Scott Coker discusses Strikeforce's plans for 2011Posted on November 28, 2010, 04:02 PM by Daniel Cassidy
Speaking in an interview with USA TODAY, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker outlined his plans for the company for 2011. With a roster stronger than ever, as well as a very deep Heavyweight division, Strikeforce looks set to move onto bigger and better things this coming year, as the attempt to wrestle some of the fans away from the UFC.
Coker spoke to the website in detail about the wealth of talent residing within the company, particularly the Heavyweight division:
"Here's what I think. This heavyweight division is robust. There are so many great match-ups for a lot of these guys. I think Alistair Overeem should fight Fabricio Werdum. I think Alistair should fight (Antonio) "Bigfoot" Silva. I think he should fight Fedor (Emelianenko). I think that Fedor has three or four or five fights in front of him. There's Kharitonov out there now. These guys have some amazing fights ahead of them, and the one thing I will promise you, these guys will fight each other next year. I think by the end of the first quarter, you'll see some big things happening with some of our big guys."
Coker also explained the controversy surrounding Josh Barnett:
"Josh has been on suspension. He honored that suspension here in California. I think he deserves his license back. He served his time, is kind of the way I look at it. Let the guy make a living now and judge him by what he does now.
If he tests positive in the future, then he should be punished. But if he tests clean, and he served his suspension penalty, then why not let him fight and earn a living?"
The company front man discusses the relationship between Strikeforce and DREAM, as well sharing his thoughts on the quality of the roster of fighters he has:
"Strikeforce has a roster that we like. I think that we have a strong roster. I think the heavyweight division is amazing. I think we have most of the fighters that we want. I have always enjoyed the relationship with Dream because it's in the spirit of good sportsmanship and good competition. The spirit of sport is to compete, and why not let these guys fight each other?"
To read the full interview with Scott Coker, visit USA TODAY.