Strikeforce Results: Power Ranking Alistair Overeem & the Grand Prix Final Four

Sean SmithAnalyst IJune 19, 2011

Strikeforce Results: Power Ranking Alistair Overeem & the Grand Prix Final Four

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    With Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett putting the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix to rest, there are now four fighters remaining in the tournament.

    One semifinal matchup will see Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Overeem face off against former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Silva. Meanwhile, the other semifinal will see former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett meet up with dangerous striker Sergei Kharitonov.

    However, for the purposes of this article, we are going to be looking at the remaining field as a whole rather than breaking down each semifinal matchup.

4. Sergei Kharitonov

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    There is nothing to be ashamed of in being at the bottom of this remaining field of heavyweights, but that is exactly where Sergei Kharitonov stands right now despite his big win over Andrei Arlovski in his last fight.

    While he is 1-1 against Alistair Overeem, Kharitonov's recent loss to Jeff Monson puts him below the other three remaining tournament participants until he proves otherwise.

    Still, Kharitonov's record against the widely regarded tournament favorite in Overeem shows just how narrow the gap is between these four heavyweights.

3. Josh Barnett

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    Josh Barnett's dominant victory over Brett Rogers at Strikeforce: Dallas puts him slightly higher than Sergei Kharitonov on this list.

    While Kharitonov is riding the momentum of his knockout win over Andrei Arlovski, the exact same was said of Rogers only two years ago.

    Barnett's current seven-fight winning streak also includes a win over Jeff Monson, who recently defeated Kharitonov.

2. Antonio Silva

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    Antonio Silva is coming off of the biggest win of his career against MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko. Now, Silva will step into another career-defining bout against Alistair Overeem.

    In his last 10 fights, Silva has only lost one fight, which came against Fabricio Werdum in Silva's Strikeforce debut.

    A win against Overeem would practically erase Silva's loss to Werdum in many people's minds and simultaneously move him into a position as one of the elite heavyweights in the world.

1. Alistair Overeem

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    It wasn't the prettiest win of his career, but Alistair Overeem did enough to move on to the semifinals after a decision victory over Fabricio Werdum.

    Regardless of his performance at Strikeforce: Dallas, Overeem should still be considered the favorite to win the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

    After taking some heat for his level of competition earlier on in his current winning streak, Overeem has now picked up three straight victories over stiff competition in Werdum, Todd Duffee and Brett Rogers.

     

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