Strikeforce® Announces Hard-Hitting

Card In Dallas On June 18  

 

Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinals:

Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum

Brett Rogers vs. Josh Barnett

 

Other Heavyweight Attractions:

Daniel Cormier vs. Shane del Rosario

Valentijn Overeem vs. Chad Griggs

 

Plus, The Return Of Superstar Gina Garano

 

Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum

Saturday, June 18, 2011

American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas

Live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on West Coast)

TICKETS ON SALE – Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. CT

 

 

SAN JOSE, CA – Four of the sport’s most talented heavyweights are set to collide when STRIKEFORCE®

heads to American Airlines Center in Dallas , Texas on Saturday, June 18 for the quarterfinals of its Grand

Prix Heavyweight Tournament. STRIKEFORCE®: OVEREEM vs. WERDUM will air LIVE on SHOWTIME®

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

 

STRIKEFORCE heavyweight champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem (34-11, 1 NC) squares

off against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1) in the highly-anticipated main event, while

former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett (29-5) will battle heavy-handed knockout artist Brett “The

Grim” Rogers (11-2).

 

Two additional, non-tournament heavyweight clashes are also scheduled for the card, as former U.S.

Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier (7-0) will face fellow undefeated budding star Shane Del Rosario (11-0)

and Valentijn Overeem (29-25), the elder brother of Alistair, will take on streaking Chad Griggs (10-1).

 

Plus, women’s mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano (7-1) returns to action with her sights set on

taking the STRIKEFORCE championship.

 

“We are really excited to head to Dallas with two outstanding quarterfinal heavyweight Grand Prix fights,”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “With Overeem vs. Werdum, Rogers vs. Barnett, as well as the return of

Gina Carano, STRIKEFORCE is bringing one of its best cards ever to American Airlines Center.”

 

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE®: OVEREEM vs. WERDUM are priced at $350, $225, $125, $75, $50 and $30,

not including applicable service charges, and go on sale Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets can be

purchased at the American Airlines Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, by calling 800-745-3000, or

by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

 

UFC® Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event on Wednesday, April

13 at 10 a.m. CT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to

newsletter subscribers on Thursday, April 14, starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must

register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

 

The main event between 30-year-old Alistair Overeem (fighting out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

and the 33-year-old Fabricio Werdum (fighting out of Porto Alegre, Brazil) pits the two superstars

against one another nearly five years after Werdum submitted Overeem on a PRIDE® Fighting Championship

card at Osaka Dome in Osaka, Japan on May 5, 2006.

 

Since their initial encounter, the 6-foot-5, 260 pound Overeem has become the first fighter in history to

simultaneously hold both a major mixed martial arts (STRIKEFORCE) title and a K-1 Heavyweight Grand

Prix championship. Meanwhile, Werdum has wreaked havoc on the heavyweight division, including his

submission over Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko in June, which was considered 2010 Upset of the

Year.

 

Josh Barnett (fighting out of Seattle , Wash.) is a former UFC heavyweight champion who owns victories

over the likes of Randy Couture, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Pedro Rizzo and Gilbert Yvel. The 33-year-old

heads to Dallas with hopes of derailing his opponent and advancing in the Grand Prix. To do so, he must

defeat the heavy-handed Brett Rogers (fighting out of St. Paul, Minn). The 6-foot-5 powerhouse reeled

off 10 straight wins to start his professional career and holds knockout victories over the likes of former UFC

champion Andrei Arlovski and PRIDE vet James Thompson.

 

A former Division I All-American at Oklahoma State University Daniel Cormier (fighting out of San Jose,

Calif.) is unbeaten in seven fights. Training alongside the likes of UFC heavyweight champion Cain

Velasquez and welterweight stars Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck, Cormier’s blend of wrestling and power

could pose problems for his opponent in Texas. With an unblemished record in 11 professional bouts,

Shane Del Rosario (fighting out of Irvine , Calif.) remains unfazed by the hype surrounding his

opponent. Coming off an impressive submission win over Lavar Johnson in February, the 27-year-old Del

Rosario has finished every fight and expects nothing less when he meets Cormier on June 18.

 

A seasoned veteran riding a three-fight winning streak, Valentijn Overeem (fighting out of Amsterdam,

The Netherlands ) believes a win on June 18 could propel him into contention in the STRIKEFORCE

heavyweight division. Thus, expect fireworks when he meets free-swinging Chad Griggs (fighting out of

Tucson , Ariz.), who has won five straight, including a stoppage of Bobby Lashley.

 

This loaded event also marks the return of former STRIKEFORCE title contender Gina Carano (fighting

out of Las Vegas, Nev.), who will take on an opponent to be announced in the weeks to come. The fierce

striker, who turns 29 this Saturday, will train for this fight under the tutelage of renowned coach Greg

Jackson, who has trained elite athletes such as UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and UFC

welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. A rising star in the acting world, Carano is eager to get back to

her first love and impress in her first bout since Aug. 2009.

 

About STRIKEFORCE® - www.strikeforce.com

Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting

Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in San Jose,

Calif. that currently holds 16 live events annually across the United States . First established as a mixed

martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on Showtime® Networks, Inc. and

has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the

world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed

martial arts action.

 

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, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and

THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between

SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. 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®.

 

About American Airlines Center

Consistently ranked among the top ten arenas in the world for ticket sales by industry publications,

American Airlines Center is home to the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, and the Dallas Vigilantes.

Since opening in 2001, American Airlines Center hosts 200 events annually. Some events proudly hosted at

American Airlines Center include: NBA All-Star, NHL All-Star, NBA Finals, Ringling Bros. and Barnum &

Bailey Circus, U2, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, UFC 103,

Winstar Casino’s BigDNYE, Disney on Ice, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, and many

more. Visit www.americanairlinescenter.com for more details.

 

Contact:

- Strikeforce

  Mike Afromowitz: mafromowitz@strikeforce.com

 

- Showtime Networks Inc.

  Chris DeBlasio: chris.deblasio@showtime.net

  Annie Van Tornhout: annie.vantornhout@ showtime.net

 

- American Airlines Center

  Melissa Mezger - MMezger@americanairlinescenter.com

 

 

- Press Release from Showtime

 

 

 

Subject to change

 

 

 

 

(4/12/11)