The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix is officially underway and already there appears to be some changes. After initial reports that the winner of Shane del Rosario vs. Lavar Johnson would be the first alternate should there be an injury, at the post-fight press conference Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated that, “A committee will determine who will be the first replacement should someone get injured in the tournament.”
Del Rosario, who defeated Johnson via submission in the first round at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva, was disappointed with this news but said, “I want to get some more fights in but if the opportunity comes up then we’re going to train hard and go for it.” Del Rosario was limping around after his fight said that he hurt his foot when he threw a kick and hit the elbow of Johnson. When asked how many more times he would like to fight this year Del Rosario said, “four or five as long as I can stay healthy.”
Chad Griggs, victorious over Gian Villante in another alternate bout for the tournament, said, “I’m not too worried about (the committee). I just wanted to put on a good show and get the win.”
Coker was very adamant that Fedor Emelianenko, who lost his tournament fight to Antonio Silva in the nights main event, could be back in the tournament if the committee decides it. While it is unknown as to who is on the committee, it was made clear that Coker is not one of the members.