Mixed Martial Arts comes to New York and New Jersey in a spectacular way next week beginning Tuesday with back-to-back major events in downtown Manhattan and culminating Saturday with a sensational fight card highlighted by the return of Fedor Emelianenko and the beginning of the eagerly anticipated STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix — Heavyweight Tournament live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
A capsule look at the week’s events:
Tuesday, Feb. 8 — Open-to-the-public/media Fan Experience at New York’s Roseland Ballroom (239 W. 52nd Street just West of Broadway, NYC) from 4-6 p.m. (Doors open at 3:30), hosted by Scott Ferrall with special guest deejay, DJ Clue. All eight tournament entrants — Fedor, STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight World Champion Alistair Overeem, former heavyweight champions Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and Andrei Arlovski, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum, hard-hitting Brett Rogers, talented Josh Barnett and Russian star Sergei Kharitonov will participate.
Fans in attendance on Tuesday can win free tickets, get autographs, photos, watch fighters work out and much more. Media are encouraged to attend. Please use the attached flyer if you wish.
Wednesday, Feb. 9 — Final Media Press Conference (1 p.m.; Lunch at Noon) at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 (Entrance is off W. 23rd St. and West Side Highway, NYC). All the fighters will be in attendance.
Friday, Feb. 11 – Official Weigh-In Open to Public at IZOD Center in E. Rutherford, NJ (Concourse Level) — The Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford. Doors open at 4 p.m.; fighters on the scale at 5 p.m. Media is encouraged to attend.