February 12, in New Jersey, marks the opening of the heavily-anticipated Strikeforce heavyweight GP. Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Pezão, Andrei Arlovski, Sergei Kharitonov, Fabrício Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, and Brett Rogers make up the roster for the tournament.
On the 12th, Fedor Emelianenko will face Pezão while Andrei Arlovski faces Sergei Kharitonov. At the next GP event, Fabrício Werdum will do battle with Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett will duke it out with Brett Rogers.
GRACIEMAG.com listened to the predictions of a number of GP specialists who have been around since the olden days of the Pride FC tournaments.
“The firm favorite is Fedor, he’s the man to beat. Yes, I believe lightning can strike twice in the same place and I have faith in the Brazilians. I would love to see a final between Werdum and Pezão, which would be excellent, but I still feel the Russian is favored to win,” says former BTT coach Bebeo Duarte.
“I’m rooting for Werdum, my money’s on him!” says Chute Boxe trainer Rudimar Fedrigo, who cornered beasts like Maurício Shogun and Wanderlei Silva in past Gps.
“I’m kind of biased, but I like Pezão (Antonio Silva) for this one. However, I can’t forget about Fedor and Barnett. It’ll be rough in there!” wagers Rodrigo Minotauro.
What about you, reader, who’ve you got to win it? Check out the brackets and comment below.