Strikeforce has decided on the location of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals. MMA Junkie reported that Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov and Antonio Silva vs. Daniel Cormier will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The location is notable because Barnett, a fighter who has tested positive for steroids in the past, and will now fight under a state commission that, along with Nevada and New Jersey, is respected as one of the most thorough in country. Earlier this week, Ohio Athletic Commission head Bernie Profato told Cagewriter that extra requirements are expected of a fighter who has tested positive in the past.
"If anybody, I don't care who it is, if it's my brother, if they tested previous for drugs, they're going to have to take a pre-fight test," Profato said. "If I look at that database, and I see they've failed a test, then we're going to take a pre-fight test within 30 days of the fight."
They will be joined by a middleweight championship bout between Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold, "King" Mo Lawal's return to action against Roger Gracie, Josh Thomson vs. Maximo Blanco, and Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero's U.S. debut against Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante.
- Sergei Kharitonov
- Daniel Cormier
- Josh Barnett