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.