Interview with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) exploded into the mainstream, one-by-one a collection of start-up companies with plans for conquering the world of mixed martial arts began promoting shows across the United States.
And one-by-one they closed their doors.
From the WFA to the IFL and most recently Elite XC, brands hoping to survive as an alternative or successor to the Zuffa monopoly have crumbled under failed business plans and fan disinterest.
All except one.
Bellator V Card Announced
Bellator Fighting Championships announced today a lineup of highly anticipated fights taking place at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio on May 1, 2009. This marks Bellator’s fifth event of the 12-week tournament series airing on ESPN Deportes on Saturdays. Dayton will host the first round of Bellator’s Semi-Final match-ups, with a $50,000 prize for each winner, which will send two Lightweights to the Bellator world championship final bout in June.
155 lbs. – Toby Imada (21-11) vs. Jorge Masvidal (17-3)
155 lbs. – Eric Reynolds (11-1) vs. Eddie Alvarez (16-2)
155 lbs. – Frank Carabello (3-0) vs. Waylon Lowe (3-2)
170 lbs. – Justin Edwards (1-0) vs. John Troyer (8-2)
117 lbs. – Tammy Schneider (3-6) vs. Jessica Pene (5-0)
145 lbs. – Pete Dominguez (9-3) vs. Matt Jaggers (11-4)
Heavyweight – Dan Evensen (10-4) vs. Raoul Romero (3-1)
Heavyweight – Sherman Pendergarst (11-12) vs. Joey Beltran (5-3)
Heavyweight – Josh Barnes (5-1) vs. Dave Herman (14-1)
Tavares Out Of TUF9 Bout Vs Guillard
Back to victories after defeating Manny Gamburyan at UFC 94, Thiago Tavares was reportedly scheduled to face Manny Gamburyan at TUF 9 Finale, at June 20th, but the ATT fighter won’t be able to fight. According to his manager, Alex Davis, Tavares suffered an elbow injury and won’t have time to recover for the fight.
Florian Believes Sherk Took Him To The Next Level
Big fight experience seems to make all the difference in the world when it comes to competing for a title in the UFC. When Kenny Florian steps into his fight against B.J. Penn on Aug. 8, he will draw upon his last chance to compete for the lightweight title to help him prepare, while having the knowledge that he can go five rounds with the very best in the world.
Talking to MMAWeekly Radio, Florian said that despite losing to Sean Sherk in 2006 during his first opportunity to wrestle the 155-pound title away from the champion, he knows that fight was what brought him to this point.
Back In Japan, Shaolin Wants To Conquer US
Everyone stumbles. Everyone falls. Often at times, people will tend to remember the more negative aspects of life’s trials and tribulations, rather than the moments that really define someone. Those moments, which test a man’s vigor and character are the type of things that Vitor Ribeiro has had to overcome.
Once widely recognized as one of the top lightweights in the world, the Nova Uniao product has had some dramatic changes in his life occur just in the past year and a half alone. After suffering his first loss in a near three-year stretch, to Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, Ribeiro had sustained an eye injury during the fight, which would later require retinal surgery.
Jeff Curran vs. Takeya Mizugaki In The Works For WEC 42
If Jeff Curran wants another fight in WEC and to ever get a shot at Miguel Torres, he's got to turn it around fast at WEC 42. Easier said than done-the planned fight in the works pits him against the man Torres just beat to retain the Bantamweight Title-Takeya Mizugaki. WEC 42 is planned for August and may feature Torres vs. Brian Bowles for the title.
Kawajiri-Cavalcante Set For DREAM 9, Title Shot For Winner
DREAM today has confirmed a fight between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante for DREAM 9 on May 26 as well as raising the stakes. The winner is in line for a title shot on 12/31 after a title fight between DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen and Shinya Aoki at DREAM 10 in August. Aoki's WAMMA Lightweight Title likely will not be on the line.
MFC 21: Bobby Lashley to debut against Mike Cook on May 15
One of the most dominating up-and-coming fighters in the world has signed on with the Maximum Fighting Championship.
[Prior to his June 27 pay-per-view fight against Bob Sapp for Prize Fight Promotions], former WWE star Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley will step into the MFC ring on Friday, May 15 at MFC 21: “Hard Knocks” live from the River Cree Resort and Casino and airing live throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on HDNet Fights.
A chiseled and imposing figure at six-foot-three and 265 pounds, Lashley is the premier heavyweight prospect in all of mixed martial arts.
Pedro Rizzo vs Gilbert Yvel for June 27
Former Affliction hired help Pedro Rizzo (16-8) and Gilbert Yvel (35-13-1) have been scheduled to face off on the main card of Prize Fight Promotions “Unarmed Combat” scheduled for the Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., on June 27 according to MMAWeekly.
The 34-year-old Rizzo, a four-time Brazilian Muay Thai champion, may be feeling a sense of urgency. “The Rock” still garners respect from his ability to hit like a wrecking ball, but he’s not been able to demonstrate the kind of striking that made him famous earlier in his career.
Feijao-Hamman Added to Strikeforce
Touted Brazilian Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will face fellow Pro Elite veteran Jared Hamman in a featured light heavyweight bout for Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Matt Brown vs. Anthony Johnson official for TUF 9 finale in June
A potentially exciting welterweight slugfest between Matt Brown (9-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Anthony Johnson (7-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is now official for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale.
First rumored in late March, the bout was made official during Wednesday's broadcast of "The Ultimate Fighter" in a segment entitled "Inside the Octagon brought to you by Burger King: Late Night News Your Way."
The TUF 9 finale is scheduled for June 20 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort.
Kevin Randleman will fight anybody, anywhere, as long as it isn’t ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante
“Now that I’m here, understand this – it comes from the heart. I’ll fight anybody, anywhere. When Scott (Coker) says it’s time to get down and dirty, understand this: I’m not coming to lose, and I’m not coming to back up.”
Though according to Ariel Helwani over at MMA Fanhouse, “back up” is exactly what he did when Strikeforce officials presented him with the chance to fill in for a paternal Renato Sobral at the upcoming “Lawler vs. Shields” event at Missouri’s Scottrade Center.
UFC VP of Operations Talks Credentials
MMA’s latest controversy has more or less pushed the UFC credential issue to the back burner, but I thought it worth while to post this interview conducted a few weeks ago by insidefighting.com with UFC VP of Operations Donna Marcolini.
A summary of the main points is below:
Dana White Interview
An excellent interview with Dana White by InsideFighting.com.
Early Wednesday morning InsideFighting Editor Elias Cepeda spoke with UFC President Dana White. On the heels of UFC 97, White spoke about Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell retiring, why he decided to bring back his video blogs and much more.
This is well worth a read imo.
TUF's Noah Thomas Headed To Bellator
Like many other promotions, ESPN is heading to Chicago to host one of the initial offerings of its Bellator FC series to air on its affiliate Spanish-speaking station, ESPN Deportes.
One of the fighters Bellator hopes will help make its excursion to Chicago on May 15 a success is former “Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Noah “The Red” Thomas.
Melendez Not Waiting Around, Asks For Ishida
When Gilbert Melendez knocked out Rodrigo Damm in Strikeforce a couple of weeks back, not only did he reassert his claim to be the No. 1 contender in the promotion's lightweight division, but he took a huge step forward in showing the same kind of dominance that had him ranked among the top three 155-pounders in the world just a short time ago.
MMA Quick Quote: Gina Carano would ‘probably’ choose the UFC over Strikeforce
Frankly, I am absolutely unmotivated by money. And I know that maybe people take that and don’t understand what that means, but I am just not. What I am interested in is people that have respect. Not only respect for me, but people who have respect for women in MMA … I have sat down with Dana and (Zuffa co-owner) Lorenzo (Fertitta) and they have expressed interest and want to do something, but I am a little weary because I know that Strikeforce is signing women and the “Cyborg” fight is over there … I think that I would probably pick Zuffa (over Strikeforce) because that’s the big show, you know? To be a part of that would be amazing, but you know, here comes Strikeforce and they’ve got this CBS and Showtime deal and they are working their way up into being good competition … They’ve built their company on some good roots and now they are ready to branch out on Showtime and CBS. But as of right now, the UFC is the big show, and for a female, it would be an amazing opportunity.
UFC Possibly To Australia In 2010
According to sources in Sydney, UFC has contacted Acer Arena (formerly Sydney SuperDome) officials about hosting the first-ever UFC event in Australia in February 2010. Dana White previously mentioned a possible Australia event last year, citing strong ratings for UFC broadcasts there. Acer Arena could likely hold over 21,000 for a UFC event.