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Strikeforce Heavyweight Division to be Eliminated Following Grand Prix Finals and 'One More Fight'

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Moments ago on the Strikeforce media call to announce the new Showtime deal, it was announced that Strikeforce will be doing away with the heavyweight division in the near future. The way that the set-up is sounds as though Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will meet in the Strikeforce Grand Prix finals and the winner will fight one more time against a (as it was put) "top heavyweight contender." After that fight, the heavyweight division will be eliminated in the promotion with fighters presumably moving to the UFC based on the promotion's desire.

UFC president Dana White said on the call that the division just is not deep enough to have it in both promotions and they will instead focus on the other classes and women's MMA.

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Post #1   12/15/11 8:59:44PM   

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Dana said the winner of the tournament would next face a top "contender" but it wouldn't surprise me if it ended up being for the UFC title.

Post #2   12/15/11 9:02:29PM   

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HWGP winner faces a top contender?

Who would be a top contender, somebody who already fought in the tourney?

Will Barney actually come to the UFC?

Post #3   12/15/11 9:19:37PM   

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WOW this is GREAT! an invasion of hungry heavys flooding the UFC roster! match.. possibilitys.. overloading.. brain... about.. to.. pass... out... IIII> CANT> WAIT>

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Shane Del Rosario
Chad Griggs
Fabricio Werdum(already coming over)
Josh Barnett
Shawn Jordan, young guy out of ABQ,NM
Daniel Cormier
Lavar Johnson
Antonio Silva
Sergei Kharitonov
Devin Cole

and

Herschel Walker

Post #5   12/15/11 10:38:56PM   

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That is a great list, good new blood and some good old classics.....however if Barnett even farts during a drug test he should get banned from the sport altogether. If I am not confused he has failed three times!

Post #6   12/16/11 12:47:40AM   

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very exciting. i dont see any future ufc champs coming from strikeforce but there are some great matchups. id love to see cormier be successful in the ufc. plus kharitonov has another chance to KO some fool

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I got amy eye on Cormier dude has potential and the wrestling base too be very dangerous and i got to say i do love me some Chad Griggs doesnt have the best skills but he has heart, id like to see him and Dave Herman or even Joey Beltran scrap it out



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This is great news!!

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As far as i understood it, the UFC is bringing over the HWs of their choosing.

Not everybody is getting a ticket. No way will we see Herschel Walker in the Octagon.

It's interesting to see wether Barnett gets ANOTHER chance also.....

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I want Josh Barnett to win the GP all of the sudden

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I'd love to see Cormier, Barny, and Kharitonov head over. Barnett vs Mir would be a great scrap.

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Can't wait to see Cormier fight in the UFC. And see Brock Lesnar destroy Bigfoot Silva

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Posted by kopower

I'd love to see Cormier, Barny, and Kharitonov head over. Barnett vs Mir would be a great scrap.



I'm done with that!

How about we bring back Randy Couture too and have him leave on a win... Against H Walker..

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was wondering how long it would take the UFC to start shutting Strikeforce down. It's obviously happening, they're probably just wanting to do it slowly so they don't get a situation like they had with PRIDE/Affliction, creating a massive pool of solid fighters for someone with a lot of money to snatch up and try to form a new competitor.

Might also have to do with the CBS contract also.

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