Scott Coker: Winner of Strikeforce HW GP should be ranked number one
This is a transcript of just part of the video interview.
RON KRUCK: āYou look at the first round match-ups, I mean thereās some epic fights. How did you come up with the opening round fights and the tournament bracket?ā
SCOTT COKER: āYou know, we sat down for two weeks and we thought about how we would lay this out, and you know weāve had some criticism from some of the fans saying, well, why is it, you know, these guys are all on top? You know what, we wanted to give the fans the best opportunity to see the best fights that we could put together, guaranteed. And, you know, Fedor, he might win, he might lose (Saturday) night, right? You donāt know, right? But if he should go forward, then heāll fight the winner of Alistair and Werdum and, so, weāre guaranteeing these fights because, you know, in a tournament format and I know this from experience, very rarely do the guys that you expect from the bottom, you know, like you have eight guys and say, OK, this guy should win and this guy should win, so this is the finals youāre going to get. Very rarely does it happen and Iāll give a good example, three weeks ago or four weeks ago everybody in America thought the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons were going to the Super Bowl, you know, I did. And then it ends up being, you know, Pittsburgh and Green Bay. So, very rarely does it end up the way you think itās going to end up. So, weāve mixed it up a little bit, fans might get confused but I guarantee you when they start seeing these fights, theyāre going to be happy.ā
RON KRUCK: āAs you look at the fighters that you have put into this Grand Prix, do you feel when itās all said and done that the winner should be considered the #1 Heavyweight in all of MMA and thatās including the fighters in the UFC?ā
SCOTT COKER: āYeah, absolutely, I mean, you know, our style has never been to disparage anybody. But I can tell you this, not only are these the most talented fighters in the world, theyāre the most proven fighters in the world. Look at who Fedor has fought already in his past. Look at who Alistairās fought. Look at who Bigfoot Silvaās fought. I mean, these guys have all went through the gauntlet several times. Josh Barnett, I mean these guys are all proven fighters, theyāre all have been at the top of their game and going into this tournament itās going to see who is still at the top of their game and the fighter that goes through this gauntlet of athletes should be the #1 fighter in the world.ā
One of the interesting things that you see Mr. Coker say in multiple interviews is that he has all the guys signed under contract and that heās not too concerned about any major injuries taking place. How can he say that when it seems like every other fight that Fedor has a hand injury? How can that be said when contracts havenāt been signed for all the fights (so far, to my knowledge), let alone all of the building venues? Even PRIDE when they ran year-long tournaments had buildings booked for the whole year and announced them ahead of time. We still arenāt sure where Strikeforceās April event is going to take place.