapped out to Fabricio Werdum’s triangle. Now, quite frankly, it would just be dumb. If Coker’s goal is to make the Strikeforce heavyweight title more irrelevant than it already is, then he’s certainly headed in the right direction with that suggestion.
No reason to flip out yet though, it’s just an “option” Coker is floating out there perhaps to see if he can get away with it.
“We just saw Fedor fight Werdum. I’m not saying we couldn’t do the rematch first,” said Coker. “I’m just saying there are a couple of options on the table and the other option would be to fight Alistair…but until we sit down with M-1, these are all just the options…For me, the times have changed and it’s going to be an interesting negotiation now.”
In other words, it’s probably going to be awhile before we see Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum or Alistair Overeem back in action. Another round of negotiations with M-1 means another month or two of questions and uncertainty.