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‘Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov’ Press Conference Highlight Video

Man, it’s been a crazy week, huh? Between the UFC 137 lineup shuffle and the announcement of Alistair Overeem‘s entry into the UFC, you may have forgotten that the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals are going down tomorrow night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. We’ll be liveblogging the action starting at 10:30 p.m. ET, so don’t be a stranger.

MMAFighting was on the scene yesterday for the “Barnett vs. Kharitonov” press conference, and released the above highlight video. Skip to the 1:33 mark to see Daniel Cormier give away his gameplan against Antonio Silva; lots of laughs there. Later, King Mo says what everybody’s thinking: “I was hoping more people [would be] out here, more media, and more questions, but really I guess y’all don’t care about us that much. I’m just keeping it real. Me and Roger [Gracie] gonna put on a good fight, it’s gonna be a good card. I think people are gonna miss out on it because everybody’s worried about other issues instead of the fights this weekend. I’m just being real.”

Also on the card, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defends his middleweight belt against Luke Rockhold — who hasn’t competed since February 2010 due to injuries — and Maximo Blanco makes his promotional debut against Pat Healy. The complete lineup is after the jump.

Main Card (Showtime, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Antonio Silva vs. Daniel Cormier
Ronaldo Souza vs. Luke Rockhold
Muhammed Lawal vs. Roger Gracie
Pat Healy vs. Maximo Blanco

Preliminary Card (HDNet, 8 p.m. ET/PT)
Mike Kyle vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero Palacio
Evangelista Santos vs. Jordan Mein
Alexis Davis vs. Amanda Nunes
Dominique Steele vs. Chris Mierzwiak

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bumgilseo- September 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm
I was pulling for Kharitonov until I saw Barnett's Bolt Thrower shirt. A little "Where Next to Conquer" is more than enough to change my rooting interest.
Gobbleston- September 9, 2011 at 10:00 am
I really like Cormier. He impressed me in his last fight; granted, it was against Jeff Monson, but still, his style was very solid. I hope he does well, but yeah, not going to make it past Josh Barnett.
I honestly think this card looks better than the upcoming UFC. Aside from the two main events the UFC card doesn't impress me very much.
Walrus- September 9, 2011 at 8:22 am
Barnett's got it all in the bag -- even if Overeem was still in it.

I see Barnett convinvingly taking Alistair if it were to ever go down.
AndyInflammatory- September 9, 2011 at 8:07 am
I thought Cormier was a little small until I saw him working pads with Andy Wang.

...and how is it that if Mo loves the money so hard he is is so rigid on "keeping it real" - thats what Diaz did and he lost a fantastic opportunity to have the resin punched out of him in front of a million people.
Fried Taco- September 9, 2011 at 7:42 am
I think Cormier is a little mixed up, he's training with a midget to fight a giant.
mDino- September 9, 2011 at 7:38 am
war jordan mein!
ya there should be a ban on King Mo keepin it real.
Todd M- September 9, 2011 at 7:30 am
Thanks for keeping it real Mo