Zuffa’s ownership of Strikeforce appears to be moving the promotion closer to a return to pay-per-view.
MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that Strikeforce is targeting a date in July for a pay-per-view broadcast, but a specific date and location have yet to be determined.
Strikeforce has long talked about making a move to pay-per-view. While the promotion hasn’t announced any plans, our sources indicated that a July pay-per-view is all but official.
As far as the fight card for that show, additional sources have stated that a light heavyweight bout between former champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and grappling wizard Roger Gracie is likely to take place on the event’s main card.
Lawal has been out of action since last year when he lost the Strikeforce light heavyweight title to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Lawal has since dealt with some injuries, and recently relocated to San Jose, Calif., to train with the team at American Kickboxing Academy. He had tweeted a planned return at Strikeforce’s June fight card in Dallas, but appears headed to the July pay-per-view card instead.
As for Gracie, he was rumored to be the original opponent for Gegard Mousasi on the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley fight card taking place this weekend in San Diego, but sources had said he was entering the last fight on his current contract and was stuck in negotiations, so the fight never came to fruition.
The fight between Lawal and Gracie isn’t a done deal at this time, but at least one fighter has been approached and verbally accepted the proposed bout.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information about the July Strikeforce event as it becomes available.