News of Kazuo Misaki signing with Strikeforce last week didn’t exactly set the internets on fire. Sure, everyone recognized the importance of the deal since Misaki is a pretty big name in Japan. But I doubt the dude is gonna sell more than a hundred tickets in San Jose. Plus I’m still not buying him as a top talent, regardless of how sweet his trouncing of Akiyama was. Anyways, turns out the announcement was a bit premature, and the deal isn’t quite done yet. JoJo Breen has more:
Grabaka frontman Sanae Kikuta (Pictures), as well as World Victory Road executive and J-ROCK president Takahiro Kokuho are reportedly leading the negotiations with Strikeforce, which would reportedly allow Misaki retain the ability to fight for WVR’s Sengoku promotion in Japan while competing in Strikeforce stateside. However, the source stated that while Misaki is waiting to officialize the deal, he has yet to even see the contract, let alone sign it.
I don’t see Strikeforce having an issue with Misaki fighting for other promotions … they’ve allowed tons of their guys to do whatever they want (although it has come back to bite them in the ass a few times). The big question is if Misaki wants way more than he’s worth in America. But if this whole deal was still at that negotiating stage, why the fuck would Strikeforce have announced the deal already???
**UPDATE** Strikeforce has refuted the story, saying they’re holding a contract in their hands right now which was signed by Misaki. No word yet on if it’s really Misaki’s signature or just kanji for “We’ll get back to you”