Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament kicks off on February 12th in New Jersey with two quarter-finals plus two reserve bouts airing live on Showtime.
Headlining the event is Fedor Emelianenko in his first fight since losing for the first time in 10 years to Fabricio Werdum last year. On this occasion he takes on Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva who’s lost just twice in his seventeen fight professional career.
The second quarter-final sees former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski looking to arrest a three fight losing streak when he goes up against former PRIDE star Sergei Kharitonov.
Meanwhile two reserve bouts will fill up the remainder of the main card. Firstly, Strikeforce Challengers prospects Shane Del Rosario and Lavar Johnson will square off, with the winner assured to be the first fighter called upon if an injury occurs to any of the eight fighters starring in the tournament.
Also waiting in the wings should they be required will be the winner of a bout between veteran K-1 fighter Ray Sefo and Valentijn Overeem.
The remaining two quarter-finals are expected to take place in April.
Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Silva Fight Card:
- Fedor Emilianenko Vs Antonio Silva
- Andrei Arlovski Vs Sergei Kharatonov
- Shane Del Rosario Vs Lavar Johnson
- Ray Sefo Vs Valentijn Overeem