"To me, it's something that's a bittersweet moment," Coker told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps
). "But I had already accepted it in my mind that it was time and this was the last fight. Strikeforce had a great run, and I'm glad we're here with these fighters today to finish it and go off in a good light."
And a good light it indeed was. The Showtime-televised main card at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City featured four straight finishes, including three straight submissions to open the telecast. And in the main event, Tarec Saffiedine pulled off a sizable upset of Nate Marquardt to become the last welterweight champion in Strikeforce history.
During the fights themselves, Coker was more active in the world of social media than he ever has been, thanking Strikeforce behind-the-scenes players, fighters and Showtime officials throughout the card while also commenting on the last fights he would oversee as the promotion's boss.
He said the promotion's deal with Showtime several years back is what put it over the top to allow it to become the No. 2 promotion behind the UFC, which helped make it desirable to Zuffa to purchase to run alongside the UFC.
"It's an honor to watch these guys fight," he said. "I'm proud of what we accomplished. We had a great staff. But without Showtime, we just would've stayed as a regional promotion. I'm really thankful to them – they believed in us."
Now Coker will wait and see what comes next for him. This past week, he told MMAjunkie.com that he has a deal in place with Zuffa that he intends to honor, and that Zuffa intends to honor, though he didn't disclose just what the terms might be, saying only after the Strikeforce dust settles, he'll meet with Zuffa officials to see what is in mind for him.