Alistair Overeem (28 – 11 – 0) will face Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge (23 -18 – 1) at Ultimate Glory’s combination MMA/Shooto, K-1, Muay Thai, and boxing event, Glory-10: The Battle of Arnhem on November 9 at the Rijnhal in Arnhem, Holland.
It has been reported that Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem asked for this fight against Goodridge as an opportunity to avenge his brother’s loss to “Big Daddy.”
Many fans and pundits view this bout with Goodridge as a tune up match for the Strikeforce Champ before facing Cro-Cop at K-1 Dynamite on New Year ’s Eve.
The event will mark the beginning of the the Unified World Grand Prix of Mixed Martial Arts. The tournament is set for the weight classes 155, 170, 185, 205 and 265 lbs and there will be 16 participants.
There will be 1 World Grand Prix Champion. The aim of the World Grand Prix is to find, discover and stimulate unknown talents, join worldwide fans and introduce them to all large Mixed Martial Arts organizations from all over the world.
The European participants of this tournament will be: Vincent Latoel, Danial Sharifi, Hamid Corassani and Gregorz Tredowski.
Also, Dion Staring and Markus Halkossaari will square off for the European title. Staring stopped Halkossaari at the 2:58 mark of the second round of their Shooto-Sweeden bout back in October of 2004.
Here is the line up for the MMA/Shooto portion of the card:
220lbs (100kg) Alistair Overeem vs. Gary Goodridge
191lbs (87kg) Robert Jocz vs. Assan Njie
145lbs (66kg) Cesario di Dominico vs. Natek Tomajev
191 lbs (87kg) Assan Njie vs. Brian Maulany
163lbs (74kg) Matthieu Lawalata vs.Ivan Mussardo
220lbs(100kg) Dion Staring vs. Markus Halkossaari European Title
154lbs (70kg) Vincent Latoel vs. Daniel Sharifi Unified World GP prelim
154lbs (70kg) Hamid Corassani vs. Gregorz Tredowski Unified World GP prelim
Here is a press release from www.ultimateglory.com with full details of the event including a list of the K-1 and boxing fights that will also be on the card.