Scott Coker: Strikeforce Grand Prix Winner Will NOT Be Crowned Heavyweight Champ

Written by Tom Ngo
August 30th, 2011

Strikeforce Scott Coker

Plenty of questions were asked during Tuesday’s “Strikeforce HW GP Semifinals” conference call, but not many answers were provided. However, one interesting piece of information was revealed by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker regarding the winner of their Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament.

Courtesy of now-former champion Alistair Overeem’s impending exit from the company, many believed the winner of the tourney would be anointed the company’s new 265-pound king. Not so, claims Coker.

“Actually, the tournament winner will not be awarded the heavyweight title,” Coker stated. “We’re currently working in some discussions, and it just hasn’t been determined. We’re still working out the process of the plans for the belt, but right now it hasn’t been determined.”

FYI – ‘It hasn’t been determined’ was pretty much the theme of today’s media call.

When we probed Coker on why the victor of the tourney wouldn’t be dubbed Strikeforce’s new champ, despite the fact the organization’s remaining top heavyweights were in the semifinals, he provided another vague response.

“That’s something we’re having internal dialog with, you know, all the people at the office there,” Coker told 5thRound.com. “It just hasn’t been determined yet. Right now, that’s the position of the company. So, the tournament winner will not be crowned the heavyweight champion. That’s just where it’s at right now.”

When the HW GP was originally announced, Coker expected the tournament winner to unify the title against Overeem. Now that it appears “The Demolition Man” is destined for the UFC, the belt is sitting all by its lonesome.

One thing Coker did confirm was the tourney’s finals would take place sometime during the first quarter of 2012. However, the exact date and location hasn’t been determined.

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