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Strikeforce Also Looking Towards Co-Promotion With DREAM

(More oddball grappling exhibitions between fighters separated by four weight classes? Yes please! Photo courtesy of Sportsnavi)

From MMA Fanhouse:

Strikeforce and DREAM are expected to announce a partnership shortly that could see an exchange of fighters between the two promotions. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed Monday night in a radio appearance on The Carmichael Dave Show that the No. 2 MMA promotion in America will enter into an "alliance" with Fighting Entertainment Group, the parent company of the No. 1 MMA promotion in Japan…
"We’ve talked about [the partnership] for a long time," Coker said. "It’s finally going to happen now so maybe [Sergei] Kharitonov could fight Fedor at some point."

Well, Kharitonov‘s good and all, even though he got handled by Jeff Monson in his last fight — but we hope Coker and FEG can get a little more creative than that. A "Strikeforce vs. DREAM" co-promoted card would be appropriately epic, with DREAM’s stable of lightweights (Joachim Hansen, Shinya Aoki), welterweights (Marius Zaromskis, Hayato Sakurai) and middleweights (Jason Miller, Ronaldo Souza) going up against guys like Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson, Cung Le, and Jay Hieron. And maybe this will even inspire Strikeforce to launch its own Super Hulk Tournament. (Shaquille O’Neal vs. Don Frye, anybody?) Oh, if only…

In a related story, MMA Junkie reports that Strikeforce’s contract with Fedor Emelianenko isn’t completely exclusive. Under the current terms, Fedor will still be able to compete internationally, in other organizations — for example, in those Japanese New Year’s Eve shows that he used to be so fond of. Because nothing rings in the new year better than beating the crap out of some sad freak. And if you can get paid for it, even better.

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rockybalboa25- August 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm
Is it just me or is Coker putting a bulls eye on his back. Affliction just got added to Dana's tombstone does Coker really want Strikeforce to be next?
Walrus- August 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm
Frye vs. Fedor!!
reddog- August 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm some of our predictions of them putting fedor up against others not already with strikeforce could come true? and their talent pool effectively doubled? odd...

Suddenly it doesn't sound like the cry inducing outcome some think it is.
Seoul Brother- August 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm
Fedor Emelianenko & Chris Kattan
Paramount Pictures
LAS- August 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm
The hilarious thing is, for all the salivating over potential Dream-Strikeforce matchups, the quality of the opposition is hardly any more bonerific than your average UFC card. While I know people just shit their pants for Mayhem, the guy would get beat in to next week by guys like Nate Marquardt or Yushin Okami.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm
@ The Clinch

I've been wondering how those DREAM shows have been doing. Are they making any money? Are they shown on network TV in Japan or PPV?
walkingshadow803- August 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm
I for one could honestly care less what fedor does anymore, after all the bullshit that has happend in the last few weeks... yep just dont care anymore

But if this happenes all the potental Middleweight, Welterweight and Lightweight matches would be very entertaining, I actually hope this happens
The Clinch- August 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm
This is good news, get some more exposure for Dream here in the states. I just recently went to Dream 10 and well... It was far from being sold out, maybe 60~70% full.
Chin Up-Hands Down KO- August 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm
Oh hell yes.
parchy mcthirst- August 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm
overeem will soon suffer his demise
Deadpanda- August 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm
This actually takes away a bit of my spite for all of the resent happenings.

I like the Idea of having a Dream vs. Strikeforce card & I think it opens a little more wriggle room for Fedor's career.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm
@ KidDinomite

"Maybe have him fight Cung Le for the middleweight title if he ever decides to defend it."

Ya know, thanks for bringing that up. Coker needs to get Le in the ring and defend his belt in the next three months or I say strip him of his belt. I really like Cung and he's a fun fighter to watch, but if he won't even defend the belt ONCE, give it back to Strikeforce.

Overeem, you're next. Yeah, yeah. I know the hands jacked. But TWO FREAKIN' YEARS? Rogers has fought like FIVE TIMES since your last match.
Fedor vs. Bas- August 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm
The Strikeforce vs DREAM idea just gave me chills. Lets make it happen.
One Two- August 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Awesome! Strikeforce should push to have knees legalized like DREAM. if sengoku would join the mix this would be awesome for the sport imagine the match ups.
PHELPS- August 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Mayhem definitely makes things interresting because he has an MTV show. He's a character and may draw more casual fans than anyone else they have.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm
Jason Miller fighting Nick Diaz or Gilbert Melendez would be more awesome than Fedor's magic-technicolor-sweater made of pure strands of 'win' spurting soft-serve ice cream cones for all the children!

...of course, while riding on a rollercoaster.

Hey...I guy can "dream", right?

Get it?


....I know, I suck.
KidDinomite- August 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm
Damn, I'd love to see a match between Ronaldo Jacare and Nick Diaz. That would be an epic fight there. And Mayhem would be undoubtedly become an international MMA superstar. Maybe have him fight Cung Le for the middleweight title if he ever decides to defend it.
Jay Smith- August 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm
I've never heard anyone say anything bad about Coker. Good for him, and good for our sport! (listen to me "our sport" like I fight and shit)