Strikeforce has finally completed all the first round fights of their heavyweight tournament. Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett advanced to the semi-finals by beating Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers respectively.
According to the USA TODAY/SBNation Consensus MMA Rankings Silva is the #6 best heavyweight in the world, Overem is #7, Kharitonov is #13 and Barnett is #14. Expect them to move around in the June rankings. Overeem just beat #3 Fabricio Werdum and Barnett hasn't fought in a long time so many rankers had dropped him.
The semi-finals are expected to take place in October. No word on the location but it's exceedingly unlikely they'll be held in California due to Barnett's ongoing issues with the California State Athletic Commission following his 2009 drug test failure and suspension.
Who you got in the semi-finals?
Who's advancing in the next round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix?
Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett (612 votes)
Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett (1668 votes)
Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov (184 votes)
Alistair Overeem and Sergei Kharitonov (445 votes)
2909 total votes