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Title Could Change Hands Three Times in Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Tourney

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Strikeforce has just released the bracket for their clusterfuctacular heavyweight tournament, which should clear up some of the conflicting reports about who’s fighting who. What it doesn’t specify is when these fights are taking place. We know that Emelianenko vs. Silva and Arlovski vs. Kharitonov are both happening February 12th in New Jersey. Overeem/Werdum and Barnett/Rogers are tentatively slated to go down in April, exact date and location TBA. And the semi-finals and finals? Your guess is as good as ours, bro. With a little bit of luck, this entire dirty business will be settled by the time President Trump takes office.

(Personally, I think that getting all these guys together for a single-night tournament is the only way you can insure that the semi-finals and finals will actually take place, but we’re trying to stay positive here. For what it’s worth, Scott Coker is adamant that Josh Barnett‘s licensing issues will not bar him from competing in the GP.)

Adding a new wrinkle to the tournament setup is a new ESPN report which informs us that the belt will be on the line through the entire tournament. Meaning that the quarterfinal bout between reigning champ Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum will be a five-round title fight; in the semi-finals, the Overeem/Werdum winner will face the Emelianenko/Bigfoot winner in a five-round title fight; and the final match of the tournament will also be (you guessed it) a five-round title fight. So theoretically, the belt could change hands from Overeem to Werdum to Fedor to, you know, Brett Rogers or whoever, though in all likelihood the fighter who makes it through the right side of that bracket is going to get his ass dug out in the finals.

That’s probably the smartest way to do it, considering that an official title fight between Overeem vs. Werdum is the only fight in this tournament that actually needs to happen. Of course, if Strikeforce’s HWGP can give us at least one more long-awaited matchup — Overeem vs. Fedor? Fedor vs. Barnett? — it would be an unqualified success. Good luck, guys.

Related: Strikeforce’s Feb. 12 show at the IZOD Center will also host a heavyweight tournament reserve bout between Shane Del Rosario (10-0, nine wins by first-round stoppage, 2-0 in Strikeforce) and Lavar Johnson (15-3, 13 wins by first-round stoppage, 3-0 in Strikeforce).


  1. ReX13 Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 07:40

    Good luck, Strikeforce.  I hope you can pull it off.  (pssst, get Cormier a reserve slot, ffs)
  2. LAS Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 07:41

    I'm confused as to the logic of putting all the top-10 ranked fighters together on one side of the bracket, while putting those who really haven't done shit in the last 3 years on the other side. I guess this is meant to ensure competitive bouts in the early rounds, but doesn't that similtaneously portend a shitty finale? I mean, if you want Fedor-Barnett to happen, why not stick them on the same side, which still leaves the possibility of a Fedor-Overeem finale? Fucking stupid.
  3. Jugger Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 07:42

    This tourney seems too good to be true. 1) Fedor staying active and M-1 not screwing it up. 2) Alistair actually defending is Strikeforce belt against a decent contender. 3) Kharitonov back in MMA. 4) Barnett fighting in the States. 5) Getting to use the term "Grand Prix" in MMA again. As much as I want to believe all this is going down, I reminded of what my mom told me about things that appear too good to be true.
  4. Fried Taco Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 07:44

    Isn't Kharitonov Russian for Carrot Top?
  5. the chef Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 07:50

    Seems like good stuff, I might go to the Fedor vs Bigfoot fight cuz I live in New Jersey, but I kinda want to know why the hell Overeem would agree to this? He has to risk his title 3 times in a tournament, but whats in it for him if he wins? Am I missing something here?
  6. rogerw Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 07:50

    @ LAS I think I read somewhere that Overeem only has two more fights on his contract; if that's true I'm guessing Strikeforce's thinking is that they hope Fedor beats him in the semifinal before Overeem switches to the UFC.
  7. Kid Clam Curtains Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 07:56

    Overeem v. Barnett in the finals. Overeem by KO.
  8. rlh61 Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:04

    God, please let this happen. And whoever wins needs to make the jump to the UFC. That would settle a lot of the 'best heavywieght' discussions.
  9. Videodrome_NOW Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:06

    @TheChef You're missing the fact that it's Strikeforce and it's not supposed to make sense. You just get the pleasure of listening to Mauro Ranallo shout ridiculous things while looking like a troll that crawled out of the gutter in the Red Light district of Amsterdam.
  10. Videodrome_NOW Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:07

    @Fred Nice one, buddy.
  11. noname Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:14

    If this tournament gets Overeem or Fedor to to actually fight in Strikeforce then it can't be that bad. And I'm guessing that Strikeforce staked one side of the bracket like that to guarantee that either Overeem or Fedor wins it.
  12. ccman Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:14

    How do you call this a tournament when one fighter when one fighter potentially has to fight 15 rounds and at most the other finalist would fight 11? Since overeem has defended the title once in what, 3 years? Belt should be waiting at the end of the rainbow. Otherwise all but guaranteed one of these primadonas will drop\fall out if they see a matchup they don't like or if barnett\overeem ever have their actual urine tested. Here's hoping since it there is a chance I might actually watch a couple of these.
  13. Maine Blazer Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:23

    Overeem has two fights left. Putting Fedor vs. Overeem in the first round would be a sham. this way, assuming Overeem and Fedor both win, then they HAVE (in the loosest meaning of the term) to fight. This was either a coy move by Coker, or the bastard got lucky. Or both.
  14. danomite Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:25

    what the hell kind of tournament makes half the fighters fight 5 rounds while the others only have to fight 3 rounds? And why aren't all the quarterfinals held on the same night so that everybody has the same amount of time to recover. It's only four fights, and that's the number of fights they usually put on their broadcast so why not put them all on at once? They're not even making it so that the same side of the bracket is fighting on the same night. Fedor fights in february and Overeem fights in April? This tournament is going to take two years to complete. On the brightside, we'll get to see Overeem in at least one fight against a credible opponent. The same goes for Fedor too. And there's a 50% chance we'll get to see either Fedor/Overeem or a rematch of Fedor/Werdum
  15. Maine Blazer Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:25

    Also, it allows Overeem the chance to LOSE the title to someone who will actually be with Strikeforce beyond/through the tourney. Now THAT'S wishful thinking. CAPS ARE FUN!
  16. GILL-uh-TEEN Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:30

    1. Not choosing alternates is a mistake. 2. The seeding of this tourney sucks. If Overeem makes it to the finals, he will have completed his remaining 2 fights for SF. Dana White should sign him and screw the entire tourney. muhahahaha
  17. hooligun Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 08:46

    The seeding is ridiculous! Pathetic even.
  18. boomlicker Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 09:03

    The seeding makes sense in the context that the belt is on the line. If the seeding was strongest vs. weakest, everyone would be bitching that Bret Rogers/Arlovski got a title shot. Also, the seeding makes sense as the way it stands now, the fights are kind of evenly matched. It sucks that the final is likely to be uncompetitive, but better we have 3 good rounds and a crappy final, than 3 crap rounds and then a good final.
  19. MKO Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 09:04

    I'm still picking the UConn women. Arlovski is the Seattle Seahawks of the tournament. Should be called Legends and Leaders brackets. This tournament has more ways to get screwed than a 9-holed Mrs. Huntington Beach Bad Boy.
  20. knucklesamitch Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 09:25

    Brett Rogers will easily make the finals and then lose to whoever makes it to the finals on the left side of the bracket. Overeem in the finals means his contractual obligation is up, please tell me Coker at least has a champions clause in Overeem's contract to avoid the debacle that was the Jake Shields situation. This tournament is unlikely to actually END in 2011. M-1 will totally screw up the possibility of Fedor actually fighting 3 times in the same year, Werdum would miss time for some sort of injury if he were needed to fight 3 times in the same year, and if it's Overeem, he'll be back to focusing on K-1 before the tournament finals can actually take place.
  21. Get Off Me Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 09:32

    Left side is exciting as fuck. Right side is fucked. Overeem had previously stated that he wants to fight twice in the U.S. in 2011 so it looks like he will fight Fedor before the end of the year, if this happens, it will be the greatest HW fight in a long time imo. Here's hoping shit doesn't go wrong for this tourney.
  22. ccman Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 09:32

    Champions clause in a strikeforce contract? We've really fallen down the rabbithole now. Strikeforce conntracts don't even have a 'should fight' clause. This whole tourn is designed to actually get a money fight outta overeem and used grand prix hoping he forgets he is not in test free japan and shows up. Nevermind fedor will drag out his semi fight until most forget it was a tourn. To begin with.
  23. Richard Fitzentite Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 09:37

    Was Oleg Taktarov not available?
  24. Viva Hate Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 09:43

    Anyone know the Vegas odds on this even happening or actually being completed? Sorry SF I am betting with my head and putting the cash against you.
  25. LOKI Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 10:04

    I dont think you can legally call it a "Grand Prix" without Lena Hart to announce the fighters entrancees.
  26. El Guapo Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 10:17

    ^What came first, the chicken or the egg? By chicken, of course, I mean Leben's 3rd dewy and by egg I mean the cancellation of Strikeforce's heavyweight tourney. And Werdum better ask Mir to borrow that lucky horseshoe again. He's gonna need it. Again.
  27. RwilsonR Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 10:23

    I still can't believe that Fred doesn't have a shirt by now. That was some funny shit! Same goes for ccman and the 'should fight' clause. Good stuff. And it seems that SF is giving Werdum the Jake Shields treatment. He is the only man to really beat Fedor, and so SF gives him the hardest route in the bracketing. Granted, that route has Werdum fight the two most interesting fights for his potential opponents, since he has beaten both Overeem and Fedor. But where's his chance to avenge the Arlovski loss?
  28. Crusader86 Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 10:27

    Ooh. This is kind of awesome. I really can't wait to see Overeem v Fedor. Plus it's just nice to see Overeem fight in the US a bit. At least he's got some decent competition here.
  29. El Guapo Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 10:35

    CCman's still here? Wasn't he on here yesterday cryi... Ahhhh, nevermind. Welcome back. You were..... ummmm... missed?
  30. stopthehate Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 10:53

    All the big dogs in one backyard. I totaly understand their logic. These are fights that strikeforce could never make without a tourney(especialy Fedor, Werdum, and Ubereem). They placed their top three fighters on one side of the bracket to garauntee that their top guys fight eachother and clear up who is the best hw in strikeforce. All the potential challengers are on the other side to garauntee a worthy opponent. Although in actuality, they probably want to garauntee an easy opponent for their big three(Reem,Fedor,Werdum) in the final to make their top guys look good. Totaly undertstand why its happening but that doesnt mean its a good idea. Anything can happen in mma. What if someone on the right side of the bracket wins? Stranger things have happened. Having said that, I hope Ubereem tears up the tourney like it was an all you can eat horse meat buffet.
  31. RwilsonR Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 11:15

    If this tournament featured the Overeem of today, the Werdum of last year, the Brett Rogers of two years ago, the pre-surgery Bigfoot Silva of three years ago, the Fedor of four years ago, the Arlovski of five years ago, the Barnett of six years ago, and the Kharitonov of seven years ago - this might just be one of the best HW tournaments ever.
  32. KidDinomite Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 11:32

    Yeah, we definitely need the Crazy Screaming/Pride Lady to announce fighters as they enter throughout the tournament as well as the Pride/Dream style entrances with the big screen monitors, music, and lighting. Only then can you truly call this a Heavyweight Gran Prix Torunament. Oh and having Bas Rutten and Don Frye as guest color commentary would be epic!!!

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 11:33

    Can't believe the bitching and complaining. It perfectly seeded. If the right bracket fighter gets a fight with a left bracket fighter then they earned it, otherwise they don't deserve to fight on that bracket
  34. ccman Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 11:39

    Yup still here guapo... legal apparently advised against deletion for 'having a valid point' Plus they giggled at TMmaZ.....
  35. nickyroose Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 11:47

    @ ccman truer words. As a former wrestler I am a fan of what we affectionately called, "The first Goober system" i.e. seeding first against last and so on. It is the fairest way to determine a true champion. However, as pointed out previously this tourney is already made of hope and held together by gum and if the first and second round goes I don't care about the third when the inevitable collapse comes. Also because the belt is on the right, I find this an acceptable solution. @RWilson Also true.
  36. ccman Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 11:59

    @perp. Reasons it is not well seeded and no way this is random: Barnett is still a name, tainted but known. He has a path to the final that's his to lose since he is seeded away from any real threats. Werdum is returning from the biggest win of his life and surgery. Minus tourn. Should have a tune up-title shot. Skip tuneup. Straight to the wolves and let's face it, minus bigfoot is possibly least marketable fighter here and noone outside brasil wants him owning a belt not bought at the gap. Bigfoot. See above and spoon feeding his slow plodding ass to someone who became a legend feeding on lurcheslike him. Rogers exposed. Arvlovski is one more ko away from brain damaged. Entire left side has longer road in hopes of making the final at least appear competitive. Again assuming overeem and barnett will pee in a cup, fedor doesn't find a way out via cross marketing, and coker is kidnapped so he can't screw it up I see overeem winning. From the ufc
  37. ghostboner Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 01:14

    I'll go ahead and say it now... Arlovski Wins!!! Although I must say I liked his chances better when Werdum and Overeem were on his side of the bracket. then Werdum could take care of Reem, Arlovski could stank breff him and then rematch FYodor for the final. Or Silva or Barnett or Rogers I guess.
  38. Joe-Say Aldo Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 02:03

    Why did they put Overeem and Fedor on the same side of the bracket? You'd think they would want to set up a possible Overeem vs. Fedor final.
  39. Clyde Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 02:13

    This will not happen.
  40. mahlbawlz Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 03:46

    @LAS Seriously, having the top 4 guys all on the same side of the brackets is a JOKE. A JOOOOOKKKKEEEEEEE. Antonio Silva makes it to the finals and then gets KTFO by Kharitonov
  41. RwilsonR Says:

    Wed, 01/05/11 - 03:55

    @ ghostboner - wouldn't it be pretty hilarious if Werdum subbed both Overeem and Fedor again, and then Arlovski jabbed him to decision in the finals. Scott Coker would not be too pleased.
  42. Dagnut Says:

    Thu, 01/06/11 - 01:49

    I like strikeforce, believe it or not, I think it's healthy for the sport if we have 2 big organizations, I was hoping for a good year for them...but this will be a disaster... Tournaments only work if you can run them over a certain time period but getting any of those prima donnas to fight in quick succession will be a I expect MAYBE the quarters to go down and then daily updates and excuses for the next 6 months from different fighters....we all get a pain in our collective balls...stirkeforce waste millions marketing fights that won't happen and go to the wall...happy new year everyone!
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