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Strikeforce teams up with HDNet for Grand Prix preliminary fights, weigh-ins

Following the lead of their proverbial big brother, the UFC, Strikeforce has upped the ante in terms of providing preliminary pairings and weigh-ins for fans starting with the promotion’s World Grand Prix Semifinal event scheduled for September 10.

News of the increased coverage, which will be shown live on HDNet as it unfolds from Cincinnati, was announced earlier today through an official press release where it was also mentioned the same treatment will be given to the Grand Prix Finals later this year.

“As we continue to showcase some of the sport’s up-and-coming talent on our prelims, we’re excited to be able to air them live on HDNet,” Scott Coker explained of the move. “We’re excited to give Strikeforce fans even more access to great fights.”

The bouts set for next month’s broadcast include explosive Brazilian bantamweight Amanda Nunes taking on submission specialist Alexis Davis and former 205-pound champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante’s clash with undefeated Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero, as well as action from Mike Kyle and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.

The Strikeforce World Grand Prix Semifinal show features the tournament’s remaining heavyweights competing for one of two spots in the final (Daniel Cormier vs. Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov) in addition to a title-defense from middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza who puts his belt on the line against 7-1 Luke Rockhold. Also on the card, “King” Mo Lawal will mix it up with decorated BJJ blackbelt Roger Gracie.

  • adamsfamily says:

    I dont know if you read the post about Kos and Bonnar, but to echo that I wrote when Strikeforce was bought by Zuffa – I think strikeforce should become all the things you cant do in the UFC. The premium brand of womens MMA. The place that (ufc) veterans can fight up and comers, and the home of fan friendly catchweight fights. A place where the rankings dont mean much. I know basically it is all of those things now, but really go for it and deliberately brand it as such.
    Not that any of this would benefit me – I cant see anything in the UK unless I subscribe to SKY and ESPN. and then its only PPV, none of the fights on versus (and I imagine none on FOX)

  • climbarock says:

    It’s about time. One of the most frustrating things about the Showtime broadcasts has been the failure to show preliminary fights, even if the main card ends way ahead of schedule. It’s a big problem, IMO, because the fans don’t get to see all the lesser known fighters that round out an organization’s roster. Then the organization can’t really grow; it’s just riding the wave of popularity of it’s current champs and big name contenders, and the wave inevitably breaks when they start beating each other. Showtime still isn’t changing their tune, but at least fans have a place to watch the prelims.


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