Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett, the headliners of Saturday’s Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix finale card, could be out as long as six months.


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Josh Barnett ($200,000) and Gilbert Melendez ($175,000) were the two big money winners on Saturday’s Strikeforce card in San Jose, Calif.

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All fighters for Saturday’s Strikeforce card in San Jose made weight on Friday, including main event heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett and lightweight title fighters Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson.

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Though much of the talk is on what will happen to Strikeforce heavyweights Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier after Saturday, the fighters are staying focused.

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The lineup for the next Strikeforce show, May 19 in San Jose, Calif., has been finalized with 10 bouts – including the heavyweight tournament final between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.

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Tickets for Strikeforce’s next event, the heavyweight grand prix finale, go on sale Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern for UFC Fight Club members and 3 p.m. for UFC newsletter subscribers.

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Strikeforce finally will see a conclusion to its heavyweight tournament when Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier meet in the main event May 19 in San Jose, Calif. In addition, lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez defends his belt against Josh Thomson.

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HeavyMMA’s mixed martial arts rankings are back this week with a look at the heavyweight division, which is ruled over by UFC champion Junior dos Santos, who defends his belt next month against No. 2-ranked Alistair Overeem.

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At long last, there is a date for some resolution in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix. Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will meet May 19 to determine the tournament’s champion.

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Strikeforce has made official its return to Columbus for March 3. Aside from the Miesha Tate-Ronda Rousey fight, Paul Daley, KJ Noons and Sarah Kaufman will fight.

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