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Strikeforce, Showtime differ on Roy Jones Jr. MMA fight

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr won't be fighting in the UFC as long as Dana White is president, but how about the next biggest promotion, Strikeforce?

GracieFighter.com, the official site of the Cesar Gracie camp, reported Wednesday that Strikeforce founder and CEO Scott Coker was open to promoting a fight between Nick Diaz and Jones.

"We would absolutely set this fight up," Coker said. "Of course we would have to run it by Showtime for final approval, but I don't see why we wouldn't have this fight."

Keep in mind Coker is one to entertain many ideas before entering serious negotiations. When he first took over ProElite's properties, he was open to promoting Kimbo Slice fights despite the baggage the former YouTube sensation will certainly bring to the picture.

Showtime Sports GM Ken Hershman, who ironically had his fingerprints on the Kimbo Slice-EliteXC main events, took a stronger stance, shooting down the matchup Wednesday during a media call.

"I get a Roy Jones call once a week, pitching me things," Hershman said. "That would be a very, very long shot of ever happening on Showtime. I think it's an insult to the integrity of mixed martial arts to think Roy Jones, or any professional boxer, can just come in and fight Nick Diaz in a mixed martial arts context.

"In a boxing context, it's completely different. Beyond that, it's not the strategy that we're employing. We're looking to build the best mixed martial arts brand. I believe that we have the best professional boxing brand on television and I think our fights, month in and month out, prove that. I don't see the need to combine the two at the moment. I wouldn't want to go down that path just now."