It’s been over a year since I slaved over my pirated copy of Adobe Photoshop and created the MiddleEasy variation of the official Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix bracket when the tournament was announced back in January 2011. This was a time when Strikeforce was not a part of ZUFFA, Sengoku still existed and FORM Athletics essentially ran MMA apparel. Boy, have things changed in a year — including the roster of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix.
After Alistair Overeem was exiled from Strikeforce due to the confusing Golden Glory vs. ZUFFA beef only to be hired by UFC weeks later, Daniel Cormier stepped in for The Reem to face Bigfoot Silva in the semi-final of the grand-prix. We all witnessed Cormier apply the one-two piece (without any sides) directly to Silva’s chin, resulting in a remarkable TKO and a place in the grand-prix finals. Josh Barnett is the only fighter in the entire tourney that successfully completed two victories within the grand-prix, yielding a shot at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix belt that everyone forgot existed.
We care about the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix because everyone else seemed to have turned their back on the MMA tournament that had people on the edge of their cheap computer chair when it was announced. That’s why we still will promote the hell out of the finals, which include showing you this fan-made video hyping Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett next month in San Jose, California. Also, I’m just kidding about the pirated copy of Adobe Photoshop — relax, government authorities.