MENU
#UFC Fight Night 117 #UFC Fight Night 52 #Bellator 183 #Claudia Gadelha #Jessica Andrade #Conor McGregor #Fight Night Pittsburgh #Bellator MMA #Ovince St. Preux #Gokhan Saki


Following Strikeforce’s sale to the UFC, conventional wisdom suggests Strikeforce will close up after its various contracts expire.

However, Scott Coker (Pictured) believes Strikeforce’s future is in his and his team’s hands.

“At the end of the day, [the UFC] gave the WEC a good opportunity to try to flourish,” the Strikeforce CEO said Wednesday on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I just think it didn’t pan out the way they wanted. That’s why inevitably it went the way that it did.”

The WEC ended up merging with the UFC, a move that could also await Strikeforce in the future.

“I think our brand name is very strong,” Coker argued. “I think it’s stronger than it’s ever been and I think the Showtime relationship has been good for everybody and good for mixed martial arts and has given a lot of fighters some great opportunities. If we can continue to grow and continue to build this business the way that we have been … if we’re profitable and the company is doing very well, then I don’t see why it would not continue.”

Coker said Strikeforce’s contract with Showtime could extend to 2014. He doesn’t expect the promotion’s relationship with the network to change.

“I’m going to run Strikeforce and I’m going to keep building this thing as much as I can,” Coker said. “We’re going to work as hard as we can. … I think it will be ready for pay-per-view by the end of the year.”

Showtime would control production of a pay-per-view, Coker said, but the UFC’s resources would also be at his disposal.

“One of the things I’m really excited about, if you look at the muscle behind the UFC brand, now we have access to that,” he said. “We have access to their marketing machine and their PR machine and just all of the nuts and bolts of that company. They’ve been very helpful. They’ve been very engaging. Everybody’s been extremely friendly. We’re going to use some of those resources and we’re going to go out there and blow up Strikeforce.”

If Strikeforce is folded into the UFC, though, women fighters could be hit the hardest. While Strikeforce has promoted some of the biggest women’s bouts, UFC President Dana White has expressed little interest in having them in the Octagon. Coker isn’t looking that far down the road; for now, women have a home in Strikeforce.

“We are not going to mess with anything,” Coker said. “The girl fights will continue on Strikeforce. We have a big fight with Gina coming up at some point this year. We expect to have Marloes Coenen back, have ‘Cyborg’ back. To me, the platform will still be there. We still believe in the girls fighting and the girls’ ability to compete at the highest level. We’re going to continue with the girls.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 43:40).

Reader comments are active below. Chime in with an opinion or thought by signing in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo! account.
view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Reminder: Tickets on sale today for UFC 216 in Las Vegas; here's the latest card

  • 26 days ago
  • 16 views

As a reminder, tickets go on sale to the general public today for the UFC’s next “Sin City” pay-per-view: UFC 216.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Video: Before UFC 215 title defense, watch Amanda Nunes' wild 1-rounder with Sheila Gaff

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

After an uneven run with Strikeforce and Invicta FC, Amanda Nunes arrived in the UFC in 2013 with a wild promotional debut against Sheila Gaff.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Tickets on sale this week for UFC 216 in Las Vegas, and here's the latest card

  • 28 days ago
  • 33 views

Tickets go on sale this week for UFC 216 in Las Vegas with an interim lightweight title on the line between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Tickets on sale this week for Georges St-Pierre's return at UFC 217 in New York City

  • 14 days ago
  • 6 views

Four years after he walked away from the sport, Georges St-Pierre will make his return this fall on an historic stage.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Give a (expletive)? Tickets for UFC 217 on sale today

  • 11 days ago
  • 8 views

When UFC President Dana White is your social media manager, don’t expect Madison Avenue messaging.Filed under: Blue Corner, News, UFC read news >>

Before UFC-Pittsburgh headliner, watch Luke Rockhold's 2015 bout with Lyoto Machida

  • 14 days ago
  • 12 views

Back in 2015, former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold picked up his third “Performance of the Night” bonus in four fights when he took on Lyoto Machida. Check out the full fight.Filed under: News, read news >>

UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch Live Results and Fight Stats | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 13 views

Follow along for UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch full live results and fight stats. First fight is slated for 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT on Saturday. read news >>

UFC 215 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

  • 14 days ago
  • 24 views

Check out the reactions of the winning and losing fighters, as well as their teammates, on social media after UFC 215.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>

Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson hopeful manager can get him paid for UFC 215

  • 14 days ago
  • 135 views

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson expects his management team to work out a settlement with the promotion for his ill-fated fight at UFC 215.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC Countdown: Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch (FULL Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 75 views

Go inside the gyms and lives of Luke Rockhold and David Branch ahead of their UFC Pittsburgh main event. read news >>