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Scott Coker: HWGP Winner Will Not Be Crowned Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion (Update)

It’s been a month since Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem exited the organization and Strikeforce still doesn’t know how and when they’re going to crown a new heavyweight champion. The obvious answer is to present the title to the heavyweight grand prix winner, but as Scott Coker explained on a conference call today, that’s not the plan as of now.

“It just hasn’t been determined yet,” he said. “And right now, that’s position of the company: The winner of the tournament won’t be crowned the champion.”

As we learned a couple weeks ago, Alistair Overeem is still technically the Strikeforce heavyweight champion since he’s still under an exclusive negotiation period. Since there’s still a slim chance Overeem could re-sign with Strikeforce, Zuffa may be waiting to see how that negotiation plays out before making any decisions on the title. Of course, if Zuffa shuts Strikeforce down next year, none of the titles are going to matter, so this might end up being a non-issue anyways.

Other notes from the conference call:

— Coker confirmed they are still negotiating with Dan Henderson, however MMA Junkie is hearing that Hendo is extremely close to signing with the UFC. Coker doesn’t have any current plans for Hendo’s title if he does leave Strikeforce, however the upcoming King Mo vs. Roger Gracie bout and Gegard Mousasi’s next fight will be looked at when making plans for the title.

Coker confirmed that Cris Cyborg has re-signed with Strikeforce. They hope to have her back in action by the end of the year. She hasn’t fought since June 26, 2010 when she defeated Jan Finney.

— Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier says it’s not his responsibility to teach his opponents takedown defense. If they don’t like wrestling in MMA, then they need to learn how to stay off their back.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

Update: Conference call audio via MMA Nation.

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