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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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StrikeForce HW and LHW belts not up for grab - yet

While speculation runs rampant about Alistair Overeem and Dan Henderson's possible move to the UFC, their Strikeforce titles are staying put. For now, anyway.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today said there currently are no plans to award the belts to anyone else.

He said that means the winner of Strikeforce's year-long heavyweight grand prix, which continues next week in Cincinnati with the semifinal round, won't determine a new champion.

Current titleholder Overeem, of course, was released from the promotion in late July following a conflict with UFC and Strikeforce officials regarding his ability to compete at next week's show. Daniel Cormier ultimately replaced Overeem in his bout with fellow semifinalist Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, and the event now is named "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" after the other semifinal matchup: Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov.

Overeem ultimately pulled out of the fight when officials pushed up the event from October to September. Overeem cited toe, rib and elbow injuries as the reason for the withdrawal, but soon after, officials announced Overeem would fight at an October United Glory show. Strikeforce then released him.

Coker initially told the grand-prix winner could be crowned the new champ once the eight-man tourney wraps in early 2012. Today on a media call, though, he said that won't be the case.

"It just hasn't been determined yet," he said. "And right now, that's position of the company: The winner of the tournament won't be crowned the champion."

UFC president Dana White caused a bit of a stir this past week when he said he's been in communication with Overeem about a possible move to Strikeforce's sister promotion, the UFC. Yet, despite Overeem's Strikeforce run being over, the grand prix won't determine his successor.

That's also the case with Henderson's light-heavyweight title. With a recent win over Fedor Emalienenko, Henderson fulfilled the terms of his Strikeforce deal. Coker didn't count out the possibility of Henderson returning to Strikeforce, though sources have told he's now extremely close to rejoining the UFC roster for a fight before year's end.

However, his belt won't be up for grabs anytime soon, including next week, when ex-champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and fast-rising Roger Gracie square off in Cincinnati. Coker said he wants to watch that fight, as well as Gegard Mousasi's next bout, before he makes a decision about the title.

"We have some really great 205-pound matchups coming up," said Coker, who also mentioned next week's Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Yoel Romero bout. "When the timing is right, we'll let everybody know (what we're going to do)."

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 05:42 PM
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I don't think their going to crown any new champions tbh, at least not for these divisions. What's the point and who? I'm not that smart to think of a possible scenario for the HW division. Say fighter A wins the grand prix, hasn't he done enough to be called a champion? Who is deserving enough to face him for the belt? Stuff's confusing.

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Well the contract with Showtime does expire next February. It is possible though that they could get some contenders up. Overall I agree though that this stuff is a little confusing.

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