Appearing as a guest on this week’s edition of ESPN.com’s MMALive, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced today that a pair of heavyweight scraps will headline their May 15th event in St. Louis, Missouri.
Former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski will make his Strikeforce debut against up-and-coming Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, and as expected, champ Alistair Overeem will headline the show in a non-title fight against Brett Rogers.
Overeem holds a dominant 32-11 MMA record, however this will mark his first Strikeforce appearance since whooping Paul Buentello to capture the open heavyweight title back in November 2007.
He’s since fought outside of the promotion on seven separate occasions.
Rogers stakes claim to a 10-1 professional record and has finished in all of his wins. Unfortunately, Rogers attempted the highly ineffective face-to-fist defense against Fedor Emelianenko and wound up paying dearly for it in his last outing.
Arlovski, who just inked a multi-fight deal with the organization on Monday, owns a respectable 15-7 pro MMA record, however hasn’t been seen in a mixed martial arts fight since getting put to sleep by the aforementioned Rogers last June.
Silva, one of the division’s most physically imposing fighters, holds a 13-2 mark, however was humbled by Fabricio Werdum in his last contest at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.”
Coker did not confirm which venue would host the event, however the card will likely be held inside the Scottrade Center – site of last June’s “Strikeforce: Shields vs. Lawler” event.