It looks like there’s been a little movement in Strikeforce’s relatively quiet light heavyweight division.
Scott Coker told MMA Weekly yesterday that Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson is expected to defend his title his fall against the winner of the April 9 match-up between Gegard Mousasi and Mike Kyle.
“Gegard fighting Mike Kyle is going to be the front runner to the title fight against Dan Henderson,” he said. “I think that fight will happen some time in the fall.”
Hendo previously stated that he only has one fight remaining on his current Strikeforce contract. Scott Coker didn’t address that, so it remains unclear if Hendo will stay in Strikeforce after that title defense or move back over to the UFC.
Elsewhere in the division, former champ “King Mo” Lawal will return to action on June 18 on the Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinals card. His opponent isn’t set, but Roger Gracie, Ovince St. Preux and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante are all on the shortlist.
And speaking of the Heavyweight Grand Prix card, Coker believes they’ll be able to fit the entire tournament in before the end of the year. He has the semi-final and final rounds penciled in for September and December, respectively. The Henderson vs. Mousasi-Kyle title fight may happen on the Sept. show.