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Scott Coker Questions How UFC HW Champ Cain Velasquez Would Fare In The Strikeforce Heavyweight GP

It’s funny because I’m sitting down with Crazy Bob (Cook) at a restaurant last week and we’re having this debate about Cain fighting Fedor, Cain fighting Alistair Overeem, Cain fighting Fabricio Werdum or Barnett and, as much as we debated, I think I had a good come back for every part of it and I think that those guys I mentioned would give Cain a hard time. he’s an amazing fighter, but so are these guys. Just because you put the label on him, he’s a UFC champion, believe me, Overeem is a beast. Until you’ve been hit by that knee strike or Josh Barnett – who I believe has a really amazing complete game – or Fedor who has surprised us over and over. Fedor got caught by Werdum but to have that kind of record over all those years fighting in mixed martial arts? It just doesn’t happen. For our next heavyweight tournament, we’ll make sure to leave a lot open for their champion.

—Scott Coker talking to 106.7 The Fan via SB Nation about how Cain Velasquez would fare in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix

It’s an interesting question I really wish we could get the answer to. Personally, I think Cain would be right up there with tournament favorites Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem, but there’s really no way of knowing if they don’t fight. I doubt Fedor will ever set foot in the Octagon so I’m not holding out hope that we’ll ever see a Fedor vs. Cain match-up, but I think there’s still a good possibility Overeem makes it to the UFC one day. Ubereem vs. Velasquez would be an epic fight.

Speaking of all this UFC vs. Strikeforce heavyweight talk, who do you guys think has the best heavyweight division? I think it’s pretty close, though after watching this video of Ariel Helwani asking various people at the Strikeforce fan experience that same question, clearly not everyone would agree with me.

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