MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Fedor vs. Silva, Arlovski vs. Barnett to Kick Off Strikeforce Heavyweight Tourney Feb. 12 in NJ


(Dress it up however you like, this tournament will likely end in disaster for Strikeforce.)

Well it looks like Strikeforce is going ahead with its ill-fated heavyweight tournament after all.

The San Jose, California-based promotion revealed to Sherdog over the weekend three of its planned quarter final bouts. 

According to the report, Fedor Emelianenko will look to rebound from the only legitimate loss of his career when he takes on Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Andrei Arlovski will attempt to disprove all of his detractors who feel the Belarusian fighter would be better suited to play a henchman in b-movies when he locks horns with Josh Barnett at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 12.


There’s only one snag with the proposed card: Barnett has not had his license in California reinstated since his renewal application was denied in 2009 following a positive pre-fight steroid test ahead of his planned Affliction: Trilogy bout with Emelianenko.

You might ask yourself, "Why should it matter that he doesn’t have a license in California if he wants to fight in New Jersey?" According to the Association of Boxing Commissions protocol, each membership commission must uphold any sanctioning put in place by one of its fellow commissions, meaning that unless Barnett can push forward the California State Athletic Commssion’s next meeting, which is scheduled for February 23, it’s unlikely that the New Jersey State Athetic Control Board will grant "The Babyfaced Assassin" a license.

What? Strikeforce is teasing a heavyweight bout that will likely never happen? Preposterous.

The Sherdog story also revealed that the promotion has penciled in a first round match-up between Werdum and Brett Rogers and that the promotion has one more unnamed tournament pairing it is working on signing for March 5 in Columbus, Ohio.

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beef austin tx- February 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm
People live in each others shelter.
ghostboner- January 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm
@Stop the hate - the bald male version or the not bald male version?

So whoever was bitching about Hague vs Meathead, that is a good point, but you forgot about Werdum vs Rogers, aka the guy who lost his last 2 (one of which was to Fedor) vs the guy who won his last 2(one of which was Fedor). WERDUM VS ROGERS WTF???

Oh well at least Arlovski can finally begin his ascent back to UFC HW gold.
stopthehate- January 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Strikeforce has found a fight for Nick Diaz(cyborg santos, male version) and he has worthy challengers Woodley(who doesnt want a part of him in 2011) and Daley(who doesnt want him right away). Outside of Fedor and Reem, the only ones with any momentum are Silva and Werdum. Again I repeat," WE WANT FEDOR VS UBEREEM!" This is the best fight strikeforce has to offer. I would even watch an immediate rematch no matter the outcome of the first fight simply because they are the two best hw's on sf's roster. I want to see strikeforce succeed trust me but a hw tourney is not the way to go. They have much better divisions.
munche- January 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm
Strikeforce has a nice welterweight division? Nick Diaz and.....??? They can't even find him title challengers that fight at 170!

I'd love to see this tournament. But it's been said. Barnett won't get licensed, Fedor won't ever go through 3 fights without blackmailing Strikeforce again.

Strikeforce has a great HW division on paper, but in reality they never put on good HW fights. They have Silva,Barnett,Fedor,Werdum,Overeem,Kharitonov,Arlovski,Rogers.....and the only HW fight we saw in the last 6 months was Bigfoot Silva vs. a LHW. Having a good division doesn't mean shit if nobody fights.
stopthehate- January 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm
There are good fighters in all organizations all over the world. Strikeforce has a nice lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions. Their are only two top teir heavyweights in strikeforce. Ubereem and Fedor. The rest of the guys(even cheating barnett who has done nothing recently) are middle of the pack or worse. Brock is not the best HW on the planet, but having said that the ufc is having a bad streak of injuries and some contractual issues going on. When the Ufc has their full roster of big dogs back(Cain,JDS, Carwin,Nelson,Brock,Mir) they still have their up and comers like Struve and Schaub. Most of the strikeforce hw's are past their prime(Barnett,Arlovski) or new to the game(Lashely, Rodgers). their other divisions are getting pretty good. I am a huge nick diaz fan and I actualy am not overreacting to his new contract like others because 1) he is 27 and even though the contract is multi-year that could easily be 2-3 years which means he could still possibly fight in the ufc in his prime. 2) it would build the welterweight division outside of the ufc. People want to hate if you think the ufc is number 1. The thing is that they are number 1. They have the best fighters. I am a huge fan of all combat sports and have been a fan of mma for fifteen years. And even though we all miss pride and there are a lot of other good mma orgs, the ufc is number 1 right now, espcially after the wec merger.
texican666- January 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm
im sorry, Barnett will Not get licensed.
texican666- January 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm
well, first time poster, long time reader. i love all MMA. Ive watched UFC since the "human cockfight " days. ive watced now defunct pride, elitexc, and the ifl. i love watching grown ass men beat each other up. i wont shit on Strikeforce, but i know this tourney may begin, but will never end. Barnett will get licensed. If/ when Fedor fights and wins, M1 will hold up the tourney for more money, holding up the tourney til 2012. i love MMA, but every time i read another article in which we read of future Strikeforce plans, i die a little, cuz Strikeforce's promises mean as much to me as every politician's promise to work "for the people". politicians are in it for the money, and Strikeforce can not control their fighters. they can't, get over it. please let me eat my words Strikeforce, i really am hoping this comes to fruition.
DazedNConfused- January 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Fedor, Barnett and Werdum will all get by their respective opponents and will continue on. I'm not sure if Overeem simply gets a bye to the next round, but I'm sure he will be the last of the four to be in here. I think they'll give Werdum vs. Overeem, Fedor vs. Barnett, so Overeem vs. Fedor can finally happen.

This all sounds great and has me excited because the UFC has basically given up on it's heavyweight division until Cain heals up. The only problem is, Strikeforce has said things that haven't happened before. I'm a glass half full kind of guy, so I'm going to assume it will happen and we will all get some great fights for the next couple months.

I also agree with Get of Me, I believe the Strikeforce HW division is just as strong as the UFC's (If not stronger). Back when Mir was actually a legitimate fighter, CroCop still had people who believed he could throw another headkick and be as aggressive as he used to be, Cain and JDS were unknown beasts ripping through the division, Lesnar was still thought of as unstoppable the UFC definitely had the upper hand. Now it's basically JDS vs. Cain. Lesnars situation is unknown, Nelson has contract issues, Cain is injured, and the best they can come up with is Schaub (meh) vs. Crocop (motherfucker needs to retire, and I'm one of the biggest nuthuggers I know).

I think theres a lot of new fans who truly believe Lesnar is better than Fedor, believe in Dana's hype train and simply enjoy shitting on ambitious other organizations such as Bellator/MFC/Strikeforce. Even though this is what gives the UFC competition and makes them a better company. Silva, Barnett (if he gets off the juice), Fedor, Werdum, Rogers (meh maybe not as much as the rest), and Overeem would all easily do fine in the UFC's heavyweight division. Most would jump right to the top such as Fedor and Overeem. I would bet Silva would beat Mir, Crocop and Schaub. While Rogers would fit in as a great gatekeeper. Barnett is an unknown.
Bob Reilly- January 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm
I don't know why heavyweights get me so excited but man, this is awesome!
LastEmperor- January 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm
With the UFC's heavy weight division in the shitter it's gonna be a good year for sf.
stopthehate- January 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm
I wish i could watch a strikeforce card and not think to myself, " I wish some of these guys were in the UFC." Having said that it is not because Strikeforce has some good fighters but because the UFC would actually know what to do with those fighters. There no need for this tournament. We want Fedor vs Ubereem. I know that Fedor lost but Strikeforce needs exciting fights and to be honest no one cares about any of the strikeforce hw's besides Fedor and Reem.
fatbellyfrank- January 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm
I'm not gonna say anything bad cause I know I'm gonna be shelling out the coin for the PPV, if it all works out it should be a fucken nutlicker of a show
tuz1300- January 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm
This should be a great tournament if it takes place. All fighters have at one point been big draws, and we all know anything can happen in MMA. Arlov has great hands, Josh has been a champion, Rogers looked great against Fedor, Silva has a really big head, Ubereem has three belts, and Fedor is inhuman who taps like a bad ass, and finally Werdum has wins over Ubereem and the Emperor.

I applaud SF for even trying to put this together. We all know the UFC only looks to fatten their pockets and doesn't care for the fans or fighters. They killed PRIDE, then they tried to feed us some bullshit by promoting Brock as the baddest man on the planet. Then they go after all media from the internet and try to stop that too. All these made them very rich and left us fans very disappointed.

So keep up the good work SF, hopefully you can pull this tournament together.
ccman- January 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Strike force is gonna actually get names to fight. Disney can make up anything
Joe-Say Aldo- January 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm
If this actually works out.... Wait, what am I saying? This will never happen. Strikeforce can't control their fighters like the UFC can and cannot make fights the fans want to see as a result.

People always bitch about the UFC using exclusive contracts but at least they can make a fight happen that should happen. (Most of the time anyway. GSP vs Silva????? When's that gonna happen? Probably never)
newdeal- January 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Ok so clearly barnett vs arlovski won't happen so arlovski gets a buy. Silva almost got knocked out by a light heavyweight so fedor will destroy him with one murderball punch. Rogers will beat Werdum because he watched the Fedor fight so when he knocks him down he won't follow to the ground. Overeem will beat whoever they give him in the unannounced fight. That will set up Fedor vs arlovski which is another one fedor should win since he beat him arlready, overeem will then fight rogers which he should win because he beat him already, and then fedor will be done with strikeforce before he has to fight overeem LOL what a bust.
RwilsonR- January 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm
I'm with MRuss - this would be interesting if I thought it was actually going to happen. Unfortunately, I think MRuss is understating the case when he says, "There is only one snag with this proposed card..." - I'm pretty sure Barnett's license will only be the beginning. I would be amazed if any two of those four fighters named will actually fight on February 12.

@ LOKI - nice observation!
LOKI- January 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Funny thatof these 4 men the one with the smallest chin is the only one who can take a punch.
DARKHORSE06- January 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Why is it no matter what everything Strikeforce shits up has the air of a freakshow to it?
Get Off Me- January 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm
@Bill Jackson
We will see how CP handles the next set of HW match up announcements with the UFC....like Mitrione vs. Hague(yeah that's right, the guy who lost to Beltran is fighting the guy who beat Beltran).
Where would Fedor be fighting if not in Strikeforce? Not the UFC that's for sure.
Strikeforce HW division is at least as strong if not stronger than the UFC HW div.
For some reason, a really shitty broadcast team=a joke of a promotion around here.
The real joke is Dana not wanting to have JDS fight Fedor or Arlovski or Silva(not Barnett cause he'll no show or piss fire) or Anybody until Cain is healed up at the end of this year.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm
The winner of the tournament will be the second best Strikeforce heavyweight. Radical.
Mike Russell- January 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Nobody said it wasn't good news; we're just of the opinion that it likely won't happen. Barnett won't get licensed for the opening event, Fedor's handlers want a piece of the PPVand may play hardball and Overeem only fights once per year for SF. The odds are stacked against them.To me it looks like they are preparing for Overeem's inevitable exit to the UFC by deciding the heir to his throne with the tournament. Hopefully for them Brett Rogers doesn't fluke out and win the whole thing due to guys pulling out because of injuries or guys not being able to compete because of prior K-1 or Sambo tournament commitments. 
myklhoey- January 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm
i love fedor, but im pissed that hes wastin his last prime years wit @#$% up managment and not fitin, barnett i beleve will smashem all except the russian, but heres y this wont take place, fedor has one fight on his contract, this needs 2 fites to win,
@grossidiot, u got any thing to say
Negativecreep0- January 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm
was Big Foot Silva in The Land Before Time
Seoul Brother- January 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm
As the Corellian said to the Wookiee, "I have a bad feeling about this."
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