Japanese fighters preparing for Strikeforce April 10 event in Japan.

By Daniel Herbertson

Although MMARising.com reported Friday that Strikeforce is no longer planning to hold their April event in Japan, MMAFighting.com has learned that several top Japanese fighters are already preparing for bouts with the intention of fighting in Japan.

Japanese fighters have been told that the event will be taking place at midday local time on April 9 so that it can be aired in the United States on April 10 in prime time.

Scott Coker and Real Entertainment representative and former Vice President of Pride FC Sotaro Shinoda went into discussions following Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg earlier this month, with Loretta Hunt reporting that a Japanese event was “highly likely” and Josh Gross saying that a Japanese venue had been found.

While we are on the topic of major Japanese events, it is worth nothing that FEG President Sadaharu Tanikawa wrote this week on Twitter that “the tide had turned,” and that he will “will blow away the bad rumors and do something huge!”


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