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.