Since the announcement earlier this month that the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion had acquired select assets from ProElite, one of the most asked questions of Strikeforce Founder and CEO Scott Coker was whether he expected his relationship with UFC President Dana White.
White, considered one of the most powerful people in MMA — if not the most powerful — has long lauded Coker’s promotional abilities while never passing up an opportunity to rip the vast majority of rival promotions who have tried and failed to assume some of the UFC’s market share.
“Oh, not at all,” responded Coker during a recent CBSSports.com interview when asked if he believed his positive relations with White would change in light of the recent announcement that Strikeforce had inked a deal with premium-cable provider Showtime in addition to acquiring ProElite’s assets.
However, Coker also indicated that he had not heard from White since news of the deals had reached the public.
“No, I haven’t spoken to Dana,” he responded when asked if he had heard from White. “However, I have spoken to some people that have spoken to him and there’s no reason for anything to change. They have a lot of respect for us that we know what we’re doing and the feeling is vice versa.”
But many still have been waiting for White to address the subject of Strikeforce in order to see if he had changed his position. Long-term, it remains to be seen how the two promotions will co-exist but for now, White remained favorable towards Strikeforce in his first comments regarding the new developments.
“I’m sure they’re going to put on some good shows, and hopefully, they can make that business model work for them,” White recently told Bo Dure of USA Today. “I’ve got nothing negative to say about them whatsoever.”