STIKEFORCE GRAND PRIX “Overeem vs Werdum” with the Return of Gina Carano

PRESS RELEASE: SAN JOSE, CA April 12, 2011

GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS: STRIKEFORCE: “OVEREEM vs. WERDUM”

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 18
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

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.

Texas Fight Schedule [2011 Archives]

Texas Fighting Schedule

Mixed Martial Arts



01/22/11 UFC, Ft. Hood (event closed to the public)
01/29/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
01/29/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
01/29/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
02/26/11 IXFA, Houston
03/11/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Lubbock
04/08/11 24/7 Entertainment, Midland
04/08/11 Texas Cage Fighting, El Paso
04/09/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
04/09/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
04/09/11 Quality Entertainment, Austin
04/15/11 STFC, McAllen
04/16/11 King of the Cage, Lubbock
04/22/11 Kick Ass Productions, New Braunfels
04/23/11 IXFA, Winnie
04/23/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso CANCELED
04/30/11 Savarese Promotions, Galveston
06/03/11 Kick Ass Productions, San Marcos CANCELED
06/04/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
06/10/11 24/7, Amarillo
06/11/11 Team Recon, Harlingen
06/18/11 Strikeforce, Dallas
06/18/11 Undisputed MMA, Amarillo
06/25/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Odessa
07/09/11 Martinez Brothers Productions, El Paso
07/15/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Frisco
07/22/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
07/23/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
07/29/11 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
07/30/11 Kick Ass Productions, Seguin
07/30/11 Undisputed MMA, Amarillo CANCELED
08/12/11 STFC, McAllen
08/19/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Odessa
08/20/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
08/27/11 King of the Cage, Lubbock
09/03/11 Immortal Kombat Fighting, Spring
09/03/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
09/10/11 24/7, Midland
09/16/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
10/01/11 Martinez Bros. Productions, El Paso
10/08/11 UFC, Houston
10/15/11 STFC, South Padre Island
11/11/11 STFC, McAllen
11/11/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Lubbock
11/26/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso  CANCELED
11/26/11 Oscorp Enterprises, Pharr
12/02/11 Fight Game Championships, Frisco
12/03/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
12/15/11 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
12/16/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston

Amateur Mixed Martial Arts

01/13/11 SWMMA, Grapevine
01/15/11 PCG, San Antonio
01/23/11 FTF, El Paso
01/29/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
02/04/11 ABG, New Braunfels
02/04/11 SWMMA, Arlington
04/16/11 GFP, Irving
05/06/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
05/07/11 24/7 Entertainment, Midland
05/14/11 USACA, Houston
05/21/11 TFC, Longview
05/21/11 915MMA, El Paso
05/28/11 USACA, Dallas
06/03/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
06/11/11 UACA, Mesquite
06/18/11 PCG, San Antonio
05/21/11 TFC, Longview
05/28/11 USACA, Dallas
06/03/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
06/11/11 UACA, Mesquite
06/18/11 PCG, San Antonio
07/01/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
07/29/11 USACA, Houston
08/06/11 PCG, San Antonio
08/12/11 USACA, Dallas
08/27/11 ABG, San Antonio
09/02/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
09/10/11 TRCAA, Victoria
09/24/11 915 MMA, El Paso CANCELED
10/01/11 PCG, San Antonio
10/22/11 USACA, Houston
10/22/11 SPAMMA, Snyder
11/04/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
12/02/11 CDM, The Woodlands
12/10/11 915 MMA, El Paso

Boxing

01/15/11 Los Dos Laredos Boxing Promotions, Laredo
01/21/11 Southcoast Promotions, Victoria
01/22/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Temple
01/22/11 Marines Promotions, Austin
01/27/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
02/04/11 Marines Promotions, Ft. Worth
02/11/11 Zeferino Entertainment, El Paso
04/08/11 Antonio Leonard Productions, Laredo
04/16/11 Marines Promotions, Edinburg
04/30/11 Paulie Ayala Productions, Ft. Worth
05/06/11 Savarese Promotions, Texas City
05/12/11 The Real Estate Council Foundation, Dallas (not open to the public)
05/19/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
05/28/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Temple
06/11/11 Class Act Promotions, Austin
06/17/11 Cavazos Boxing & Golden Boy Promotions, Hidalgo
06/17/11 Prize Fight Promotions, Austin
06/23/11 Calm Before The Storm Promotions, Houston
06/24/11 Triple A Promotions, Robstown
06/24/11 Zeferino Promotions/Nino Bravo Promotions, El Paso
06/25/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
07/09/11 South Coast Promotions, Humble
07/16/11 Marines Promotions, Brownsville
07/16/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
07/22/11 Class Act Promotions, Austin
07/23/11 Triple A Promotions, San Antonio
07/28/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
07/30/11 Marines Promotions, Nachodoches
08/04/11 Calm Before the Storm, Houston
08/05/11 Wolfe Pack Boxing, Winnie
08/13/11 Marines Promotions, Pharr
08/13/11 South Coast Promotions, Victoria
08/19/11 Paulie Ayala Promotions, Ft. Worth
08/20/11 Black Gloves Boxing, Dallas
09/03/11 Valley Promotions, Pharr
09/15/11 Goossen Tutor Promotions, El Paso
09/16/11 CNS Promotions, Grand Prairie
09/24/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
09/24/11 CNS Promotions, Corpus Christi
09/24/11 Marines Promotions, Harlingen – CANCELED
09/29/11 South Coast Promotions, Houston
09/29/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
10/14/11 CNS Promotions, Grand Prairie
10/15/11 Nino Bravo Promotions, El Paso
10/21/11 Golden Boy Promotions/Cavazos Boxing, Pharr
10/22/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
10/27/11 Black Gloves Boxing, Tyler
10/29/11 I Entertainment, Pharr – CANCELED
10/29/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Waco
10/29/11 Paulie Ayala Promotions, Ft. Worth
11/03/11 Dallas Petroleum Club, Dallas
11/05/11 Marines Promotions, Pharr
11/11/11 Zeferino Entertainment, El Paso
11/18/11 Marines Promotions, Robstown
11/19/11 Top Rank, Houston
12/08/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
12/09/11 Marines Promotions, McAllen – CANCELED
12/10/11 South Coast Promotions, Houston
12/17/11 Black Gloves Promotions, Dallas