All is well with StrikeForce, according to its CEO. Just ignore that piddling, insignificant wholesale raping and pillaging of all the organization’s marketable fighters (not just champions either). And Dana White’s “I don’t give a fuck about StrikeForce” attitude. Instead, enjoy a nice cool breeze in a meadow with some flowers or something. Everything’s going to be alright. Scott Coker told MMAJunkie between hits of crack that both Zuffa and Showtime want to extend StrikeForce’s current TV contract, which is set to expire in February 2012 if Showtime doesn’t wanna keep things rolling:
“There are negotiations going on to extend the deal, and I believe both sides want to make a deal. Both sides have indicated to me that they’d like to stay in this relationship.”
Coker seemed to brush aside the departure of Showtime Sports head Ken Hershman, the guy who brought EliteXC and then StrikeForce onto the network, and continued to insist that everything is sunshine and lollipops:
“He gave Strikeforce a shot, but I do know they have a good team over there, and they’re going to continue on doing boxing and, hopefully, MMA and Strikeforce.”
Although Dana White has never gotten along with Hershman, Ken was a strong supporter of MMA, loaning EliteXC huge amounts of money and even buying part of the company dispite it’s employment of a guy who put a dollar sign in his rap stage name and had an appearance at the very pinnacle of douchebaggery. Even if the next guy is a strong supporter of MMA, it would only make sense for him to prefer to work with a promotion that isn’t in the process of being picked clean by maggots and possibly buzzards. Soon we’ll find out if Coker is in the denial phase of the five stages of grief, or whether he shared some of that crack with the new Showtime Sports head and they actually end up renewing the deal.