Strikeforce Founder and CEO Scott Coker granted CBSSports.com an exclusive interview earlier this week with the transcript of the Q&A session now available in the CBSSports.com MMA section.
Coker addressed a number of topics; from the future of Cung Le; to whether EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields is resisting a move to Strikeforce; and his feelings as to whether his positive relationship with UFC President Dana White is about to change.
Additionally, Coker talked at great length about what the future might hold for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in Strikeforce.
“I think he’s a talented athlete and obviously he can knock people out,” he responded when asked for his thoughts on the former YouTube street fighting sensation. “I saw him knock out Tank (Abbott) and I said, ‘Jeez, this guy must hit really hard.’ But he was put in a situation where he was a main event fighter after only a few MMA fights. It’s almost like putting an athlete in a no-win situation.”
The veteran promoter was specifically asked if Slice was to fight for Strikeforce, how would he promote him differently than previous employer EliteXC.
“I think we would take a step back with his career and let him go get some fights and build his way back up,” Coker said. “From my point of view, that’s what I’m looking at but we have to sit down with Kimbo and his team. We’ve started some dialogue already, which has gone very well.
“We have to find out what their goals are but we’ve reached out to him and to say, ‘Look, we think we need to take a step back here and then move forward,’ because the last thing you want is to have another situation and have it not work out. Basically, we want to take the pressure off of him and I think that will go a long way.”
You can click here to read the interview in its entirety.