Strikeforce’s highly anticipated April show has garnered quite a bit of controversy over the past few weeks.
With the April 17th date quickly approaching and no official announcement regarding anything being made, here are some scenarios that Strikeforce could venture into for their CBS show.
Clearly, an All-American middleweight title fight isn’t box office enough for a primetime mixed martial arts event, so …
* – Will Gegard Mousasi co-headline the CBS telecast and defend his light heavyweight title against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal as has been heavily rumored?
* – Will Shinya Aoki make his U.S. debut and challenge Gilbert Melendez for this 155-pound Strikeforce title?
* – Is Brett Rogers going to put his humbling loss to Emelianenko behind him and make back-to-back appearances on CBS?
“For Brett, I think the fights that make sense for him are Antonio Silva or Alistair Overeem — those are the two guys I’d like to see him fight right now,” Coker said. “I think you’ll see Aoki relatively soon. We’re working hard to try to make that happen.”
* – Is Strikeforce planting the seed for a 2010 pay-per-view debut that would feature a blockbuster heavyweight scrap between reigning champ Overeem and Emelianenko?
“We have a different business model than the UFC does in the pay-per-view television business,” Coker said. “We’re very happy with Showtime and free television on CBS. But before the end of the year, in the fourth quarter, we’ll definitely have a fight on pay-per-view.
“Stay tuned. We’re getting things worked out and we’ll probably have some big announcements next week.”
We’re still waiting, you said you’re planning on a making a “big” announcement today, right?