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Alistair Overeem’s Vacant Title: Set for the Grand Prix Winner?

Written on August 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With Alistair Overeem's title belt now in the shelf, will the new bearer come from Strikeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix?

After ’s release in , officials remained mum on what’s going to happen next. However, it is no brainer in case the promotion opted to give the title to the winner.

As the promotion sets the semifinals of the Heavyweight GP on September 10, Alistair Overeem cited a toe injury, forcing him to withdraw from the said match. A few days later, Strikeforce axed the fighter out in the roster completely. That said, the event’s final four is now composed of Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Sergei Kharitonov, and – Alistair Overeem’s replacement – .

So with the heavyweight title belt collecting dust in the shelf, could a new champ come from the Heavyweight Grand Prix? Strikeforce CEO, , replied:

“Yeah, certainly. What we’re going to do is circle back in the offices next week, and then hopefully we’ll have an announcement as to how the next champion will be crowned.”

The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix is expected to wrap up by early next year. More Strikeforce news are sure to come, so just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider.

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