We’re now less than a month away from Strikeforce “Fedor vs Rogers” scheduled for Nov. 7 on CBS. Here’s the latest on who’s in, who might be in and who’s definitely out.
Presently, the official card consists of only one fight, the headliner, Fedor Emelianenko vs Brett Rogers. A middleweight title fight between Jake Shields and Mayhem Miller is all but official, as well as a couple of the preliminary bouts. Fabricio Werdum and Gegard Mousasi are expected to compete on the televised card, but at the moment the missing pieces are their opponents.
Antonio Silva and Bobby Lashley are still the names people are hearing for Werdum, however Silva appears to be the front runner. Yesterday, Werdum told Tatame he didn’t the fight was going to happen because Silva was most likely going to compete for the Sengoku Heavyweight title in November instead, however an update from Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, suggests otherwise.
TATAME.com spoke with Antonio Silva’s manager, and the fight will likely happen. “I spoke with them and they said everything it’s ok. I’m in Brazil and I don’t know more about it, but I think it’s gonna happen”, Alex Davis revealed.
If Silva does in fact sign on for the fight, there’s still the question of whether he’ll be able to get licensed by the Illinois Athletic Commission. He served a one-year steroid suspension from July 2008 – July 2009 but also fought in Japan during that time against the CSAC’s wishes. Ultimately, Silva took the CSAC to court in attempts to overturn the suspension, but lost. He’s out of the suspension window now, but last we heard the CSAC was still deciding whether or not they were going to revoke Silva’s license. Would Illinois still grant him a license under those circumstances?
As for Mousasi, Strikeforce confirmed he will not be putting his light heavyweight title on the line on Nov. 7, but conceded they still haven’t locked down an opponent for him. They did however rule out King Mo as a potential opponent. Paulo Filho has also been ruled out according to MMA super manager Ed Soares. He will be fighting at DREAM.12 instead. Sokoudjou would have been a logical opponent, however his camp says Mousasi turned that fight down.
It’s also been confirmed that Cris Cyborg will not be fighting on the card due to a shoulder injury she sustained at the 2009 ADCC’s.
Update: MMA Weekly is reporting that Fabricio Werdum’s opponent will in fact be Antonio Silva.
A fight between Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum and former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is expected for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on Nov. 7 in Chicago.
Independent sources close to the bout told MMAWeekly.com that it will be one of the four bouts featured on the CBS televised portion of the fight card. Other televised bouts include the main event between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, the Strikeforce middleweight championship between Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi in a non-title bout against an opponent yet to be named.
Nothing was mentioned about any potential licensing issues.
Update 2: We got a card! Mousasi must have changed his mind about Sokoudjou because that match-up has been booked completing the televised card.
A non-title fight between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi (26-2-1) and Strikeforce newcomer Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (7-4) has been booked and completes the main-card lineup for the organization’s Nov. 7 debut event on CBS.
Sources close to the organization have confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fight has been booked and simply awaits approval from the Illinois Athletic Commission.
MMA Junkie also confirmed that Bobby Lashley will not be fighting on this card. If Strikeforce is able to reach a deal with him, he will appear on a future card. Back to the Werdum-Silva bout, Sherdog has an update on Silva’s status with the CSAC.
Silva, 30, completed a one-year steroid suspension in California on July 27 and will not face further repercussions from the California State Athletic Commission for fighting outside its jurisdiction during that period.
“There is no action pending against Mr. Silva nor is any contemplated,” wrote CSAC Executive Officer Dave Thornton in an e-mail to Sherdog.com. “So he is clear to fight in California or any other state as long as he fulfills all other requirements.”
So despite all the threats, Silva won’t face any penalties or repercussions for fighting in Japan during his steroid suspension.
Update 3: Erin Toughill and Marloes Coenen have verbally agreed to meet most likely for a shot against Cyborg in the event’s final prelim.
Update 4: The four CBS televised fights are official.
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers
- Jake Shields vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller for MW Title
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Sokoudjou
- Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Silva