In the aftermath of Strikeforce: Evolution, Scott Coker laid out some big plans for next year:
- Fedor Emelianenko vs Fabricio Werdum in April, from MMA Mania:
Fedor Emelianenko (31-1) will likely return to the CBS airwaves in April 2010 when he welcomes a challenge from Fabricio Werdum (13-4-1) in a bout tentatively scheduled for the next installment of "Saturday Night Fights."
- Lightweight champion (and USAT/SBN Consensus MMA Rankings #13 and rising) Gilbert Melendez against the #2 in the world, Shinya Aok and #24 Josh Thomson against #8 Tatsuya Kawajiri, per Josh Gross:
In addition to the Strikeforce lightweight title, a shot at No. 2-ranked Shinya Aoki hung in the balance. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker will attend "Dynamite!!," Japan's traditional New Year's Eve fights, with the intention of finalizing a deal to with FEG to put Aoki and in the cage against Melendez in the second quarter of 2010. He also hopes to get Thomson back in action against highly regarded Tatsuya Kawajiri.
Or maybe Thomson will face former EliteXC lightweight champ K.J. Noons in the latter's Strikeforce debut, per Sherdog.
Jacare Souza will likely get a rematch with Jason "Mayhem" Miller although Jacare is demanding an immediate title shot against Jake Shields, per Fanhouse:
"Jacare" talked about why he thinks he deserves a title shot next, as well as potential rematches against Gegard Mousasi and Jason "Mayhem" Miller.
All in all, a lot of promising fights in the works from Strikeforce.