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.
Stepping in to replace him is Daniel Cormier, who will take one hell of a leap into the deep end of the pool when he locks horns with Antonio Silva.
"Bigfoot" worked his way to the second round by utterly destroying former heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko. For his part, Cormier just outgunned longtime veteran Jeff Monson.
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.
Also on the card are match-ups pitting Muhammed Lawal vs. Roger Gracie, Maximo Blanco vs. Josh Thomson and Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for any further updates to this mega-card.