According to a recent report issued by Sherdog.com, the two remaining quarter-final bouts for Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix have likely been pushed back from their originally scheduled April 9th date to a currently unknown future show.
Two tournament quarter-final bouts have already been contested, between Sergei Kharitonov and Andrei Arlovski as well as between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva. With Kharitonov and Silva both advancing onward, the two remaining bouts were to determine their opponents. Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem is set up to rematch Fabricio Werdum with the winner of that bout to take on Silva and Josh Barnett will take on Brett Rogers for a chance at Kharitonov.
Sherdog’s report indicates that Strikeforce will keep its planned April 9th fight date and that the card will be held in California. Possible replacement bouts for the card include a lightweight title fight between champ Gilbert Melendez and Japanese fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri as well as a welterweight title scrap between Melendez’s teammate Nick Diaz and either Paul Daley or Tyron Woodley.
The more likely bout for Diaz will be one against Daley, provided “Semtex” get through his upcoming BAMMA title fight against Yuya Shirai victorious and uninjured. Though the fight would come on slightly short notice, Diaz’s coach Cesar Gracie told Sherdog that his pupil would likely be more than willing to take the bout.
Nothing has been confirmed or denied concerning the delaying of the Grand Prix bouts, their rescheduling or the bouts with which they’ll be replaced.