To be honest, I have heard few stories about Scott Coker. To be frank, of the stories I have heard about Scott Coker, none stand out in my mind more than his public tarring and feathering at the hands of current UFC welterweight fighter Siyar Bahadurzada. He accused then Strikeforce president Scott Coker of stalling his career for over a year. The big take away from Siyar’s tirade is an allegation that Scott Coker engages in a certain illegal act with pigs. I’ll leave it to you to track down the interview and see for yourself, as it is beyond entertaining.
The other reason I never liked Scott Coker is because he sold out. Strikeforce was the little engine that could. They held a competitive little stable of fighters including Dan Henderson, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Gilbert Melendez, and Gegard Mousasi. The list goes on.
Strikeforce was also good at putting together the occasional really good fight. Gilbert Melendez versus Shinya Aoki comes to mind. They are also the last major organization that I am aware of to hold one night tournaments. Jorge Santiago won the first four four person tournament– with bantamweight, and current UFC fighter Miesha Tate winning the second tournament.
Scott Coker took that away from me when he sold out. Even if he was pressured by the investment company controlling a large stake in Strikeforce. Coker could have dug in his heels and resisted. Instead, Scott Coker allowed Dana White to bury Strikeforce. Like Pride; the WFA; and the WEC before it, they were gobbled up by the juggernaut promotion that is now synonymous with mixed martial arts in the eyes of the layman.
As for Bjorn Rebney, I had grown tired of him anyway. His inability to provide Olympian Ben Askren with credible opponents, and enough money, led to the top ranked Askren leaving for OneFC. Rebney had one of the precious few top ten fighters not under UFC contract– and Rebney let him slip away. Accordingly, I was not sad to see him go.
With all of that said: I would rather see Bellator become a faceless corporate entity than see a quiter like Scott “you know what” Coker at the helm. The only saving grace is, like Rebney before him, he will be nothing more than a figurehead for Viacom.