Alistair Overeem gets another shot

Updated: June 18, 2011, 10:09 AM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will finally get his chance to avenge a 2006 submission loss to Fabricio Werdum when the promotion's heavyweight Grand Prix continues Saturday.

When asked what the biggest difference is between then and now, the well-built heavyweight responded, "About 40 pounds of whoop-ass."

Overeem (34-11) has certainly added mass since that loss five years ago. During Friday's official weigh-in, staged in front of American Airlines Center, he tipped the scale at 256 pounds. Werdum (14-4-1) came in at 246.

The two will compete for one of two remaining semifinalist spots in the Grand Prix. In February, heavyweights Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov claimed the first two.

The final semifinalist will emerge from Saturday's fight between Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers. Barnett, who hasn't fought in nearly a year, weighed 256. Rogers was slightly heavier at 258.

"I'm glad to be a part of this Grand Prix," Barnett said. "It's an incredible assortment of champions. Wherever you put a ring or a cage, that's my home."

In addition to the tournament bouts, "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" features two high-profile lightweight fights, which could have title implications.

K.J. Noons (10-3) faces Jorge Masvidal (21-6) and Gesias Cavalcante (15-4-1) takes on Justin Wilcox (11-3).

All but one fighter on the "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" roster came in on weight. As expected, late replacement Brian Melancon was four pounds too heavy for his welterweight fight against Issac Vallie-Flagg. The fight will still proceed, according to matchmaker Sean Shelby.

Brett Okamoto covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com.