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Booking Round-Up: New Strikeforce Matches Announced; Aoki to Face McKee at Dream ‘Fight For Japan’

That’s right, JZ. Dress for the job you want to have.

Joe Silva isn’t the only matchmaker working overtime lately.  Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou Sean Shelby has been busy shoring up the organization’s upcoming June cards.

The second leg of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix (June 18th-Dallas, TX) will also feature the return of Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, who will be climbing into the cage for the first time since his October fight against Josh Thomson, a loss that everyone but the judges thought was close as hell. His opponent will be AKA’s Justin Wilcox, who bludgeoned Rodgrigo Damm in a first round stoppage at Strikeforce Challengers 15 last April.

Jason High has embraced Dana’s new social media policy, going on Twitter to announce his upcoming fight against Quinn Mulhern, who’s been putting in work over at KOTC for the past few years. High has fought once previously under the Zuffa banner, losing to Charlie Brenneman at UFC Fight Night 21. Both men are riding win streaks–High 4, Mulhern 7– into their June 24th bout at Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs Terry.

In Dream news, has cut the list of possible opponents for Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki down to one. Both Antonio McKee and Jamie Varner were being discussed as challengers to Aoki’s belt, but “Mandingo” has reportedly signed on the dotted line and is currently in the process of securing a travel visa to Japan. The outspoken McKee has an interesting take on racial issues, particularly as they apply to the fight game. Fortunately, Japanese promotions err on the side of caution in these matters.

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Shaky- May 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm I'm just gonna go say it..
when you are bad at your job you lose it, or at least lose it to someone better than you. did Rich Chou really do a good job as Strikeforce matchmaker? CP has so many posts slagging off Strikeforce's ability to make fights, that is Rich Chou's job, well now it is Sean Shelby's, who is a great matchmaker.
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ArmFarmer- May 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Don't think aoki can beat anyone he can't take down, don't think aoki can take down ANY decorated American wrestlers, pretty sure McKee is an accomplished wrestler (right?), therefore.. aoki gets embarassed again.
Pen Fifteen- May 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm
It's kind of like those titles at the videostore like "Transmorphers" or "Snakes on a Train," which presumably no one would actually watch on purpose.
Mdollas- May 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs Terry.

Did they go and find some guy with a name close to Fedor, just so I would look at the card to make sure I'm not acctually missing something

Sly bastards
Trouser Snake- May 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm
McKee v Aoki? Talk about a fight with zero relevance to anything. Good lord, I would ALMOST rather watch Timmeh v Butterbean