Strikeforce’s Rumored 8-Man Heavyweight GP To Include Fedor-Silva & Overeem-Arlovski?

Internet chatter regarding a Strikeforce 8-man heavyweight grand prix has really picked up in the past few days. MMA Junkie hinted at the possibility of a heavyweight tournament going down in Strikeforce in 2011 the other day, and now Tatame is reporting that Strikeforce is in fact planning one and it will include the organization’s top eight heavyweights.

Along with Overeem, names like Fedor Emelianenko, Fabrício Werdum, Josh Barnett, Antônio Silva, Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski and Sergei Kharitonov are also in talks to participate in the tournament.

The fight between Fedor and Silva, which has been rumored on the past days, is agreed to happen in February, and other match-ups are in works. Werdum, who comes from a first-round submission victory over Fedor, will probably fight Kharitonov in March, and Barnett vs Rogers, Overeem vs Arlovski might happen as well.

Tatame added that the quarterfinal, semi-final and final rounds would take place over the course of three events with the latter two possibly serving as the company’s first pay-per-views.

It would be the biggest tournament we’ve seen since the old PRIDE GP’s, but as we’ve come to learn with Strikeforce, you have to ask if they can pull it off.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

  • Big D

    Hope it works!

  • sandman

    I’m not even going to say it…

  • smh

    ahahahahha never will hAppen if they pull this off ill walk out the house naked with paint on my body tht say strikeforce on it

  • Voice of Reason

    That would be great – it could be how K1 does it where the fighters get to chose… but the possibility of this happening is slim to none and Slim has left the building.

  • Las Vegas MMA

    I love Fedor, but I am getting tired of him and M-1 all together…I say let’s all start black balling Fedor if he keeps this negotiations crap up…man up or retire Fat Boy!

  • Pride fan

    Great, I hope it goes down.

  • i like sexy time

    never!

  • mitchTIZ

    im tired of being played by strikeforce and m1. Dont tell me this unless it is definite and already official. They better be able to pull this off otherwise what else are they gonna do that will take any news away from the UFC and its merger with the WEC.

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