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Strikeforce Heavyweight Title Not On The Line In Grand Prix Tournament

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently announced that his promotion would be putting on a Heavyweight Grand Prix over the course of this year, which will feature all of the promotion’s biggest heavyweight stars. Among them will be Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, however Coker announced today that Overeem’s title would not be at stake.

‘To make it simple just like they do in Japan or K-1,” Coker stated today on a media call. “The tournament champion will stand on his own and we will have our heavyweight champion and the tournament champion.”

Coker went on to note that the winner of the tournament would be the number one contender, unless of course, the winnner is Overeem.

“If Overeem wins, he’s not just the best MMA or K-1 fighter, he can say he’s the greatest martial arts fighter in the world,” Coker said.

The heavyweight tournament’s opening round will feature match ups between Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers as well as Andrei Arlovski and Sergei Kharitonov.