COKER ON FEDOR DEAL: "I don't think this will escalate."
If a line has been drawn in the sand between the promotion that most thought deserved Fedor Emelianenko and the promotion that actually got him, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker certainly doesn’t see it.
“Why would one fighter create a war?” asked Coker, after announcing Monday that he’d secured the services of the most sought-after fighter in the sport for three fights over one year. “I don’t think this will escalate like the fans like to gossip (it will).”
How Does Strikeforce Solve a Problem Like Fedor Emelianenko?
The idea that Emelianenko won't be granted an immediate shot is a dubious one, and for a number of reasons:
1. "Let's build that fight up" isn't the sort of thinking that's conducive to good business in MMA. The sport is too tricky and unpredictable for promotions to lay foundations for fights, and several high-profile bouts have fallen apart based on the notion that they should marinate. If it's a good fight, book it. Not after lunch. Now.
Randy Couture: Battle Has Begun Between UFC and Strikeforce
In addition to being one of the best fighters in MMA history, Randy Couture is known as one of the most knowledgeable observers of the sport, regarding both what happens inside the cage and the business side of the sport. He's also known for his longstanding quest to fight Fedor Emelianenko, so in a week when Fedor shocked the MMA world by signing with Strikeforce, Couture's thoughts are of particular interest.
STRIKEFORCE AND DREAM FORMALIZING "ALLIANCE"
Halfway around the globe, Dream is expected to announce an “alliance” with Strikeforce, the result of a longstanding relationship between Scott Coker and the Japanese promotion.
The Strikeforce CEO has maintained a good relationship with promoter Kazuyoshi Ishii from Dream parent company Fight Entertainment Group, whom he worked with for eight years as the U.S. promoter of K-1 kickboxing. The alliance formalizes that relationship.
Strikeforce Signs Ronaldo Souza, DREAM 11 Fight Off?
GracieMag is reporting that Middleweight Ronaldo Souza has signed with Strikeforce. He's expected to debut for the promotion this fall, which obviously casts some doubt on whether his planned rematch with Jason Miller at DREAM 11 for the vacant DREAM Middleweight Title will actually happen.
Assessing Strikeforce's Chances to Make a Go of Promoting Fedor Emelianenko
Dave Meltzer breaks it down. After pointing out that Fedor will be marketed as the No. 1 heavyweight and the legitimate champion in the world as long as he doesn't lose, Meltzer concedes that none of the three likely opponents for Fedor on the Strikeforce roster will create the kind of hype needed to draw general public interest, much less sell a PPV. But he goes on to make the long-term case:
But there are several more factors in the long-term. Strikeforce’s television contract includes options with CBS, which is in the same Viacom corporate umbrella as Showtime. If Emelianenko’s second fight is on CBS in a prime-time slot, he will get a measure of exposure in this country the likes of which he’s never come close to receiving. There is value in being considered by most as the best heavyweight, and of a second MMA organization having someone of his stature on its major events.
On Fedor and the MMA Hardcore Community
I don’t know what happened. One day things were as per normal in the internet MMA community, the next thing people have gone certified insane. Maybe the blame should go to Josh Barnett for starting off this chain reaction that has led to Fedor Emelianenko being (unjustly) the most vilified MMA star this side of Gilbert Yvel. Things have moved quickly and Barnett has become merely an afterthought in the UFC/M-1 mamushka.
Hardcore, computer friendly MMA fans are constantly reminded how we make up a small portion of the larger MMA network. While that may be true, we consider ourselves educated and often superior to the casual rubes. We turn our collective noses up at the notion that many so called MMA fans are actually UFC fans. No doubt they are the ones calling it “Ultimate Fighting” as well.
The Strikeforce/DREAM Alliance Could Bring Crossover Battles We Crave
Scott Coker mentioned in the TapouT radio show yesterday that there will be a press conference in Japan regarding a new alliance with DREAM that could potentially bring a large amount of overseas fighters into the mix with Strikeforce's roster of talent. This has been a bit overlooked in all the Strikeforce discussions, but it matters due to the potential for booking the crossover battles between Japanese and North American fighters that many fans have craved for quite some time.
Not only are there bouts that can happen that are relevant within today's ranks, but even matches of MMA legends that could potentially be made between the two promotions. Think about some of these bouts: Frank Shamrock vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis, Josh Thomson vs. Joachim Hansen/Shinya Aoki/Ribeiro/Kikuno... the list goes on.
Strikeforce, DREAM to Enter Partnership
Strikeforce and DREAM are expected to announce a partnership shortly that could see an exchange of fighters between the two promotions.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed Monday night in a radio appearance on The Carmichael Dave Show that Strikeforce will enter into an "alliance" with Fighting Entertainment Group, the parent company of Japan's No. 1 mixed martial arts group.
Despite Strikeforce contract, Fedor Emelianenko can still compete in Japan
Although Fedor Emelianenko has been signed to a three-fight, one-year deal, Strikeforce officials will still permit the heavyweight fighter to compete overseas, including in Japan.
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Emelianenko (30-1), who signed with Strikeforce on Monday, will be permitted to fight outside the organization while under contract.
NY Times profile: Carano a very secluded person
LAS VEGAS — Gina Carano lives on a cul-de-sac where all the houses look the same. For companionship, she puts up two pit bulls and a convicted felon. She stays out of nightclubs, maintains few friendships and drives a foul-smelling Impala. She never finished college. She has never heard of Chuck Berry. In conversation, she assumes you have never heard of her.
Jake Shields to Fight for Strikeforce Interim Middleweight Championship in October
With Cung Le missing in action for more than a year to focus on a career in the movies, Jake Shields has been tabbed to fight for an interim championship made in his absence against an opponent yet to be announced.
Strikeforce President Scott Coker recently confirmed the news Monday evening during an interview with TapouT Radio, explaining that the current Strikeforce 185 pound champion is a man of many obligations at the moment.
New York Times Covers Fedor Emeliananko Dissing the UFC
Man Considered World’s Top Fighter Rejects His Sport’s Top Brand
By R.M. SCHNEIDERMAN New York Times
Published: August 3, 2009
Fedor Emelianenko, a champion mixed martial arts fighter from Russia, signed a three-fight deal Monday with Strikeforce, once again depriving the Ultimate Fighting Championship of the chance to lay claim to the man who is widely considered the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world.
Fabricio Werdum Off Strikeforce Card
Fabricio Werdum will have to wait a little longer to make his Strikeforce debut. The Brazilian heavyweight, who was supposed to face Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce heavyweight title on August 15 before Overeem pulled out of the fight due to a hand injury, will not be fighting on the upcoming card against a replacement opponent.
Strikeforce director of communications, Mike Afromowitz, confirmed the news with FanHouse on Monday.
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