Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, reported to MMA Junkie today that CBS has yet to contact him about possibly broadcasting a third fight on TV network. But Coker says he’s not panicking and is staying “hopeful” that Strikeforce will be back on CBS later this year.
“It’s something that we haven’t had a conversation with them yet, but probably after this St. Louis fight we’ll sit down with them and have that conversation,” Coker said. Strikeforce is in St. Louis for tomorrow night’s “Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” event.
Even though Dana White, as well as some other MMA bigwigs stated that the post-fight brawl at “Strikeforce:Nashville” would be the end of the organization on CBS, Coker says he disagrees. He stated that Strikeforce and CBS didn’t discuss the date for “Strikeforce: Nashville” until a few months after the previous fight (“Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rogers”).
“This is the same course as the last show,” Coker said. “After the Fedor Emelianenko fight in November, it wasn’t like we had our April date right afterward. They have to go back and analyze and know all the data and the sales, and then we have a meeting. But our meeting for the April fight wasn’t until January, I believe. This is the same process we went through last time. This is a normal course of business. Hopefully, we’ll have a great fall date and we’ll have some more great fights on CBS.”
Although things seem to be at a standstill with CBS for the moment, Strikeforce is keeping very busy with planning their fights for Showtime and Coker says he and his staff are enjoying the hard work.
“The last fight is in our hometown, so it’s a little easier because you can sleep in your own bed, and you can work out of your regular office. But we’re going to be on the road quite a bit, and we’re happy to do it. It’s something that is required and necessary. My guys are young, ambitious and ready to go, so we’re going to go kick some butt.”
Coker stated that he’s excited about the event tomorrow and is also remaining very optimistic about what’s to come with CBS;
“Tune in for Alistair vs. Brett,” Coker said. “You’re going to get some great fights, and I think the fight in Portland should be amazing. I’ve heard that Nathan Coy is really amazing, and we’re going to be putting some great fights on. As for CBS, it remains to be seen. I think that it’s going to be a situation where it’s really up to CBS. We’re hopeful that it will happen again.”