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Strikeforce Confirms April Show in Nashville; Hendo/Shields In, Fedor Out

("These barbarian Americans," Fedor thought to himself. "Worshipping laminated rectangles with names on them.")

Strikeforce has been laying suspiciously low lately, leading some to wonder if they’re having behind-the-scenes problems with Fedor Emelianenko or their broadcast partners; Gegard Mousasi‘s departure from M-1 two weeks ago added another wrinkle to the mystery. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker tried to shed what light he could yesterday, telling reporters that the organization would hold an event in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 17th, and that more announcements would come next week. No, it’s not much to work on. But recent reports have also clued us in on the following…

— The middleweight title fight between Jake Shields and Dan Henderson is a done deal for April. Said Shields: "I have a date (and) venue, but they told me to hold that back. Hopefully CBS. I think it’s CBS. There’s a slight possibility of Showtime because they’re still (working it out). I don’t know the rest of the card or any of that yet. But me and Dan’s on, and I’m hoping it’s on CBS."

Despite initial reports, Fedor Emelianenko will probably not be on the card. According to Vadim Finkelchtein, Fedor will fight Fabricio Werdum in May. If you’re wondering what’s become of Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem, he’s booked to compete on K-1′s 4/3 card in Yokohama, and M-1′s Apy Echteld says that Fedor won’t fight him unless he was drug tested leading up to the fight.

— Though he didn’t promise them for the April event, Coker said he looked forward to getting Brett Rogers and Shinya Aoki into the Strikeforce cage in the near future. Coker named Antonio Silva and Alistair Overeem as possible opponents for Rogers, while Aoki may take on Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez.

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TKOdU- February 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm
I've got to agree that Fedor is just padding his record. M1 wants you to believe that the deal with the UFC was over co promotion & that's why it fell through.

But the reports I read were significant that if I were in his place I would have accepted the deal. Six figure contract, plus a guaranteed title fight upon entering. If Fedor & M1 were so caught up with co promotion then why wouldn't they sponsor a UFC event and rake in the cash.

It wouldn't hurt the UFC for M1 to sponsor them even if they had to pay a fee to get it to happen.

But of course since Strike Force is the smaller company, they have to deal with M1's over inflated demands as a co promoter.

Fedor is the best fighter in the world is in question. If he cannot fight the top guys in the world how will we know? The question of whether Fedor is the best will always be in question since his management continues to pad his record. Fedor is the Kimbo of Strike Force.
ghostboner- February 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm
Ha ha ha the North American horses! It really never does get old. I mean, if he were to come fight in Strikeforce against a reasonable opponent, AND test clean, maybe I would cut him some slack. But Horsemeatereem will always be funny.
rlh61- February 27, 2010 at 7:10 am
@ghostboner...the Overeem/horse jokes never get old.

When Overeem says he's hungry, horses across the globe tremble with fear...except for horses in North America...cause they know there's no way Overeem is going there...
ghostboner- February 27, 2010 at 1:50 am
Oh jeez the Silva/Fedor p4p quality of opponents argument again. Wow could you guys stop beating this dead horse please, cause Overeem says it's done and he is hungry. On that note, who was it that came up with the funny names for Overeem (Overroids) ? Was that you purplr pickle? Whoever it was can you please refresh my memory, I want to call him some of those silly names.

@Portlandmma - word on the Gil-Aoki beating.

@lysol - I think he injects it with substances to try to make it the way more huger than the hugest HW belt ever!

@Dan the Viking - If he is screaming from a soundproof room how did you hear him to respond...
robthom- February 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Just watching him perform, and with a record that has never gone "seasonal" like every other fighter, its pretty obvious that Fedor is the best HW.
So far.

Probably the best P4P.

But for the same reason I didn't care for most pride matches, it's not all that interesting watching him beat up guys that should be below his level.

Or waiting around for 10 - 12 months for him to do it.

But he earned his position if he wants to cruise now. He never did anything to get mad or pissed off at him about.

It's just boring IMO.
CheckHisPee- February 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm
WAR Fedor!

rlh61- February 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm
steampunk22 and ReX13...right on the money.

He's a damn good fighter, no doubt...but the discussion just goes in circles each time it comes around. There's only one way to know how he'd fair in the UFC, and I fear that won't ever happen.
Canseco_MMA- February 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm
Coker looks like a large mouth bass....or cartman........ "no vadim, this is meh pot pie"....
ReX13- February 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm
ArmFarmer Says:

I think when all is said it done it just boils down to who's jock strap you happen to be snuggled up in. ;)

I want to go on record as saying that Sarah "Sugar Toe" Ponce is the best pound for pound fighter since Kung Fu Jesus.
nicey- February 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm
Wrye Bash- February 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm
Hey! Chill with the harsh languages. Childrens watch the sport as well, no?
Sakuraba3900- February 26, 2010 at 11:05 am
Didn't fedor just fight two top ten heavyweights back to back?? Isn't he also tapped to fight another top ten Guy?that sounds pretty legit to me and it would to you guys too if you weren't ASSHOLES! !!
Viva Hate- February 26, 2010 at 11:02 am
My point about Fedor is that he has never fully impressed me, to me he is nothing more than an inflated number, over half of his fights are either cake match ups, beating up on smaller LW fighters, guys on the downside of their career, and or completely unproven guys, I could list them out but it would just take up a ton of space. He didn't finish off the top guys he faced. And as for beating up former UFC champs, that is a joke because it is easy to beat someone on their way down. Far too many of his opponents are weak and far too many of his fights are close. This is a classic example of quality vs. quantity, all the wins in the world mean junk if you are beating up cans.
ArmFarmer- February 26, 2010 at 10:33 am
Maybe Anderson's opponents haven't all been top notch, but at least he doens't get beaten up and look extremely beatable by them. It's not his fault who he fights, but whoever it is gets made a fool of by his jedi-like abilities. I think it's more impressive to send Franklin in for facial reconstructive surgery, choke out dan henderson, choke out a bjj world champ from his back, and absolutely fucking humiliate forrest.. than it is to be getting out boxed by Arlovski and then ko him on his own mistake, or get beaten up by Rogers before koing him, or damn near getting ko'd by hunt.. ect.

My point is, Silva looks untouchable in his fights whereas Fedor looks like he's getting his ass beat and then pulls out the W.

I think you could make a case for any of them really. BJ has decimated the lw division, and held his own against ww's and even beaten a dominant champion ww in the first round, and held his own against Machida. Fedor has yet to really lose a fight. Silva makes everyone look like an amatuer. GSP has been dominating and looking untouchable.

I think when all is said it done it just boils down to who's jock strap you happen to be snuggled up in. ;)
steampunk22- February 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

You are correct, sir.

People forget, when bashing Fedor, to look at the other top P4P fighters past fights. Fedor, overall, has fought against much tougher competition then any other top P4P fighter. You could give points to BJ Penn for fighting a large variety of difficult opponents but he lost a lot of those fights outside of his weight class.

The Fedor argument overall, is tired.

Refer to Rex13's comment, and lets talk about something else.
DAN THE VIKING- February 26, 2010 at 9:57 am
His record of beating former UFC HW champs, and then eating up a no-name in Rogers, is no worse than Silvas rediculous run through his UFC career. His highest accolades are Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin with a snoozefest year in there most fans dont even remember. GSP is doing a little better, but even then were seeing him fight Dan fucking Hardy, and in a year and a half have seen him fight twice. All 3 of these guys are argued in the top 3 P4P. And all 3 are guilty of fighting sub-par opponents, lengthy time between fights, and pulling out of cards (injury or otherwise) within the last 2-3 years. But Fedor isnt in the UFC, and doesnt have a UFC belt. So he doesnt get the same respect?
Joedirt- February 26, 2010 at 9:45 am
Fedor isn't ducking anyone.
The UFC has some great fighters but must sell their sole, something Fedor doesn't need to do as he is probably bigger in other countries. Not to mention he makes as much in these other organizations (which may not make what the UFC does, but still pays out the same)... I just doubt Fedor is looking to prove anything to American fans or himself... it's just business.
Brock and Dana are fags.
DAN THE VIKING- February 26, 2010 at 9:41 am
Standing O, my friend.
Noone could have said it better.
ProfessorMMA- February 26, 2010 at 9:38 am
fedor is the king of dodging... fucking guy is brutal. he is def. a great fighter maybe even the best ever but as of late, i dont put him at the #1 spot.. i mean how can you? people claim he's so amazing, well with wins over guys like Tim Sylvia i'm sorry that just doesnt cut it.

brett rogers stinks and would get eaten alive by 90% of ufc heavyweights so dont even go there... i think if fedor ever manned up and came to ufc his streak would end for sure.
ReX13- February 26, 2010 at 9:33 am
I believe that Fedor is a competitor, and all he wants is to compete. I believe that he's not afraid to fight anyone, nor is he afraid to lose. I also believe that he is an incredibly talented and skilled fighter who could probably make light heavyweight if he wanted, and he belongs in the best p4p conversation. It is obvious that he doesn't do this for the money, or the fame, or the women. He likes to compete, and i think he wants to fight the best.

HOWEVER, i also believe that his management is terrified of him facing stiff competition, mortified by the prospect of Fedor ever being beaten, and horrified of making anything less than the most they could possibly squeeze out of their fighter. They are weasels, pure and simple, and they are ruining the heavyweight picture by not allowing Fedor to face top competition. The window for Fedor-Couture is closed; we'll never know what that fight would have looked like when Randy was primed and ready. Windows will continue to close on great fights, and we'll continue to wring our hands and argue over whether Fedor is the awesomest fighter ever in history, or merely the greatest legend ever sold to MMA fans. Anyone who claims to know for sure is either from another dimension, or has some kind of agenda.
DAN THE VIKING- February 26, 2010 at 9:32 am
@ Lysol
The president of DREAM uses it as a saddle to ride Overeem into combat against Sengoku. As long as its less than 3 minutes away.
DAN THE VIKING- February 26, 2010 at 9:26 am
But hes not dodging anyone hes able to fight. Yes he has to fight Werdum, because he is the best that STRIKEFORCE has to offer. As shitty as that is. But its not like hes getting eaten out on stage for 311 tickets.

If he was in the UFC, ducking or picking fights, thats a different story. But hes not in the UFC, so hes not dodging there fighters. Ya you can argue hes dodging the UFC, but I dont believe that. He beats up anyone that leaves or gets kicked out of the UFC. Yeah yeah there all cans thats why UFC got rid ofthem. Whatever.

What kind of world do we live in where we cant have one last hero in the sport who isnt 46, a TUF winner, or a roid raging asshole of a blanket? Not a world I wanna live in.

Cue Bret Harts theme music. Im going to shaBOOOMS!!!11
cecils_pupils- February 26, 2010 at 9:07 am
I think he flips it over and uses the back of it to prep his syringes.
[sound of horses making horsey noises in the background]
Lysol- February 26, 2010 at 8:51 am
What do you guys think Overeem actually does with his Strikeforce belt?
doctorfunk- February 26, 2010 at 8:48 am
@DAN the viking- You are blinded by fedors nuts. Sure Fedor is great, but he is not facing top competition. I can't say that Fedor is the best in the world when he's dodging the best competition.