Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix to Conclude in February 2012

Dana BeckerContributor IIJune 20, 2011

Following the final two matches in the quarterfinal round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, it seems as if a winner will be crowned in the early stages of 2012.

The semifinals are slated to hit the cage in October, allowing enough time for the winners to prepare to meet in February and fight for the title.

This past weekend, current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and former UFC champ Josh Barnett filled out the remaining semifinal spots by earning wins over Fabricio Werdum (Overeem via unanimous decision) and Brett Rogers (Barnett via second round submission).

Joining Overeem and Barnett will be Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov.

This is how the matchups are scheduled: Overeem will meet Silva on one half, while Barnett takes on Kharitonov.

The tourney began back in February with two opening round bouts taking place. Silva and Kharitonov each earned upset victories over Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski.

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