Affliction Updates: Japan Key to Affliction Trilogy? Dana Tampering With Affliction Fighters? Overeem Next For Fedor?
Forgot to mention this earlier in the week, but I'm told that matchmaker Rich Chou is no longer with Strikeforce.— Robert Sargent (@MMARising) May 6, 2011
This is per their twitter account. Rich Chou is/was StrikeForce's matchmaker and Scott Coker's protege. I couldn't find any additional details. Considering the difficulty StrikeForce had in putting together matches, I'm sure that some will say that if he was fired it was justified, and I don't know the situation well enough to make a judgment on that. However, this is pretty significant that Coker wasn't able to keep this guy's job, when they were supposedly very close.
Snapshot of the Day: Vadim Finkelchtein, Fedor Emelianenko and Scott Coker "I think M-1’s new alliance with SHOWTIME and Strikeforce will allow Fedor to reach a whole new plateau of stardom in America. While Affliction was a great partner, their core business was not the fight game. SHOWTIME has been in the fight business for years and Scott Coker has been promoting martial arts for a long time. With Strikeforce’s long track record of promoting fights and SHOWTIME’s promotional resources, Fedor now has a real shot to become the most famous fighter in all of MMA." HT: Jerry Millen’s blog