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Overeem vs. Rogers, Arlovski vs. Silva booked for “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery” on May 15

ST. LOUIS (March 19, 2010) –World Heavyweight Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem (32-11) will make his highly anticipated return to action against heavy-handed knockout artist Brett “The Grim” Rogers (10-1) in the main event of a STRIKEFORCE mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday, May 15.

In another heavyweight confrontation, Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (15-7) will clash with Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (13-2).

An exclusive special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity for STRIKEFORCE St. Louis: Heavy Artillery will take place for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter subscribers (http://strikeforce.com/insider.html) from 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday, March 23, until 10 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 25. STRIKEFORCE Insiders will receive a special e-newsletter on Monday with the pre-sale code.

All fans that purchase tickets to the event during the pre-sale will receive a limited edition, 17” x 23” high gloss STRIKEFORCE collectible poster.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CT on Friday, March 26 at Scottrade Center ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and STRIKEFORCE’S official website (www.strikeforce.com).

Since being crowned the first heavyweight champion in STRIKEFORCE history after he caved in Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello with a series of knee strikes in the second round (3:42) at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Nov. 16, 2007, the 29-year-old Overeem, of The Netherlands, has been demolishing foes, finishing seven of eight opponents inside of one round.

The only bout that did not finish in this fashion was a matchup on Sept. 23, 2008 with MMA legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic that was declared a no contest after the 6-foot-5 inch, 260-pound Overeem accidentally struck his opponent with a knee to the groin.

Rogers, a resident of Minneapolis, Minn., who also stands 6-feet-5, and weighs 265 pounds, will attempt to return to his winning ways after an admirable effort against the No. 1 heavyweight in the world – Fedor Emelianenko — in the main event on The CBS television Network on Nov. 7, 2009, from Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. on Nov. 7, 2009. The dangerous-hitting Rogers had Emelianenko in trouble in the early going, opening a cut around the eye and putting continuous pressure on the heavily favored Russian.

Emelianenko, who has met and defeated nearly every great heavyweight rival of this era, turned the tides on the American in the second round, putting Rogers on the canvas with a series of punches to earn a TKO at the 1:48 mark of the round. Prior to the exciting matchup, Rogers had earned his most impressive victory to date by crushing Arlovski in just 22 seconds with an onslaught of heavy punches at Scottrade Center on June 6, 2009.

The 31-year-old Arlovski’s start will be his first since an upset defeat to Rogers. A former UFC heavyweight champion, Arlovski had won five-in-a-row in the UFC before suffering back-to-back losses to Emelianenko and Rogers. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound native of Minsk, Belarus, Arlovski captured the UFC belt on Feb. 5, 2005 by submitting (Achilles lock) Tim Sylvia in 47 seconds.

Also a former world heavyweight champion, the 6-foot-4 inch, 260-pound Silva, of Brazil, initiated a six-fight winning streak with a first round (3:49) TKO (strikes) over dangerous brawler Wesley “Cabbage” Correira in Southaven, Mississippi on Feb. 10, 2007. Silva is unbeaten (4-0) in competition in Japan, winning two fights in K-1 and a pair of bouts in Sengoku.

Shamrock Promotions will assist STRIKEFORCE with local marketing for the event on May 15.

Doors at Scottrade Center will open for STRIKEFORCE St. Louis: Heavy Artillery at 6:15 p.m. CT on Saturday, May 15. The first non-televised preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.

The event will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

23 COMMENTS
  • cdrg says:

    Arlovski for the win! he is still one of my top fave fighters. I wana see him with a belt again. and im rooting for overeem too

  • hindsightufuk says:

    really looking forward to seeing Andrei fight again, and the fact its against Bigfoot is even better.
    cant wait for this one

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Arlovski is always exciting to watch. Im just thinking if the trend continues of heavyweights getting bigger, cutting to 265 for example, that Andrei may best find 205 quickly. Overeem and Rogers is the black on black crime Im hyped to see more now

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think AA looked good against Fedor up until he got caught…look forward to see him either do some damage or take some…

    And the Overeem fight is pointless I really don’t care what the logistics are it’s pointless…

    With this April and May card looking good, I think the UFC needs to up the ante on the counter programming if they don’t want to lose to big of a slice of the MMA pie… I know SF can’t hang with the UFC machine BUT in business you can’t let your competitor gain to much ground or it will cost you 2x as much to eliminate them…

  • jj says:

    vs. Silva. There is only about a dozen to choose from, this defeats the purpose of a headline.

  • Guthookd says:

    Please win a fight Arlovsky. Please.

  • Guthookd says:

    Rece Rock: I think AA looked good against Fedor up until he got caught…look forward to see him either do some damage or take some……  (Quote)

    You got that right. He was looking really good. I was thinking to my self…oah shit….Fedor’s first real loss is coming…and then…..bing. What the hell possesed him to throw a flying knee or whatever that was right in the middle of tearing Fedor apart with his hands. I guess we’ll never know.

  • lemonheadzzz says:

    Can’t wait to see what UFC counters with, should be great.

  • inkythewinky says:

    y the f isnt the overeem fight a title fight?!!!

  • fetussandwich says:

    Overeem vs. Rogers irks me to infinity.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Physically these two squaring off excites me to no end but as we all know, this isn’t for the belt. let me get this straight – you have a Champion who hasn’t defended his belt in 2 years paired up with an opponent who lost his last fight by brutal KO to the number one contender Fedor. So where do we sit if Rogers beats Overeem? A champ coming off a loss, with his belt intact, Rogers having beat him would assumedly still have to take the backseat to Fedor for first shot at the belt. This is a legitimate fight league?

    If they are trying to give Overeem a grace period, why put him up against the No.2 contender? Why not Bigfoot or someone not ranked in the top 10? Strikeforce only has so many legitimate heavyweight threats… If Rogers wins, Fedor’s 2nd fight in the US would be against the same opponent, yawnnnn.

  • Dufresne says:

    bigbadjohn: So where do we sit if Rogers beats Overeem? A champ coming off a loss, with his belt intact, Rogers having beat him would assumedly still have to take the backseat to Fedor for first shot at the belt.

    Or possibly they throw Rogers back in with Overeem for the next title defense in two more years. Who knows what they were thinking when they made this fight up. I was loving the momentum SF was building, but they’ve managed to blow a huge chunk of it lately. Even heard rumors that CBS might drop them, which would be sad.

  • qat says:

    when the news came that sf & fedor/m1 were negotiating again, they said instead of april he will be fighting in may… well i already doubted it then..

    i mean this is not a bad card, but why the hell dont they make fedor vs. overeem for the belt and rogers vs. werdum? its not like overeems schedule is known to be wide open to sf-fights.., just make him fight for the f*cking belt damn it..
    this does not makes sense for sf, its like they are showing the world that they are not pulling the strings of their own show.. sadly. :(

    aa vs. bigfoot is a nice fight though.

  • LiverPunch says:

    “I think the UFC needs to up the ante on the counter programming if they don’t want to lose to big of a slice of the MMA pie”

    So you want SF to fail?. Why are you so worried you seem to say SF is going south fast anyway?. It seems youv’e made it clear you have chosen your side. Why you need to choose sides is a mystery to me.

    Anyway glad to see Arlovski fighting again. It still annoys me when people say things like Arlovski couldn’t hang in the UFC when he was a UFC HW champion, had only lost to 1 UFC fighter in his last 10 or so fights there and then left only to defeat Nelson and Rothwell, who now call the UFC home, before losing to 2 fighters not in or ever having been in the UFC. If anything it says he could hang in the UFC but he is finding it difficult out of it. I still think this guy is top 10 material and I wish him the best. I also think Rogers will pull off an upset against Overdue…er I mean Overeem.

  • Dufresne says:

    qat: when the news came that sf & fedor/m1 were negotiating again, they said instead of april he will be fighting in may… well i already doubted it then..i mean this is not a bad card, but why the hell dont they make fedor vs. overeem for the belt and rogers vs. werdum? its not like overeems schedule is known to be wide open to sf-fights.., just make him fight for the f*cking belt damn it..
    this does not makes sense for sf, its like they are showing the world that they are not pulling the strings of their own show.. sadly.

    aa vs. bigfoot is a nice fight though.  

    Exactly. Hell, it’s not like they’ve never rescheduled fights last minute before. If they did it this week, that’d be faster than they usually announce fights.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Dufresne…party of 2….Dufresne….party of 2….sorry man ,I just couldn’t help myself.Damn,that Mitch Hedberg!

    I’d say that right now the heavyweight belt is a non issue.
    what’s going on is more like a tournament.
    Personally,I’d like to see Overeem get KO’d and busted for a failed drug test.
    Either way though,it’ll be a great night of fights.
    And someday,Strikeforce will have a heavyweight champ.

  • Komodo says:

    fetussandwich: Overeem vs. Rogers irks me to infinity.  

    Times pi to the trillionth power.

  • thomo says:

    This card will be amazing overeem to win via decapitation! Cannot wait to see the pitbull back in action it has been too long! Will fancy pants be on the main card?? Waaaaar overeem!!

  • moosebaby02 says:

    inkythewinky: y the f isnt the overeem fight a title fight?!!!  (Quote)

    so its not a title fight???
    that whole fight makes no sense to me
    GO AA

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Just glad to see the pitbull back in action. Overeem too.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Dr.Stoppage: Dufresne…party of 2….Dufresne….party of 2….sorry man ,I just couldn’t help myself.Damn,that Mitch Hedberg!.  

    haha, props on recognising genius!

  • Grits McChamp says:

    i wonder if either of these fights will be the one where we see the return of the infamous and impressive tactics employed by keith hackney on joe son.

  • mu_shin says:

    Not a betting man, but if I was, I’d lay money Overeem will never make it into the ring against Rogers on May 15, or any other date. Can’t see any upside for him, as the SF heavyweight belt is already virtually meaningless, and a defeat in a “non-title” bout to a contender but obviously not the top contender, only weakens the title further. Prediction: reports of hand injury from Overeem’s camp, only to have him fight soon after in K-1 or Japan…

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