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Alistair Overeem Pulled From Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix; Daniel Cormier in as Replacement

(Well, at least he went out on a high point.)

So much for determining the best heavyweight outside of the UFC. We heard rumblings about this earlier today, and now it’s official: Alistair Overeem will not be competing in the remainder of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix. The reason seems to be entirely due to scheduling, as Zuffa and Showtime want to run the tournament semi-finals on September 10th, while Overeem feels he won’t be physically ready to compete by then. Said Dana White:

Sept. 10 was the date Showtime wants us to go, so it’s the date we’ve got to go. It’s unfortunate that Alistair is unavailable, but situations like this are why there are alternates in the tournament.”

What the deuce? Is DW taking orders from Showtime now, or is he just using them as a scapegoat? Would Showtime really be so short-sighted that they would go forward with the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finals without its biggest star, just so they could stick to a date on a schedule? PLEASE, SOMEONE TELL ME WHO TO BE MAD AT.

Luckily, Overeem hasn’t been fired altogether. But for the time being, the fighter filling in for the Demolition Man will be AKA hot prospect Daniel Cormier, who is a perfect 8-0 in his MMA career, including five wins under the Strikeforce banner; he most recently outpointed Jeff Monson at “Overeem vs. Werdum.” (You can send sympathy cards to Chad Griggs.)

Cormier will be facing Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the heavyweight grand prix semi-finals, and will be at a considerable size disadvantage, being that Silva is a 6’4″ beast who’s built like an Easter Island statue, and Cormier is a 5’9.5 fireplug who will probably drop a weight class as soon as he gets his ass kicked.

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RSparrow- July 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm
It didn't look like that when I typed it... you silly little fuck.
dranokills- July 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm
RSparrow Says:

Tue, 07/19/11 - 05:01

No proof of him juicing, half you assholes haven’t been to the gym in months, years… get with it you fucks! :)
goddamn 12 year olds and their stupid rose colored glasses...and their stupid goddamn smiley face gay emoticons.
Fatty McDickbutts- July 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Expect the reem's move to the UFC announcement in the coming days
Fried Taco- July 19, 2011 at 11:26 am
@danomite - it may seem even more impossible, but it will come true.
I was gettin some Tito- July 19, 2011 at 10:27 am
@209Soldier well he fought on June 18th and typically if you do a cycle they last 8 weeks. If he were to cut it early the effects wouldnt be near what they should be. I was saying the roid argument is far from outlandish....also what is so nuts about him really just wanting his toe to heal? He is at the highest point in his career and seeing as he is a kickboxer primarily why would he want to fight a monster like Big Foot with any sort of issue in his most powerful weapon? I know plenty of people fight with nagging injuries but i dont see it being that nuts that some people wouldnt want to when it could knock their career 10 steps back.
Dynamo- July 19, 2011 at 10:15 am
Sounds like drama covering ulterior motives. Probably working to move him over. All this came out to fast and orderly to be a real problem... Much like the UFC LHW division in general.
209Soldier- July 19, 2011 at 9:20 am
i guess 2 months isnt long enough to get steroids out of your system...
danomite- July 19, 2011 at 9:12 am
THIS IS HORSESHIT!!!!! How dare they not replace Reem with Chad Griggs?! He's the only one who's earned his shot. How the fuck is Fried Taco's prediction of Griggs as champion going to come true now?
I was gettin some Tito- July 19, 2011 at 8:31 am
They do blood tests as well, correct? Or is this like the NFL and they just let HGH run wild?
Get Off Me- July 19, 2011 at 8:15 am
As far as Overeem being on the juice and pissing hot... I doubt that this has much to do with refusing to fight on September 10th. Most of the time fighters are tested "independently" by Zuffa contracted labs, most likely when the sept.10 rolls around, fighters will not be tested by the athletic comission sanctioning the event, this means that positive tests will be shreaded for Overeem in the event he tests positive...UFC's been doing it for years, they only get caught in the rare circumstance that the comission sanctioning the event springs for the testing themselves(rarely due to budget, which even though has been increased, is still not even close to where it needs to be).
Get Off Me- July 19, 2011 at 8:08 am
SF starts HWGP, fights go off without a hitch. Zuffa steps in purchases SF and the HWGP goes to shit.....
I still don't get the hate on Coker here, Dana commented on this matter and it seems Dana has made the move to take Overeem out of the tourney. Coker did everything he said he would when this tourney started, the matches were entertaining for the most part as well.
I was gettin some Tito- July 19, 2011 at 8:01 am
I agree Lombard looks roided, but there is a big difference between looked jacked to hell at 185 and 255. It never helps when The Reem went through the Barry Bonds/Alex Rodriguez transformation that he did either. Dont get me wrong, i'm a big fan of Overeem, but my opinion just happens to be that it is very possible that he cant clean his system early enough/finish his cycle and come healthily off it.
mDino- July 19, 2011 at 7:33 am
why is hector lombard calling out marquardt then. he looks even more roided then overeem
I was gettin some Tito- July 19, 2011 at 6:59 am
Agree with RwilsonR and everyone else who said he got caught too early in a a person who has been an avid weightlifter for 7 years or so that frame isn't the most natural looking on earth. I'm not saying it is completely impossible to look like that without being on gear, but 9/10 people who have a clue about lifting would think he is juicing.
ccman- July 19, 2011 at 6:49 am
Sorry but reem has been bragging about always being in shape for years. First time he has fought in a testing enviroment against even arguably decent competition and he dropped 15 pounds and SUDDENLY he needs more than 8 weeks to prepare? He was re-roiding. What does a cheater who can no longer hold a promotion hostage do? Just saw it.
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RSparrow- July 19, 2011 at 5:01 am
No proof of him juicing, half you assholes haven't been to the gym in months, years... get with it you fucks! :)
Me likey- July 19, 2011 at 4:37 am
reem likes to stay busy but has to schedule his fights so that he has time to piss clean or his blood to be clean. if you think he hasn't used some type of ped you are being nieve. overeem showed how overated he is against werdum. he has a history of gassing out and bigfoot is durable and could definatley take him deep into a fight. easy way out.
RaginAsian- July 19, 2011 at 3:31 am
Greatest grand prix ever my ass.
AussieJosh- July 19, 2011 at 3:30 am
I agree Alistair couldn’t cycle off in time.
But i hope its cause he is moving to the UFC!
Gay Maynard- July 19, 2011 at 2:15 am
first off..... the reem is a fuckin retard for pullin out on the biggest thing for strikeforce... now their little grand prix is completely garbage.. Fedor isn't in it, due to some retard getting lucky, and strikeforce's "golden child" (for the past year and a half anyways) just bailed. To be honest, i called Barnett to win the whole thing anyways, it would make sense. and for all of you crying about "the reem" coming to UFC, shut the fuck up and stop crying, he's not anytime soon. Zuffa would not let him ruin a grand prix under their name, and lose out on a shit load of money just so he can come over to another part of their own company. now that he left, i don't give two shits about the grand prix. No one should really, its going to be three guys that earned their way there, and one guy that didn't. either way, i hope strikeforce falls apart no matter what, its bullshit that they can't control their fighters at all, and can't keep to a simple schedule. They lost Diaz, lost the Grand Prix, and Fedor lost twice in a row. What else do they have left? and im not going to count sheilds to that gripe, i fuckin hate that boring ass piece of shit, I just think StrikeForce just lost everything they had by fuckin up the Grand Prix, that was the one thing to make it or break it. Dana White is now going to fuck them in the ass with out a rubber raw dawg style and take everything worth a shit (hopefully not king mo) and throw strikeforce away like Casey Anthony's baby in the water dead in a plastic bag.... sorry if thats too soon....
Shifty-Eyed Dog- July 19, 2011 at 2:09 am
GOOD. Now just cut his ass completely since he's afraid of real fights, and let's see him try to make a career in what's left of other promotions.

You had your chance at the big league, and you told them to fuck off. Bye bye Alistair Overrated!
rogerw- July 19, 2011 at 12:39 am
Daniel who?

I understand where Alistair's coming from, but this sucks. The GP is almost completely worthless now.
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