I was in on the Strikeforce conference call that just wrapped up and there was some pretty interesting news bits. In no order whatsoever:
– The deal with HD Net expired in November 2008 and it was not renewed, which makes Showtime the only place to see Frank Shamrock’s braces.
– Scott Coker says they plan on bringing Alistair back to defend his title before the end of the year. I’m all for people getting hit in the nuts so it’d be nice to see Overeem do it here in California (as long as he escapes Dana’s offers.)
– The Shamrock/Diaz fight will take place at 179 pounds. No word on Frank calling out Josh Thomson again now that he makes his own weight classes.
– Gilbert Melendez is scheduled for the April 11th show with Jorge Gurgel and Mitsuhiro Ishida as the two possible opponents. One of those is interesting, the other not so much.
– The plan is for another Shamrock/Cung Le fight before the end of the year. Frank says this time he’ll fight him in MMA “for real” and Cung has a boring personality. That’s probably the tamest diss in Frank’s history, since he probably knows Cung is gonna make him cry again.
– Josh Thomson is on the 4/11 card and KJ Noons is a possible opponent. Noons Sr. will probably adapt his trash talk and call Thomson a “Punk from San Jose”, because he literally is.
– Although the press release says “up to 16 shows”, there will only be five major ones and the rest in the vein of ShoXC where they Sho-case up and comers. None of them involve CBS because that’s a separate deal that still isn’t really worked out.
– Gina Carano has been invited to fight on the 4/11 card and Cyborg is already under contract ready to fight by then. Coincidence? (I say yes.)
– The EXC and Strikeforce titles will attempt to be unified in 2009; time for Tiki vs Nick Serra!
– Gus Johnson and Frank Shamrock are the announce team, but they don’t know yet how Frank will do that when he’s fighting the same night. I say give him a headset in the cage and let him commentate his own fight live.
– Loretta Hunt sucks but has a cute voice.
– Dana White’s name is apparently the cue for everyone to laugh.
– Kimbo vs Bob Sapp was talked about but never seriously discussed. There goes your journalistic integrity, MMA Weekly.
– Sam Caplan took the last call, which gave me another reason to hate him. I’m not bitter at all that I didn’t get to ask a question, how dare you even ask.