If there was one thing that could derail the tremendous roll that Strikeforce has been on of late it was to have the heavyweight tournament disrupted. Unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what is happening. Sherdog with the news:
Sherdog.com learned today via sources close to the promotion that Strikeforce is planning to run its previously scheduled April date in California, and that the two remaining quarterfinal bouts will most likely be pushed off the card.
A fight between Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and Japanese slugger Tatsuya Kawajiri is expected to comprise one of the top two spots on the bill, while welterweight champion Nick Diaz is expected to fill the other slot against a yet-to-be-named opponent.
Sherdog said that Tyron Woodley and Paul Daley were the likely choices to face Diaz. There's nothing wrong with Diaz vs. either of those men and Melendez/Kawajiri. In fact, it's entirely likely that a show with those two bouts on it would be yet another highly entertaining Strikeforce event. But it's a huge problem to take the event that started to build huge hype for Strikeforce, the event that just broke viewership records for Strikeforce on Showtime and delay the next set of fights.
Make no mistake, if this is true it would be a nightmare for the promotion (even if they don't admit it) and doesn't do much to build up trust in the rest of the tournament running smoothly.
There is some hope though as Josh Gross tweeted the following:
Sherdog cites unnamed sources that Strikeforce's 2nd leg of HW GP not on April 9 card. Counters what I heard today re: St. Louis or Houston.
We'll have more on the situation as it develops but anything less than the fights happening on exactly the date they are shooting for is not good.