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Strikeforce Offered Chad Griggs Fights With Valentijn Overeem and Daniel Cormier For This Weekend’s Card

(Leave it to Strikeforce to try to kill the momentum of a promising prospect.)

CagePotato has learned that immediately following his impressive heavyweight grand prix reserve bout win over Gian Villante at Strikeforce’s Fedor vs. Silva event two-and-a-half weeks ago, Chad Griggs was offered a slot on this weekend’s Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson card. A source we spoke to revealed that “The Gravedigger”¬†turned down both bouts he was offered with fellow tournament reservists Valentijn Overeem and former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier as there simply wasn’t adequate time for the full-time paramedic-firefighter to prepare for such a pivotal potential bout.

It turned out that neither match-up would have come to fruition even if Griggs had agreed to face one of the opponents he was offered  as the Tucson, Arizona fighter was handed a 30-day precautionary suspension by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board for a hematoma he sustained on his ear during the fight with Villante.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker mentioned during the post-fight press conference last month in New Jersey that he planned on keeping the tournament reserve fighters busy competing in non-tournament bouts, but the risk to a guy like Griggs losing to a fellow tournament sub or a prospect like Cormier (whom Coker has stated he’d like to see added to the pool of grand prix reservists) would be that he would likely be given less consideration if and when M-1…I mean “the mysterious voting panel” decides which replacement fighter should step in for an injured competitor.

If I was a betting man, I’d say that Coker and company are setting the stage for a triumphant return of Fedor Emelianenko to the tourney by having the reservists thin out the field before the first round is over. I could see him matching up Fedor with Valentijn or Shane Del Rosario at the June event to see who is first in line to replace an injured semi-finalist.

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fatbellyfrank- March 3, 2011 at 4:50 am
And all the best with your fight mate, Looks like CP's startin its own "Stable of Studs". Karma, Sudo's, Seth F, how many more active fighter's out there in Tater Land?
fatbellyfrank- March 3, 2011 at 4:46 am
@ Sudo's " We cant be beaten" by Rose Tattoo
Sudos KFC- March 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm
Well I am young, balding and scottish but I dig the sentiment! Lol at the Henna but I am not above it. Maybe an informal poll to chose the walkout song...
SethF- March 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Hang on Sudos:

A while back, we were trying to get someone to walk out with "Old, Bald & Irish" on their shorts. I was going to do it for my ammy MMA debut, but got cut above my eye two weeks before and had to back out. If we all take up a fund, can you deliver on that?
Buff Frank Mir- March 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm
War Sudos!!!
give the soon to be Champ what he wants!!
Buff Frank Mir- March 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm
I think that having a reserve tourney is a great idea it makes sure that the reserves have the same tinme to recover/rest. If Fedor comes out of that tourney in a legit fashion then he deserves it.
I just wonder if other fighters eliminated are going to be given the same oppertunity to jump back in??
RaginAsian- March 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm
The fact that they offered him a fight despite the obvious suspension makes them look like rookie bitches. Hell, the fact that they're running around trying to find commissions that will license Barnett before they keep the tournament moving makes them look like rookie bitches.

A promoter with balls would say, "This is where the fight's happening Josh. Figure out your own damn license or we're using a reserve guy."
ThrashingMad- March 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm
overeem would be fighting on the same rest. Cormier just fought also.

Sounds like a good fight.
El Guapo- March 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm
* Not taking anything away from Griggs, just speaking the truth. 3 weeks between fights is some old school shit! "Doesn't anybody play for blood anymore!?" Sudos is your huckleberry
El Guapo- March 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm
^I'm listeninnnnngggg. Also, props to Sudos.I repeat, only true warriors will fight 3 weeks apart*. Yes, it was initially a smart ass comment(how do you like my Double Bubble jokes now, MRuss?) but damned if there wasn't some truth to it!

P.S. Here's rooting for Sudos to take care of biz, hit the big show and never having to fight on 3 weeks notice again.
RwilsonR- March 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm
I think we need to see Sudos' fight uploaded to CP. Also, we should all contribute $5 for him to get a giant henna tattoo of the CP devil horns on his back and/or chest for his fight.
Tell me that wouldn't look awesome in a picture with him wearing some regional belt!
MF Joel- March 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm
This is more and more like Pride-style last-minute matchmaking from Strikeforce. Get the actual heavyweight tourney sorted Coker, then we can start worrying about reserves.
Sudos KFC- March 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm
Haha yeah I can tell you honestly I HATE fighting that soon after but sometimes I guess it is needed...

I am fighting March 19th and then fighting April 2nd if I win Which I am only doing because they are letting me fight for the 145 belt of the same promotion my brother (Kevin Fuller) already has the 135 belt for :)

CP:If I become this site's first "home grown" champion can I have a sweet video upload as well?
El Guapo- March 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm
We here at Tater Nation just like busting eachothers balls(no homo)from time to time, keep people on there toes.
El Guapo- March 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm
^Gotcha. I knew he was a fighter, too, as he's mentioned it before. But even if he wasn't it's still a valid point. Like I said "3 weeks between fights!?!" I wouldn't doubt Coker having alterior motives, but unless they offered him a huge purse and/or guaranteed future contract, Griggs made the right decision. He's already made a name for himself these last two fights. He can afford some R&R.
betterbquietnow- March 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm
El Guapo, I know Sudos KFC in real life and he's a fighter, and a pretty good one at that. I'm pretty sure he was talking about how people are going to start talking shit on Griggs even though its ridiculously unprofessional for a promoter to even ASK a fighter to fight again 3 weeks after going to war.

I think promoters need to check themselves, we all know he was trying to pit a guy with a fairly easy first round fight who he wanted to win (Overreem) against a fighter who had a fairly tough first rough fight (Griggs) who he would prefer lose, and then he tried to do it on short notice to try and stack the deck further.

Given his babying of Fedor, his questionable matchmaking and now this, it seems pretty clear to me that Coker is a chicken shit, only he is a pussy about possibly losing Strikeforce, while his fighters who fight for their careers night in and night out take the abuse for his silly attempts at long term solvency.
El Guapo- March 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm
3 weeks between fights?!? Only true gladiators/demigods(SudosKFC, Don Zimmer, Charlie Sheen)could heed THAT call. Good move on the Gravedigger's part. He's a mere mortal.
Fried Taco- March 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm
I hope Cormier's giant crap came out okay after that pic was taken.
myklhoey- March 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm
i still dont see why dudes were talkin shit about lashley after he fought this guy. he beatem for 4 rounds lost wind and had no more in him, lashleys good, dudes just hate anyone who comes from antha sport and trys there hand in mma, if coulture stared out right now he would be spit on as well, and with his not so impressive record he would not be healed as one of the greatest, a legend,
SethF- March 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm
If UL-Lafayette happens to lose the Sun Belt Conference tournament over the weekend, I really hope the NCAA has Scott Coker's professionalism and finds a way to sneak them into the Sweet Sixteen.
ReX13- March 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm
So, Coker is running a tournament, to get into the tournament?

Um, sweet?
Sudos KFC- March 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Time for keyboard warriors to start talking shit...