UFC News: Strikeforce's Scott Coker Has Been Demoted by Zuffa

Michael EvansCorrespondent IIIMay 15, 2011

The CEO of Strikeforce Scott Coker has made serious moves with the California-based organization. Since 2007, Strikeforce has grown into a top mixed martial arts organization, second only to Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has brought in such top mixed martial artists as Nick Diaz, Frank Shamrock, Alistair Overeem, Jake Shields, Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko

CagePotato recently reported a huge change to the composition of the Strikeforce leadership. The 2011 Fighter Summit agenda included one leadership shuffle that was not widely discussed. It's now revealed that Coker has been removed from his position as CEO of Strikeforce and is now Executive VP and General Manager. Now that Coker is not the CEO, is it possible Dana White will become President of Strikeforce as well? Reed Harris would be another popular choice to fill the role as the head of Strikeforce.

Whatever the end result, Strikeforce will now be ran with less influence and decision making from  Coker. His removal as CEO is shocking, however the UFC's choice to not draw attention to the move is not. This move seems to be a far cry from the UFC's stance that everything would be business as usual. More moves will surely be made over the coming years as the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts continues to grow at a ever more rapid pace.