Strikeforce look likely to take Heavyweight tournament to JapanPosted on February 4, 2011, 08:40 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Since Strikeforce announced the upcoming Heavyweight tournament, many had questioned Josh Barnett's ability to gain a license in the US. It seems the company have found a way around it, with a trip to Japan looking increasingly likely.
According to MMA-Japan, the California company's debut in the East is a dead cert, set to take place this coming April:
Strikeforce will make their Japanese debut April 10th, 2011 during the afternoon hours in order to be shown live in the United States.
The fight card will consist of a lightweight portion, and the heavyweight grand prix second round.
Strikeforce will be working with Real Entertainment and possibly M-1 to co-promote the planned event.
More details will be incoming as the event comes near.
Interestingly, this also fuels speculation at a possible Lightweight Grand Prix in co-promotion with Dream. Scott Coker had earlier hinted at this, and with Lightweight fighters such as KJ Noons, Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thompson, coupled with some of the best in JMMA such as Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Joachim Hansen, a 155 pound GP would be greatly received.
With the mention of M1, it's also highly possible to see Fedor Emilianenko feature on the card in Japan, given he has a massive Eastern fanbase.