With Alistair Overeem fighting Fabricio Werdum and Fedor fighting Antonio SIlva on the same side of the brackets of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament, I thought that I should give a little hype to the other side of the brackets.
The semi-final that I personally want to see on the other side of the brackets is Andrei Arlovski vs Josh Barnett. Both are former UFC Champions, and both are around the same skill level but are stylistically very different fighters. Barnett tends to take fights to the ground while Arlovski tends to keep fights standing up. Also, Barnett is on a six fight win streak against sub-par competition while Arlovski is on a three fight losing streak losing to solid-to-top Heavyweights. Despite Arlovski's losses, he still remains a fan favorite while Barnett is loathed by many MMA fans.
If Brett Rogers gets past Barnett and Arlovski gets past Kharitonov, then there is a potential rematch between Brett Rogers and Andrei Arlovski. In their first encounter, Rogers knocked out Arlovski in 22 seconds of the first round, but some saw it as a bit of a fluke. A rematch between the two would prove by a win for Rogers whether that knockout was a fluke, but it would give Arlovski if he wins a chance to regain his confidence and avenge a crushing loss.
Sergei Kharitonov is not favored to get too far in the tournament, but there is a bit of a story with him as well. Kharitonov is the last person to defeat current Strikeforce Champion Alistair Overeem back in 2007 at K-1 HERO's. Also, he defeated Fabricio Werdum back in 2005 at PRIDE 30. Should Sergei make it to the Finals, he could fight fresh matchups with Antonio SIlva or Fedor, but he could also have rematches with Werdum and Overeem, and those two could potentially avenge their losses.
My money is for Josh Barnett to make it to the Finals. If Fedor should win on his side of the brackets, then they could create the fight that was supposed to be the main event of a third Affliction Pay-Per-View. If Fedor does not win on his side of the brackets, then all the other Heavyweights on that side will be fresh matchups against Barnett.