At today’s Strikeforce: Barnett Vs Kharitonov media conference call new details emerged about what awaits that the eventual winner of the promotion’s heavyweight grand-prix.
With previous heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem having abruptly left both the tournament and the organization the general belief was that the winner of the GP would become the new title holder, but Scott Coker reveals that’s not the case.
““Actually, the tournament winner will not be awarded the heavyweight title,” Strikeforce’s CEO said. “We’re currently working in some discussions, and it just hasn’t been determined. We’re still working out the process of the plans for the belt, but right now it hasn’t been determined.”
It’s a slightly strange decision given that there’s already a feeling that the tournament has lost a great deal of momentum now that both Fedor Emelianenko and Overeem are out of it, and taking away the title angle only makes it more difficult to encourage fans to have a vested interest in the outcome.
One of the remaining participants in the competition Josh Barnett, who’s now one of the favorites to win, admitted he would have preferred if there was more on the line.
“Honestly, yeah I would love it if the finals of this tournament were for the heavyweight title right now, I think that’s great, that would add an exclamation mark at the end of it,” Barnett stated, before quickly adding, “But that doesn’t change my attitude of getting the job done.”