Henderson walks to the Strikeforce cage: Dave Mandel |
Ohio’s Arnold Fitness Weekend in March will likely welcome
Strikeforce to its line-up.
Strikeforce officials told Sherdog.com Tuesday that although the
event was not yet confirmed, the “chances are good” that the
promotion will stage an event on March 5 at the Nationwide Arena in
MMAJunkie first broke the news of the potential event Tuesday,
reporting that Ohio Athletic Commission executive director Bernie
Profato had confirmed that Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker had
committed to a March 5 date in the state’s capital.
The Arnold Fitness Weekend, formerly known as The Arnold Classic,
is a weekend bodybuilding and fitness expo named after legendary
bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. The event, which brings in
thousands of spectators from all over the world annually, has
expanded its scope in recent years, aligning itself with both
submission grappling and MMA.
For the last four years, Zuffa coordinated with the event to
promote shows, beginning with UFC 68 in
2007, followed by UFC
82 in 2008 and UFC
96 in 2009. This past March, instead of a UFC event, Zuffa
47 at the Nationwide Arena for the 2010 Arnold Fitness Weekend,
which saw Brian
Bowles upset Miguel
Torres to win the WEC bantamweight title.
Zuffa elected not to participate this coming year to focus on
furthering its reach in various international markets. UFC
127 will go down on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia and UFC 128 is
set to take place on March 19 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Two Strikeforce events are in the works prior to a March 5 bill.
installment of the Strikeforce Challengers series will take
place Jan. 7 in Nashville, Tenn., headlined by a showdown between
welterweight prospects Tyron
Woodley and Tarec
Saffiedine. As well, unbeaten heavyweight Olympian Daniel
Cormier will meet Devin Cole on
Also, a yet-to-be-announced event is rumored for Jan. 29 at the HP
Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., which could feature Strikeforce
welterweight king Nick Diaz’s
return to action.