On today's conference call discussing Fedor Emelianenko signing with Strikeforce, Scott Coker again said that Emelianenko may not have an immediate title shot. He said that Overeem is the heavyweight champion, which is true.
However, the last time Overeem fought for Strikeforce was when he won the heavyweight belt in November of 2007. He does have a hand injury that kept him out of a fight scheduled for August 15, but how long should Fedor have to wait?
Strikeforce created an interim belt at middleweight after Cung Le didn't defend his belt for 15 months. Jake Shields is expected to fight for that in October. If Overeem isn't available by October, the same courtesy should be afforded to the fighter that Coker called "the best heavyweight in the history of MMA." When Fedor fights, some sort of belt should be on the line.
More from today's call:
-- Showtime and Strikeforce said, on more than one occasion, that they are excited that Fedor will be on American television for free. Can we clear that up? Showtime is not free. You and I both have to pay extra -- in addition to our regular cable bills -- to watch fights on Showtime.
-- Showtime also said that Fedor on pay-per-view is at least six to nine months away.
-- Fedor and M-1 promoter Vadim Finkelstein were open in their unhappiness with the UFC. "The UFC does not have the proper attitude towards fighters. They don't look at their fighters as people. The offer we got from them is really miserable, not like the one published on the internet," Emelianenko said.
-- "Whom does Dana White consider to be the greatest fighters? One with a record of 4-1? Or one who is the product of the great PR machine of the UFC?" Finkelstein said.
-- Scott Coker didn't have the same problems with the UFC and Dana White as Fedor did. When told that White was calling the promotion "Strikefarce," Coker said, "Of course he's going to say that. He's a promoter. We've been in business a long time, we know how to run a business."
-- Finkelstein confirmed that the UFC did try to stop the fight between Gegard Mousasi and Renato Sobral, scheduled for the Strikeforce fight next weekend.
-- Fedor was emphatic in noting that he, not Finkelstein, makes all the final decisions in his career.