Well it turns out the “Strikeforce: Columbus” card on March 5th won’t be quite as stacked as we’d hoped. ESPN reports that April 9th is pegged as the date for the second set of quarterfinal matches in Strikeforce’s ambitious heavyweight tournament, featuring Alistair Overeem vs Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs Brett Rogers, at a “to be determined” location. Translation: wherever they can get Barnett licensed. Scott Coker has confirmed the card will also feature the return of lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez, and Dream star Tatsuya Kawajiri is rumoured to be his opponent.
The lawless locale could be Japan after all, as Coker is said to be meeting with reps from Real Entertainment, who are partners with FEG in Dream. Sweet Jesus, this is like the blind leading the blind. Nothing could possibly go wrong there, right?
The first set of quarterfinals goes down on February 12th in somewhat less sketchy New Jersey, with Fedor vs “Bigfoot” Silva, and Andrei “PeePee Taste” Arlovski vs Sergei “I Will Break You” Kharitonov. Also on that card are the reserve matches, with Shane del Rosario facing Lavar Johnson, and Alistair’s older and shittier brother Valentijn taking on K-1 kickboxer Ray Sefo in only his third MMA fight ever.