SF November 7 Venue Announced Today
With yesterday's confirmation of Strikeforce's November 7 event on CBS, the final key component was revealed today: Where. SF is now just waiting for Illinois Athletic Commission approval to announce the event will be at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. The 11,000 seat arena hosted an IFL event in 2006. Other possible hosts in & around Chicago were already booked.
Once-paralyzed Cole Escovedo signed by Strikeforce, debuts Nov. 6
Former World Extreme Cagefighting fighter Cole Escovedo (12-4), who missed nearly three years of competition because of an infection that led to temporary paralysis, has been booked for Strikeforce's Nov. 6 show.
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighter's recent signing and event booking, though an opponent has not been determined.
The Nov. 6 Strikeforce event, part of the organization's "Strikeforce Challengers" series, takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on Showtime.
Escovedo made his pro debut in 2001 and won 11 of his first 12 fights (seven via triangle choke) competing primarily for the WEC. The fighter had quickly become of the 145-pound division's most promising prospects, and the 28-year-old fighter even won the WEC's first-ever featherweight title.
However, after a stretch of three losses to notables Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver and Antonio Banuelos in 2006, Escovedo suffered a serious staph infection that ultimately left him partially paralyzed below his waist. The infection began in his arm, and after a misdiagnosis from multiple doctors, eventually spread to his spine.
After surgery and a couple years of physical therapy and training, Escovedo made a triumphant return to competition this past May. At Palace Fighting Championships 13, he defeated Michael McDonald via second-round TKO. The fight marked his debut in the 135-pound bantamweight division.
FEG Confirms JZ Off DREAM 11, Kawajiri Participation
FEG made a couple more changes to the DREAM 11 card today: They confirmed that Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante is off the card due to injury and they are looking for a replacement to face Daisuke Nakamura. Added to the event is Lightweight standout Tatsuya Kawajiri, who will face Guam native Melchor Manibusan.
No UFC In Columbus, Ohio Next Year
Back in March after a successful UFC event there, Dana White vowed UFC would return to Columbus, Ohio for a UFC event every year. Apparently "every year" won't include 2010-Dana confirmed Thursday that UFC won't return next year. The main reason seems to be expansion and desire to visit new cities. UFC has run 3 Columbus events over the last 3 years.
Frank Trigg Is To MMA What Michael Jordan Is To Basketball
And he wants fans to remember that. He recently told a Las Vegas newspaper that in MMA "you cannot have the future without the old guys like me that did it first". And he referenced Michael Jordan in regards to there being no Kobe Bryant and LeBron in the NBA without MJ to compare himself to the young stars of MMA today.
Kampmann Prepared for Daley at UFC 103
Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann was originally scheduled to face Mike "Quick" Swick at UFC 103 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. An injury forced Swick out of the bout and hard hitting British fighter Paul Daley stepped in to replace the American Kickboxing Academy fighter.
"I was preparing for Swick. I was looking forward to fighting Swick, but now Paul Daley steps up. He was supposed to fight too on the same night. I was happy they could switch it up and get me an opponent to fight."
Le Steps Down; Shields vs. Miller for 185 belt.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Thursday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his middleweight champion, Cung Le, has booked another major motion picture role and will relinquish his belt.
Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will now vie for the undisputed title under the eye of CBS when the two meet at the promotion’s network debut Nov. 7 at location to be announced early next week. A report on ESPN.com says the Sears Center Arena in Chicago is under intense consideration, citing sources close to the situation. The telecast will air live from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Coker was unaware whether the broadcast would be tape delayed to other parts of the country.
UFC 103 Already Setting Records
More than 48 hours prior to fight time UFC 103 was already setting records in Texas.
“We’re very happy with ticket sales,” said UFC president Dana White.
“It’s the number one sporting gross we’ve ever had and only second behind the Rolling Stones in 2005 (for gross ticket sales for any event),” said American Airlines Center general manager Dave Brown at the UFC 103 pre-fight press conference.
Strikeforce: Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller in the works for Nov. 7 on CBS
Former Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Shields and former ICON Sport middleweight champion Jason Miller will settle their score at Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Rogers” in front of a national television audience on CBS this Nov. 7, according to a recent Twitter post from “Mayhem.”
Here’s the snip:
“Ok bitches who said I was ducking — I duck NO ONE. Fighting Sheilds on November 7th. Official BOOM!"
The former “Bully Beatdown” buddies have recently been squabbling back-and-forth, claiming that the other won’t accept the fight. Perhaps that’s because there was no fight to accept — Strikeforce officials denied that the fight was even in the works.
"Collateral damage" from Jackson's "A-Team" role includes lack of counter-programming options
DALLAS – UFC light heavyweight superstar Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's decision to forego a December bout with Rashad Evans has resulted in a series of headaches for UFC brass.
Rescheduling main events and shuffling fight locations may seem troubling enough, but today White admitted he was forced to scrap plans for a potential third event in November based on Jackson's decision to take a role as B.A. Baracus in a feature film version of "The A-Team."
"Thanks to [expletive] B.A. Baracus, I couldn't [expletive] pull it off," White said. "B.A. [expletive] me. The collateral damage that was done by him doing this thing was unbelievable."
Dana White confirms Anderson Silva to undergo elbow surgery, rules out heavyweight bout
DALLAS – While UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has insisted he's currently ready to fight on a moment's notice, UFC president Dana White told a different story at today's UFC 103 pre-fight press conference.
White said "The Spider" is set to have bone spurs removed from his elbow, and while the procedure is routine, Silva will still need time to recover.
"Contrary to whatever the hell [Silva] is saying, he's not 200 percent healthy," White said. "He's having some bone spurs removed from his elbow, which is a simple little procedure that happens, but you've got to have recovery time."
"The Ultimate Fighter 10" debut shatters Spike TV records, wins timeslot in key demos
With the show seemingly on its deathbed in recent years, the UFC and Spike TV's reality series "The Ultimate Fighter" recently debuted its 10th season on Wednesday and scored the biggest ratings in series and Spike TV history.
According to Spike TV, "TUF 10," which features an eclectic mix of MMA and NFL veterans (most notably, former EliteXC headliner Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson), debuted with a whopping 4.1 million viewers.
The series' previous high was 2.8 million viewers, who tuned in for the "TUF 3" premiere in 2006.
UFC 103 Preview: Tyson Griffin Braces for Potential War With Hermes Franca
Don't tell Tyson Griffin's teammates at Xtreme Couture gym that he'll be fighting on the same card as them, they'll likely cringe at the thought. After all, Griffin has managed to five Fight of the Night honors in eight performances in the UFC while also picking up a Submission of the Night honor in his UFC debut at UFC 63. As Thomas Gerbasi states in his sitdown with Griffin heading into UFC 103, teammate Martin Kampmann was a little upset that Griffin would once again share a card with him much like the UFN 18 card in which Kampmann won a hard fought victory over former WEC champion Carlos Condit, but Griffin won Fight of the Night honors instead.
Fedor-Rogers Meet Nov. 7 on CBS
"Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers will face off in a heavyweight main event for Strikeforce on Nov. 7 on CBS. A venue for the event is still to be announced.
Strikeforce announced the event on Thursday. The CBS Corporation owns premium pay channel Showtime, which has a multi-year broadcast deal with Strikeforce.
The bout will be the first of three for Emelianenko, the world’s top-ranked heavyweight, with the promotion and will mark his first bout in a cage."
I was expecting it to be earlier than this. Also, the only interesting thing about the fight will be seeing Fedor in a cage.
RICH FRANKLIN: Stuck in the Middle
Former UFC middleweight titleholder Rich "Ace" Franklin headlines UFC 103 against former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. The two will complete at a catch weight of 195 pounds; for Franklin it will be back-to-back fights at what I've coined the heavy middleweight division.
What does a win at 195 do for a fighter in the middleweight or light heavyweight division?
"That's a good question," Franklin told MMAWeekly.com. "I look at myself online sometimes and I see that I don't really have a good ranking at 205. I don't really have a good ranking at 185 anymore. I think a lot of people don't know where to put me in those weight classes, and I realize that these catch weight fights are kind of doing that to me.
Strikeforce's Casey Olson returns to MMA after soul-crushing loss of father
As a freshman in high school, Casey Olson was small, but determined.
"I was 100 pounds soaking wet," Olson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), "but I made varsity (wrestling)."
Olson's father, who went through a rough patch when Olson was in elementary school, had stabilized his life and had coached his son. Heading into his sophomore year, Olson wanted to improve, so his father did some extra drilling at the house, with the couch pushed aside in the living room.
Phillipe Nover Will Find Out What's Wrong And Come Back To Fight
Providing an update on his health after a seizure forced him off UFN 19 right before his fight, Phillipe Nover says he's feeling better but can't really explain what caused his seizure. He said everything came out normal in tests except his blood sugar being high, which might've been from eating so much after the weigh-ins. But he also said he'll be back.
Fedor Emelianenko Says A Fight Between Him & Brock Lesnar Will Definitely Take Place
Fedor Emelianenko is getting set to make his Strikeforce debut in the next month or so, and faces a formidable opponent in the undefeated Brett Rogers. Rogers has racked up wins over the likes of Jon Murphy, Ralph Kelly, and most recently, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. Fedor recently noted to Inside MMA that Rogers presents a difficult challenge for him.
"Brett Rogers is in very strong physical shape," Fedor noted. "He has a great knockout punch and is very big and very dangerous."
Despite the fight being announced a month ago, an exact date for the bout has yet to be announced. Fedor admitted that he wasn't sure when the fight would take place, saying it will "take place sometime in October or November, the exact date is still being identified."
Fedor also stated that this will be his last fight this year, and he will probably not fight again until February of 2010.
Fedor was asked if MMA fans should forget about a fight between him and Brock Lesnar from ever happening, to which "The Last Emperor" replied, "definitely not."
"I think that this fight will definitely take place sometime," he continued. "I hope that finally we'll find some common language with the UFC and we'll come to an agreement."
Stay tuned to FightLine.com for an announcement on a date and venue for the Fedor - Rogers fight.