Strikeforce Introduces Shinya Aoki, Could Soon Fight For SF
A surprise guest was in attendance at Friday's Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers Weigh-ins: DREAM & WAMMA Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki. The Japanese fighter said he's attending tonight's CBS-televised event and hopes to soon fight for the promotion (presumably sans the pants). With the help of a translator, Aoki told Friday's crowd that he looked forward to the event and hoped he could soon make his promotional debut for Strikeforce. SF CEO Scott Coker said he hopes that could happen by early 2010.
WAMMA Sanctions Fedor-Rogers Fight, To Unveil New Title Belt
Well, it turns out WAMMA isn't dead like we thought it might be. In a press release Thursday, The World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA), announced it will sanction the STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global fight between undisputed WAMMA reigning heavyweight champion Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko and undefeated challenger, Brett “The Grim” Rogers, which will air live on CBS tonight In addition to sanctioning the main event, WAMMA will also be unveiling a new design for the championship belt, and a new logo, which will be featured on the fight surface during the live telecast.
Cung Le Likely To Return To SF Next Month
Despite vacating the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship and several pending movie roles, it appears Cung Le will return to MMA much sooner than expected. According to sources close to the 12/19 SF event, Le will return next month and face Scott Smith.
Mono pushes back Lesnar-Carwin battle
Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has mononucleosis and won't be able to defend his title Jan. 2 at UFC 108 against Shane Carwin, UFC president Dana White texted to the Los Angeles Times.
The fight, originally scheduled for Nov. 21, was pushed back to January because of a Lesnar illness. Now, White says Lesnar has mononucleosis and can't train for six weeks, according to his text to the Times.
UFC officials said they hope to have Lesnar back in the octagon by March.
For Brett Rogers,It's All About Respect
Brett Rogers has had his mind set to Fedor Emelianenko from Affliction’s final moments to Strikeforce’s biggest moment.
The two will clash under the CBS eye Saturday night for a possible sold-out house at the Sears Centre Arena in suburban Chicago. It’s the fourth time in mixed martial arts’ short history that the sport will be seen on over-the-air network TV.
Rogers, 28, is only three years into a professional mixed martial arts career and six months into life as a full-time fighter. He’s faced only one Top 10 fighter, though he's undefeated at 10-0. It’s an easy drawback for handicappers (Rogers is +375 to Emelianenko’s -550).
Strikeforce Mini Heavyweight Tournament Kicks Off 11/7 For Shot At Overeem
While they wait for Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem to return in spring of next year, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently revealed that tomorrow's Heavyweight fights are actually part of a mini-tournament to determine who gets Overeem when he returns. Coker hints at possibly a fight between the Antonio Silva-Fabricio Werdum and Fedor-Brett Rogers winners to see who will get the first title shot.
Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes prelim bout completes UFC 106 fight card
A bout between veteran Caol Uno (25-12-4 MMA, 3-4-1 UFC) and Brazilian lightweight Fabricio Camoes (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now official and completes the fight card for UFC 106.
The matchup is part of the event's un-aired preliminary card.
UFC 106 takes place Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and the night's main card, including the main event of Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz, airs on pay-per-view.
The UFC recently unveiled all of the night's matchups except for the Uno vs. Camoes bout.
'Henderson Not Signed Anywhere'
Dan Henderson remains an unsigned commodity, the fighter’s business partner and manager, Aaron Crecy, told Sherdog.com late Thursday, responding to a new report that states the top-five middleweight has signed with Strikeforce.
“Dan hasn’t signed anywhere,” said Crecy.
Crecy has stepped forward twice in the last three weeks to counter claims that his client had signed with the UFC’s biggest U.S. competitor. In mid-October, the middleweight and his managerial team also squashed reports that Henderson was close to signing a deal with Strikeforce.
Henderson and the UFC have been stuck on the monetary terms of a new five-fight agreement since late July. In that time, UFC President Dana White has described the renegotiations as anywhere from “stalemated” to “done.”
However, Sherdog.com has direct knowledge from multiple parties involved that talks between both sides have continued the entire time and even into this week.
On Wednesday, White again commented publicly about Henderson.
“I guarantee you 1,000 percent that Dan Henderson is signed by Strikeforce,” White told Yahoo Sports.
Crecy said the statement is 100 percent false.
“Anyone that would report that is misinformed,” he said.
Strikeforce signs ‘Relentless’ Roger Bowling for 2010 debut
Indiana ( USA ): “Relentless” Roger Bowling, the undefeated MMA Big Show Welterweight kingpin, has signed a contract with San Jose-based StrikeForce, one of the top MMA promotions in America . The signing took place during intermission at the “Full Force” event on Saturday, Oct. 24th.
Bowling, who has yet to go to a decision or even see the 2nd round in his career, is considered by many to be one of the top welterweight prospects in MMA. Known for his cardio, brutal strikes, and excellent wrestling, he is expected to make his StrikeForce debut in February or March 2010. He holds quality wins over former IFL fighter Seth Baczynski and current StrikeForce fighter Shamar Bailey, and his last fight was a victory over Devon Plaisance via TKO at Big Show’s “Unstoppable” event in July.
11/5/09 - Carwin to undergo MRI scan for knee injury
With Brock Lesnar now unable to meet him at UFC 108, Shane Carwin is going to use the time off to get a nagging injury looked at.
His management told Fighters Only tonight that his knee had been “an issue” and Carwin himself says he is “going to get an MRI to see how bad my leg is. Might as well heal up and get a full check up.”
Official weigh-in results: "Strikeforce Challengers IV: Evangelista vs. Gurgel" (Updated)
The full weigh-in results include:
Billy Evangelista (159) vs. Jorge Gurgel (159)*
Brandon Cash (256) vs. Shane del Rosario (240)
Luke Rockhold (185.5) vs. Jesse Taylor (186)
Ousmane Thomas Diagne (155.5) vs. Merrit Warren (154)
Elisha Hellspur (134.5) vs. Zoila Frausto (132.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
Johnny Goh (154) vs. Ben Holscher (155.5)
Chris Culley (148.5)** vs. Casey Olson (145.5)
Cole Escovedo (135.5) vs. Maurice Eazel (133)
Rico Altamirano (171) vs. Alex Trevino (170.5)
* - Bout was listed as a 155-pound contest, but the CSAC later told MMAjunkie.com it was actually contracted for 160 pounds; both fighters made weight
** - Missed weight and will forfeit 20 percent of fight purse to opponent
Jacaré vs. Lindland possible at Strikeforce
“I only have rumors that I might fight in December, but Strikerforce didn’t announce anything yet“, said Souza, excited with the possibility to face Lindland. “If this fight happens, I’ll be very happy. He’s an excellent athlete... This fight is everything I wanted, fight with the best, only tough fighters“. In case of confirmation, it wouldn’t be the first time that Jacaré and Matt face each other.
On ADCC 2003, the fighters fought each other at the quarter finals, and the Brazilian won without much trouble with an arm-lock (remember on the video below). “It’s not Submission, it’s a whole different game on MMA“, guarantees Jacaré, excited for the debut. “The expectation is high, I’m training very focused. When the times comes, I’ll be ready to do my work and represent Brazil“,
Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller doesn’t want to hug Jake Shields on Nov. 7 …
“I think it’s funny how some people are underestimating me. I’m shocked at the odds. I should be the favorite. But oddsmakers’ jobs are to make money and to get action. I’m going to turn this into a brawl. I’m not interested in turning it into a hugging contest, which is what he may do. I want to keep the fight at a fast pace, while I think Jake will want to slow it down and grind it out. It’s possible, if I have my way, and Shields does his part, that we will have the fight of the night.”
*let me just say this..it's OVER for you Shields..Mayhem via tKO
Sports Apparel Giant Under Armour Signs GSP To Deal
The sports apparel giant Under Armour, best known perhaps for their slogan/sales pitch "We Must Protect This House!", has found themselves a fighter to help protect their house-Georges St. Pierre. The UFC Welterweight Champion has signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Under Armour, becoming the first MMA fighter to score such a major deal with the company. St-Pierre will be the face of specific Under Armor products, including the BoxerJock and BoxerBrief lines and Recharge suit, beginning in early 2010.
ATT Confirms Duffee's departure
American Top Team have confirmed that Todd Duffee is no longer part of the squad, having moved to the west coast of the USA several weeks ago. He is now fighting for Xtreme Couture and will be representing them in his future UFC fights, a spokesman for ATT said today.
Daley expects to knock Condit out at UFC 108
It’s been rumored for quite some time, but a welterweight bout former Cage Rage champion Paul Daley and former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Carlos Condit finally has ink to paper. The bout will take place on Jan. 2 at UFC 108.
Daley (22-8-2) enters the bout following a TKO stoppage of Martin Kampmann in the first round at UFC 103. The bout in Dallas put an exclamation point on Daley’s Octagon debut against an opponent that Condit lost a split decision to earlier this year.
Jon Fitch: "Waiting around for Thiago Alves to get better was not an option"
“I needed to fight, I was (previously) scheduled for Nov. 21 and I’ve been training 5-6 weeks already. I don’t like a lot of down time, I like to fight often. Waiting around for Thiago (Alves) to get better was not an option. The last week has just been up and down, changing training camps from one day to the next and emotionally getting up and down for different opponents. Mike Pierce is not well know but sometimes these kinds of fights are harder than the high profile fights because people expect you to go out and smash a guy they don’t know so if you don’t, they hold it against you. This fight can very easily turn into one of my tougher fights.”
Former UFC welterweight number one contender Jon Fitch shares the frustration of undergoing multiple changes in both events and opponents after Ricardo Almeida and Thiago Alves both went down with knee injuries and were forced out of action.