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Strikeforce Post-Fight: Josh Barnett Talks About Daniel Cormier

Written on September 12, 2011 by Lulu

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Josh Barnett talks about his win over Sergei Kharitonov and his upcoming match against Daniel Cormier for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Josh Barnett is now on his way to the finals of Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, after submitting Sergei Kharitonov on the first round of their match. Now he is set to face former Olympian, Daniel Cormier, for the finals of the said tournament.

After his previous match, Josh Barnett talks about how he got the set up and the finish in the fight. Now with the finals set, he also has a goal of taking Daniel Cormier – a multi-time wrestling champion – down to the mat.

Check-out Josh Barnett’s exclusive interview courtesy of MMAweekly.com after the cut.

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Dominique Steele vs Chris Mierzwiak, Booked for Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix

Written on August 31, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Middleweights fighters, Dominique Steele and Chris Mierzwiak, are now set to be part of the Strikeforce: World Heavyweight Grand Prix's preliminary card.

Strikeforce just added a new middleweight bout into next month’s Strikeforce: World Heavyweight Grand Prix event.

Scott Coker, the promotion’s CEO, formally announced that Dominique Steele and Chris Mierzwiak have verbally agreed to meet at the show’s preliminary card, which is expected to air live on HDNet. The Strikeforce: World Heavyweight Grand Prix is set to take place on Saturday, September 10 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its main card, headlining the heavyweight semifinal bout between Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov, will be featured on Showtime.

Fighting out from the Vision MMA in Cincinnati and a trainee of Roger Bowling, Dominique Steele (3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) boasts a three-fight win streak, which all of his bouts ended in the first round. He is renowned for defeating his competitors through powerful submission strikes.

Chris Mierzwiak (3-0 MMA, 0-0 SF), on the other hand, also received three consecutive wins since turning pro. His most recent victory was attained in the AAMMA XI event last February, wherein he finished Brandon Pinkston through submission Arm Bar just 35 seconds after the ring bells.

The latest fight card is posted after the skip.

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Maximo Blanco will Meet Pat Healy at Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix

Written on August 31, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Maximo Blanco's debut in the American soil will not be preempted, as he is now set to face Pat Healy at Stirkeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal.

Originally scheduled to face Josh Thomson, Maximo Blanco will now meet Pat Healy at Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal this September 10 in Cincinnati. It should be recalled that Josh Thomson withdrew from the said bout after acquiring a severe foot injury in training.

That said, Maximo Blanco will still have his opportunity to showcase his MMA skills in America, while Pat Healy will have a chance to prove that he belongs in title contention.

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Josh Thomson, Out of Strikeforce Bout with Maximo Blanco

Written on August 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Josh Thompson hurt himself within the past week, and tests revealed foot injury that left him unable to complete his training camp and compete.

Due to foot injury, Josh Thomson withdrew from his Strikeforce bout against Maximo Blanco this September 10. The Josh Thomson vs Maximo Blanco match was slated as a main card for the promotion’s upcoming event in Cincinnati that will feature Heavyweight Grand Prix fights. The said grand prix will feature a Josh Barnett vs Sergei Kharitonov and Antonio Silva vs Daniel Cormier matches.

Strikeforce officials could not immediately disclose whether they will seek a replacement for Josh Thomson against Maximo Blanco.

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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 Alistair Overeem’s release in Strikeforce, 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 Heavyweight Grand Prix 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 – Daniel Cormier.

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Bret Rogers, Released by Strikeforce After Being Arrested

Written on July 03, 2011 by Lulu

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After being arrested on Minnesota due to several charges, Brett Rogers was released by Strikeforce.

Strikeforce released their heavyweight fighter, Brett Rogers, following his arrest on Wednesday due to felonious third-degree assault, misdemeanor endangerment of a child and alleged altercation with his wife. The news by Dana White, president of Strikeforce’s sister company — UFC.

Brett Rogers’ contract with Strikeforce was terminated on June 30, 2011. Dana White added that the termination of the contract came immediately after the arrest in Apple Valley Minnesota.

Brett Rogers, who recently lost to Josh Barret by submission at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, allegedly strangled and punched his wife after admitting that he is drunk. The fighter’s bail was set at $100,000 on Wednesday’s hearing.

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Josh Barnett Takes the Win by a Submission, On the Way to Face Kharitonov

Written on June 20, 2011 by Lulu

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Josh Barnett secured a slot on the semifinals of Strikeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix by submitting Brett Rogers on last Saturday night's tournament.

At the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal last Saturday in Dallas, Josh Barnett advances to the semifinals by submitting his heavy handed opponent — Brett Rogers. During the first round of the match, Josh Barnett quickly closed the distance between them by a leg kick that elevated his opponent and slammed him to the ground. Then he mounted Brett Rogers and pound him several times. However, the latter was able to escape, though he was placed back to the ground again.

As the second round started, Josh Barnett launched a left hook to Brett Rogers’ head and went for a takedown. As the latter fell to the ground, the former quickly performed an arm triangle choke that forced Brett Rogers to tap out. As the match ends, Josh Barnett grabs the microphone from broadcaster – Gus Johnson – to address his audience. He talks about his upcoming matches, and said that he will surely defeat and annihilate those who will stand against him.

On the semifinals of the Heavyweight tournament, Josh Barnett is scheduled to face Sergei Kharitonov later this year.

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Alistair Overeem Wins, but With Disappointment

Written on June 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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MMA fans saw a very good fighter, certainly. But a world beater. Will Alistair Overeem have another chance to prove that he is best MMA heavyweight fighter?

Last Saturday night, MMA fans tuned in to Showtime to see Alistair Overeem swinging out strikes and throwing vicious knees and clinches. People were excited to see him extinguishing Fabricio Werdum at the Heavyweight Grand Prix. However, what the audience saw was a cautious Demolition Man who dodged many of Fabricio Werdum’s traps on the ground.

Although Alistair Overeem won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last June 18 via unanimous decision, he stepped out of the cage in Dallas with a missed opportunity. He was not able to prove the he is the very best. He has grown and looked anything but unbeatable. He looked like the best fighting machine, that no one can outlast him for 15 minutes inside the cage. And though the fans certainly saw a very good fighter, it was not the world beater.

With his current victory, Alistair Overeem will face Antonio Silva in what is anticipated to be a tremendous fight. With their most recent bouts, who do you think will win the match?

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Alistair Overeem: Grand Prix Winner “Should Fight the UFC Champion”

Written on June 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"The winner of the tournament should fight the UFC champion. That sounds like a logical next step." --- Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion

Strikeforce Heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem, enters this Saturday’s Heavyweight Grand Prix with a nine-fight win streak and a good reason. If all goes well, he will soon add the Heavyweight Grand Prix championship title to his belt collection. And when that happens, Alistair Overeem sees no reason to compete for a UFC title next.

Arguing with the heavyweight champ’s point of view can be difficult. While UFC’s heavyweight division is loaded with best fighters, Strikeforce has Josh Barnett, Sergei Kharitonov, Brett Rogers and Antonio Silva. In addition to this, the promotion also have Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum. So any fighter who gets pass through them has bragging rights to ask for more than the grand prix title.

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Strikeforce’s Fighters, Approved and Licensed to Fight

Written on June 16, 2011 by Lulu

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Fighters of the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix can now legally compete on Saturday, as they were all cleared of all necessary requirements.

As previously reported, four other fighters for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix still don’t have the license to fight. Good thing, all 20 fighters will now compete on the tournament, as licensed and approved by the Texas Licensing and Regulation. According to Susan Stanford of TDLR, all fighters of the upcoming Strikeforce’s card were cleared of all the necessary requirements.

That said, there will be ten bouts for the event as scheduled — including the Overeem vs. Werdum main event and the return of Gina Carano on Strikeforce. The preliminary matches will air on HDNet, while the main card will be broadcast on Showtime.

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