Tickets to Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final On Sale April 6

March 23, 2012
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Josh Barnett vs Daniel CormierStrikeforce has set the date for its next event, May 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., the promotion’s home base prior to being purchased by Zuffa, also the UFC’s parent company.

Strikeforce on Friday announced that tickets will go on sale for the event on April 6 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.

Thus far, only the final bout of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix has been confirmed for the May 19 event. That final features former UFC heavyweight champion and Pride veteran Josh Barnett against blazing up-and-comer Daniel Cormier.

Barnett (31-5) hasn’t lost a fight since 2008, winning eight consecutive bouts. He rolled over both Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov in the opening rounds of the Grand Prix, easily moving into the final.

Cormier didn’t even start fighting until 2009, but enters the bout with a stellar 9-0 record. He entered the tournament in the semifinal round as a replacement for an injured Alistair Overeem, but he immediately proved his worth.

Cormier knocked out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva inside of the opening five minutes of their fight. Silva had just come off of a victory over Fedor Emelianenko.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is also expected to defend his belt on the May 19 fight card, but his bout has yet to be made official, and any opponent is still speculative.

  • Anthony

    I dont see Barnett winning this. With Cormiers wrestling pedigree, Barnett will never be able to take him down, and on the feet hes a sitting duck–Cormiers hands are at a different level than Barnetts. Cormier by T.K.O. in two or three at the latest. Dont get me wrong, Im a Barnett fan, but I dont think this is a good matchup for him. He needs to get to the ground to be in his game, and , with Cormiers wrestling background, hes too smart to let that happen–Cormier will dictate where the fight takes place and he has a huge advantage in stand up.

  • Lesnardo

    I beg to differ. I think Cormier will be out experienced in this match. Barnett has been in the top 10 for 10 years for a reason.

    I don’t think it’s as easy as Cormier taking Barnett down. I think once on the ground, Cormier will have more than he could handle.

    • Anthony

      Agreed–thats why im thinking Cormier will try to keep it standing–if it does goto the ground Barnett has a great chance of submiting him–Cormiers got some sick stand up, much better than Barnetts–if it stays a stand up war,and Barnetts gonna have one hell of a time taking down an Olympic wrestler, I think Cormier will be able to knock him out–should be a good fight regardless