“Strikeforce HW GP Semifinals: Barnett vs. Kharitonov” took place Saturday night inside the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Unfortunately for fight fans, Strikeforce doesn’t offer a live stream of their post-fight press conferences. No worries, because we’ve got the presser’s key points to ensure you’re in the know.
Although Luke Rockhold is Strikeforce’s new middleweight champ, he’s not looking forward to training for more five round affairs.
Rockhold said he felt good about the controversial decision. He believes he came back strong and won most of the rounds.
He said Cung Le is his friend and he wouldn’t fight him (Not a problem because Le appears headed to the Octagon).
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza thought it was a close fight. He felt he might have won, but is satisfied because it was a great fight.
Patrick Healy was grateful to be on the card and wanted to capitalize on the opportunity.
Daniel Cormier believes he hurt his right hand the first time he knocked Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva down.
Cormier thought the right uppercut did the trick on Bigfoot, but he wasn’t going to stop hitting him until the referee stepped in.
Josh Barnett stated Sergei Kharitonov didn’t do much damage at the beginning of the fight, even though it looked like he did.
Barnett admitted he likes getting hit a little bit. He enjoys the violence and the pain.
He said he’s going to have to get takedowns against Cormier in the tournament’s final round.
Cormier quickly chimed in, “Not going to happen.”
Scott Coker (Pictured) didn’t reveal the official night’s attendance, which some have unofficially estimated to be under 1,800, but admitted ticket sales were rough.
Coker said they will have internal discussions regarding a rematch between Rockhold and Jacare.
He confirmed Strikeforce’s next major show will be December 17th. Location TBD.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal reiterated that he won’t fight for a vacated title. If he can’t get light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson, then wants to rematch Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
According to Coker, they are still negotiating with Hendo.
Barnett pleaded with Coker to anoint the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner as Strikeforce’s new 265-pound champion. He professed the division needed a real champ now that Alistair Overeem is gone.
Coker said he’ll get back to Barnett on it. He claimed anything can happen in a tournament and they’ll take it one step at a time.