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Strikeforce mini heavyweight tournament kicks off Nov. 7 for title shot against Alistair Overeem in early 2010


"We know Alistair (Overeem) will be fighting in the first quarter of next year. Depending on the outcome of this fight and the next, we can work on putting a fight together. You see the match up potential between the winner of the Silva vs. Werdum fight and the winner of the Fedor vs. Rogers fight. I think it would make sense for those two guys to fight each other in the future depending on how things go. Then, Alistair can come in later and fight the winner of that fight. We have some great heavyweight fights upcoming and we are looking forward to promoting them. I believe Alistair will be available in the first quarter. We will get him in the mix as well as some other heavyweights we will announce here in the next week or so."

-- Strikeforce Founder and CEO, Scott Coker, lays out the likely plan for his heavyweight division during a recent press conference to promote the "Fedor vs. Rogers" event this weekend at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Coker and Co. went all in to secure the services of Fedor Emelianenko this summer, who is widely regarded as the top fighter in the division and perhaps in the entire sport. He's taking a relative long road to a potential title shot, however, against reigning Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem. Emelianenko has to first get past the hard-hitting Brett Rogers on Saturday night (Nov. 7) and then take on the winner of the fight between Fabricio Werdum and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Is the patient strategy with its biggest asset a wise one for Strikeforce or will it prove to be an utter disaster?

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