2011 15 Mar

“I’m a positive guy. I see things through a positive lens. It can be really, really the best thing that ever happened to the sport, if it’s used positive, and I see that happening.

If it’s used negative, then it’s going to be a downfall. But I don’t see that happening. I see this as a good thing, a good development.

We’re going to have to wait and see how it works out.

The fans are going to get to see the fights that are most appealing to them. I think this is what the sport needs to grow… “

Alistair Overeem Strikeforce UFCWhile ZUFFA’s recent purchase of Strikeforce has the the MMA community on edge, Alistair Overeem is optimistic about the future implications of the new ownership.

Overeem said he expects the deal to produce exciting match-ups for fans and says his focus remains on Fabricio Werdum. Overeem faces Werdum in June as part of the ongoing Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum is set to take place June 18th from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

That card will be headlined by the quarterfinal elimination bout between Heavyweight Champ Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.

The co-main event will feature Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers going head to head in their own quarterfinal match-up.

2011 16 Jan
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Fedor Emelianenko Entrance

The Strikeforce eight-man heavyweight tournament is the real deal and now that Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett, Fabricio Werdum, Sergei Kharitonov, Andrei Arlovski, Brett Rogers and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will compete in the upcoming tournament, Scott Coker knows he’s pulled off a major coup.

The tournament begins with an Emelianenko-Silva bout as the main event of a Feb. 12 card at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. and includes a quarterfinal bout between Arlovski and Kharitonov, as opposed to the originally reported Arlovski-Barnett matchup.

Two quarterfinals set for March 5 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio feature Rogers taking on Barnett and Overeem squaring off with Werdum.

What happens if some of the frontline main card fighters go down with injury or are rendered otherwise unable to compete? Coker has “Challengers” series standouts Daniel Cormier, Lavar Johnson and Shane del Rosario standing in the wings ready to take to the cage.

Still in question is how Barnett’s ongoing licensing problems in California will affect his participation. The former Pride Fighting Championships competitor allegedly tested positive for performance enhancing substances prior to a scheduled bout with Emelianenko in July 2009. Barnett’s hearing before the CSAC was pushed back to 2011 and may now go before the commission again on Feb. 4.

2011 16 Jan
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Josh BarnettA few months ago Josh Barnett beat me in EA MMA and it was a fluke, a total fluke. I was toying with him and he caught me on the chin. Yeah, I know how it goes. I shouldn’t have been screwing around with a word class heavyweight, but I knew I was better than him and I wanted to practice my stand up. Josh was gracious in victory and I appreciated that, I took my defeat in stride at the time, but now it’s starting to eat away at me. Barnett, if you’re reading this, it’s on. If you weren’t so busy training for the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP I would demand you face me in hand to hand combat until one of us was unconscious in a pool of their own blood.

Granted, Barnett is thousands of miles away from me and that is the only reason I can get away with talking so much crap without him tearing my arm off. But who knows, maybe that fateful afternoon The Babyfaced Assassin was just the better man and was riding his “cool beard” and “superior hair products” all the way to the TKO victory over my disappointed thumbs.

Check out this StrikeforceFilms video featuring Josh Barnett breaking down his secret advantages in the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight GP: Superior hair products and a cool beard.