With Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza set to meet for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title at “Strikeforce: Houston” on August 21, Strikeforce plans to begin an eight-man tournament in October to determine the first challenger for the new 185-pound champion.
“We will host a tournament in October. It looks like the first round will take place then, which will lead to the final four (on one night) in December,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Sherdog.
Tournament participants could include welterweight champ Nick Diaz, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Robbie Lawler, Scott Smith, Melvin Manhoef, Kazuo Misaki, and Luke Rockhold.
Former middleweight champ Cung Le and Dan Henderson have turned down spots in the tourney.
Pictured: Nick Diaz