So, off a weekend where we saw who many consider the greatest fighter of all time in Alistair Overeem come out on top of his competition again, we now have word of a Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament.
Where you will see names such as Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Brett Rogers, Fabricio Werdum, Sergei Kharitonov, and the aforementioned Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem.
First round action will pit Fedor v. Silva, Overeem v. Werdum, Arlovski v. Kharitonov, and Rogers v Barnett.
These are some heavy hitters, some of the worlds best in the heavyweight division.
But here are my concerns with the tournament. What happens after Fedor demolishes Silva? He would be forced to face the winner of Overeem and Werdum, as we all know Werdum can definitely catch somebody in a flash submission, but I don’t think he will even have the chance to do that, as Alistair will just punch him into next year. So it sets up a possible Fedor v. Overeem dream match many have been waiting for a very long time to see. Why hasn’t it come to fruition? Well, Fedor’s management company M1 Global seems to always have a way of putting a halt to any deals that are brought to the table(including the UFC’s generous offer to include Fedor on their roster). So is this tournament doomed right out of the gate? Will we get in 1 round of match-ups and then see some of the MMA worlds biggest stars making excuses as to why they can’t fight? Only time will I guess.
Also, lets just hope Josh Barnett can pass a drug test this go around, we don’t want another go around of what happened last time he was slated to face Fedor and evidently cost the Affliction brand its MMA dreams.
My predictions for how this tournament will unfold are as follow for any of you betting people.
Fedor v Silva = Fedor via 2nd round (t)ko
Overeem v Werdum = Overeem via 1st round (t)ko
Arlovski v Kharitonov = Kharitonov via 3rd round decision
Barnett v Rogers = Rogers via 1st round (t)ko
Fedor v Overeem = Overeem via 3rd round decision
Karitonov v Rogers = Rogers via 3rd round decision
Overeem v Rogers = Overeem via 1st round (t)ko
Alistair Overeem will once again reigh supreme.
Well there ya go fight fans, my breakdown of the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament.
Also my first post, so glad to be here
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Written by Chris Murphy