Former WEC Matchmaker Sean Shelby Takes Over Matchmaking for Strikeforce


Sean Shelby at UFC 129

Sean Shelby at UFC 129

Business as usual has been the statement of Zuffa since purchasing Strikeforce a couple of months back, but a few changes have taken place within the organization, including the matchmaker position.

According to several MMAWeekly.com sources, former WEC matchmaker Sean Shelby has now taken over the matchmaking duties at Strikeforce.

Shelby was the lead matchmaker at the WEC when the organization merged with the UFC, where he was handling the matchmaking duties for the smaller weight classes alongside longtime UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

Strikeforce had used a few different matchmakers over the years, but primarily Bob Cook and Rich Chou handled those duties.

It appears as of now that both have been let go by Zuffa and Shelby has stepped in to handle the job on a day-to-day basis.

Cook had been with Strikeforce for several years, but also handles fighters out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., and runs Zinkin Entertainment alongside DeWayne Zinkin, managing fighters like Forrest Griffin, Cain Velasquez, and Jon Fitch.

Rich Chou has worked for several different MMA promotions throughout the years including time in the Hawaiian organization Rumble on the Rock, as well as the now defunct EliteXC.

Shelby will now take over the matchmaking duties and has reportedly been on the job already building the upcoming cards for Strikeforce Challengers as well as planned Strikeforce events this summer.


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