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Old 07-05-2011, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Scott Coker Hints At a Top, New, Welterweight

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"We're about to sign another fighter that until it's done I don't want to say who it is," Coker told mmajunkie.com. "It's possible (the new fighter could immediately fight for a title). Maybe we'll give him one fight, and we'll see what happens. But I definitely think the experience will speak for itself."

Scott Coker spoke to MMAJunkie.com about the current welterweight title situation in Strikeforce. With many of the top welterweight under contract with the UFC, options seem very limited as to who the signing may be. Is this signing a some new blood that neither Strikeforce or the UFC has seen, or is it possible that Strikeforce may cherry pick one of the UFC's recent welterweight releases? One thing is for sure, with the Strikeforce welterweight division wide open, this would be quite the opportunity for any established welterweight.
Now is Nate banned from UFC or Zuffa? I think it would be a no brainer if it was him who was going to be signed if he isn't banned from all Zuffa organizations.

If it isn't Nate then who else? Hector? He's still at 185 and I believe has more fights left on his contract for Bellator. Ben Askren? Please no. Besides, He still has to fight Jay Hieron I believe.

I feel like theres another guy out there at 170 dominating that I can't think of right now.

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Old 07-05-2011, 04:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Scott Coker manages Strikeforce, not the UFC.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Scott Coker manages Strikeforce, not the UFC.
I know but Strikeforce is owned by Zuffa. I just wasn't sure if Nate is banned from Zuffa or just the UFC.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Rory MacDonald leaves the UFC after his fight with Mike Pyle?

Thiago Alves is free, Rick Story's contract should be up, Dong Hyun Kim might want to leave.. Josh Koscheck can't fight for a UFC title again and Fitch is signed to fight later on the year.

My money is on MacDonald or Koscheck
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Surely this has to be Nate? There is no-one else who fits that type of description...

There are loads of guys out there dominating at 185 who could potentially cut but not many genuine 170lbers.

Maybe Shamil Zavurov but i wouldnt think he has a name big enough to get a shot straight away!
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I'm not sure about this guy's contract, but could it maybe be Jay Hieron? He's the best WW outside of Zuffa right now. That's really all I can think of (though, if for some reason Nate is not banned from SF, I could see that happening.)
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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C'mon Ben Askren

It's almost for sure Nate Marquardt, though. I'd think he would want to go back to MW, though so....
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The weird thing is, I found out about this from BJ Penn's twitter page. Could it be he is thinking about moving to Strikeforce so he has a chance at fighting for a belt before he retires?

Lets face it, hes in the worst possible position considering he lost twice to the 155 lb champ and twice to the 170 lb champ so realistically he is no where near a title shot in the UFC.

But at the same time, I feel there would be a better chance of BJ Penn retiring than fighting in a different organization.
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