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Emelianenko vs. Henderson Possible for July PPV, Del Rosario vs. Cormier in June + More Strikeforce Booking Notes

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(Sign on the dotted line, or continue to get steamrolled by guys who look like ‘Spitting Image’ puppets. Your choice, pal.)

As first reported by MMAWeekly, Strikeforce is looking to make its pay-per-view debut sometime in July; date and venue are TBA at this point, though July 2nd is already booked for UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber. In an attempt to give the Strikeforce PPV some superfight muscle, the promotion has reached out to Fedor Emelianenko’s camp to offer the Last Emperor a fight against reigning light-heavyweight champ Dan Henderson. The fight wouldn’t necessarily be for Hendo’s belt — it could take place at a catchweight or at heavyweight, depending on how negotiations shake out.

Emelianenko vs. Henderson makes even more sense in light of Saturday’s controversial draw between Gegard Mousasi and Keith Jardine. Mousasi was originally supposed to face Mike Kyle, in a bout that was thought to be a 205-pound title eliminator. Instead, Mousasi faced late-replacement Jardine and was unable to secure a victory, which makes the LHW contender picture a little more complicated. Strikeforce’s July card is also rumored to feature the return of former light-heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal taking on 4-0 submission whiz Roger Gracie.

In other news…

Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix alternates have been re-booked for the Overeem vs. Werdum event on June 18th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Top heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario — who dispatched Lavar Johnson by first-round armbar at February’s Fedor vs. Silva event — will face undefeated wrestling ace Daniel Cormier. Meanwhile, HWGP alternates Valentijn Overeem (who scored a first-round neck crank submission over Ray Sefo) and Chad Griggs (who TKO’d Gian Villante) will be facing each other.

In addition to the featured heavyweight bouts between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, and Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers, the June 18th event is also slated to host the return of Gina Carano, although her opponent is still undetermined. According to Scott Coker, Strikeforce was in talks with Cindy Dandois about coming on as Carano’s opponent, until they found out that she was three months pregnant. Nice one, Gegard.

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Snitches_get_stitches- April 11, 2011 at 10:05 am
I'm with Fedor Penn on this one.. 1 PPV a month is my limit.
Fedor Penn- April 11, 2011 at 9:57 am
Thanks Zuffa for making Strikeforce PPV now. I'm going to illegally stream the shit out of that card.
RwilsonR- April 11, 2011 at 8:29 am
It isn't like there are any big name opponents waiting out there for Gina to fight, so who cares? Besides, the most significant opponent she'll face will be the scales.
Turd Furgeson- April 11, 2011 at 8:27 am
Overeem and Griggs should be a pretty good fight.
bgoldstein- April 11, 2011 at 7:34 am
@ Me likey: I think Gina will be facing the big broad that George Lucas's daughter was supposed to fight.
Hesh to Steel- April 11, 2011 at 7:30 am
Strikeforce needs to stop this bullshit. They are WAY too soft on their. high level fighteres. They should tell Fedor that he has to fight in an actual weight class. These catchweight fights are so asinine. Have him drop to 205, fight Mike Kyle for a tune up and then figjht Hendo for his strap.
SnackDaddy- April 11, 2011 at 7:20 am
Fedor would probably lose. He should quit while he still has some dignity intact.
Me likey- April 11, 2011 at 7:20 am
what weight would caranno be fighting at? sperm or humpback?
Mongrel- April 11, 2011 at 6:37 am
I really hope that Fedor can put his pride aside and drop to a far more suitable weight division.
I wonder if he even knew that these monstrous LHWs are really small Heavyweights like himself? I mean, didn't Rampage cut from about 245...? That's Cain Valasquez weight.
Fedor, shredded at 205 would be something.
Clyde- April 11, 2011 at 5:55 am
The tournament goes on? Did not expect that. If only bellator had taken over though, we could have sorted through the whole of strikeforce in a few weeks. Can't believe we have to wait until July to finish the first round of a tournament that started two months ago.
LOKI- April 11, 2011 at 5:52 am
@tmnawaz-A can of spighetti-o's.
tmnawaz- April 11, 2011 at 5:51 am
Carano is a the new Fedor! Which can will she fight next?