Wednesday, February 9, 2011
As the preceding pics indicate, MMA Journalist is kicking it journo style at the Strikeforce press conference, which is being held at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River. Present are all eight of the heavyweight tournament competitors (plus some of the alternates), and the most interesting thing about seeing them all gathered together is the degree of comraderie and joking around they share. Andrei Arlovski is downright morose, Sergei Kharinotov is stoic, and Brett Rogers sports a permanent mean-mug, but for Fabricio Werdum, Fedor, Josh Barnett, Bigfoot and Alistair Overeem, it's the Giggle Hour. Scott Coker seems stoked to have orchestrated this tournament, and he predicts an epic 13,000-person spectator turnout. Other interesting tidbits include: M-1 Global will be broadcasting their events on Showtime; Barnett likes shallow press questions about as much as you and I like torture; and local star Chris Weidman was offered a fight on Saturday night, but couldn't take it because he injured his ribs.