Although Strikeforce just announced their September 10th show on Monday, there hasn’t been a shortage of drama surrounding the much anticipated event.
Heavyweight Tournament Grand Prix favorite Alistair Overeem was abruptly yanked from the tournament yesterday after it was determined his pinky-toe would prevent him from answering the bell.
Alternate Daniel Cormier was quickly called up from the bullpen to serve as a substitute. The former All-American wrestler meets Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in one semifinals pairing, while prior UFC champion Josh Barnett looks to advance to the finals against Sergei Kharitonov.
Also appearing in the extravaganza is a middleweight title scrap between champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Luke Rockhold.
Strikeforce has yet to locate a venue to host the event. Showtime will broadcast the main card at 10PM ET/PT.
Here are the athletes expected to perform on September 10th:
Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi*
Jordan Mein vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos
Maximo Blanco vs. Josh Thomson
Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
Luke Rockhold vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (Strikeforce Middleweight Champion)
Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals:
Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Daniel Cormier vs. Antonio Silva
* – Yet to be confirmed