If Strikeforce is going to continue, they need Showtime to remain a broadcasting partner heading toward the future. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker knows this better than anyone else.
Recently, Showtime’s Ken Hershman took a job with HBO. Hershman has been a main ally of Strikeforce’s, but Coker doesn’t believe his exit will cause any trouble with remaining programming or working out an agreement.
“There are negotiations going on to extend the deal, and I believe both sides want to make a deal,” said Coker, in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “Both sides have indicated to me that they’d like to stay in this relationship.”
The next major Strikeforce event is set for December 17 when Gilbert Melendez defends his lightweight title against Jorge Masvidal. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will also make her return on the card.
Coker went on to say, “I know that negotiations are ongoing and they were going back and forth. It’s like any negotiation. They’re trying to come to a deal that makes sense for both parties. The devil’s always in the details.”
It is possible, according to Coker, that a new deal could be reached that would see fewer events on Showtime, but he said he still believes at least 16 events could be broadcast due to the Challengers series which highlights up and coming prospects.