Scott Coker declares himself happy with Strikeforce's "continuous progress"Posted on March 10, 2010, 06:36 AM by Anton Gurevich
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker spoke exclusively to MMAJunkie.com, declaring himself happy with the promotion's progress as a driving force in Mixed Martial Arts. Coker stated that he expects a "new benchmark", when the legendary Dan Henderson steps in to fight Jake Shields in the main event of Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17th:
"The growth has been amazing, and I really feel honored and fortunate to have networks like CBS and Showtime because they're very vested in this program, and they love MMA. Because of guys like the Showtime executive Ken Hershman, we get to see the amazing fights that Strikeforce is able to put together. It's an amazing time for Strikeforce, and I think this year will be another amazing year. Fedor will be back, and I think that the fight in Nashville is going to be another benchmark in having Dan Henderson come."
With three title fights on the line at Strikeforce: Nashville and a new stars on the roster, Scott Coker stated that he expects a long run in Mixed Martial Arts business. Strikeforce are nowhere near the Ultimate Fighting Championship in terms of the event quantity, but according to Coker they have plenty to give in terms of quality:
"Think about this: Aoki vs. Melendez, how many people could have pulled that off? I feel very fortunate, and it's going to be an honor to have Aoki to fight Gilbert and to test our guys against their's and see what happens. That's what should be happening everywhere. We're going to be in this for a long time, and a year from now, it's probably going to be the same thing. The difference between our company and the other companies that went out of business before us is that this is our core business."
Strikeforce are currently in an ongoing negotiations with M-1 Global over the return of their biggest Ace, Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko. According to the latest quote coming from M-1 officials, Fedor will not participate at the stacked Strikeforce 24 card on May 15 that will feature mostly Heavyweights. Strikeforce organized 10 Mixed Martial Arts events in 2009, with only six title fights.