Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rogers vs. Humphries could complete Strikeforce's April 11 card

Originally posted on MMAjunkie.com

A heavyweight bout between former EliteXC heavyweight Brett Rogers (8-0) and Strikeforce newcomer Ron Humphries (5-0) could take the last remaining main-card slot on Showtime's broadcast of "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz."

The April 11 event takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. In the main event, Frank Shamrock meets Nick Diaz at a catch-weight if 179 pounds.

FiveOuncesofPain.com first reported the matchup. And although sources close to the fighters confirmed the fight, Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout has not been signed.

"Right now, it's not official," Afromowitz said. "It's a possibility."

Strikeforce has just four official bouts for its five-fight main card. As MMAjunkie.com reported last week, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker expected the slot to go to a middleweight fight between Joe Riggs and Phil Baroni or a heavyweight bout with Rogers.

The organization is apparently close to choosing Rogers, one of the 40-plus EliteXC fighters Strikeforce acquired in February from ProElite, and newcomer Humphries.

Rogers would return to action for the first time in nearly a year. He went 3-0 in EliteXC, which included a 61-second knockout of Jon Murphy in a historic bout. The May 31 fight was the first MMA contest ever to air on major U.S. network television. However, Rogers has been on the sidelines ever since the May 31 CBS-televised event.

Rogers is currently 8-0 with eight first-round stoppages (all due to strikes).

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