It may have lost most of its luster, but the show must go on.
The Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, despite the loss of Alistair Overeem, will continue on into the semifinals when the promotion hits Cincinnati, Ohio for an upcoming event on Sept. 10, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Overeem was forced out of the tournament thanks to a faulty toe and not enough time to get it completely repaired to make the Showtime enforced date at full health.
Winner earns a spot in the final in early 2012.
On the opposite side of the bracket, Josh Barnett will hook 'em up with Russian bomber Sergei Kharitonov. "The Baby Faced Assassin" made his way to to round two by submitting tire-pusher Brett Rogers with relative ease this past June 18 in Dallas.
Kharitonov continued the movement to retire Andrei Arlovski by brutally knocking him out inside the first round way back on Feb. 12.
Excited about the match-up? Let's hope so becuase that's what you're getting.
Strikeforce on Sept. 10 in Cincinnati will feature a stacked line-up of fights. In addition to the two heavyweight grand prix bouts, Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza will defend his title against the returning Luke Rockhold.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for any further updates to this mega-card.