I haven’t had to write about Fedor for so long, and now… I still don’t have to! Via Bloody Elbow, the video above is Ariel Helwani’s telephone interview with Scott Coker. Lowlights:
Coker claims his 185 tournament is still undecided as far as size (4 men vs. 8 men) because he has “so many good fighters”
Coker claims he has 160 fighters under contract… really? Does that somehow count the entire DREAM roster?
Werdum is out until 2011, and Alistair Overeem is fighting… yet to be determined. M-1 dialogue is “ongoing” (does it ever end, Scott?) and Bigfoot Silva appears to be the next title contender.
Fedor v Overeem will probably not happen this year. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: Fedor is going to avoid that belt like the plague.
Coker also cannot announce Diaz/Miller. Diaz’s next opponent is “undetermined” (read: “still not Jay Hieron, because Jay would win”)
Coker says Cyborg will return around the end of the year. Ariel mentions Carano, but Coker just sings her praises and mentions she’s doing a movie.
Oh, Scott. Up until the end of the first round, Cyborg/Carano was competitive? You mean until she got smashed?
Coker is unrepentant about signing Dave Batista at 0-0. Ariel is dead on here, and echoing my sentiments: there is no excuse for allowing a man with no combat experience to make his MMA debut on a main card, either on CBS or PPV. Unacceptable.
Coker says “a deal is never done until it’s done” – M-1 experience, right?
Coker doesn’t recoil in horror from the idea of Lashley/Batista or, even more revoltingly, Batista/Walker. I have lost all respect for Scott Coker – and this was before he discussed “having his eye on” Paul Daley.