It wouldn’t be a day in the MMA world without an injury that cancels a high profile fight. Alistair Overeem, the current Strikeforce heavyweight champion and part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, is out of the tournament with a toe injury. He was scheduled to square off against Antonio Silva in the semi-finals of the tournament. Instead Daniel Cormier will take his place in the grand prix.
The news was first reported by Tatame.com
The Grand Prix was scheduled to continue on September 10 with Overeem vs. Silva and Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov but Overeem wanted his fight pushed back to October in order to have a full training camp coming off the injury. Instead Zuffa has pulled Overeem from the tournament rather than delaying his fight.
“The Reem” entered the tournament as the favorite but didn’t have a great showing in his first round fight against Fabricio Werdum, a lackluster unanimous decision victory. On the other side, “Bigfoot” looked extremely impressive in finishing Fedor Emelianenko in his first round match-up.
With Overeem out, Cormier gets his chance in the spotlight. Originally scheduled as an alternate in the tournament, Cormier fought his way into this position with comfortable decision victories over Devin Cole and Jeff Monson.
Along with the two heavyweight semi-final fights, “Jacare” Souza is expected to defend his middleweight strap against Luke Rockhold on the September 10 card.
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