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At the outset of the weigh-in Friday, it was announced that the next two quarterfinal fights in the STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix — Heavyweight Tournament would take place on Saturday, April 9. Tomorrow/Saturday, Feb. 12, the STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix begins live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. In the main event, Fedor Emelianenko (31-2, 1 NC) faces Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (15-2) in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL co-promoted event. The opening quarterfinal on the telecast will match former world champion Andrei Arlovski (15-8) against Russian star Sergei Kharitonov (16-4), the last fighter to defeat STRIKEFORCE and DREAM Heavyweight World Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem.
On April 9, the quarterfinal matchups in a three-stage, single-elimination tournament are: Overeem (34-11, 1 NC) versus the only man to tap out Fedor, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1), and hard-hitting Brett “The Grim” Rogers (11-2) against Josh Barnett (29-5).