Strikeforce Makes Heavyweight Grand Prix Final Official; Adds Additional Bouts

April 2, 2012
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Strikeforce on Monday finally made official the conclusion of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. It will take place May 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. has already reported the main event showdown between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, the co-main event with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez defending his title against Josh Thomson, and a light heavyweight feature bout pitting former champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle.

In making the official announcement, Strikeforce officials added another bout, matching up Bobby Voelker with Nah-Shon Burrell.

“Strikeforce is coming back to where it all started – San Jose,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “The Bay Area has some of the best fight fans in the world and we can’t wait to get back with an event like this on May 19. With the Heavyweight Grand Prix final between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, along with Gilbert Melendez’s lightweight title defense against longtime rival Josh Thomson, you don’t want to miss this card!”

The Strikeforce May 19 event is also expected to host a light heavyweight bout between Gian Villante and Derrick Mehmen.

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  • Wonder what they do with Barnett after this fight. A lot of people seem to be under the impression that he’ll make the move over to the UFC but I would not be surprised to see him left out in the cold. Lot of burned bridges and a lot of bad blood between him and Dana/Zuffa.

  • I agree Short Bus I have this take I think if Josh Barnett wins he can get into UFC because Dana will want him to fight his HW’s… If he loses Dana may tell him to **** off….Josh has not done much to mend the relationship with Dana… I have seen several interviews with him where he talks about liking to fight over seas and not really here in the states…blah blah blah…It will be interesting to see I think Cormier is a lock for UFC….

  • Barnett is amazing, i really hope he makes the UFC of course White will sign him, he is going to rock in UFC

  • D-rail

    Defending that lightweight belt is worthless, don’t see the point. Bring Cormier and josh to the UFC.

    • Lesnardo

      And Sergei!

      Get rid of bums like Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and Roy Nelson and get Barnett, Cormier, and Sergei in the UFC.

  • Fact: by the time this event is over, Bellator will have completed 14 tournaments in the same amount of time that it took Strikeforce to do one.