Strikeforce: Overeem Vs Werdum Set For April 9th, Possibly In Japan

The second pair of quarter-final bouts for Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament will take place on April 9th at a location still to be decided, Scott Coker has confirmed to  ESPN.

The event will host both Alistair Overeem Vs Fabricio Werdum, and Josh Barnett Vs Brett Rogers.  In addition, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is also expected to feature against an opponent that at this stage is still to be confirmed.

Adding to the excitement surrounding this eagerly awaited event is the news that Strikeforce are seriously considering the possibility of hosting the event in Japan.  Coker is believed to be meeting with Real Entertainment, the company that currently partners with FEG to run the DREAM promotion, to discuss holding the show in Tokyo.

Whether or not they are successful in striking that deal it seems the company is keen to take this event beyond the boundaries of the U.S, with Canada and Brazil also noted as possibilities.

While a foreign destination would bring added spice and glamour to the occasion, there may also be a more practical reason behind the move as  Josh Barnett’s ability to fight in the U.S is still under question at this time due to licensing issues arising from having tested positive for steroids back in August of 2009.

Meanwhile the tournament is now just a little over two weeks away with the first pair of quarter-finals featuring Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski Vs Sergei Kharitonov getting underway on February 12th in New Jersey.


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