–First and foremost, Scott Coker dispelled rumors that Ricco Rodriguez could be Fedor Emelianenko’s next opponent saying, “That was never even talked about,” which is a big relief. Seriously, what’s up with all the misinformation campaigns these days?
–Coker says Fedor’s debut will likely take place in early November which contradicts the October 10 date that Showtime’s Ken Hershman said was likely just yesterday. Location and venue have not been determined, but it will not take place in San Jose. The frontrunners to fight Fedor seem to be Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers at this point. Personally, I think they need to book Fedor vs Overeem right away for the title. I understand Strikeforce’s desire to build towards that fight, but too much can go wrong in the meantime. Better to do it while they can, and build Werdum and Rogers into compelling challengers for the title.
–Strikeforce will hold “Challengers” events in September, October and November. Two more big events. One for Fedor’s debut in the fall and one at the end of the year. Plan is to up the number of shows in 2010 to 18-20, 16 of which would take place on Showtime. CBS rumored for the other 2-4. CBS execs attended the fights last night, and they’ll meeting with Strikeforce execs in the coming weeks to discuss broadcasting events on the network.
–13,542 fans attended Strikeforce “Carano vs Cyborg” for an estimated live gate of $750,000.
–Cyborg’s 145 lbs. title is being referred to as the “lightweight” title, but I also heard “middleweight” somewhere as well. Hope to get clarification soon.
–Coker named Marloes Coenen as the likely challenger for Cyborg’s belt. Meanwhile, Coenen says she’s definitely getting next crack at Cyborg sometime at the end of the year. Erin Toughill is also an option.
–Strikeforce has plans to hold women’s 135 lbs. and 145 lbs. two-night tournaments starting in November. The 145 lbs. winner would get a title shot. Gina Carano’s participation is undecided on Strikeforce’s end, and Gina would also have to sign off on it.
–Gegard Mousasi was planning to be a little heavier for his fight against Babalu. “Two weeks ago, I have to fight (for Affliction),” said Mousasi. “I was waiting (at) 210 pounds, and somehow I lost a lot of weight. I (made) 205, but it was weird for me.” Mousasi’s next fight is expected to be on Oct. 6 against Sokoudjou at DREAM.11. Rafael Feijao is a possible contender for Mousasi’s new belt, however he recently lost to Mike Kyle, so he’ll need to get a win first.
–Coker plans to still stage the welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Jay Hieron, possibly at the end of the year. It’s also possible that Nick and Jay may face other opponents before that fight happens. Coker expects Diaz to return to action soon.
–Strikeforce may hold an event with DREAM in Japan before the year is out.