The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament continues tonight, September 10. The four fighters left should make things exciting for MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)fans. Josh Barnett, Sergei Kharitonov, Big Foot Silva and Daniel Cormier are the last MMA fighters standing in the tournament. Winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix catapults that fighter into the limelight and into UFC title contention.
Barnett vs Kharitonov pits two PRIDE veterans in one of the semi-finals. Barnett is making a strong push to renew his MMA career. He's coming off a solid win where he defeated Brett Rogers via arm triangle submission. Look for him to use his wrestling and submissions to pull of a win.
Kharitonov knocked out Andrei Arlovski in his last fight. He's a skillful striker and will look to keep the fight standing. He'll have to watch out for Barnett's improved striking abilities while delivering his own chingasos to pull off a win.
In the other semi-final of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix you have Antonio "Big Foot" Silva vs. Daniel Cormier. Silva demolished Fedor Emelianenko, the once considered pound for pound best MMA fighter in the world, in his last fight. Silva is a huge MMA fighter, but he is also extremely skilled. Look for Silva to do some damage from the ground to pull out a win.
Daniel Cormier is coming off a solid win in defeating Jeff Monson via unanimous decision. Cormier is going to have to step up his game against a much bigger fighter in Silva. Cormier is a strong wrestler, but he has vastly improved boxing and it will be interesting to see what strategy he employs against Silva.
The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will be shown on Showtime at 10:35 ET/PT.