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Old 01-03-2011, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Strikeforce and M1 Global: Fedor vs Silva

Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva
Date: Feb 12, 2011
Location: East Rutherford, N.J.
Venue: IZOD Center
Broadcast: Showtime and HDNet

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MAIN CARD (Showtime)

* Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva (heavyweight-tournament quarterfinals)
* Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov (heavyweight-tournament quarterfinals)
* Shane Del Rosario vs. Lavar Johnson (heavyweight-tournament reserve fight)
* Valentijn Overeem vs. Ray Sefo (heavyweight-tournament reserve fight)
* Chad Griggs vs. Gian Villante (heavyweight-tournament reserve fight)

PRELIMINARY CARD (HDNet)

* Igor Gracie vs. John Salgado
* Marc Stevens vs. John Cholish
* Josh LaBerge vs. Anthony Leone*
* Jason McLean vs. Kevin Roddy*


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Fedor Emelianenko will return to the Strikeforce cage on Feb. 12, as he takes on Antonio Silva in a heavyweight main event from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Sources close to the negotiations informed Sherdog.com Sunday evening of the event’s date and location.

A match between former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett is also said to be in the works for the February date. It remains to be seen how the New Jersey Athletic Control Board handles the licensing situation Barnett -- who allegedly tested positive for a performance enhancing substance prior to a scheduled bout with Emelianenko in the summer of 2009 -- is dealing with in California. His hearing before the California commission was pushed back at their Dec. 2 meeting.

As speculated, Strikeforce will indeed hold an eight-man heavyweight tournament in 2011, and Emelianenko-Silva and Arlovski-Barnett are set to serve as quarterfinal bouts. Though the remaining combatants could not be confirmed, a third quarterfinal matchup between Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers is expected to take place in Columbus, Ohio, on a planned March 5 event.

A fourth and final tournament bout is also set to take place on the March card. Semi-final and final bouts would then be held later in the year at to-be-announced events.

The promotion will also hold two alternate bouts in case injury sidelines competitors in the main draw. Potential contestants could include “Challengers” series standouts Lavar Johnson, Daniel Cormier and Shane del Rosario.

Regarded by many as the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport, Emelianenko was shocked by Werdum, a heavy underdog, in June, losing for the first time in a decade. Though the sambo specialist floored the Brazilian early in the first period, his follow-up was a bit too aggressive. As Emelianenko attempted to finish the fight with his trademark ground-and-pound, the savvy jiu-jitsu black belt avoided the blows and caught the Russian in a textbook triangle choke. Emelianenko holds notable victories over Mirko Filopovic, Arlovski and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice).

Silva is fresh off a come-from-behind win over King of the Cage light heavyweight champion Mike Kyle on Dec. 4 in St. Louis. Taking the fight on just five days' notice, Kyle shocked spectators by landing a crisp right hand to the jaw of the heavily-favored Brazilian, knocking him to the mat. Though the American Kickboxing Academy product pounced with heavy punches and hammer fists, the mammoth Silva would not give up. Round two was all “Bigfoot,” as the former EliteXC champion lived up to his moniker by dropping brutish blows on Kyle's skull and forcing a referee stoppage.
http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Eme...r-Feb-12-29152

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Now official. Feb 12th vs Bigfoot, as a part of the SF 8-man tournament.
http://twitter.com/femelianenko/stat...33778914365440

Great news! Just too bad Overeem will not participate. I guess he needs some rest after the busy year he's had.

UPDATE: According to MMAJunkie, AA will face Kharitonov in the 1/4s on Feb 12 and Werdum vs Rogers is off.

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Fedor Emelianenko (31-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) meets Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (14-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) in the opening round of an eight-man Strikeforce heavyweight tournament scheduled to begin Feb. 12 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

In a second quarterfinal fight, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (15-8 MMA, 0-2 SF) meets Sergei Kharitonov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 SF).

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the news from sources close to the fighters who are earmarked for the tournament. Sherdog.com first reported the tournament earlier today.

A third quarterfinal matchup between Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1 MMA, 3-0 SF) and Brett Rogers (11-2 MMA, 2-2 SF) reported as in the works for a March 5 event in Columbus, Ohio, is said to be off, sources said, though Werdum recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio he plans to compete at the spring event.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker declined to comment on the reported fights, though he said an "important announcement" about the tournament is due by Tuesday.
http://mmajunkie.com/news/21964/stri...b-12-event.mma
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First I thought like.. this can't seriously be happening

and then I realised that he Champ does not participate.. what a slap in the face.. almost makes this entire GP a waste of time.

However, if the winner of this tourney will actually challenge the Reem for his Belt, than I will be more then pleased
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However, if the winner of this tourney will actually challenge the Reem for his Belt, than I will be more then pleased
Probably what will happen imo, although SF already had a legit contender in Werdum.

Hopefully we'll get to see Fedor vs Werdum in the finals and the winner vs Overeem for the belt.
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I see Fedor dominating this fight, but then again, I also saw him dominating Werdum.
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Probably what will happen imo, although SF already had a legit contender in Werdum.

Hopefully we'll get to see Fedor vs Werdum in the finals and the winner vs Overeem for the belt.
But then the Reem does not have an opponent until this entire tournament thing is over right?

only K-1 right?

Or the Todd Duffee's of this world in Dream..
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But then the Reem does not have an opponent until this entire tournament thing is over right?

only K-1 right?

Or the Todd Duffee's of this world in Dream..
More likely he will try to stay busy in dream. K1 wont really get going again for awhile.
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But then the Reem does not have an opponent until this entire tournament thing is over right?

only K-1 right?

Or the Todd Duffee's of this world in Dream..
Yeah that's a problem, since he said he wanted to defend his SF belt in April, May or June.

There's a rumor saying he might take part and face Kharitonov in the 1/4. Just a rumor tho, we'll see what happens..
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am i blind ? as i cant see were is says the reem wont be in it ? There is still 1 main fight left and the only other 2 big names strikeforce have are REEM and Kharitonov.
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More likely he will try to stay busy in dream. K1 wont really get going again for awhile.
Yea, thats the thing!

But beating on lower level guys for the Dream belt, is not really nice for us, only for Rauno in the FFL lol^^

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Yeah that's a problem, since he said he wanted to defend his SF belt in April, May or June.

There's a rumor saying he might take part and face Kharitonov in the 1/4. Just a rumor tho, we'll see what happens..
That would be the best choice for everyone. I mean he doesn't have too fight that soon.. let him take a break now and mix him in very late.
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How do you know the Reem will not be taking part until the final match ups are set, there are still 3 more match ups yet to be set before we see who else is taking place, for all we know Barnett may not be able to take part, in whihc case I think Duffee would make a good replacement since Arlovski vs Duffee is a fight I would like to see.

Silva vs Fedor is a good start imo, I am sure SF can make this work, I dont see why everyone doubts them so much, they have the fighters on the books they need now to do this, now its time they give us the fights, just because we did not get all the potential fights we wanted to see the instant they signed up the fighters, does not mean we wont get to see them

Just give them time I say its a new division and we have only see the start of what it can offer, now I bet we will soon see its full potential.
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