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Strikeforce Challengers Event in Stockton Revealed to be April Fool’s Day Prank

(“That whole Zuffa thing was just a gag too, right? No? That one was for real? Rats.” Pic: Prommanow)

From a Strikeforce press release

STOCKTON, Calf. — Strikeforce CEO Scot Coker held a press conference here on Friday to announce that tonight’s scheduled Challengers event at the Stockton Arena was just an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke, one that he admitted had gone too far.

Saying the whole idea was “just a goof,” Coker said he was surprised more people didn’t catch on sooner. “Come on, like we’re going to host an event in the most miserable city in the country, headlined by Rodrigo Damm?” Coker said. “Not even Showtime would go for that crap.”

He said during the fight company’s 9 p.m. EST timeslot the premium network would instead air a rerun of “Inside NASCAR” and a film titled “Kiss and Tail,” which Coker said he planned to DVR from his room at the Stockton Residence Inn.

The MMA executive also said fans who’d purchased tickets to see the event would get at least partial refunds. Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Aframowitz pointed out that wouldn’t be a problem, because the company hadn’t actually sold any tickets.

“I’ve heard there might be an issue with tickets,” Coker then said. “I don’t personally know how many tickets we’ve sold. Once more information is available, we’ll share it with you.”

Aframowitz repeated that no tickets had been sold.

News that the show was just a put-on was met with relief by Rodrgio Damm. The Brazilian who has lost three of his last four fights said for a while there he was worried Strikeforce might be serious about having him fight Wilcox.

“This was very big bad thing for me,” Damm said. “This guy, he looks like monkey, no?”

Coker said Wilcox would be matched against a more legitimate lightweight opponent just as soon as Strikeforce got around to signing one. To conclude the press conference, Coker laughed and pounded his fist on the podium before exiting the stage, pointing at the crowd of reporters and shouting, “I got you! I fucking got you! You should’ve seen your faces!”

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slint- April 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm
As much as I love CagePotato you guys should give up any and all attempts at farce and comedy. Maybe just stick to your snarky editorial comments within your news posts...those at least hit the mark most of the time.
intercept440- April 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm
I Faaart in your general direction
mahoney00- April 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm
As terrible as they have been today, I have read everyone stupid April Fools post start to finish. Which I guess is the goal for CP. However, wouldn't today have been a better day to post the "Jon Jones Capture of Robber Was a Staged PR Move?" Perhaps if Dana et al saw that posted on 4/1, they might have given CP a break...
irish brawler- April 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm
a guy from my gym is fighting on this card... sooo nice try guys
sixthsense- April 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm
you guys don't even try anymore. pathetic.
pooflinger- April 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Fried Taco- April 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Ha-ha! He sure fooled CP! You still have it listed in your Upcoming MMA Events.
macreadysshack- April 1, 2011 at 11:55 am
Actually, I didn't mind this one so much. The Jon Jones 'satire' piece (of junk) from last week was really the prime example.
macreadysshack- April 1, 2011 at 11:51 am
Ah, honing your satire blade . . . At least this one was totally fucking ridiculous. And on April Fool's Day.

You know when your highschool creative writing instructor says, 'yeah, someday you'll need to write for an audience. Right now, I want you to write for yourself.'

Well, it's right now.
bgoldstein- April 1, 2011 at 11:50 am

The April Fool's Day coverage will continue until every last one of you bastards is fooled. We'll do this all weekend if we have to.
exect4500- April 1, 2011 at 11:48 am
This sounds like it should be true, Stockton is the galbladder of California.
danomite- April 1, 2011 at 11:46 am
did You Guys hit your head and get anterograde amnesia or something? This is like the 5th april fool's article in a row. I have to admit this one actually did have me going for the first couple paragraphs.
LOKI- April 1, 2011 at 11:41 am
I am going stir-crazy at work today and for some reason I have never felt more alone in the multiverse...Any hookers or drifters I kill/eat tonight will be at least partially you'se guyz' fault.
FeelDaRiddum- April 1, 2011 at 11:38 am