According to Tatame.com, the Strikeforce MMA promotion is tentatively planning on putting on a tournament featuring the fighters on their heavyweight roster sometime next year.
As far as the tournament format goes, Tatame’s sources say that, in the spirit of the old PRIDE Grand Prix’s, there will be eight fighters entered into the tournament. Tatame names Strikeforce heavyweight champion (and 2010 K-1 Grand Prix winner) Alistair Overeem as a participant, as well as Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, the only man to defeat him, Fabricio Werdum, Strikeforce newcomer Josh Barnett, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Brett Rogers, Sergei Kharitonov, and Andrei Arlovski.
The early match ups have been tentatively set according to Tatame, and it looks as though Emelianenko and “Bigfoot” Silva (who allegedly had a planned January 29th meeting scrapped due to Emelianenko’s current and predictably lengthy contract negotiations) will meet in the first round. Werdum and Kharitonov are also rumored to be going against one another in the first round, as are Barnett-Rogers and Overeem-Arlovski.
The tournament’s first rounds are likely to mark Strikeforce’s initial foray onto pay-per-view as well and it is believed that the primary match ups will occur in February and March.
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