Frank Shamrock (23-10-2) was with Scott Coker at the first and final Strikeforce event. For Shamrock, Coker was more than just the CEO of Strikeforce. Coker was a friend and that’s something the fighter doesn’t see happen too often in any sport.
“I made a friend,” said Shamrock on MMA Interviews. “Between the fighter and promoter relationship, it’s tough to have trust and care. Scott was a guy who talked the talk and walked the walk. He provided what he said he was going to. I’ve never seen that in a promoter.”
Coker founded Strikeforce in 1985 and then started to promote MMA shows in 2006. On the promotion’s first MMA show, Shamrock took part in the main event against Cesar Gracie (0-1), who he defeated in 20 seconds. Shamrock fought three more times for the promotion going 2-2 under their name before retiring. He held their middleweight championship for a short period.
Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, and held their last show earlier in the month. Coker said after the post-fight press conference that he would be working for the UFC in some form and would know more in a few weeks when he flew out to their headquarters.
“At the end of the day, it was about finding an opportunity to live your dreams and working with that person to make it happen,” said Shamrock. “At the end, I told him thank you so much for letting me shine.”