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‘Fedor vs. Silva’ Post-Fight Press Conference Highlights: Emelianenko’s Possible Return to the GP, The Dueling Overeems + More

Just wanted to pass along a few interesting moments from Fedor vs. Silva‘s post-fight presser, which featured all of the night’s winning fighters, plus the other four heavyweight grand prix competitors who will be squaring off on April 9th (venue TBA). Josh Barnett was the first to be introduced, and he gave the media his usual mix of insightful analysis and comic-book-like hyperbole. “Getting an easy win doesn’t do anything for you,” he said. “I’d rather stare death in the face.”

Scott Coker confirmed that Fedor Emelianenko could theoretically return to the grand prix as an alternate, jumping ahead of Shane Del Rosario, who was supposed to have earned the first replacement spot with his impressive win over Lavar Johnson. Nope. The tournament committee will decide that. And Coker’s not even on the committee. It is only now, two days later, that it’s occurred to me to wonder, “Wait a minute, so who is on the committee?” Vadim Finkelchtein and Gus Johnson? God help us.

After the jump: Alistair Overeem is bummed that Fedor got knocked out of the tournament because of the “glow” he brings to the proceedings, but after being ducked by Fedor twice, he already gave up on the idea of fighting him. Plus, Alistair and his brother Valentijn say that they’d have no problem fighting each other in the context of a tournament. I’m sure Dana White would respect that, but Coker is less than thrilled by the idea.

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Dog- February 15, 2011 at 3:22 am
All Fedor really needs is to get into shape and drop down to light-heavyweight. Half the LHWs nowadays are cutting from 225-235 and these guys are lean motherfuckers. Without size being a factor, I think Fedor (in his current state) would find his rhythm again.
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm
@ entropee
I wish this was true.
entropee- February 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm
Josh Barnett had a brother once. He had to fight him to the death though. Goddamn Josh Barnett is hard.

If Fedor gets put in before Shane Del Rosario, or any other alternate. Strikeforce will lose any shred of legitimacy it has been able to squeeze out of this tournament gambit. Let the man go
StinkFacer- February 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm
<---- picture the scream mask. Thats my face. Now i NEED pictures hahaha
djp1988- February 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Picture Prince's Purple Rain, but gay-er.
StinkFacer- February 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm
listen....can i get a damn photo of Gus Johnson and whatever the hell he was wearing at the Strikeforce GP? You guys have referenced it enough, and now my interest is piqued. Bust it out.
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm
@ Videodrome_NOW

It's straight out bizarre that StrikeForce has the guts to touch this guy. He brought down Affliction because of steroids - 3rd time he was caught by the way.

And now he won't meet the commissions?

I mean, what will SF do if he's caught again, perhaps a couple of hours before his fight? The suggestion that he should fight in Japan because he can't stick to the rules is so insane, even for professional clowns like SF, that you have to question the validity of this whole tournament.

And all the talk about fighting to the death is ridiculous.
Videodrome_NOW- February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm
@ F U CP

He single-handedly brought down a multi-million dollar MMA organization.
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Griggs will win this tournament, coming in as a replacement for Barnett when he's caught for roiding again.

Now you know people, there's no need to debate this SF shit anymore!
Rex13- February 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm
omg I am rex13 today. people will listen to me now
RSparrow- February 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Is this shit going to continue?
Weird new login members?
All these fucking stupid links?
Twitter posts? Who cares.

Patience running low.... Shed some light!
Fuck You CagePotato- February 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Josh Barnett, that dude needs to be KTFO.

Seriously, what has the guy done or the last couple of years besides talking shit?
portland mma- February 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm
@ buckwild

it would be fun for Alistair, but not for Valentijn. Valentijn is just a reserve though isn't he? If any reserve gets pulled up it will be Del Rosario.
portland mma- February 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm
wow i was just thinking the same thing avoilimb, I was wondering what was that horrible show pam anderson was in and what would 73 question marks with some random russian url's look like after it?
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BuckWild- February 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm
I wish Fedor would just drop down to 205 like everyone is saying. It would be like that Vimola guy that beat the shight out of Seth P when he moved down. He was an animal! Fast and powerful!

It would be cool to see the brothers fight each other. I think they would probably be going more for submissions than anything else.
portland mma- February 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm
How the hell did Shane Del Rosario only seem to make "reserve" status? I guarantee somebody will get hurt and he'll have to fight, but that kid is a beast.
Fried Taco- February 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm
But first, we need a committee to decide who will be on the committee.
Lysol- February 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm
Damn it Strikeforce, I'm genuinely trying not to mock you.
intercept440- February 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm
Fedor is going to be Fade-dor sux but he prolly is going to fade away, the guys a class act . but lets face it when you were fighting only semi talented fighters, and you show up looking like you ate a bucket of chicken everynight , and a 12 pack of schlitz .... welll getting beat by guys who would lose that fight 9 out of ten times (werdum and silva) what do you expect..

he has been on the downslope for a long time.

sux but it is what it is
Cage Potato Moderator- February 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm
Thats pretty much how a committee would work.
El Guapo- February 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm
"Brothers don't shake hands, brothers hug."

Or fight to the death, same shit. I know I said I was outro till CP fixed the kinks, but that could very well be never, nawmsayin? Couple of observations from the weekend's festivities; Fedor is one tough sumbitch! He's got more heart than 10 Brock Lesnars. Dude endured a hellacious ass whoopin and didn't give up. Respect. But my buddy's lady made a remark that I soon won't be forgetting..."He's got a belly." D'oh!
Strikefoce Tourney Comitee- February 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm
In Russia Committee reinstate you!
ccman- February 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm
The committe is 6 guys named sergei and one lady gus gus for tie breakers and make up tips.