Mousasi's stock rising; welcomes fight with Hendo
Heading into Strikeforce on Saturday night, light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi was a huge favorite against former UFC fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, but the fight had some great back and forth moments that challenged the 205-pound titleholder.
In the end, Mousasi was able to get the upper hand and finish off Sokoudjou in the second round. Following the fight, the champion remarked that he knew his opponent was tough and no one should have underrated him going into the bout. That said, Mousasi, who is now on the radar as one of the top fighters on the planet, misses the role of playing the underdog. A position he occupied just a couple of years ago before some huge wins burst him into spot he sits in today.
Preliminary CBS ratings for Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Rogers" averages 3.79 million viewers
The preliminary ratings for the CBS broadcast of Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Rogers” returned an estimated 3.79 million viewers for the prime time mixed martial arts event.
The 1.7 rating share for “Saturday Night Fights” was enough to reach number one in several key demographics; however, it did fall short of the high water mark set by YouTube sensation-turned Ultimate Fighter Kimbo Slice, who reached as high as 4.8 million viewers and 3.0 rating share on Elite XC: “Prime Time” back in May 2008.
The gogoplata guy: Even if retirement sticks, Brad Imes left his mark on MMA
When Brad Imes graduated high school, it would've been ridiculous for someone to suggest he would one day be known as a nimble heavyweight who would pull off one of the most unique and fascinating feats in all of mixed-martial-arts.
At the time, in June 1995, Imes was a 5-foot-10, 165-pound reserve football player in Columbia, Mo.
Within two years, Imes would be 6-feet-7 and 290 pounds. Even more, by the time he was a year out of the University of Missouri, where he walked on the school's football team before earning a scholarship as an offensive lineman, he cut his 40-yard dash time to 4.85 seconds and increased his vertical jump from 24 inches to 33 inches.
If you're looking for a reason why Imes recently pulled off two gogoplata submissions in consecutive fights — a seemingly impossible task, particularly in the heavyweight division of MMA — consider his growth. He was a flexible, quick football player who needed to grow into his body to be comfortable.
Because of it, Imes has become famous in the MMA world, almost like Bigfoot.
Fabricio Werdum: "It's my turn to fight Fedor"
“It’s my turn now. I have a lot of respect for Fedor. He is the best in the world. I already fought (Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion) Alistair Overeem in Japan. It’s my turn to fight Fedor. I believe in my techniques and if it goes to the ground, I believe in my jiu-jitsu.”
–Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, who has a 2006 submission win over current Strikeforce division champion Alistair Overeem, believes his Nov. 7 win over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva earned him the right to face Fedor Emelianenko in his next bout.
What Happened To Mark Miller vs. Deray Davis?
After the post-Fedor madness cleared from the cage we were told to get upstairs for the press conference and it was clear that the Miller/Davis fight wasn't taking place. I tried to ask the few executives I saw walking around for the story and no one seemed to know.
Mark Miller vs Deray Davis was canceled by fight organizers due to lack of time. A real un-cool decision. Both fighters prepared for this evening and were told with no advance noticed what-so-ever. At the moment they would be walking out on the floor for their match, Miller and Davis were informed that they were canceled! Fighters stood stand-by in shock trying to understand how this became their evening's destiny.
Strikeforce's Antonio Silva has no ill will toward judges' decision
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – When the final decision was read – Fabricio Werdum earned a unanimous decision win over fellow heavyweight Antonio Silva by winning two rounds to one – the crowd at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., reacted with a mix of boos and cheers.
Some felt the 29-28 scores were justified. Others booed the decision and felt Silva, who kicked off the night's CBS broadcast with a dominant first round, earned the win.
But one person you won't hear complaining about the decision is Silva.
Le vs. Smith official for "Strikeforce: Evolution" on Dec. 19
A potential middleweight slugfest first reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) is now official, as Strikeforce announced former 185-pound champion Cung Le (6-0) meets fellow striking enthusiast Scott Smith (16-6).
Le and Smith will headline the recently announced Dec. 19 event, "Strikeforce: Evolution" at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Tickets for the Showtime-broadcast event, which will go head-to-head with Zuffa, LLC's "WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff," go on sale next week.
Strikeforce CEO: Emelianenko vs. Werdum matchup "makes a lot of sense"
After Emelianenko dispatched of Rogers via second-round knockout and Werdum edged Silva via decision, Coker was again asked if that was still the plan.
The Strikeforce boss said some discussions will first need to take place, but he admitted the matchup "makes a lot of sense."
Coker discussed the possible bout in the night's post-fight press conference.
However, someone beat him to the topic and was already campaigning for the matchup.
Dan Hornbuckle wants UFC fights with Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch
Dan ‘The Handler’ Hornbuckle hit international MMA headlines when he knocked out Akihirio Gono at Sengoku 9 in August. The head kick KO was so heavy that Gono had to be stretchered from the ring.
Since then, Hornbuckle has gone on to beat Nick Thompson by TKO at Sengoku 10, taking his record to 19-2. He is sure he will arrive in the UFC at some point in the near future.
Swick laughs Hughes off. "It wouldn't even be a fight"
Mike ‘Quick’ Swick has laughed off Matt Hughes’ comments that neither he nor his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Josh Koscheck are in his league. Somewhat incredulous, Swick dismissed the remark as “silly” and said if anything it would be Hughes that is out of his depth.
As far as not being worthy of fighting him? That's silly to me. I don't think he beats any of us. I mean, I don't think it would even be a fight,” Swick said in an interview with Heavy.com this week.“He's a tough guy and he's a very talented fighter. The reason we wanted to fight him isn't because we're picking on him, but because he's a top-level fighter.”
Stefan Struve signs new UFC deal
Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve has signed a new four-fight deal that will make him a UFC fighter until 2011, a source close to the fighter tells Fighters Only.
Struve was three fights into a four-fight deal when the new contract was tabled. Having won two of his three outings so far, the new deal is on improved terms.
Jake Shields: Cung Le would rather vacate the title than fight me for it
“Cung Le doesn’t want to fight me. That’s why he vacated the title only to come back a month later and fight again. You’ll have to ask Cung why he won’t fight me.”
Newly crowned Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields takes at shot at Cung Le during the “Fedor vs. Rogers” post fight press conference on Nov. 7 from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Thiago aggressive and smart against Rashad
“Everybody knows thay I’m an aggressive fighter, but I realized that we have to be aggressive, but smart too. I’ll study his game and find the easiest way to get the victory and I’ll be done”, Silva guarantees, talking about his trainings with Luis Cane, Kimbo Slice and Denis Kang, his nexts fights in the UFC and the controversial Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Shogun title fight. Stay tuned at TATAME.com.
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.