Date: Friday – June 22, 2012
Time: 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT
Broadcast: MTV 2 and Spike.com (details shown below)
Location: The Mountaineer Casino Resort in Chester, West Virginia – U.S.A.
Main Fight Card: (aired on MTV 2 and Spike.com)
- Roger Hollett vs. Attila Vegh – (Light-Heavyweight-Tourney Opening Round)
- Richard Hale vs. Beau Tribolet - (Light-Heavyweight-Tourney Opening Round)
- Philipe Lins vs. Marcus Vanttinen - (Light-Heavyweight-Tourney Opening Round)
- Travis Wiuff vs. TBA - (Light-Heavyweight-Tourney Opening Round)
- Brett Rogers vs. TBA
Strikeforce Heavyweight Match-Ups Under Negotiations With Possible ‘Overeem vs Silva’ Title Fight, Fedor May Sign 4-6 More Fights
The Strikeforce heavyweight division looks to be very limited as match makers continue to discuss possible future bouts for the second half of 2010. Fabricio Werdum is coming off a submission win over Fedor Emelianenko and was supposed to face current champ Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce heavyweight title. Unfortunately, Werdum will be sidelined until early 2011 due to an ongoing elbow injury he needs to take care of.
Fedor Emelianenko is currently under negotiations as he has one fight left in his Strikeforce contract. In a recent interview, Fedor tells us that he is looking into signing for 4-6 more fights under Strikeforce and makes it clear that he is not interested in the UFC right now. The possibility of a rematch against Werdum may occur in 2011, but he’d rather fight someone else in the meantime because that would be too much time off. So that leaves Fedor up in the air waiting for a heavyweight opponent as well.
Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva is coming off a huge win over former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei ‘The Pitbull’ Arlovski. He’s open to face anyone in the heavyweight division and a fight against Fedor would make the most sense since they are both 1-1 in the Strikeforce promotion. However, there are rumors of a heavyweight title fight between Overeem and Silva sometime later this year.
Brett Rogers will have to wait his turn as he has lost back to back fights against Fedor and to Overeem. No word as of yet who he’d be facing next either.
The only official upcoming heavyweight fight will be WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley who is scheduled to face Chad Griggs at the Strikeforce ‘Houston’ event on August 21st. The winner of these two fighters can be put into the mix with other top Strikeforce heavyweights.
We’ll keep you guys posted on the official Strikeforce heavyweight match-ups, but here’s what some of the fighters had to say this week…
From Alistair Overeem:
“Fabricio (Werdum) will not be ready until the beginning of next year so I’m not sure who he’ll be fighting next because of the time he’ll be taking off. Hopefully we’ll have Overeem back in the cage in October. Against who, we don’t know. It might be ‘Bigfoot’ Silva [but] the heavyweight division hasn’t been determined and we’re still having ongoing dialogue with M-1. That should flesh out here pretty soon and once we come to a deal with them on when (Fedor will) fight, who he’ll fight, and with Fabricio out, I think the rest of the division will kind of unfold itself before the end of the year. I don’t think [Emelianenko vs. Overeem] will happen this year.”
From Antonio Silva:
“I know what you already know. Strikeforce hasn’t been in touch with my manager Alex Davis yet to make the fight 100-percent confirmed. Anyway, I’m already training for it.”
From Fedor Emelianenko:
“For now M-1 Global works with Strikeforce and we are concentrating on that, the contract is not over yet. So for now we don’t have any interest in the UFC. So far I feel very comfortable fighting, very good with my fighting, and I’m planning of fighting as long as I can physically. As far and I’m concerned we should discuss the possibility of signing another contract for 4-6 fights.”
Main Fight Card:
- Alistair Overeem def. Brett Rogers via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:40.
- Antonio Silva def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Joey Villasenor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Roger Gracie def. Kevin Randleman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:10
- Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante def. Antwain Britt via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:45
Preliminary Fight Card:
- Jesse Finney def. Justin DeMoney via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:22
- Lyle Beerbohm def. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- Darryl Cobb def. Booker DeRousse via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Mike Chandler def. Sal Woods via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 0:59
- Fransisco “Kiko” France def. Lee Brousseau via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:27
- Tom Aaron def. Erik Steenberg via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:56
- Matt Ricehouse def. Greg Wilson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 0:45
Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Brett Rogers was called in to throw the opening pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game on Thursday night. Rogers is scheduled to face Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem this Saturday night on Showtime.
From Brett Rogers:
“I was saving my right hand and arm for Saturday night, but I think I still was clocked at around 92 mph. This was a great thrill, nerve-racking, but very exciting.”
Alistair Overeem To Defend Strikeforce Title In 2010, First With Brett Rogers and Then Against Fedor Emelianenko
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair ‘Demolition Man’ Overeem makes a statement to all of his fans and critics. Overeem is tired of everyone criticizing him for not defending the Strikeforce title since 2007. He explains how he fought most of his past years with K-1, but has decided to dedicate the rest of 2010 with mixed martial arts.
From Alistair Overeem:
“I’m a MMA fighter first, that’s my passion. K-1 is a challenge. Fans wanted to see me in the Grand Prix and K-1 made me a very good offer. But the United States is my priority in 2010. I want to fight over here a couple more times this year… Of course I want to fight Fedor. I’ve been wanting to fight him for a long time. I know he’s just a fighter and doesn’t really choose his fights. Whether it’s his management or not, they don’t want a fight with me. They see me as a threat. They know what I’m capable of. But I’m the champ here, and it’s time to defend my title. So Brett got the chance and it will be an interesting fight… I’m not in this to shut people up. People can say what they want. It’s my job, I get paid for this. Fans aren’t my boss, I don’t care what they have to say. I fight for me.”
Brett Rogers Talks Strict Olympic Drug Testing For May 15 Strikeforce Fight Against Alistair Overeem
Brett Rogers Set To Embarrass and Knock Out Alistair Overeem On May 15 At Strikeforce ‘Heavy Artillery’
Brett ‘The Grim’ Rogers has been calling out Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair ‘The Demolition Man’ Overeem for almost a year now. He plans on gassing out the Dutch fighter, embarrasing him in front of everyone at the Scottrade Center and then knocking him out for good.
What angers Rogers the most is that Overeem hasn’t defended the belt against anyone since first acquiring it in November of 2007, which is almost three years now. They’ll finally be able to settle things MMA style as he clashes with ’The Demolition Man’ at the Strikeforce “Heavy Artillery” event, scheduled to take place on May 15 in St. Louis.
From Brett Rogers:
“I’ve been wanting this fight since [last] May before the Arlovski fight. I’ve been calling (Alistair Overeem) out and he’s been back-and-forth with words online but he never showed up. There’s always been some excuse. He’s one of those cocky, arrogant dudes that thinks he’s a god because of his appearance. I’m pretty sure if it wasn’t for his “Eastern Diet” his appearance wouldn’t look the same. It is what it is, I’m a natural [and] natural-hearted strong person and we’re gonna see who wins come May 15. The key to beating him is outworking him — get him gassed, embarrass him and knock him out.”