Strikeforce World Grand Prix --

Heavyweight Tournament Continues June 18 At

American Airlines Center In Dallas, Texas

 

April 9 Date Is Replaced With World Championship Doubleheader

From Valley View Casino Center In San Diego, Calif.

 

 

 

NEW YORK (March 2, 2011) – The STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix -- Heavyweight Tournament will

continue on Saturday, June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, LIVE on SHOWTIME®

(10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). 

 

The date originally reserved for continuation of the three-stage, single-elimination tournament comprised of

eight of the world’s top heavyweights, April 9, will now feature a terrific STRIKEFORCE World

Championship Doubleheader from Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif., formerly the San

Diego Sports Arena.    

 

In the second event of the tournament, STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight World Champion Alistair “The

Demolition Man” Overeem (34-11, 1 NC) will face the only man to tap out MMA legend Fedor “The Last

Emperor” Emelianenko, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1) and the heavy-

handed Brett “The Grim” Rogers (11-2) will take on former UFC World Champion Josh Barnett (29-5).

 

“STRIKEFORCE is coming off a record presale and impressive attendance for the kickoff of the Grand Prix

at IZOD Center in New Jersey that also drew a record viewership on SHOWTIME for live MMA,” said

STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker.  “To build on the tremendous momentum from New Jersey we needed

the proper time to promote an event of this magnitude, which is why we have decided to continue the

Tournament on June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, a venue that has been identified as one of the

premier sports and entertainment venues in the U.S.”

 

Coker continued: “We have a great relationship with the Texas State Athletic Commission, who, along with

the American Airlines Center, is enthused to host the Grand Prix.”

 

STRIKEFORCE Welterweight World Champion Nick Diaz (24-7, 1 NC) will defend his title in a highly

anticipated grudge match against the brawling Paul “Semtex” Daley (26-9-2) in the April 9 main event. 

Gilbert Melendez (18-2) will make the second defense of his STRIKEFORCE Lightweight World Title

against the powerful Tatsuya Kawajiri (27-6-2).  Also on the April 9 card is a bitter showdown between

current DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi and Mike Kyle

 

“We are fortunate to replace the April 9 date with a tremendous World Championship Doubleheader featuring

the eagerly awaited showdown between Nick and Paul and the sensational matchup between Gilbert and

Tatsuya,” Coker said.  “This is a fight everyone has been waiting for and I’d like to thank DREAM for allowing

Tatsuya to come to the U.S. to take on our Lightweight World Champion.” 

 

For more information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive video, photos and news links on

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and STRIKEFORCE mixed martial arts telecasts, along with access

to the SHOWTIME Sports Facebook® and Twitter® pages, please go to http://Sports.Sho.com.

 

About STRIKEFORCE

STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on

Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed

martial arts fight card in California state history.  The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary

champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion,

played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265.  Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has

been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a

leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA)

series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie."  In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of

STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000

to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.  In March

2009, STRIKEFORCE signed a multi-year agreement with SHOWTIME® to stage live events on the

premium cable television network.  The promotion has since also produced two live, primetime events on

the CBS Television Network.

 

About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the

premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex

channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME

BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE

CHANNEL™ XTRA.  SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, SHOWTIME 2 HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL

HD™, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND™ and FLIX ON DEMAND®. 

SNI also manages Smithsonian Channel™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. 

All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and

entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

 

Contact:

- Strikeforce

  Mike Afromowitz: mafromowitz@strikeforce.com

 

- Showtime Networks Inc.

  Chris DeBlasio: chris.deblasio@showtime.net

  Annie Van Tornhout: annie.vantornhout@showtime.net

 

- Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.

  Steve Pratt: Stevep@bzapr.com

  John Beyrooty: Johnnybey@aol.com

 

 

- Press Release from Strikeforce

 

 

 

Subject to change

 

 

 

 

(3/2/11)