The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix continues on Saturday night with the semifinal round at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. The fighters on the card weigh in Friday afternoon at the venue.
The two semifinal bouts pit Josh Barnett against Sergei Kharitonov and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva against Daniel Cormier. The fight card also features a middleweight title bout between champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Luke Rockhold.
Barnett, largely considered the favorite in the tournament, stepped on the scale at 261 pounds. Kharitonov – the dark horse in the tournament – weighed in at 256.5 pounds.
Kharitonov had little to say after weighing in, saying, “I want bring on a good fight and, definitely, I want to win.”
Barnett, now the “War Master,” not the “Baby-Faced Assassin,” was even more succinct in stating his position as a favorite in the heavyweight tournament. “Once king of the mountain, always king of the mountain.”
Silva will be a difficult fighter to dispatch from the tournament, however. At six-foot-four, he tipped the scale at 264.5 pounds, while Cormier is four inches shorter and 17.5 pounds lighter, weighing in at 247 pounds.
Jacare and Rockhold easily made weight for their title bout, both fighters hitting the mark dead-on at 185 pounds.
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov Weigh-in Results
Main Bouts (On Showtime):
-Josh Barnett (261) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (256.5)†
-Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (264.5) vs. Daniel Cormier (247)†
-Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (185) vs. Luke Rockhold (185)††
-Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (205) vs. Roger Gracie (205)
-Maximo Blanco (155) vs. Pat Healy (155)
Preliminary Bouts (On HDNet):
-Mike Kyle (205) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205)
-Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (205) vs. Yoel Romero (205)
-Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (170) vs. Jordan Mein (170)
-Amanda Nunes (134.5) vs. Alexis Davis (135)
-Dominique Steele (184.5) vs. Chris Mierzwiak (185)
†Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal bout
††For Jacare’s Strikeforce Middleweight Championship