Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker

To Appear On MMA Live On ESPN2









WHEN: Friday, Jan. 7 (late night) at 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT 


WHAT: Interview on MMA LIVE tomorrow/Friday on ESPN2


Coker will discuss this week’s announcements - the re-signing of legendary Fedor “The Last Emperor”

Emelianenko  and the historic, upcoming STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix – Heavyweight Tournament,

a three-stage, single-elimination tournament that will take place over several events in 2011 and feature eight

of the world’s greatest heavyweight MMA superstars, including Fedor, and STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight

Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem.


The tournament kicks off with two quarterfinal round fights on Saturday, Feb. 12, live on SHOWTIME®

from IZOD Center in E. Rutherford, N.J. In the main event, Emelianenko (31-2, 1 NC) will face Antonio

“Big Foot” Silva (15-2) in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL co-promoted event. 


Co-featured on Feb. 12, former world champion Andrei Arlovski (15-8) will face Sergei Kharitonov (16-4),

the last man to defeat Overeem.


The other two quarterfinal matchups are as follows: Overeem (34-11, 1 NC) will face the only man to submit

Fedor, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1), while the heavy-handed Brett “The Grim”

Rogers (11-2) will meet superstar Josh Barnett (29-5). The location and date for these last two quarterfinal

tournament fights are to be announced.


On Tuesday, it was announced that STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL, in association with premium

television network SHOWTIME®, had signed a new, multi-year agreement to co-promote events headlined

by Emelianenko. 



- Strikeforce

  Mike Afromowitz:


- Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.

  John Beyrooty:


- Press Release from Strikeforce




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