Back in December CBS confirmed they would broadcast another Strikeforce event with Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson anchoring the card. April was the target month and now that we’re towards the end of February without an official announcement, some in the MMA community are starting to get restless.
Josh Gross has good news for everyone though. An announcement should be made at the end of the week. Apparently, Strikeforce is still finalizing the date and venue with Showtime and CBS. It appears to be between California on April 24 and Nashville, Tenn. on April 17 with the latter being the more likely of the two.
On Monday, newly appointed California State Athletic Commission executive officer George Dodd said Strikeforce expressed an interest in securing an April 24 date in the Golden State, meaning it could go heads-up against the first pay-per-view offering from UFC’s sister promotion, WEC.
However yesterday’s announcement by Showtime that two fights in its Super Six middleweight boxing tournament are set for Apr. 24 essentially rules out Strikeforce running too — the same television production crew handles MMA for CBS and Showtime, as well as boxing on the premium-cable network, and could not do both on the same night without serious maneuvering.
Last week MMANashville.com reported that Strikeforce would promote in the Music City on April 17. Chou said nothing has been confirmed, but that scenario remains most likely at this time.
Hopefully, the announcement does come this week so all the crazier rumors floating around out there can finally be put to bed.