The future of the Strikeforce organization has been in doubt for a number of months now with it’s current deal with Showtime set to expire in early 2012 and a number of it’s key stars moving over to the UFC.
There has been light at the end of the tunnel recently however when UFC president Dana White decided to take a hands-on role in negotiations with Showtime about the promotion’s future, and now the man who built Strikeforce from the ground up – Scott Coker – believes that a new deal will be struck.
“Negotiations are good, and if you’re a betting man, put your money down that it will happen,” Scott Coker confidently told Ariel Helwani after Saturday night’s UFC 139 event.”
In fact the way Coker was talking it seems like it’s pretty much a done deal.
“I’m not worried about it, it’s just the little details and it’ll probably get worked out in the next couple of weeks. I feel the Showtime folks want it, I know the Zuffa folks want it and I’ll be happy to continue promoting Strikeforce and getting behind it and growing it.”
With the likes of Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz, Cung Leand Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller all having left for the UFC, while Gilbert Melendez is also expected to be next star to do so many people have questioned how the promotion can continue to keep running, but Coker believes they still have plenty of talent to work with.
“We still have a tremendous roster and we’re going to continue putting on great fights and building new stars. We’re going to have old guys and new guys and there’s going to be plenty of fighters to pick from and I think Sean [Shelby] has done a really good job matchmaking and you’re going to see many more great fights in Strikeforce.”
Watch Coker’s full interview below courtesy of MMAfighting.