Josh Barnett says the Grand Prix will still determine best Heavyweight in the WorldPosted on September 2, 2011, 07:26 PM by Joey Santosus
"It isn’t Alistair Overeem, its plain and simple, but it doesn’t mean that this tournament doesn’t have significance and I think its going to make a big impact still in the heavyweight rankings worldwide...I hope the belt gets put on the line, since its vacant right now for the championship. Why not? We should crown a new champion right now since our champion is no longer in the company, regardless of what the circumstances are." - For more from Josh Barnett, visit SportsTownChicago
When the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix was initially announced, the general consensus was that the winner of the eight-man Tournament would emerge as the number-one ranked competitor in the division. However, in the time since a lot has changed. Fedor Emelianenko, who was an early favorite to win it all, fell victim to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the opening-round of match-ups, while Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem eliminated Fabricio Werdum in June, only to be released by the promotion a short time later.
For many, the loss of star-power, coupled with lengthy delays in between rounds, has been enough to change their outlook on the once glorified bracket. Josh Barnett, however, disagrees with this sentiment. According to "The Warmaster," not only does the Grand Prix Champion have a legitimate claim to being the best Heavyweight in the world, but feels they should also be awarded the now vacant division title. So what do you think LowKick'ers? If Barnett is able to dispatch of both Sergei Kharitonov on September 10th and the winner of Antonio Silva vs. Daniel Cormier in the final, has he done enough to be crowned Heavyweight King? Or does that honor belong to another man?
Further Reading: "The Warmaster" Josh Barnett looks back at victory over Brett Rogers