Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker looked like a little kid in a candy store on Saturday evening as he watched “Strikeforce: Miami” in Sunrise Florida.
In an exclusive conversation with FiveOuncesofPain.com, Coker stated that the business never gets old for him and he is first and foremost of fan of the sport.
“When I look back at the event tonight, the Robbie Lawler fight was a great fight,” said Coker. “I knew someone was going to get knocked out, but I didn’t know who. Both of these guys are very good stand up fighters, good power, explosive and not that much ground fighting.”
And someone did get knocked out. In what looked at first like a certain Manhoef victory turned into a come from behind win for “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler in round one.
Manhoef delivered a series of punishing and painful kicks to Lawler leaving him hurt and limping. However, Lawler did not give up sticking with “his game plan” and unleashing a huge right that sent the 5’8″ fighter from Amsterdam sailing to the canvas.
Despite some of the sceptical rumblings about former Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker and his MMA debut, he looked good while racking up a TKO victory in the third round over Greg Nagy.
“Herschel is so strong. I can’t believe how strong he is. In the end it was great natural sprawling and wrestling ability,” said Coker.
Last night’s televised event on Showtime kicks off what promises to be a great year for Strikefore as the promotion plans to increase its televised fights to twenty in 2010, splitting them up between Showtime and CBS starting in March.
Next up for Strikeforce, the “Challengers” fight series in San Jose on Friday, February 26 at the Civic Auditorium where undefeated power puncher Sara Kaufman (10-0) will challenge Japan’s Takayo Hashi for the first Strikeforce women’s world bantamweight (135 pounds) championship and a middleweight bout between Karl Amoussou ( 11-2-1) and Trevor Prangley (22-5).