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    Alistair Overeem Explains Why He Was Removed From Strikeforce GP

    Alistair Overeem Explains Why He Was Removed From Strikeforce GP

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    Alistair Overeem's run in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix came to a screeching halt on Monday, when he was removed from the tournament due to not agreeing to fight on Sept. 10.

    MMA Fighting corresponded with the Strikeforce heavyweight champion via e-mail on Tuesday to find out why he was removed from the tournament and what's next for him.

    Ariel Helwani: Are you disappointed that you were taken out of the tournament?
    Alistair Overeem: Yes, of course I'm disappointed. Winning the tournament was my number one goal. I understand their position, but they have to understand mine, and I'm disappointed we couldn't work it out.

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    It has been reported that you have one fight left on your contract, is that true and how are negotiations going for an extension?
    I don't like to talk about my contract negotiations, but the rumors about me pulling out of the tournament because of that are false. Everybody is trying to find reasons why I was pulled out of the tournament, but I can tell you this: it's not that difficult. Strikeforce promised me a date in the fall (October/November), I acted on it and chose to go on holiday and start my training in August. Zuffa/Showtime then decided to do it in September and then the ball was in my court, and I had to decline because I know it's too short of time to be prepared 100 percent Instead of postponing the event they decided that the show must go on and use one of the alternates. It's their choice, and I respect that but that don't change the fact that nobody benefits from this situation; the fans, the promotion, the event and myself are the ones that are missing out on a great tournament and a great fight. The only one that benefits out of this whole situation is Daniel Cormier, so I wish him best of luck, and I hope eventually to fight the winner of the tournament for the belt.

    Showtime delayed the tournament in April, so why couldn't they delay it this time around?
    I don't know but my guess is that when Zuffa took over Strikeforce there were other interests. If you look at the month of October, you can see three UFC shows and two of them are big and have title fights as the main event. That makes you wonder if they want a Grand Prix semi-final in between on Showtime.

    Sept. 10 is seven weeks away. Why isn't that enough time for you to prepare for a fight?
    At the moment I have started training by myself because most of my team members and trainer are on holiday, so I didn't start my real training camp yet. I have to get sparring partners from other countries and fly them in and arrange accommodations. Everything was according to plan and that was to start my fighting program on August 1. So let's take that date as my starting point, then you have to be in the States a week before the fight. So if you calculate it, then you have just four weeks and that's not enough to have a good and well prepared training for such a big fight.

    You've always been known as an active fighter, for example, you competed in a combined 14 MMA and K-1 bouts in 2009-10, however, you've fought just once in 2011. Why have things changed?
    There are many explanations: the level of competition and the stakes are different. It's safe to say that all those opponents aren't as good as 'Bigfoot,' the other reason is that K-1 matches are very different to train and you don't need a very long training camp if you compare it to MMA. The most important is that you can fight multiple times if you don't interrupt your training. If the September date was confirmed right after the Werdum fight, it was no problem to get in shape because I would have skipped my holiday and organized the training camp earlier. If you go on a holiday and you stop training and enjoy life by eating things you're normally aren't allowed or going out instead of sleeping then your momentum is gone and you have to start all over again and that cost extra time as well. There is a reason why UFC champions only fight two times a year.

    Have you talked to Zuffa since you were removed from the tournament? If so, what's the state of your relationship with them today?
    No, I didn't speak to anybody at Zuffa. I only communicate with my management and they talk to them. If you ask me what the state of our relationship is, I think nothing has changed. It would be silly to think that they don't understand my decision.

    How badly injured is your toe? When can you resume training?
    It's not that bad, otherwise I would have canceled [the Silva fight] because of that injury alone. It's more that my body isn't pain-free, there are minor injuries but they prevent you from training 100 percent. If you have just four-to-six weeks, and you have those minor things, then you are jeopardizing your training. I have started my training recently, and on August 1, I will have a training camp.

    When do you think you will fight for Strikeforce again?
    I don't know.

    Is there a chance that you will fight for someone else before fighting for Strikeforce again?
    I hope so. I like to be active, and like I told you, I will be ready according to the first date we agreed with Strikeforce and that is in October.

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    To be honest it really sounds like he is being an idiot. He has more excuses then I've heard anyone use. Also, saying Zuffa was worried about throwing a Strikeforce event in between there UFC events is just stupid.

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    Re: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix News & Discussion

    I don't see what's wrong with him wanting a training camp. His opponent had one, and he wasn't the one who backed out on the date. They gave him a date, he planned for that date, and then they turned around and told him to fight sooner. Just because he isn't jumping through hoops to please Zuffa like Ken-Flo and company doesn't mean there is anything wrong with his decision. Especially when they let their fighters act like prima dona before and had postponements, but now all of sudden they want to put their foot down. I see their side but it still cost them a good tournament.

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    Re: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix News & Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by TE View Post
    I don't see what's wrong with him wanting a training camp. His opponent had one, and he wasn't the one who backed out on the date. They gave him a date, he planned for that date, and then they turned around and told him to fight sooner. Just because he isn't jumping through hoops to please Zuffa like Ken-Flo and company doesn't mean there is anything wrong with his decision. Especially when they let their fighters act like prima dona before and had postponements, but now all of sudden they want to put their foot down. I see their side but it still cost them a good tournament.
    I don't think its wrong for Overeem to want a full camp. I can also see where he's coming from with the holiday after his last fight.

    At the same time, I don't think its particularly wrong from the StrikeForce/Zuffa perspective either. The intent of SF was always to finish the tournament in 2011, from what I've read. Even when they delayed things in April, it was still hoped they would be able to finish it this year. The expected October show became an impossibility due to scheduling conflicts for Showtime. So an October show wouldn't work. November or December creates problems for Overeem with his desire to compete in K1. If he wants a full camp, it probalby means a February, March, or even April show for the semi finals. That might work great for Overeem but its a long delay for the other fighters, so that's not really fair either. It would also mean the tournament finals would be sometime nexst summer, making this a tournament a year and a half long from announcement to finish.

    Its one of those situations where I don't think either side is completely in the wrong. It sucks, and if either side was a bit more flexible, then maybe it may have worked. But it happens. I'm honestly not massively disappointed, because I didn't expect the tournament to work. It was a great idea and all, but tournaments like this have a way of getting derailed. Factor in that you have two participants who are notorious in being tough to deal with - Fedor and Overeem - and it would have surprised me if it came off without these problems.
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    Cincinnati official as host of "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals" on Se

    Cincinnati official as host of "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals" on Sept. 10

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    As expected, the Queen City officially welcomes Strikeforce to Ohio on Sept. 10.

    As MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) first reported on Thursday, Cincinnati plays host to the promotion's upcoming "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals" event.

    Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the report at Friday's "Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs. Bowling III" post-event press conference, which took place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

    It's the first-ever Strikeforce event in Cincinnati and the just the second-ever in Ohio, which also saw the state's capital, Columbus, host "Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson" back in March.

    "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals" takes place at the 17,000-seat U.S. Bank Arena, which is located on the Cincinnati riverfront.

    Cincinnati hasn't hosted a major MMA show since 2007, when UFC 77 also took place at U.S. Bank Arena. At the event, middleweight champ Anderson Silva defended his title with a second-round TKO of Rich Franklin in a rematch and the night's pay-per-view headliner.

    The current lineup for "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals" includes:

    * Champ Ronaldo Souza vs. Luke Rockhold (for middleweight title)
    * Daniel Cormier vs. Antonio Silva (heavyweight grand prix semifinal)
    * Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov (heavyweight grand prix semifinal)
    * Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
    * Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero*
    * Maximo Blanco vs. Josh Thomson
    * Jordan Mein vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos

    * - Not officially announced

    Credit: mmajunkie.com
    This card is actually looking pretty descent. I look forward to seeing their middle weight champ i9n action again.

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    Re: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix News & Discussion

    STRIKEFORCE HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX



    NEXT EVENT

    Semi Finals



    Date:
    Sept. 10th 2011
    Location: Cincinnatti, OH
    Venue: U.S. Bank Arena
    Broadcast: Showtime


    Fight Card

    * Champ Ronaldo Souza vs. Luke Rockhold (for middleweight title)
    * Daniel Cormier vs. Antonio Silva (heavyweight grand prix semifinal)
    * Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov (heavyweight grand prix semifinal)
    * Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
    * Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero*
    * Maximo Blanco vs. Josh Thomson
    * Jordan Mein vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos

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    "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" weigh-ins set for Sept. 9 at U.S. Bank

    "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" weigh-ins set for Sept. 9 at U.S. Bank Arena

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    Weigh-ins for next week's "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event take place Friday, Sept. 9, at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena.

    The same venue hosts the following night's fight card, which features a pair of semifinal contests in Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix and airs on Showtime and HDNet.

    The weigh-ins, which will be broadcast live on HDNet, kick-off at 4 p.m. ET.

    As usual, MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) will be on scene with complete coverage of "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov."

    The night's two featured bouts see Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitinov and Daniel Cormier vs. Antonio Silva determine who will meet in the finals of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix. Additionally, Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza defends his belt against Luke Rockhold.

    The full "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" lineup includes:

    MAIN CARD (Showtime)

    * Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov (heavyweight grand prix semifinal)
    * Daniel Cormier vs. Antonio Silva (heavyweight grand prix semifinal)
    * Champ Ronaldo Souza vs. Luke Rockhold (for middleweight title)
    * Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
    * Maximo Blanco vs. Pat Healy

    PRELIMINARY CARD (HDNet)

    * Mike Kyle vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
    * Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero
    * Jordan Mein vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos
    * Alexis Davis vs. Amanda Nunes
    * Chris Mierzwiak vs. Dominique Steele

    Credit: mmajunkie.com
    Actually looking forward to this card. More for Gracie and Souza though.

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    Re: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix News & Discussion

    Barnett vs Kharitonov is an interesting fight, too. Not so hyped for Cormier vs Silva. The GP just isn't as interesting without Overeem.
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    Re: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix News & Discussion

    To be honest I saw Silva, Black Houses newest member, beating Overeem anyway. I don't know, I'm just not impressed with the guy. I will say it was more intriguing with him the Cormier though.

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    Re: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix News & Discussion

    tbh before the whole tournament started I went into a betting shop and I paid in £250 to the betting shop and said Josh Barnett will win the GP and they actually gave me odds of 10-1 as Fedor, Overeem and Werdum where listed so please Josh win.





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    Just have to say, the Olympic wrestlers stand up looked gooodddd!

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    Beautiful technical job by Barnett.

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    I want to add that strikeforce really does put on some good fights. I definitely think it should continue as a separate entity.

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    Re: Overeem's Title Not On The Line, Strikeforce Heavyweight GP Rules

    Barnett wins via submisson :D

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    Cormier is going to be the better wrestler but Barnett is the submissionist. Barnett should let it go to the mat and try to hook the Olympic wrestler. After seeing what he did to Silva; I wouldn't want to box Cormier.

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    Re: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix News & Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer View Post
    I want to add that strikeforce really does put on some good fights. I definitely think it should continue as a separate entity.
    More and more, I think its becoming clear that Zuffa has little interest in this, unfortunately. Just read about them doing Cung Le vs Vitor... They just don't seem to care about most of the SF talent.

    Only got to watch part of the show tonight. Not surprised at Barnett taking down Kharitonov, but I didn't figure Cormier would have it so easy with Silva.
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    Re: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix News & Discussion

    Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal- Main thing I take away from this is that King Mo is not very good. While he did get the knock out victory his striking looked abysmal at best, especially compared to the rest of his AKA teammates (AKA did go 4-0 on the night). I actually thought Gracie looked descent in his stand up game right until he got KO'd.

    Champ Ronaldo Souza vs. Luke Rockhold (for middleweight title)- Have to be honest I never gave AKA's Rockhold a chance going into this, I thought Jacare would walk right through him. However, Rockhold came out with a great stand up game plan and this fight was very close. I will say that I think Souza caused more damage in the stand up game as he rocked the challenger multiple times but Rockhold landed so many combos while most of Souza's strikes were one and done. I still can't believe Rockhold got the unanimous decision, great match regardless.

    Daniel Cormier vs. Antonio Silva (heavyweight grand prix semifinal)- Shocking fight of the night for me as Silva was my favorite to win the Grand Prix and Cormier (the alternate who replaced Overeem) came in and made him look like a rookie. Cormier's stand up was really quite superb and I dont want to jump ahead of myself but that 1st round KO of Silva has me wanting to say that Cormier is the real deal.

    Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov (heavyweight grand prix semifinal)- Fight went pretty much how I expected besides Barnett looking to strike of the bat. I tell you what I noticed though, sambo guys really don't get fighting of your back lol. Nice sub by Barnett, but I think he might have his hands full with Cormier.

    And BP, I'm not sure how much they should care unless they start putting there own non-title contenders into the mix there. It looked like there were about 50 people in the arena for this night of fights.

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    Strikeforce tourney finalist Daniel Cormier confirms broken hand

    Strikeforce tourney finalist Daniel Cormier confirms broken hand

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    Strikeforce grand-prix finalist Daniel Cormier, in fact, did break his right hand.

    At this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event, Cormier and Strikeforce officials determined he likely broke his hand in a Sept. 10 semifinal victory over Antonio "Giant" Silva.

    Cormier confirmed the break on Twitter.

    "Just got done seeing [the doctor}," stated Cormier, who picked up a first-round knockout on Showtime at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena. "Hand is broken (and I) will be on the shelf for a while. Still looking forward to finishing tourney."

    With an expected recovery time of six to eight weeks, Cormier should be healed in time for the tourney finale, which is tentatively slated for early 2012. Cormier (9-0 MMA, 6-0 SF) meets ex-UFC champ and MMA notable Josh Barnett (31-5 MMA, 2-0 SF) in the conclusion of the eight-man tournament barring any recovery setbacks.

    Cormier broke the hand while delivering a head punch to Silva.

    As MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) reported after the event, the grand-prix winner earns a grand-prix championship belt, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said the regular heavyweight title – which the UFC-bound Alistair Overeem vacated while opening a tourney slot for Cormier – won't be on the line.

    Credit: mmajunkie.com
    Atleast everything will still be on schedule. I'm a little surprised the winner will not get the Heavy belt here.

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