Tonight’s Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Daley” show was so good I feel like it’s my civic duty as an MMA fan to watch it again before I even think about the next Strikeforce event. But nonetheless, Showtime is already looking forward to their next big Strikeforce card and announced tonight that the second half of the heavyweight grand prix quarterfinals will take place on June 18 as expected. They also confirmed Gina Carano’s return and revealed more HWGP reserve bouts. Here’s what the main card looks like as of now.
- Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
- Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers
- Gina Carano vs. TBD
- Shane del Rosario vs. Daniel Cormier
- Valentijn Overeem vs. Chad Griggs
With Del Rosario, Cormier, V. Overeem and Griggs all scheduled for June, that leaves Fedor Emelianenko without a credible heavyweight opponent currently under Strikeforce contract (besides Andrei Arlovski) for July. I suppose it’s possible someone from the UFC could slide over, but who? The more likely match-up seems to be Dan Henderson. Chatter has picked up significantly in the past few days about a potential Fedor vs. Hendo bout. Both fighters are confirmed for Strikeforce’s July card, but the latest word is that although both are open to it, it’s not a done deal as of yet.