At the post fight press conference this past Saturday Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker, stated that in seven to ten days he would announce two big Heavyweight signings to Strikeforce. However he has refused to drop any hints as to who may be these latest additions to the Strikeforce Heavyweight roster.
So the question must be asked, who are these potential signings? The most likely pick would be Andrei Arlovski since he was on hand for this Saturdays "Fedor vs. Rogers" event. Less than a year ago the former UFC Heavyweight Champion was considered to be the Top 3 Ranked Heavyweight that the world had to offer; but following back to back losses to Fedor Emelianenko & Brett Rogers he has significantly dropped down in the Heavyweight ranks. However Arlovski is far from being considered over the hill and he still poses many threats to any Heavyweight in the world right now.
Jeff Monson is another potential person of interest for Strikeforce. Monson is most well known for his run in the UFC where he went 4-3 overall; fighting some of the-then top names in the industry, Chuck Liddell & Tim Sylvia. Monson however is scheduled to face Travis Fulton at Thunder Promotions' "Alabama Pride" event, the same event where rapper DMX will face Eric Martinez. This may make Monson an outside shot at being Strikeforce’s next signing.
Another person of interest for Scott Coker is the undefeated Professional Wrestler Bobby Lashley; Lashley has been talking with Strikeforce in the past however has never officially signed a contract. In his last bout he defeated "The Beast" Bob Sapp in a little over three minutes. However many question whether Lashley is dedicated in becoming a top name in Mixed Martial Arts since he also works a limited schedule with Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling.
Aleksander Emelianenko –the brother of WAMMA Heavyweight Champion & Number 1 Ranked Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko- would usually be considered a person of interest; however since M-1 Global is not a part of this deal his signing at this current stage is considered highly unlikely.
In my humble opinion the two most likely to make the move to the Strikeforce family would be Andrei Arlovski & Bobby Lashley. Both are names drawing casual fans; and this is what Scott Coker is searching for at this point, when establishing his audience.
However at this current stage this is merely speculation on my behalf. But nevertheless two upper echelon Heavyweight additions to the Strikeforce roster can do nothing but good things for not only Strikeforce but Mixed Martial Arts in general; now it is we will have to wait a few days for Scott Coker to make the big announcement.
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