Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker held a press conference today ahead of UFC 130 in Las Vegas where he announced that welterweight champion Nick Diaz will remain in Strikeforce, that the prelims for next month’s “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” event will air on HDNet, and that the promotion’s “Challengers” series has a new home in Las Vegas.
“Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” Prelims Air on HDNet
Coker announced five preliminary fights from the June 18 “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” card will air on HDNet. Among the bouts to be aired will be a pair of lightweight clashes with Justin Wilcox facing Gesias “JZ” Calvacante and KJ Noons taking on Jorge Masvidal. The remaining televised prelims will be announced in the next week.
Strikeforce Challengers Moves to Las Vegas
During the press conference, Coker confirmed that the upcoming July 22 Strikeforce Challengers event will be headlined by a welterweight fight between Roger Bowling and Bobby Voelker. The card will take place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, which was named the future home of all Strikeforce “Challengers” events.
Nick Diaz Staying Put
Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will be staying with the company for now. Diaz had been rumored to be a possible TUF 14 coach and opponent for UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre before UFC President Dana White put an end to those rumors earlier this week. At this time, no opponents have been mentioned for Diaz’s immediate future in Strikeforce.
- Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will be fighting again in the fall, but no opponent has been set at this time.
- Strikeforce women’s middleweight Gina Carano’s opponent was confirmed as D’Alelio for “Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum”
- UFC Fight Club members will have access to advanced ticket sales for Strikeforce events