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While the odds-makers make Josh Barnett the betting favorite to win the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix Saturday night in San Jose and live on Showtime, Barnett’s peers respectfully disagree.   As a former UFC heavyweight champion and PRIDE Grand Prix finalist, Barnett has seen it all during his 15-year, 31-5, career as a mixed martial artist. He has defeated the likes of Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mark Hunt and has looked almost unstoppable in the Strikeforce Grand Prix thus far, tapping out Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov to reach tomorrow’s final.   However, the main and co-main eventers of next weekend’s UFC 146 event all tip 9-0 Daniel Cormier to make a mockery of the odds and win the Grand Prix after he stormed the field as an alternate, defeating Jeff Monson and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.   Junior dos Santos, reigning UFC heavyweight champion, said: “They are both great fighters and this is a fight that could end very quickly for each guy. But Cormier is more explosive and has the better chances to end this early. It could be very exciting, but I think Cormier wins.” Frank Mir, two-time UFC heavyweight champion, said: “I think Cormier takes this. I can’t see Barnett getting him to the ground, his wrestling is too strong. And on the feet I think Cormier has the power to end things. But with two top heavyweights, anything can happen. That’s why this division is so exciting – anyone who is world class can beat anyone else with one punch. You can’t say that about the lighter weight classes and that’s why heavyweight fights are so cool to watch.”   Cain Velasquez, former UFC heavyweight champion said: “I pick Daniel Cormier. Number one, because I train with him but also because he’s so hungry in this sport, I don’t think he will be denied. He was really raw when he came into our gym the first time a couple of years ago but he picked up everything a lot faster than most. He has dangerous strikes and I can’t see Josh getting him to the ground. Daniel’s wrestling is too good; I think he takes this fight and makes a statement about his future in the division.”   Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who reached the Grand Prix semi-final stage before losing to Cormier, also picked his old rival for the win, saying: “I think Cormier will win this fight and be the Grand Prix Champion. I was very surprised by him in our fight. I think he is too strong, too powerful in this fight. He punches very hard and his wrestling is very good. I think he will win inside the distance unless Josh Barnett gets this to the ground quickly.”     Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), while four preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). In addition to the previously mentioned matchup, the four-fight main card will also feature an exciting trilogy fight between champ Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson for the STRIKEFORCE lightweight title, a light heavyweight grudge match between Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante and Mike Kyle, as well as a welterweight battle between Nah-Shon Burrell and Chris Spang.   For more information or current fight news, visit All bouts live and subject to change.

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Daniel Cormier captures the Strikeforce Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament with an impressive performance against Josh Barnett. Cormier, who remains undefeated, showcased fast and accurate striking while also mixing in timely high kicks. In addition, the former Olympic wrestler easily controlled the ground game with punishing top control. Daniel Cormier on winning the Strikeforce...

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Following his vicious knockout victory over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the semifinals of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, it appears Daniel Cormier (Pictured) has emerged as everyone’s new favorite Strikeforce heavyweight – at least with the 265-pounders who were recently polled. Despite entering the tournament as a replacement, and riding the pine for several months...

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Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final: Weigh-in Results

The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner will be determined and the lightweight title is on the line at Saturday night’s event from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will finally put an end to the Heavyweight Grand Prix while lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez meets Josh Thomson in the rubber match of their rivalry. Main Card ...

Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final: Pre-fight Press Conference Highlight Video

The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final will finally come to a conclusion on Saturday night as the veteran Josh Barnett squares off against the undefeated Daniel Cormier. In addition, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will put his title on the line against Josh Thomson in the third meeting between the rivals. Those fighters along with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker addressed...

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The official weigh-ins for “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final” took place Friday inside HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Unlike big brother UFC, Strikeforce didn’t offer a live stream of the weight contest. Thankfully, Showtime has finally released the video highlights from yesterday’s festivities to get fans up to speed. Josh Barnett (Pictured) and Daniel Cormier...
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