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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Talks Fedor Emelianenko Signing With Strikeforce And More

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Scott Coker was on Tapout Radio and talked all things in regards to Fedor Emelianenko signing with Strikeforce.  Below are some of the highlights in which Scott Coker hit on:


-3 fight deal over the next year...starts in the fall idea who Fedor will fight next

-He will not be fighting for the Strikeforce title in the first fight.  They want to possibly build up a fight with Strikeforce HW champion Alistair Overeem.  They could possibly put Overeem and Fedor on the same card(not fighting one another) to try and build that fight up possibly

-They still want to support Overeem even though he hasn't defended his Strikeforce title in 2 years

-Strikeforce will try to make Fedor fight quality opponents each fight

-It's possible that Strikeforce vs. Dream event or could hold a show in Russia, Japan, Korea, and other places with co-promotion

-Fedor Emelianenko is a global superstar

-The possibilities are endless with the rosters between Strikeforce, M-1, and DREAM

-Gegard Mousasi vs. Babalu will happen and it will not be an issue...there are a lot of rumors flying around

-Gegard Mousasi and Strikeforce have a 3 fight contract

-Cung Le should be fighting before the end of the year(2009).  There will be interim belt in Le's absence involving Jake Shields against TBA.  The winner will fight Cung Le.

-Coker doesn't think that the relationship with Zuffa will change because of signing Fedor

-Coker choose not to respond to Dana White's quote about Fedor being a "expletive" and fighting nobodies for no money

-Coker gives the UFC credit for keeping the sport alive

-Coker is open to co-promoting with the UFC, but realizes that it's not the Zuffa business it's a long shot.

-Paul Buentello is in the mix to fight for Strikeforce?  He didn't give a clear answer about Buentello.

-Will see a mixture of both Strikeforce fighters fighting for DREAM and vice versa. 

-Relationship with M-1 is akin to a boxing relationship in regards to the co-promotion.

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