Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was understandably in a good mood after the ‘Diaz Vs Cyborg’ event delivered the goods, and backstage afterwards he talked to’s TJ DeSantis about the show, and what comes next.

Read a transcript of what he had to say below, or scroll down to the bottom of the page for the video…

On the event:

“Amazingly successful. Great fights, great attendance, great TV, and it’s a great way for us to launch the year.”

On the quality of Strikeforce’s heavyweight division:

“Do you know anybody with a better heavyweight division?” (Silence) “Thank you very much!”

On what he expects from the upcoming heavyweight grand-prix:

“It’s our first time up in the North-East there [New Jersey]. The pre-ticket sales have been great, way above projection, and we hope we sell it out. We hope the fights are great. I mean, here’s the thing about Fedor – have you ever seen him in a boring fight? To me, he’s going to bring it, and Big Foot’s ready, he’s going to bring it too.

And Kharitanov, you guys no who he is but a lot of people don’t, and I think he’s going to make a big impact because this is a guy who beat Alistair Overeem in his last MMA fight [in 2007] and he’s beat Fabricio Werdum, so you know he can fight the top, world class talent. And everybody knows what this means for Andrei Arlovski. I mean this is a turning point in his career I believe. This is a way to get redemption back in a quick fashion, or if it doesn’t work out maybe there should be some talk about what’s next for him.”

On some of the criticisms the tournament has faced:

“People that analyze the weights, the structure and whatever, think about it like this – On February 12th you’re going to get to watch Fedor fight Big Foot. Then you’re going to watch Kharitonov fight Arlovski. I just tell people, ‘hey, kick back and enjoy it. Enjoy the ride man, it’s going to be a fun year in 2011.”

On the possibility of Strikeforce holding an event in Japan:

“Absolutely. I have [a Japanese official] over there and we’re going to go and have dinner and talk about having Strikeforce in Japan this year.”

Why Japan?:

“You guts know I worked for K-1 for many years, for eight years, and I’ve always had a great respect for Japanese fight fans. It’s ingrained in their culture. I mean, when you grow up in Japan you’re doing martial arts, you know. And so it’s integrated into their culture and it’s just an amazing place to go watch fights, and they are educated fight fans and I’ve said I want to go to Japan for two or three years. For it finally to become possible will be a milestone for our league.”

On the possibility of a lightweight tournament in Japan:

“That’s something that we’re going to talk about because I know that they would like to have a tournament, and if they do, we’ll support them and send some of our top guys…but it’s premature because we haven’t had that conversation yet.”

On the possibility of Luke Rockhold Vs Tim Kennedy:

“That’s something we’re having dialogue with everybody, but it’s not official yet. I think that Luke Rockhold is a guy that is amazingly talented. When people see this guy unleashed, you know, he’s going to have that wow factor, and he’s a great kid. He’s in a great gym, and we’re going to give him the opportunity and then it’s up to him. From everything I’m hearing, and from the right people, they are saying he’s going to be ‘the guy.'”

On news of the Rafael ‘Feijao’ Vs Dan Henderson title fight:

“That fight’s going to be March 5th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. I think that the style match-up for that is going to be similar to what you saw tonight with Nick Diaz and Cyborg. I think they are going to go into the center of the cage and they are going to start throwing some bombs – it’s going to be awesome!”

Check out the full video interview below:

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