StrikeForce planning for an 8 man Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament in 2011


Californian based MMA Promotion StrikeForce are set to hold an 8 man Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament in 2011. The tournament is set to feature some of StrikeForce’s best known talent and will include their reigning Heavyweight Champion Alistair ”The Demolition Man” Overeem, who won the K-1 World Grand Prix last weekend in Saitama, Japan. 

Alongside the Reem, fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, Fabricio Werdum, Big Foot Silva, Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski, and Sergei Kharitonov are all set the feature in the tournament. The fighters are all in negotiations about taking part, it is unknown whether or not the scheduled bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva will serve as part of the tournament. 

The tournament will take place over three different events, unlike some of the Grand Prix’s that take place in just one night. The Athletic commissions in America are very hesitant to approve of one night tournaments, so this shouldn’t be a problem for StrikeForce. 

Stay tuned here on for more news as it progresses! 

  • wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut? AWESOME!!

  • Fedor wont do that you will see…

  • lol yeah ill believe it when i see it.

  • Sounds like a good idea, but I’m going to agree with both of you.

  • Yeah finkle****er would never let Fedor do this.

  • It sounds too good to be true. I don’t believe! It would be possible 10 years ago, but not now. If they do it, I would very happy!

  • one word: waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw
    this would mark the HW history, fedor, reem, verdum, barnett, maybe arlovski will join, big foot….

  • Way to copy K-1 Scott

  • now this is strikeforce making some smart promotional moves, WOW.

  • if these guys are all in the GP
    which if scheduled SF style will take all year sigh
    who will Overeem be defending against in the first 11 months of 2011?
    Maybe if SF would have an All Heavyweight show
    and get the first round of htis copy-cat GP done in one night
    then follow up in 90 days with round 2 & narrow it down to 2
    then 90 days later get if over
    it would still take 9 months
    gee whiz is Coker on coke?

  • GOLD!

  • Sounds awesome.

  • I believe they tried something similar. Didn’t work.

  • It’s possible. First event 4 fights, second even 2 fights, then third even will be the final. I think the big issue is injuries. Three months between events that would be a nine month tournament. To long if you ask me, i don’t consider that a tournament. If they could do it within three months, that would be ok. But i don’t see that happening.

  • the only way to do it properly is after each event they sit with the fighters and depending on their injuries they schedule the next event