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In the main event, Fedor Emelianenko (31-2, 1 NC) faces Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (15-2) in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL co-promoted event. The opening quarterfinal on the telecast will match former world champion Andrei Arlovski (15-8) against Russian star Sergei Kharitonov(16-4), the last fighter to defeat STRIKEFORCE and DREAM Heavyweight World ChampionAlistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem.
At the outset of the weigh-in Friday, it was announced that the next two quarterfinal fights in the STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix — Heavyweight Tournament would take place on Saturday, April 9
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva
Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Valentijn Overeem vs. Ray Sefo
Shane Del Rosario vs. Lavar Johnson
Gian Villante vs. Chad Griggs
Igor Gracie vs. John Salgado
Marc Stevens vs. John Cholish