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Strikeforce tournament bracket unveiled

By Josh Gross
ESPN.com
Updated: January 4, 2011, 10:05 PM ET

Following months of speculation, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker's desire to promote a single-elimination heavyweight tournament in 2011 has come to fruition. Showtime, which expects to televise each of the event's three legs, revealed opening-round matches and the tournament bracket Tuesday.

"It's a long, grueling process as we know with these tournaments, and whoever comes out on top will be the reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion," said Ken Hershman, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports.

Beginning Feb. 12 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., four of the eight fighters signed up for the main draw will compete in first-round matchups.

Fedor Emelianenko (31-2) fights Antonio Silva (15-2) and Andrei Arlovski (15-8) is matched against Sergei Kharitonov (16-4).

The remaining quarterfinal fights will likely take place in April, Showtime and Strikeforce officials said. The event's date and location are yet to be determined. Current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (33-11) will meet Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1), and Brett Rogers (11-2) tangles with Josh Barnett (29-5).

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Post #1   1/5/11 9:14:47AM   

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Not sure I understand why the brackets are setup this way. But if Fedor beats Silva and then the winner of Overeem/Werdum I see him retiring and not fighting anymore.

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Posted by BigIP

Not sure I understand why the brackets are setup this way.


Since people have been clamoring for Fedor-Overeem, and since Fedor probably wouldn't mind a rematch with Werdum, I can see them setting it up this way.


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But if Fedor beats Silva and then the winner of Overeem/Werdum I see him retiring and not fighting anymore.


He signed a four-fight contract.

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They will not get through this it will be a bigger pain in the ass then the Super six yeat Showtime seems to have learned nothing from the super 6. Not to mention the left side is stacked and the right side is much softer?

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Not sure I understand why the brackets are setup this way.


Since people have been clamoring for Fedor-Overeem, and since Fedor probably wouldn't mind a rematch with Werdum, I can see them setting it up this way.


Also because Fedor and Overeem have already beaten Rogers, and Fedor and Silva have already beaten Arlovski. Barnett hasn't fought any of these guys before, but I don't object to them "seeding" him opposite Fedor and Overeem. I might have swapped Overeem and Kharitonov myself, to give Werdum that rematch (I'm assuming Werdum wants that rematch, of course), but I don't really mind it this way, either.

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Werdum vs Overeem is good, they are such opposite fighters, in this fight its def. striker vs grappler, maybe Werdum can get a takedown or pull guard, but I don't know how much improved Overeem is since the first fight, all I know is Overeem looks really good these days.

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here is why i think the bracket is set up this way:

Werdum vs Overeem is sort of like a title fight as Werdum is the current #1 contender. Fedor vs Bigfoot is seen as the next title contender fight. if Fedor wins this, he will either get his rematch with Werdum or the fight we all have been waiting for vs Overeem. if Bigfoot wins, then he is on a 3 fight win streak and is the only one who has deserved the shot.

the other side of the bracket is to determine the next title contender. the winner will be on a 2 fight win streak within the promotion against credible competition and would deserve to get the next title shot.

my picks:
Fedor over Bigfoot
Overeem over Werdum
Barnett over Rogers
Kharitonov over AA (though i will be rooting for AA)

Fedor over Overeem
Barnett over Kharitonov

Fedor over Barnett

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This is pretty sweet , Overeems chance to prove that he is one of the top heavweights in the world. Im going for a Barnett Overeem final!

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Why can't this be a PRIDE style one night tourney?

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This is awsome!!
Wish it could of been 16 man tourny, but this will do rather then nothing!


I hope we get more of this from Strikeforce! Coker came through.....finally!

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This is a really awesome idea. I have a feeling it mght fall through but if not props to Strikeforce this is rad

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