After a very busy week for Strikeforce there’s a lot of news stories flying around about the promotion. Here’s a quick rundown of the latest goings-on.
Jake Shields Released From His Strikeforce Contract
As expected Jake Shields will not be sticking around to defend his Strikeforce middleweight title with the news that he has been officially released from his contract.
“We haven’t decided fully, but we might just release our rights and just let him go in the next couple of days,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker had revealed to Mauro Ranallo just a day earlier on The Fight Show. “That way Jake can move on and move forward with his career and it’s fair to him, and it’s basically something that we’re doing because we like Jake. He’s always been good to me and we’ve had a good relationship, but obviously the numbers that they think the value of the fighter is and where I feel the value of the fighter is much different. So to me, hey let’s just be friends and move on, we’ll wish you luck and we’ll be rooting for you.”
King Mo Makes His First Title Defense Against Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante
Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal will make the first defense of his Strikeforce light-heavyweight title against Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante on August 21st according to the fiveozofpain website.
Strikeforce had originally planned for Renato “Babalu’ Sobral to challenge for the belt, but since he and King Mo are training partners and friends, that idea has been nixed. Instead the 9-2 Feijao, who knocked out Antwain Britt in his last outing will take his place.
Sergei Kharitonov Likely To Face Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva
Newly signed Strikeforce heavyweight contender former PRIDE veteran Sergei Kharitonov’s debut in the promotion looks like being against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva according to Scott Coker.
Kharitonov has been fairly quiet in the last few years apart from a couple of fights in DREAM, but he does hold wins over both Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.