Heavyweight Grand Prix Winner Will Remain in Strikeforce for a Swan Song


Josh Barnett vs Daniel CormierWhen the new deal between Strikeforce and Showtime was brokered and announced, one of the biggest revelations was that the once thriving heavyweight division in the promotion would soon shift over to the UFC.

Just a year earlier, Strikeforce had assembled one of the greatest collections of heavyweight talent in the sport to create their first ever Grand Prix tournament.

Now all that remains of the Strikeforce heavyweight roster are the two remaining fighters in that tournament, Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.

One oddity that was announced with that new deal, however, is that once Barnett or Cormier is crowned the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion, he would remain in the promotion for at least one more fight against an as of yet unknown opponent.

With the rest of the Strikeforce heavyweight roster already competing and thriving in the UFC, the question had to be asked if somehow those previously announced plans could be amended and the winner of the tournament move into action in the Octagon?

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker on Thursday confirmed that either Barnett or Cormier would indeed remain in the promotion for at least one more fight as previously planned.

“Yes, that is correct,” Coker answered when questioned about the heavyweight division plans in Strikeforce.

With that plan in place, it appears that the winner of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will stick around for at least one more fight. Based on the timing of that fight, it could keep them out of a potential UFC debut until 2013.

No decision has been made as of yet who will face either Barnett or Cormier in Strikeforce, but there are discussions being had. There’s just no one fighter in mind to bring in for the last heavyweight super fight in the promotion’s history.

“Just some preliminary conversations, but as you can imagine it just depends on who wins and if there’s any injuries, things like that. Then any injuries to any other fighters that we might be looking to come fight the winner,” Coker revealed.

“That’s something we can probably have a better picture of once this fight is over, see the outcome, and see if there’s any injuries.”

It’s unclear at this time if the fighter not victorious at next weekend’s Stikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will be held up any longer, but most likely, he could shift over to the UFC as soon as health permits.

Now it’s just a matter of finally concluding the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, and then finding a suitable opponent to face the winner later this year.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 24 days ago
  • 89 views

LAS VEGAS -- Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier took part in Monday's media day to promote UFC 178. He discussed the health of his knee, why facing Jones Jones is the c read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

As expected, Bellator MMA is restructuring its format next year to focus on superfights and “tentpole” events rather than tournaments, the promotion’s new president, Scott Coker, today told MMAjunkie read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 views

New Bellator president Scott Coker discusses the state of the promotion in his first extended interview since replacing Bjorn Rebney. read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

Get all the info here on Superkombat live in Romania this weekend, featuring kickboxing from the likes of Catalin Morosanu and Sebastian Ciobanu. This weekend, European kickboxing organization Superk read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 57 views

If the money was the same as MMA, would the former Bellator LW champ go back to wrestling instead of fighting? Plus, his thoughts on Scott Coker running Bellator MMA. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 87 views

NEW YORK -- At Wednesday's Bellator media day, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson opens up about the departure of Bjorn Rebney, attending Comic Con, his love of video games, not fa read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 3 views

A new day has dawned for Bellator. Bjorn Rebney, its founder and CEO, is out. Scott Coker, former Strikeforce head honcho, is in. With Coker comes a complete overhaul of Bellator's schedule and show read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 views

Frank says Bellator needs a new direction and Scott Coker is the man to make that happen, plus who the face of the company is, and if Bellator is ready to compete head-to-head against the UFC. read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

Despite reports on the contrary, Scott Coker has denied rumors saying that Gina Carano has signed with Bellator. Reports surfaced that there will be a 'major announcement' for Bellator today, and rum read news >>