To help generate even more hoopla around “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva,” the San Jose, California-based MMA promotion has partnered with HDNet to broadcast several preliminary bouts starting at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Fedor Emelianenko makes his long-awaited return to action when he faces Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the card’s featured contest. The heavyweights will meet in the opening round of Strikeforce’s Grand Prix.
Former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski will meet Sergei Kharitonov in another quarterfinals matchup.
Here is the announcement on HDNet Fights’ home page:
2/11/2011 8PM ET Inside MMA at Strikeforce (NJ) LIVE
HDNet Fights – Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament Undercards:
Top prospects take center stage as John Cholish meets Marc Stevens. Plus, Igor Gracie and Sam Oropeza are in action.
Late Thursday evening, Mike Schiavello, of “He’s taken more hits than Miley Cyrus’ bong” fame, tweeted he and Bas Rutten will provide commentary for the two-hour lead-in.
The February 12th event takes place inside the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Showtime will broadcast the main bouts at 10PM ET/PT.
Here is the revised agenda for the highly anticipated extravaganza:
Jason McLean vs. Kevin Roddy
HDNet (8PM ET/5PM PT)
Josh LaBerge vs. Anthony Leone
Sam Oropeza vs. Don Carlo-Clauss
Marc Stevens vs. John Cholish
Igor Gracie vs. John Salgado
Ray Sefo vs Valentijn Overeem
Chad Griggs vs. Gian Villante
Eight-man Heavyweight Grand Prix (1stRound):
Alternate: Shane Del Rosario vs. Lavar Johnson
Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva