Strikeforce has been gobbling up virtually all the big name talent not locked in a Zuffa contract as of late, and it looks like they’re not finished.
Roger Huerta sent out a tweet yesterday teasing a potential deal to fight for Strikeforce. MMA Weekly followed up and found that talks are taking place between Strikeforce and Huerta’s agent, but they’ve yet to agree on terms, specifically compensation.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed with independent sources that negotiations are ongoing with Huerta, but the two sides are still at a chasm over compensation. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has already shown, however, his expertise in landing high priced free agents with creative contracts.
MMA Junkie also followed up on the story and their outlook isn’t so optimistic. Strikeforce claims they haven’t even made Huerta an offer yet, and if/when they do, the UFC has the right match it until November making a deal unlikely before then unless the UFC is willing to let Huerta go as easily as they were with Dan Henderson.
Strikeforce could definitely use Huerta. The kid always puts on incredible fights and Strikeforce’s lightweight division, despite having Gilber Melendez, Josh Thomson, KJ Noons and maybe even Shinya Aoki, is still rather thin.
Moving on, it appears Strikeforce is also pursuing Josh Barnett despite the fact that he’s yet to appear in front of the CSAC to appeal his positive drug test from late July.
Sources put Barnett in the midst of ongoing negotiations with Strikeforce, but like Huerta, the two sides have yet to reach agreement on compensation.
Kind of risky move for Strikeforce if you ask me, but who knows, maybe we’ll get to see Fedor vs. Barnett after all.
The report also says that talks may have stalled out between Strikeforce and Andrei Arlovski. Their overseas partner DREAM, however, has expressed interest in signing Arlovski along with Tim Sylvia to fight on their March card, so those two still have options if a deal in the US doesn’t work out.