Although March is still three weeks out, tournament talk will be dominating the sports headlines this week. “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva” will be jumping off this Saturday inside the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, kicking off the first leg of the company’s eagerly anticipated Heavyweight Grand Prix.
To help pump additional hoopla into the extravaganza, Strikeforce has released a promotional video featuring the the tournament’s eight stars.
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.
The second half of the tournament is scheduled to resume April 9th. Upset specialist Fabricio Werdum challenges Alistair Overeem, while Josh Barnett will collide with Brett Rogers.
Showtime will broadcast Saturday’s card at 10PM ET/PT.
Please click the media player to watch the hype video:
Here is the roster for “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva”:
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