Scott Coker will never become the next Dana White. Dana White, UFC President and minority shareholder, bleeds for the sport. Although he goes overboard at times, has helped the sport grow by leaps and bounds. Scott Coker, on the other hand, seems like he barely knows anything about how to properly manage a MMA organization . One prime example is how he can manage to not get Nick Diaz and Jason "Mayhem" Miller to fight each other despite the bad blood. But that's a story for another time.
As first reported on January 2011, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker clarified the rules of the Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament that his organization will be holding across the calendar year of 2011. All fights except the final will be 3 rounds with the final being 5 rounds and, the title would not be on the line. Instead, the Grand Prix winner will get a title shot at current champion and Grand Prix participant Alistair Overeem. Nothing was confirmed, however, about what would happen if Overeem proceeds to win the tournament.
While the need to protect the champion is understandable, it marks another of many last-minute decisions that confuse even the most ardent fans. For one, if the title was not to be up for grabs, then they should have left Overeem out of the tournament and let them decide a genuine number 2. They could have started this last September while Overeem was planning to train for K1.
The bracketing for the tournament is another highly controversial topic, with one side with what seems to be a more stacked group of fighters than the other. The fights were chosen this way because Fedor Emilienko, Strikeforce's premier talent, wanted to fight Antonio Silva, while Overeem wanted to avenge his loss to Febricio Werdum. Scott Coker is banking on Fedor to come through to set up a big money fight against Overeem or a huge rematch against Werdum. The potential matches in the semi-finals are sure to be one of the biggest fights of the year but. what is lost in this arrangement is the integrity where the competition committee should be unbiased to all competitors. By letting his main stars pick their fights, Coker has shown once again that as long as he gets to make tons money, the concept of fairness in sports can be thrown by the wayside.
As the MMA committee salivates in anticipation of the fight, Scott Coker will be laughing his way to the bank, as the spirit of competition continues to fade away.