Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg is set to take place in San Jose, California from the HP Pavilion and will air live on Showtime.
The unlikely bout between the two is now looking very likely according to a recent report from GracieFighter.com. Unlikely because of the fact that the two men were both set to fight different opponents for different promotions during the month of August.
Hieron was previously expected to face off with Paul Daley at the August 1 “Affliction Trilogy” event that was recently scrapped, while Diaz was deep in training for a Strikeforce welterweight championship bout with Joe Riggs before Riggs was forced from the bout due to a recent hospitalization.
There is no news as to whether this possible bout between Diaz and Hieron will still hold title implications with Strikeforce.
Apparently Phil Baroni was briefly being considered as a replacement for Riggs in his bout with Diaz before the match-up was shot down by Showtime. It also seems as though Takanari Gomi was being sought as a replacement but those negotiations have not been successful.
Diaz has been on fire recently, winning his last five bouts and going 2-0 during his recent stint with Strikeforce, while Hieron has also put together a recent five fight win streak fighting for the now defunct IFL and Affliction promotions.
Editors Note: It appears as though it is being reported elsewhere that Hieron has been inked to a three-fight deal with Strikeforce, but Strikeforce’s Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz has recently confirmed to The Fight Network that those reports are completely false. He also stated that Diaz is still expected to appear on the August 15 card. Stay tuned to Five Ounces as we continue to keep you up to date on this still developing story.