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Saturday Marks End Of Strikeforce; CEO Coker To Work For Zuffa
Published January 11, 2013
END OF AN ERA: In N.Y., Marc Raimondi wrote, "Strikeforce had to die. There was just no other way." Did anyone "really believe that UFC’s parent company, Zuffa, would be able to run another major-league MMA organization alongside its big cash cow?" Strikeforce’s best "hope under the Zuffa banner was as a minor-league feeder system." It is "bittersweet. ... And it is what's best for the fans" (NYPOST.com, 1/9). Coker when asked about promoting and including female fighters said, "To me, it wasn't a hard decision at all because in Strikeforce Kickboxing we had many female fighters and some of the best fights we had in the Kickboxing series on ESPN were female fights. ... It was more of a state licensing issue." He added the fight between Gina Carano and Cris "Cyborg" Santos was "another pinnacle in the history of our company." Coker was asked about any mistakes he made and said, "I would have more protection, more security at the cage for the Jake Shields-Dan Henderson fight. ... That was live on CBS." Coker said his next step "will be working for Zuffa." Coker: "As far as roles and responsibilities, I'll probably come out to Vegas in the next couple of weeks and sit down with [UFC co-Chair & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta] and everybody there and figure that part out" (SI.com, 1/9).