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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Talks Heavyweight Grand Prix Delay

As noted earlier this week, the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament will continue on Saturday, June 18 from Dallas, Texas. The tournament was originally scheduled to resume on April 9, which will now feature a Strikeforce World Championship Doubleheader from Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

In the second event of the tournament, Strikeforce Heavyweight World Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem (34-11, 1 NC) will face the only man to tap out MMA legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1) and the heavy-handed Brett “The Grim” Rogers (11-2) will take on former UFC World Champion Josh Barnett (29-5).

“STRIKEFORCE is coming off a record presale and impressive attendance for the kickoff of the Grand Prix at IZOD Center in New Jersey that also drew a record viewership on SHOWTIME for live MMA,” said STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker. “To build on the tremendous momentum from New Jersey we needed the proper time to promote an event of this magnitude, which is why we have decided to continue the Tournament on June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, a venue that has been identified as one of the premier sports and entertainment venues in the U.S.

“We have a great relationship with the Texas State Athletic Commission, who, along with the American Airlines Center, is enthused to host the Grand Prix.”

Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum takes place on June 18, 2011 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.