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Strikeforce New York Fan Experience Highlights: Heavyweight Grand Prix Fighters Assemble, Werdum Makes That Weird Face Again

(That’s what we call commitment to the bit. Props: MMA.us)

Approximately 1,500 MMA fans swarmed the Roseland Ballroom in New York City yesterday afternoon for a special meet-and-greet with the participants from Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix. The action begins this Saturday at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with two quarterfinal matches — Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov — and three reserve matches, featuring Shane Del Rosario, Chad Griggs, and Valentijn Overeem. If you’re going to be there in person, please swing by the press pit to receive a complimentary fist-bump from BG.

We’ve collected some video highlights from yesterday’s festivities after the jump: First, all eight members of the heavyweight GP are introduced to the crowd by horrific YAMMA/Affliction vet Scott Ferrall. Then, Alistair Overeem talks to Ariel Helwani about his new love of American football, getting ducked by Fedor, and Dana White’s opinion that he’s not a top ten heavyweight. Finally, Fabricio Werdum shows off his special move for the tournament, and we have to admit, it’s pretty damn special. Check it out.



(Videos courtesy of MMAFighting)


(Video courtesy of chrismard via MiddleEasy)


(Above: “Okay, now just the translators.”
Below: Hey, it’s Kelli Hutcherson! Got any more extra mediums? / Photos courtesy of Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

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Motep- February 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm
What's wrong with Fabricio? Seriously, what is his problem?
NinJay- February 10, 2011 at 9:45 am
Anil Milwani gets credit for the Werdum pic.....Is he Ariel Helwani's bizarro alter ego?
hatemenow- February 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm
fedor will armbar all these dudes
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