In a slight moment of ‘WTFness’ on today’s Strikeforce/M-1 Global conference call, Scott Coker announced that Alistair Overeem’s Strikeforce Heavyweight Belt is not on the line at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix. Apparently the belt will continue to party with the massive number of belts that reside on Overeem’s mantle during the grand-prix. Take it easy guys, don’t slam your keyboard against your computer monitor just yet; Scott Coker also announced that there will be a separate Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix belt that will be awarded to the winner of the tournament, in the exact fashion as they did in the Pride GP.
Technically, Overeem won’t be defending his belt throughout the tournament (which didn’t necessarily make sense when it was first announced a couple weeks ago), but as most of you remember, when a grand-prix occurred in Pride (specifically the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand-Prix), Wanderlei’s title wasn’t up on the chopping block each time he advanced in the tourney. That’s the exact reason why when he lost to Ricardo Arona in the semi-finals, he then had an immediate rematch with him a few months later for the Pride FC belt (and he grabbed the still highly controversial split-decision).
Damn, I guess the most amazing part of all of this is that who would have really thought that in 2011, people would be making this many comparisons of Strikeforce and Pride FC? Well, it looks like Scott Coker knew and we should have listened to him nearly a year ago.