At a recent interview with Sherdog, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, the website asked about his feelings on Dana White’s decision to let go of Paul Daley and Kimbo Slice from the UFC;
“I’m not the UFC and they run their business the way they run it and I have no idea what thought process went into it,” Coker told the show, “but I’m sure it was influenced by what happened (at Strikeforce “Nashville”) a couple of weeks before.”
Coker commented that he hadn’t been able to watch Daley’s fight against Koscheck yet, but was sure that the fighter would have to pay for it dearly.
“I’m not sure really when cooler heads prevail, maybe the UFC will be able to work something out with Paul, but I’m sure Paul will be on some heavy type of suspension from the commission up in Canada and I don’t imagine Paul being able to fight anytime soon,” said Coker.
And when asked if he was willing to take Daley into the Strikeforce organization, Coker seemed less than thrilled, but knew a he would most likely get a call at some point from the fighter.
“I’m sure we’ll get a call, but let’s what happens,” said Coker. “Who knows? He could be on suspension for four to six months. He’s not going to be able to fight. I don’t think that type of reaction or behavior from a fighter will be accepted. It’s just unacceptable.”
Not just one, but two fighters were let go after this last weekend’s UFC 113 event. After a disappointing fight against former TUF castmate Matt Mitrione, Kimbo Slice was also ousted from the organization as well. And when Coker was asked about a possible match-up between Kimbo and former NFL star Herschel Walker, the exec didn’t seemed surprised.
“You’re like the sixth person who’s contacted me saying, ‘Hey, you have to put together Herschel Walker vs. Kimbo Slice,’” Coker shared. “The thing is with Kimbo is he was successful with the ratings, but when we purchased the contracts from Pro Elite, the deal at that time for Kimbo, we felt was too rich for long-term viability…We haven’t revisited it internally yet, so as of right now I think we’re going to stick with our course, which is putting on the best fighters in the world in the best matchups.
The fighters that are important to develop our reach and growth, and are important to Showtime and CBS, we’re going to keep those fighters,” said Coker. “We’ve proven that we can stay in the game at the highest level with these athletes because believe me, Fedor is not a cheap fighter.”