Strikeforce’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicked off with their February 12th event in New Jersey, but the second set of quarterfinal bouts may not be getting started as planned according to Sherdog.com.
Strikeforce’s April 9 event was expected to feature heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal bouts between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, as well as Brett Rogers and Josh Barnett, but now Sherdog.com reports that both of those fights will be delayed.
Per the report, Strikeforce is now planning to run the event in California, and both fights are likely to be pushed off the card.
Instead of those two bouts, Strikeforce is planning a Welterweight Championship bout between Nick Diaz and either Paul Daley or Tyron Woodley, as well as a lightweight bout between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Josh Gross reports that Strikeforce has been looking at both St. Louis and Houston for the April 9 event, but also states he’s not yet sure what to believe from the organization as even Scott Coker’s staff doesn’t have an idea what he has planned as of now. I believe the best part of the tounament was going to see Alistar Overeem, take out Fabricio Werdum. After Overeem fresh off winning the K1, Dream, and being the Strikeforce heavy weight champ, he will be hard to beat. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.