Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Discusses Upcoming Fights

This weekend sees Strikeforce in St.Louis for their ‘Heavy Artillery’ show, but the promotion’s CEO Scott Coker is already looking ahead to potential fights for some of his other stars in the near future.

Despite losing to Jake Shields in his Strikeforce debut, Dan Henderson remains an integral part of the company’s plans and Coker tells mmafighting that there’s several interesting options for him.

“I could see Dan going against Robbie Lawler, I think that would be a great fight. Jacare or Joey Villasenor would be great fights. If Nick Diaz wants to fight at 185 again, that would be a great fight. Dan is on vacation right now and then we’ll have that conversation.

Most of these fighters have fights already scheduled over the next month or so which suggests it will be some time before we’ll next see Henderson in the cage.

Hendo is also a potential opponent for Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal according to Coker.

“The fight King Mo really wants is he wants to fight Fedor. King Mo could fight at heavyweight and that would be an interesting fight. Dan Henderson vs. King Mo could also be interesting.”

I must admit that personally I don’t have a great desire to see King Mo fight Fedor any time soon.  He defeated Gegard Mousasi for the light-heavyweight title which was certainly an achievement, but he looked far from the finished article doing so and I think he needs more fights under his belt before taking that step.

Meanwhile Coker sees several options for lightweight title holder Gilbert Melendez in the pipeline.

“I think he could fight a rematch with Tatsuya Kawajiri [Melendez beat Kawajiri by unanimous decision in 2006], I think he could fight JZ Cavalcante, maybe Vitor Ribeiro. I think maybe after another year he’ll probably have a trilogy fight with Josh Thomson, and I think those are four good guys he could look forward to fighting.”

While these match-ups are decent, you can’t help but daydream about Melendez against some of the UFC’s best like BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar and Kenny Florian, to name but a few, instead.

Finally Bobby Lashley’s next opponent remains a mystery despite the fact that he’s set to fight in a little over a month.

“We’ve submitted a couple names for commission approval but without athletic commission approval we can’t move forward.”

Fingers crossed it’s someone relevant this time rather than another can for the former pro-wrestler to crush.  Coker went on to suggest that Shane Del Rosario could be a future opponent for Lashley if they are both successful in their upcoming bouts.

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