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Friday, February 06, 2009
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Scott Coker, the founder and CEO of the mixed martial arts company Strikeforce.
Strikeforce announced Thursday, Feb. 5, that they had purchased key assets from ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC, including the contracts of numerous of their top and best-known fighters. EliteXC stopped running shows in October 2008. Strikeforce will also run live events to be televised in the U.S. on Showtime, with the first one being April 11 in San Jose, Calif. There are also plans for up to four live televised shows on CBS. Both Showtime and CBS had previously been airing EliteXC shows.
In a lengthy interview, we discussed the status of the fighter contracts which were purchased by Strikeforce, which fighters Scott expects will fight for Strikeforce, their plans for the April 11 show and beyond, their deals with Showtime and CBS, their continuing weekly show on NBC, what to expect regarding the issue of EliteXC and Strikeforce champions, what has happened to kickboxing, the evolution of mixed martial arts as a sport, and much more.
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