By: Sonny Velez Twitter: @sonnytattooz
The World Grand Prix Finals are set with Josh Barnett (31-5-0) weighing in at 248lbs., his opponent and fellow Grand Prix Finalist’s Daniel Cormier (9-0-0) weighed in at 238lbs. These two warriors will do battle tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Barnett’s road to the finals was a hard earned one with victories coming over the dangerous striker Brett Rogers and highly touted Pride and Dream veteran Sergei Kharitonov.
Cormier punched his ticket to the finale, when he stepped in on short notice to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva after injury forced Alistair Overeem bow out of the tournament. Cormier took full advantage of this opportunity to show case his much improved hands and foot work and finishing Silva.
Also in action Strikeforce Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (20-2-0) will defend his title and try to break the 1 – 1 tie between himself and Josh ”the Punk” Thomson (19-4-0, 1NC). This fight promises to deliver as we go into round 11 with two of the most explosive and entertaining fighters in the world
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (11-3-0) will look to even the score with Mike Kyle (19-8-1, 1NC) who was accompanied with Strikeforce veteran, US Olympian and Football Hall of Famer; Herschel Walker walking out to the scale. Welterweights Nah-Shon Burrell (8-1-0) will face Chris Spang (4-1-0) to round out the Showtime Main Card. Also journeyman Bobby Green (17-5-0) hopes to continue his own quest for the Strikeforce gold, as he sets to take on James Terry (11-4-0) who missed weight on his first attempt. Check local listings for times and be sure to follow me for up to the minute results live from the HP Pavillion.
James Terry 156.25lbs vs. Bobby Green 155lbs.
SHOWTIME EXTEREME PRELIMS
Quinn Mulhern 170lbs. vs. Yuri Villefort 170lbs.
Gian Villante 205lbs. vs. Derrick Mehmen 205lbs.
Virgil Zwicker 204lbs. vs. Carlos ”Guto Inocente” 205lbs.
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante 155lbs. vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg 155lbs.
SHOWTIME SPORTS MAIN CARD
Nah-Shon Burell 170lbs. vs. Chris Spang 169lbs.
Rafael “Feijao” Calvacante 206lbs. vs. Mike Kyle 203lbs.
Gilbert Melendez 153lbs. vs. Josh Thomson 155lbs.
Josh Barnett 248lbs. vs. Daniel Cormier 238lbs.