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Strikeforce Quick Quote: Scott Coker's in no hurry to sign Paul Daley and Kimbo Slice


"I'm sure we'll get a call, but let's what happens. Who knows? [Daley] could be on suspension for four to six months. He's not going to be able to fight. I don't think that type of reaction or behavior from a fighter will be accepted. It's just unacceptable. You're like the sixth person who's contacted me saying, ‘Hey, you have to put together Herschel Walker vs. Kimbo Slice.' The thing is with Kimbo is he was successful with the ratings, but when we purchased (the contracts) from Pro Elite, the deal at that time (for Kimbo), we felt was too rich for long-term viability...We haven't revisited it internally yet, so as of right now I think we're going to stick with our course, which is putting on the best fighters in the world in the best matchups. The fighters that are important to develop our reach and growth, and are important to Showtime and CBS, we're going to keep those fighters. We've proven that we can stay in the game at the highest level with these athletes because believe me, Fedor (Emelianenko) is not a cheap fighter."

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker tells that he's not exactly running to sign recently ousted UFC fighters Paul Daley and Kimbo Slice -- both of whom were passed over when the San Jose-based fight promotion first acquired the remaining contracts from Pro Elite, the parent company of Elite XC back in 2009. "Semtex" was given the heave-ho for taking a swipe at Josh Koscheck (after the bell) following their welterweight scrap at UFC 113 last Saturday night. Slice may also be on the unemployment line after being bounced from The Ultimate Fighter 10 and then turning in a losing effort to Matt Mitrione, also at UFC 113. The question is, if Strikeforce doesn't want them, where will they end up? And how much are they worth on the open market? Predictions please.

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