View Full Version : Overeem vs Rogers, Arlovski vs Bigfoot Now Official In May


snakerattle79
03-19-2010, 04:25 PM
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A pair of previously reported heavyweights bouts is now official for April 17 with today's official announcement of "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery."

As expected UFC heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (32-11 MMA, 2-0 SF) meets Brett Rogers (10-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) in the night's headliner, and former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski (15-7 MMA, 0-1 SF) meets former EliteXC title-holder Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (13-2 MMA, 0-1 SF) in the co-headliner.

Today's release didn't state if Overeem vs. Rogers will be a title fight, and sources close to the competitors today told MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) that an official decision hasn't been made about the championship status of the bout. Strikeforce officials could not be reached for comment.

The event takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and airs on Showtime.

MMAjunkie.com first reported the Overeem vs. Rogers fight earlier this month. Overeem initially said the fight would be a non-title affair, though he later told other outlets his belt, in fact, would be on the line. A few days later, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAjunkie.com a decision hadn't been made either way and that an announcement is forthcoming that "might be something that people are not expecting."

Overeem has not defended his title since November 2007, when he won the vacant belt by defeating Paul Buentello at "Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives." Since winning the title, Overeem has competed overseas, primarily with Japan's DREAM promotion, while extending his current undefeated streak to eight (which includes seven stoppage wins and a no-contest with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic).

Rogers, meanwhile, looks to rebound from the first loss of his career, which also came in the highest-profile bout of his career. In November, Rogers met famed heavyweight and former PRIDE champ Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of Strikeforce's first-ever CBS-televised event. Rogers proved a game opponent but suffered an eventual second-round TKO loss. Prior to the defeat, he had 10 straight wins via strikes, and eight had come in the first round.

In the night's co-headliner, Arlovski fights for the first time since Strikeforce's initial St. Louis show, which took place in June 2009. There, he suffered a 22-second TKO loss to Brett Rogers, which followed a first-round knockout to Fedor Emelianenko at "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" six months prior. Prior to the back-to-back losses, the former UFC superstar had posted five consecutive wins and reemerged as one of the world's top-five heavyweight fighters.

He can get his career back on track against Silva, whose six-fight win streak recently came to an end with a close but unanimous decision loss to Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce's November 2009 debut on CBS. Silva posted the win streak with now-defunct EliteXC promotion (where he defeated Justin Eilers for the title) and World Victory Road's Japanese-based Sengoku event series.

M Deezy
03-19-2010, 05:35 PM
whyd they put UFC heavyweight chamption Alistair Overeem? to my knowledge hes never even fought in the UFC.
some interesting bouts there tho
edit: ah just looked at the link now. that mma junkie link says Strikeforce heavyweight champion. . just the main post on here says UFC lol

Bullrush
03-19-2010, 06:04 PM
he gets knocked out and now they give him a title shot. makes sense

M Deezy
03-19-2010, 06:07 PM
he gets knocked out and now they give him a title shot. makes sense

I think they want rogers to beat overeem so he can rematch fedor. why ? i have no damn clue, i would rather see fedor fight overeem than that outa shape brett rogers again. The outcome will only be the same and maybe even faster

Bullrush
03-19-2010, 06:40 PM
could be, he did ok vs fedor in his last fight until fedor knocked his head off. although that broken nose he suffered like 10 seconds in to the fight affected him a lot, that gave rogers some momentum and lots of confidence seeing that he was able to do that with a random jab

i would be interested in a rematch but like you said the outcome will be the same. maybe via submission this time

Bullrush
03-19-2010, 06:41 PM
whyd they put UFC heavyweight chamption Alistair Overeem? to my knowledge hes never even fought in the UFC.
some interesting bouts there tho
edit: ah just looked at the link now. that mma junkie link says Strikeforce heavyweight champion. . just the main post on here says UFC lol

haha nah i went on there like half an hour ago it said UFC champion, they just fixed it again, now they got it right

M Deezy
03-19-2010, 07:00 PM
haha nah i went on there like half an hour ago it said UFC champion, they just fixed it again, now they got it right

oh ok i gotcha lol

murmagic
03-19-2010, 08:37 PM
good fight tbh

kaps
03-19-2010, 09:09 PM
Overeem should win. Is this in the US? Word on the street is Fedor is fighting Yoshida in Yoshida's retirement fight...

3LTerrible
03-19-2010, 09:41 PM
could be, he did ok vs fedor in his last fight until fedor knocked his head off. although that broken nose he suffered like 10 seconds in to the fight affected him a lot, that gave rogers some momentum and lots of confidence seeing that he was able to do that with a random jab

i would be interested in a rematch but like you said the outcome will be the same. maybe via submission this time


I'm thinking the same. Rogers is great, but for some reason I see him coming up short in a rematch with Fedor.


With the other fight, I got Andrei

M Deezy
03-20-2010, 12:55 AM
Overeem should win. Is this in the US? Word on the street is Fedor is fighting Yoshida in Yoshida's retirement fight...

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"Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery."