MMA Fedor vs. Werdum in April, possibly Melendez vs. Aoki, Kawajiri vs. Thompson

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  1. Atmosphere

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    http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=10314&zoneid=13

    Before the dust settled on Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Evolution event, the questions came fast and furious at CEO Scott Coker, prompting him for the direction the promotion is headed... and he had plenty of answers.

    Foremost on everyone’s mind is the return of Fedor Emelianenko. Coker confirmed plans for Fedor’s return on the promotion’s next CBS event, slated for sometime in mid-to-late April.

    “It’s not confirmed... (but) on that fight card, you’ll most likely see Fedor fighting Fabricio (Werdum),” he revealed. “It’s not guaranteed, but you will see Dan Henderson fighting on that card, and Gina Carano, we’ll invite her if she’s ready.”

    Henderson’s opponent hasn’t been finalized yet either, but he is expected to challenge current middleweight champion Jake Shields under the watchful eye of CBS.

    Pressed about heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, the CEO said, “We’re probably gonna invite Alistair to fight on the CBS card,” dispelling initial plans for an earlier return.

    Coker also has big plans outside of the April fight card, particularly in the lightweight division. He intends to expand on Strikeforce’s relationship with Japanese fight promotion Dream.

    First up are bouts for Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson, who had another battle in their rematch on Saturday night.

    “(Shinya) Aoki and Gilbert and do (Tatsuya) Kawajiri vs. Thomson,” said Coker, mapping the road for his two top 155ers, intending to pit them against two other top lightweights in the world.

    He insists those are plans for Melendez and Thomson, not just hopeful talk. He’s targeting the second quarter of 2010 to make both those fights happen.

    “I think we’ve done some really big things in the last eight months. Making that Dream relationship activate, to me, is critical and important, because otherwise we’re just talking. It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but I think we’re on the cusp of making it happen.”
     
  2. brolli

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    hm... this will be like Fedor vs Nog, except the fight will not go the distance
     
  3. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Werdum is going to get messed up.
     
  4. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

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    I think Werdum is about to get JDS'd again
     
  5. Gogoplata

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    this
     
  6. Gogoplata

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    I like Aoki/Melendez and Thomson/Crusher
     
  7. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

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    i'd go with Aoki and Thomsom
     
  8. Kuet

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    Werdum? I guess they want fedor to have another Ko/Tko victory before he fights Overeem.

    This is the problem with a non-exclusive contract- fucking overeem will have had over ten fights in Dream, K1 etc... before defending his belt once....
     
  9. The Ripper

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    im wondering whats next for scott smith, cung le, lawler and shamrock
     

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