Renato Sobral def. Bobby Southworth at Strikeforce: Destruction 2008
Strikeforce boss Scott Coker has achieved the American Dream -- he built Strikeforce from a small regional kickboxing promotion into the country's second largest MMA promoter in less than five years and sold it to the industry leader for what's presumed to be a nice chunk of change. Many pundits have opined that Coker was the last man to make it big promoting MMA, but Scott says he didn't pull the ladder up after him and there's plenty of opportunity left: (via HeavyMMA.com)
"Strikeforce was a regional show. I promoted the Frank Shamrock and Cung Le fight in 2007, but it took us awhile to get our TV contract. But from 2009, when we got our Showtime fights, it took us two years to this point."
"It took a lot of hard work, but it can be recreated. Somebody out there has to step up and put the money behind it, and they can create the business just like I did and move from a regional promotion to a national promotion."