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Scott Coker Says Nick Diaz Will Be in Potential Eight-Man Middleweight Tournament

In an interview with

On the likelihood of Shields continuing with Strikeforce, Coker said, "If you were to ask me today, I think we'll be throwing a tournament. That's my personal opinion."

Coker told he is considering eight fighters for a potential tournament to begin at an event planned for Aug. 21: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy, Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz and "Mayhem" Miller. Additionally, the winner of a June 26 bout between Scott Smith and Cung Le is under consideration for a tourney spot, as is the winner of an upcoming World Victory Road/Sengoku bout between Kazuo Misaki and champ Jorge Santiago.

The tournament would take place over two events, the Strikeforce CEO said. Houston is targeted for the first event, though the promotion has not confirmed a city or venue.
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (12-2), Robbie Lawler (17-6), Tim Kennedy (12-2), Dan Henderson (25-8), Nick Diaz (22-7), Jason Miller (23-7)

Winner of Cung Le (6-1) vs. Scott Smith (17-6), Winner of Jorge Santiago (22-8) vs. Kazuo Misaki (22-10-2)

Strikeforce: Houston coverage

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