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Strikeforce Roundup: Fedor Debut Pushed to November, Nick Diaz vs. Jay Hieron Title Fight Planned, Next Opponent for Cyborg, and More

  • Fedor Emelianenko StrikeforceFedor Emelianenko’s Strikeforce debut is now likely to take place in November against Brett Rogers or Fabricio Werdum, according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who confirmed the news and Saturday’s post-fight press conference and also dismissed rumors that the top-ranked heavyweight could fight Ricco Rodriguez. Emelianenko’s first fight for the promotion won’t take place at Strikeforce’s home at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, which hosted Saturday’s card.
  • Coker also announced that Marloes Coenen (16-3), a little-known Dutch fighter who’s earned stoppages in all but two of her career victories, could be the first opponent for newly-crowned 145-pound Strikeforce women’s champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos. It was also announced that Strikeforce could host an eight-fighter female tournament, with the winner taking on the women’s title-holder.
  • Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi, who won the title on Saturday with a first-round knockout of Renato “Babalu” Sobral, said at the post-fight press conference that he plans of remaining at 205-pounds for “two or three years” before a possible move up to heavyweight.
  • Strikeforce is planning a Nick Diaz vs. Jay Hieron welterweight title fight, which could take place before the end of the year provided Diaz resolves his issues with the CSAC after failing to be licensed for Saturday’s event for refusing to take a mandatory pre-fight drug test.
  • Strikeforce’s end-of-year schedule includes three Strikeforce Challengers events, one each in September, October, and November, as well as major Showtime-televised cards in November and December.

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