Strikeforce held its weigh-ins on Friday for the next round of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, with two quarterfinal fights slated for Saturday night in Dallas.
Alistair Overeem faces Fabricio Werdum in the main event on the night’s card, a rematch from a bout the two had in Pride in 2006. Meanwhile, Josh Barnett looks to reclaim his spot in the heavyweight division after a year away as he faces heavy hitter Brett Rogers. Both are quarterfinal Heavyweight Grand Prix bouts.
All of the Grand Prix entrants, being in the heavyweight class, easily made weight.
Werdum and Overeem have met once before with Werdum winning via submission.
Werdum isn’t relying on that victory to carry him through Saturday night. He has something else in mind to give him the edge.
“I am confident because I train a lot and have trained eight months for this fight,” he said after stepping off the scale.
Overeem, however, who was much lighter when the two first met, was a little more fiery in why he thinks things will not be the same this time around.
“The difference between five years ago and now is about 40 pounds of whoop ass!”
Josh Barnett called the fighters in the Grand Prix “an incredible assortment of champions and bad asses all around.” But added, “However, wherever you put a ring or a cage, that’s my home. That’s where I belong.”
Brett Rogers has dropped two of his last three fights, but said that he learned patience from those defeats and intends to bring that to the cage when he faces Barnett.
KJ Noons and Jorge Masvidal also had no trouble with the scale. The two are in a lightweight feature fight that could determine the next challenger to Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, although a preliminary bout between Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante and Justin Wilcox could also factor into the 155-pound title picture.
STRIKEFORCE OVEREEM VS. WERDUM FULL WEIGH IN RESULTS:
MAIN EVENT (on Showtime):
Alistair Overeem (256) vs. Fabricio Werdum (246)
Josh Barnett (256) vs. Brett Rogers (258)
MAIN CARD (on Showtime):
K.J. Noons (156) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155)
Daniel Cormier (239.5) vs. Jeff Monson (234)
Valentijn Overeem (234.5) vs. Chad Griggs (234)
PRELIMINARY CARD (on HDNet):
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (155) vs. Justin Wilcox (156)
Todd Moore (169.5) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (170)
Conor Heun (155) vs. Magno Almeida (155)
Nah-Shon Burrell (179) vs. Joe Ray (180)
Brian Melancon (175) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flag (170)