In December of last year it was widely reported that Strikeforce were aiming to put on their second major show on CBS around mid-late April.
Since then new information on the event has been remarkably thin on the ground, and at this stage, we still do not know the date, the venue or the fight card for the show.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker had initially suggested that the promotion’s flagship star Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum were being earmarked for the headline bout, but a recent rumor suggests that Fedor may not even feature on the card (see latest updated here).
The HeadkickLegend site went further and suggested that Fedor’s next fight will take place in DREAM rather than Strikeforce.
It’s all just speculation at this stage, but with Strikeforce officials continuing to hold their cards close to their chests rumors like this continue to grow.
Thankfully it appears we may get some official word on the event soon, as SI.com’s Josh Gross reports that the date and place of the event should be announced by the end of the week.
In the mean time one bout has today been officially confirmed – the expected middleweight title fight between current champion Jake Shields and new signing Dan Henderson.
Speaking about the match-up with MMAWeekly, Shields added another twist to the story by stating that there was still a possibility that it might not even air on CBS.
“I have a date (and) venue, but they told me to hold that back,” said Shields. “Hopefully CBS. I think it’s CBS. There’s a slight possibility of Showtime because they’re still (working it out). I don’t know the rest of the card or any of that yet. But me and Dan’s on, and I’m hoping it’s on CBS.”
So there’s a lot of questions still to be answered, and general feeling of confusion about the event, which isn’t an ideal situation for Strikeforce.
With the well-oiled UFC machine gearing up for a series of major events in the coming months, the WEC preparing a major card for their first eve Pay Per View event in April, and the Bellator Fighting Championships set to get their second season underway in April, competition has never been fiercer in the sport, and Strikeforce should really be firing on all cylinders at this stage.
Yet for some reason they aren’t.
I’m not sure I can put my finger on exactly why, but it does lead me to wonder whether their business partnerships and relationships with the likes of CBS, M-1 Global and DREAM are complicating matters behind the scenes.
Only time will tell. Let’s hope we get some clarification on the CBS event soon so that the speculation can end and we can start looking forward to what should be a greatnight of fights.