Either Strikeforce is stepping up the frequency of their major events or there is a bit of misinformation floating around regarding Strikeforce’s late June show.
Plans for a June 26 event potentially headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum have already been leaked, and now The LA Times is reporting that Strikeforce is planning a June 16 card in Los Angeles with Robbie Lawler and Mayhem Miller headlining.
The chief executive of mixed martial arts organization Strikeforce told The Times on Friday he’s bringing a fight card to downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on June 16.
Scott Coker said he’s negotiating for the Showtime-televised main event to feature a 185-pound match between former Elite Xtreme Combat middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Here’s why I’m a little confused. Yesterday, Scott Coker told MMA Weekly Cris Cyborg and Cung Le would fight on their June card, which MMA Weekly understood to be the San Jose Fedor-Werdum card. However, Coker also told The LA Times Cris Cyborg and Bobby Lashley would fight on the Los Angeles Lawler-Mayhem card. Obviously Cris Cyborg can’t fight on both, so is it really the same card? But if it is, why would Coker not mention Cung to the LA Times or Lashley to MMA Weekly? What about Fedor-Werdum? Or is there two cards and he’s just shuffling Cyborg around? But why would they have two major events only ten days apart? And why is one of them on a Wednesday?
As you can see, it’s a giant ball of questions that are pointless to speculate on until we get some answers.
Update: The LA Times has posted another report with quotes from Scott Coker regarding the Fedor situation. The report mentions that Coker said he wants to hold the Fedor-Werdum fight on June 26 in San Jose. Since both reports were published on the same day, I’m going to assume both stem from the same conversation with Coker, thus clearing up the confusion above. Two cards in June (tentatively speaking of course). Sorry for twisting your brain into a pretzel.