The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Lands Japanese PPV Deal, Daley Targeted for Title Shot & More


A Strikeforce Championship Belt. Photo by Jon Swenson.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Strikeforce has reportedly struck a deal with Japanese cable station SkyPerfect to broadcast pay-per-view events featuring the organization's upcoming heavyweight grand prix tournament, of which the first part kicks off on February 12. Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov have competed under the PRIDE, Sengoku and DREAM banners in Japan for a number of years and have shown to be proven draws. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— Hard-hitting welterweight contender Paul Daley is expected to meet the winner of this Saturday's Strikeforce welterweight title fight between champion Nick Diaz and challenger Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today. Daley has also been granted permission to headline a BAMMA show next month in his native country of England, pending on his opponent. [MMA Weekly]

— The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed a number of bouts for its upcoming UFC Fight Night 24 and UFC 129 shows. Among the matchups revealed today include Jose Aldo defending his UFC featherweight title against an opponent yet to be determined, a light heavyweight clash between undefeated prospect Phil Davis and a streaking Matt Hamill as well as former WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson making his UFC debut against Mark Bocek. [Ultimate Insider]

— UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has amicably parted ways with manager Shari Spencer, citing "a different vision" for the Canadian's career. St. Pierre will remain with the Creative Arists Agency and reportedly is already closing to aligning with a replacement. [Sportsnet.ca]

— Paulo Thiago will reportedly return to action at UFC on Versus 3 on March 3 in Louisville, KY against standout wrestler Johny Hendricks. Both fighters have agreed to the bout. Thiago was last seen dropping an exciting unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez this past October while Hendricks suffered his first professional loss at the hands of Ricky Story in December. [MMAJunkie.com]

:— "TUF" alumnus Matt Riddle has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled bout against Matt Brown at UFC on Versus 3 after suffering a hand injury in training. Brown is once again without an opponent as original foe Mark Scanlon pulled out of their fight a week ago as well. No word on a replacement as of yet. [Versus.com]

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