Strikeforce, the "No. 2" mixed martial arts organization in the U.S. behind the UFC, is continuing to make an effort to provide fans throughout the country an opportunity to watch their shows live. With recent events in Nashville and St. Louis, it’s obvious that Strikeforce has gotten away from the strategy of only holding fights on the West Coast. The organization is based out of San Jose, and over the years, has primarily done business in California.
In a recent interview, CEO Scott Coker indicated that Strikeforce is planning on hosting an event in Houston on Aug. 21 -- its first trip to Texas.
The organization is currently attempting to keep middleweight champ Jake Shields, who is also negotiating with the UFC. If Shields jumps ship, Coker intends the Houston event to be a kickoff for an eight-man middleweight tournament with the goal of eventually crowning a new champ.
Although not officially announced, the Houston show is expected to be headlined by Dallas native Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, who will be defending his light heavyweight title. An opponent has yet to be identified.
Gesias Cavalcante, who previously fought for Dream and K-1 overseas, will likely make his debut on the card as well.