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Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament is happening

You can fall down on your knees and thank Thor that another round of Fedor contract negotiations are officially over. According to M-1’s Russian site, the deal is done and locks in the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament that was rumored over the Viking Yule (also known as Christmas holidays to heretics). Here’s M-1 leader Vadim Finkelstein sounding like he got every inch of his demands up Showtime’s rectal cavity during negotiations:

“I am very pleased to collaborate with Showtime and Strikeforce, as well as Mr. Hershman and Mr. Coker personally. Together we can create a tournament that should go down in history as the greatest MMA tournament in the heavyweight division. The purpose cooperation between the M-1, Strikeforce and Showtime is the development and growth in popularity of MMA across the world. This sport is beyond the scope of individual organizations. Our partnership enables us to arrange fights the best fighters in the world with each other. From this agreement will benefit everyone – especially the fans, who want to see Fedor in as often as possible.”

Yeah, something that hasn’t happened over the past few years because some cocksuckers are too busy sucking giant cocks to sort out business crap in a reasonable and expedient manner.

Anyways, on to the tournament. Here’s the deets: it’ll be an 8-man field with quarter finals being held across a few events. It all starts on February 12th with Fedor facing Bigfoot Silva and Sergei Kharitonov versus Andrei Arlovski. Interestingly enough, when the tournament story was originally broken by Sherdog, the plan was Arlovski vs Josh Barnett. There’s no word on why Barnett was switched out for Kharitonov – Barnett’s license issues? Arlovski’s self-preservation instinct? Showtime tweaking for ultimate stand-and-bang action? Whatever the case, that fight is kaput.

Another fight originally talked about but dead is Fabricio Werdum vs Brett Rogers for the second part of the quarterfinals in March. Yeah, I know that fight made no sense, but the whole point of this tournament is to shake up the etch-a-sketch that was Strikeforce’s 2010 heavyweight matchmaking and pretend it didn’t happen. Unfortunately for Strikeforce, it seems like Werdum is quite partial to his position as the legend killer who took out Fedor and he isn’t willing to take a step down. This might actually be to his disadvantage since the logical conclusion would be to assume he’ll end up fighting Alistair Overeem instead.

As for Overeem, he’s still not included in any of this 8-man tourney madness. Maybe he’ll be in it, maybe he won’t. Considering he’s fought 6 times since October, he might want a little break, or at least a champion’s right to sit out and face the tournament winner. Whatever the case, it’s not like Strikeforce doesn’t have the roster to make a fine tourney without him. Fedor, Bigfoot, Kharitonov, Arlovski, Barnett (maybe), The Grim Rogers, Overeem’s brother, and del Rosario would be pretty sweet. In fact, I’d say it’s almost un-fuck-up-able. Almost.

  • glassjawsh

    Fedor v Bigfoot, Kharitonov v Arlovski, Rogers v Barnett, Werdum v Overeem

    if this actually happens it may cure hypogonadism across the globe

  • sandstorm

    i hope to god now that M1 seems satisfied with the rape they put on strikeforce without any lube, that this is for real. i want to see all of these match ups, especially werdum v overeem. those are two guys feelin pretty damn good about themselves lately, so one of them has gotta fall. love it

  • G Funk

    I seriously doubt that Valentine will take part in a tournament that could potentially(very slim chance though still possible)set up a fight with his brother.

  • Billytk

    not bad but I would have much rather had Overeem v Big foot and Fedor v Werdum :(

  • Blackula Jonez

    What are there reserve fights, don’t get me wrong I am happy they are moving forward and booking fights.

    But until these guys are in the cage who the fuck knows what will happen.

  • FiveBoltMain

    I’ll believe it when they step into the cage. Until then, Shitforce can fuck this tournament up.

  • scissors61

    Au contraire, it’s highly fuck-upable. But it’ll be great if it does happen.

  • CAP

    Reem and Werdum should have a title fight and the tourney winner gets the champ. Any word if Fedor’s contract was extended and for how many more fights? I’m surprised M-1 isn’t strong arming a “prospect” into this tourney.

  • Márcio

    If this really happens it will probably end up being something awesome, I can’t wait.

  • NinjaCodah

    Let’s see how far this tournament goes before Fedor and co. decide to renegotiate.

  • OpenPalmClosedMind

    Fedor last fought more than twice in one year in 2005. Say its for granted he gets past Silva, when’s the second round? If he gets through that, is the third in 2012? – because there are some reptiles that look like people ending the world that year, and that will really put the big kibosh on Fedor – Overeem ever happening.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So Fedor signed a non-re-negotiable 3-fight deal where the Tourney & SF decide his opponents and he and M1 can’t override it?

    ALSO: Barnett’s been licensed or are they just going the Alabama route again?

  • scissors61

    “I’m surprised M-1 isn’t strong arming a “prospect” into this tourney.”
    I guess they finally gave up on that pudgy kid whose name I forget. “Baby Fedor” or whatever.

  • Reem.Hadouken

    This is all a rumor. None of this will happen. Bitch bitch bitch.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    It’ll be awesome if it happens. Are you just young and dumb or did you forget the middleweight tourney since it didn’t involve Fedor?

  • frickshun

    I’ll keep my raging boner flaccid til they step into a cage.

  • Reverend Clint

    i bet a couple of these superstars make it like sergei and AA but it will probably end up a buncha bloated 205 fighters and guys from “billy bobs beatdown bonanza”

  • OpenPalmClosedMind

    hai who has beaten less top ten 15 heavyweights in than brock lesnar in the past 3 years but oddly enough eats horse a la hgh, the same sauce lesnar cooks his deer in? And even more strangely thinks the championship belt he took from buentello back in ’93 or whatever and defended only once against brett rodgers has some value and meaning. I’ll give you a clue, his first name isn’t Valentine.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ it ain’t Valentijn either shit butt

  • OpenPalmClosedMind

    valentine sounds gayer. i thought you’d like that?

  • frickshun

    Jawsh got SMASHED!!