Scott Coker: Bobby Lashley's next opponent could be Brett Rogers
Victorious this weekend at Strikeforce: "Miami" was heavyweight Bobby Lashley, who made the most of his promotion debut by stopping last-minute fill-in Wes Sims in the first round.
Though the former WWE superstar dominated the match from beginning to end (all of two-plus minutes), many questions still remained about the prospects of Lashley's future in the sport.
We may however, have those questions answered sooner rather than later.
SI.com is now reporting that Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker would like to see Lashley take a gigantic step up in competition and face former number one contender and consensus number seven heavyweight, Brett "The Grim" Rogers.
Herschel Walker happy with MMA debut ... even if he never fights again
You’re going to be shocked by this, but [the pressure did not bother me at all]. There was no pressure and the reason why was I really thought the people at AKA prepared me for it. The fighters at the gym, everyone there, they prepared me for this. What I had to do was just go in the ring and do it. I’ve loved (MMA) for about four years. This isn’t something I just decided I wanted to do.
MMA Quick Quote: Bobby Lashley wants a heavyweight title shot
"Well, it's one of two things. Either they're going to allow me do it the way I wanna do it and build, or they're going to give me a title shot. Either or. I would like a title shot. I guess it's Overeem, he's the one who has the title right now. Him or Fedor, whoever. I wanted to take my time to build up but everyone's pushing me to get bigger and better fights so if I'm going to get bigger and better fights let's go for the best."
Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz is going to be hard to beat
I'm proud to be doing what I do. I wasn't hurt at all [in this fight]. My lip got cut a little, but I wasn't hurt, I was fine.... My gameplan was that I am a better all-around fighter than him, so I was going take what I was going to get. Try and set up my punches. Set up my body punches -- not let him breathe. Set up the knee to the body. Set up the knee to the leg. I'm going to control him on the fence.
Wes Sims pushes Bobby Lashley at Strikeforce post-fight press conference
It's all fun and games until a referee apparently stops a fight too early.Wes Sims was hamming it up for just about everyone who would watch following his first round technical knockout loss to Bobby Lashley during the post fight press conference that never happened at Strikeforce: "Miami" tonight from the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Free Agent Hieron Reflects On Riggs,Wants Diaz
“The game plan was to try and go out and put pressure on him. Try to stay sharp because he’s a lefty. You can’t go after a lefty because everything is opposite, so I was a little more strategic,” Hieron told MMAWeekly.com after the fight. “I felt great in my performance.”
Broughton Rolls Through U.K.'s Best For Tourney Win
Heavyweights collided in Hove, England in a unique “winner takes all” tournament, £10,000 (roughly $16,000) incentive and a nice shiny ZT Fight Night strap to boot. This brought out the big guns in U.K. MMA and a few dark horses, but ultimately it was M-1 challenge veteran Rob Broughton who was the star of the show, picking up the overall victory over the course of seven grueling rounds of MMA action.
MMA Quick Quote: Marloes Coenen wanted more time to fight Cyborg Santos
"I feel beat up. It was a tough fight. She was really good, but I think [the referee] stopped it too soon. I was still moving -- she hit me hard but I could take it. I have to see the fight back of course, but [I kept] moving and my defense was high if I'm correct. She won it. She's the champion. Again, I have to see the fight back because I don't remember anything when I'm fighting -- it's all flashes."
Former Power Ranger Jason Frank Wins MMA Debut
Although it almost was the other way around, good beat evil again last night as Jason David Frank, best known as the Green/White Ranger on "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", managed to withstand a brutal opening onslaught and beat Jonathan Mack by 1st round tapout in his MMA debut. The fight, which Frank won by omoplata, will be televised by HDNet in the near future.
Lawler KO's Manhoef, Lashley gets TKO win
It ended fast and it ended with a bang.
Robbie Lawler was feeling the power and dangerous strikes of Melvin Manhoef, but too much aggression and a perfectly timed counter punch sent the Dutchman crashing to the canvas, a victim of a vicious knockout.
To his credit, Melvin Manhoef approached the fight with Lawler with a much better gameplan that his usual bull rush style. The powerful Dutch striker planted some powerful leg kicks that left Lawler limping, backing up across the cage.
It looked like a completely one sided fight as Manhoef blasted away at Lawler's head and body with his signature punching power. Just as Manhoef went for the kill, Lawler finally threw a big punch, and that's all he needed.
Herschel Walker experiment pays off with win
Strikeforce took a big risk signing and showcasing 47-year old former NFL player, Herschel Walker, in his professional debut on Saturday, but it paid off as the one time Heisman Trophy winner dominated Greg Nagy on the way to a TKO win.
In the early going, Walker did a good job of stuffing the takedown attempts from opponent, Greg Nagy, who struggled under the power of the former running back. Eventually, Walker reversed the position, landed on top, and started to throw down punches at Nagy.
Keeping out of too much danger, Nagy did position his body well enough to almost lock on a heel hook in the first round, but Walker rolled and stayed out of the submission.
Cyborg defends title with dominance over Coenen
Living up to the hype of her championship victory, Cris Cyborg didn't show any signs of weakness in her first title defense as she dominated and powered through top contender, Marloes Coenen, picking up a 3rd round TKO win.
Cris Cyborg came out with her signature aggressive style, striking at Coenen with looping left and right hands. Regardless of her opponent's grappling background, Cyborg actually initiated the first takedown, putting Coenen on her back looking for a punching attack from her guard.
Diaz wins WW belt, KO's Zaromxkis in 1st rd
It took several years and three different weight classes, but the hard work that Nick Diaz put in finally paid off as the brash Cesar Gracie student knocked out Dream champion, Marius Zaromskis, to claim the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.
It looked like the slugfest that most expected out of Robbie Lawler and Melvin Manhoef, but it was Diaz and Zaromskis who came out throwing heavy duty shots as soon as the bell rang.
BJ Penn: I do want to be the welterweight champion again
“As far as my aspirations to go back up to welterweight and fight GSP again, I am going to have to wait. I do want to be the welterweight champion again, I want to fight GSP again and I am always interested in moving up, I have done that in the past, looked beyond what I had to do, and I won’t be looking past Frankie Edgar.”
Memo to WEC: Doing a PPV in May Is Asking for Disaster
I've long been a skeptic of the WEC's prospects for PPV, but I understand why they need to start running PPV events. If they can't succeed on PPV they won't be financially viable in the long haul, and they can't count on Zuffa subsidizing them just to keep Versus occupied forever. However, May is a bad month for an obvious reason: there is way too much competition for the WEC to succeed in May.
Hieron Vying for No. 1 Contendership
However, like almost every well-laid plan in MMA, unforeseen circumstances and the choices that come out of them take promotions and fighters down other paths. When Hieron’s management turned down a fight with Lithuanian newcomer Marius Zaromskis for January, Diaz was given the bout instead. And with Diaz seen as a top 170-pound contender in the promotion, the bout was allotted for the promotion’s first-ever welterweight title.
Poll results: Fans want Mousasi vs. Henderson, Emelianenko vs. Overeem
That's the question we asked in a recent "Inside MMA"/MMAjunkie.com poll, and two bouts ran away with the majority of the vote.And luckily for fans, the most-requested matchup is one likely to take place at a future Strikeforce on CBS event: Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi vs. recent Strikerorce signee and former UFC fighter Dan Henderson.
Al-Turk In Doubt For UFC109 With Visa Issues
Rolles Gracie is still set to make his UFC debut on Feb. 6, but it may be against a new opponent. Mostapha Al-Turk has run into visa issues that could prevent the British fighter from making the trip to Las Vegas for the upcoming fight.