Interview: Scott Coker promises big fights in 2012 for women’s division; talks Rousey vs. Tate, Rousey vs. Cyborg ( caught up with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker following Saturday night’s “Melendez vs. Masvidal” Showtime-televised event at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

Despite UFC President Dana White saying, “Hell yes!” when asked last week if fans could expect to see Strikeforce fighters competing against their UFC counterparts in the coming year, Coker says it’s not happening.

Coker does confirm the Strikeforce heavyweight division will be ending and then they will be concentrating on building the men’s light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions, as well as the women’s 135 and 145 pound divisions.

When questioned about the potential of Ronda Rousey, the Strikeforce front man talked about her desire to fight 135 champ Miesha Tate, and eventually, 145 champ Cris Cyborg, and seems to believe she could submit either champ if it goes to the ground:

“Ronda really wants to move down to fight Miesha Tate and I think she’s a dangerous fight for anybody. So let’s see when that fight happens. But I think that fight happens sometime next year. And then she said she wants to take a couple more fights and then move up to 145  to fight Cyborg at 145. And I can tell you this, if Ronda can get somebody down, I think she can finish them. It doesn’t matter who. So the question will be, with Miesha or Cyborg or any other fighter, can she get them down, because then that’s her game, and she’s an Olympic judo stylist. … I mean she is so explosive it’s scary. She is so explosive, it is so impressive. As a fan I’m looking forward to those fights happening in the future. … We are going to put all those fights together at some point so the fans are going to be able to have some entertaining fights in the female division in Strikeforce in 2012.”

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