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Strikeforce possibly planning April 9 event minus Grand Prix pairings

With Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov having already cemented slots in the semi-final round of the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix the public’s attention has turned to the remaining quartet of competitors still seeking to take a step closer to emerging tournament champ. While the “who” of the fearsome foursome has long been established it now appears the day and location attached to their respective match-ups are likely to change, as word has now surfaced Strikeforce is planning an event for April 9 but in California and featuring promotional champions Gilbert Melendez and Nick Diaz rather than Fabricio Werdum fighting Overeem and Josh Barnett’s brouhaha with Brett Rogers. Recently it had been rumored the second round of the Grand Prix could take place in Japan on the same date.

According to a report on Sherdog it looks as though 155-pound king Melendez may face Japanese slugger Tatsuya Kawajiri while Diaz’s opponent has yet to be determined.

A catchweight clash with rival Jason “Mayhem” Miller was not mentioned to be in the works for Diaz but rather a title-defense with the two names offered as potential opposition by the outspoken welterweight’s trainer, Cesar Gracie, being Tyron Woodley and Paul Daley. Daley is currently scheduled to fight Yuya Shirai on Saturday night for British organization BAMMA and would have to emerge victorious in order to maintain his status as a possible contender.

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