Josh Thomson: ‘I didn’t even watch the last fight’ with Gilbert Melendez'
Fellow Strikeforce lightweight champions Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez are far from strangers heading into this Saturday evening’s “Strikeforce: Evolution” card where the pair will face off for the second time to decide who the true king of the hill is in the promotion at 155 pounds.
Thomson edged out Melendez via unanimous decision in the first battle between the California based rivals in a bout that took place more than a year ago in June of 2008, but according to “The Punk”, he didn’t even bother to review his previous victory as he fully expects a new and improved “El Nino” on December 19 when the two slug it out live on Showtime.
Yvel glad to finally get his shot in the UFC
Gilbert Yvel has finalized a seven-fight deal with the UFC that kicks off with a main card showdown with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 108.
Santos was originally scheduled to face former contender Gabriel Gonzaga on the Jan. 2 card, but was forced to withdraw due to a staph infection.
It was an unusual road to the Octagon for the Dutch striker, but he’s happy to have made it.
Ricardo Almeida likely for UFC 111 in March, bout with Thiago Alves possible
While a knee injury forced grappling ace Ricardo Almeida (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) out of a planned UFC 106 bout with Jon Fitch, "Big Dog" apparently won't sit out for long.
And while Almeida couldn't comment on the potential contest when contacted by MMAjunkie.com, additional sources have indicated Brazilian slugger Thiago Alves (16-6 MMA, 9-3 UFC) may be in the running to face the 33-year-old.
UFC 107 Medical Suspensions
The Tennessee Athletic Commission has announced the medical suspensions from UFC 107. 18 fighters in all got suspensions, but most were in the range of 3-45 days. Only Clay Guida and Matt Wiman got 60+ day suspensions unless they are medically cleared ahead of time.
Strikeforce on CBS Locked for April
CBS has formally agreed to air its second Strikeforce event in April, Sherdog.com has learned from an executive within the major network.A specific date and venue has not been decided, though numerous locations are currently being scouted from coast to coast, according to the executive.
Thiago Alves To Return At UFC 111
Former welterweight contender Thiago Alves will make his return to action at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010.Alves suffered a PCL tear in training for a bout with Jon Fitch at UFC 107, but has recently begun training again, according to his manager, Malki Kawa of First Round Management.An opponent for the American Top Team standout is not confirmed at this time.
DREAM and World Victory Road confirm fights for Dec. 31 "Dynamite!! 2009" event
The fight card for DREAM and World Victory Road's Dec. 31 "Dynamite!! 2009" event got some serious depth today with the official announcement of numerous matchups, many of which pit one of the Japanese organization's fighters against the other promotion's.The HDNet-televised event features both MMA and K-1 bouts and takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.Today's additions include Masanori Kanehara (15-7-5) vs. Norofumi "Kid" Yamamoto (17-2) and Akihiro Gono (30-15-7) vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (35-9-2).
Sonnen Brings in Okami to 'Anchor' his Training Camp for UFC 109 Fight Against Marquardt
We got men and women at war right now – they got real problems – so me complaining about where I come out on the card would be very arrogant. But with that said, there are guys that I’m opening the show for that would never fight after me had Okami not been my dance partner. They call him Yushin “Thunder” Okami, I call him Yushin “Anchor” Okami; he pulls people down, whereas if you get a fight with me – if you get me on the docket, I’m going to pull you up. I’m going to get exposure and attention and people to care about the fight and “Anchor” Okami’s got the opposite effect. So was it annoying? Yes.
Replacement John Gunderson gets Rafaello Oliviera at UFC 108
UFC newcomer John Gunderson (22-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) replaces Sean Sherk (33-4-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and meets fellow lightweight Rafaello Oliveira (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) next month at UFC 108.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the change overnight. The bout was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
UFC 108, a fight card ravaged by injuries, takes place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view (main card) and Spike TV (two preliminary card bouts). Gunderson vs. Oliviera is part of the night's preliminary card, though it's unlikely to be part of the Spike TV broadcast.
The UFC has not officially announced the fight.
Prangley Out; Lawler Waiting for New Opponent
Robbie Lawler went nearly a year between bouts his last time out, and is currently six months between fights, hoping that Strikeforce can find him a new opponent by Saturday night.
Lawler learned today that Trevor Prangley, who was a replacement for his initial opponent, Benji Radach, has had to withdraw from Strikeforce: Evolution due to an undisclosed injury.
The news was first reported by Sherdog.com, and independently confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz.
Lawler last fought in a headlining effort, losing to Jake Shields in June. He sat out for nearly a year prior to that bout when EliteXC, where he was the middleweight champion, quickly disintegrated.
There was no word on a new opponent for Lawler at the time of publication.
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith and Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez headline Strikeforce: Evolution Saturday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime.
UFC Fan Expo Set for Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th-29th
This past July, the first-ever UFC Fan Expo took the sports world by storm, as fans celebrated the past, present, and future of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. So by popular demand, the UFC, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, has announced that the second UFC Fan Expo will take place May 28-29, 2010, back in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
The jam-packed two-day event, occurring during Memorial Day Weekend 2010, will provide fans with the opportunity to experience a number of special events, fighter appearances, autograph signings, and training & development sessions with elite fighters and industry leaders.
Over 200 leading companies are expected to exhibit, covering 200,000 gross square feet of space, and will feature apparel, electronic gaming, food & beverages, fight gear, fitness equipment and supplies, nutritional supplements, lifestyle products, and much more...
Fabricio Werdum: I imagine my next Strikeforce fight will be against Andrei Arlovski
Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum talks about a possible rematch with Andrei Arlovski in his next fight for the San Jose-based promotion in Spring 2010. "Vai Cavalo" went three rounds with "The Pitbull" back at UFC 70 in a widely-panned bout that Arlovski won via ugly slap-attack. Werdum is still hoping to face Fedor Emelianenko in the near future, but it sounds like Strikeforce might have other plans for "The Last Emperor." Perhaps a rude welcome for the returning Alistair Overeem?
Shane Carwin would happily fight fellow UFC heavyweight contender Frank Mir
With the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight division in a bit of disarray due to a rash of fighter injuries and champion Brock Lesnar's mysterious but obviously serious illness, one fighter is openly contemplating options for future fights.Shane Carwin, who was next in line for a title shot until Lesnar was sidelined with injuries, initially opted to fight through his own ailment but has since decided to take time off to rehabilitate and to prepare for the birth of a child.When he returns, though, he's open to a fight with fellow contender Frank Mir.
Win or lose in WEC 45 main event, Donald Cerrone dropping to 145 pounds
Win or lose at Saturday's WEC 45 event, top lightweight contender Donald Cerrone is dropping a weight class and competing at featherweight for some future fights.The WEC 45 headliner today announced the news on MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).Cerrone, who said he hasn't even discussed the plan with WEC officials, plans to take a couple fights in the division and then bounce between the two weight classes."After this fight, I'm going to dabble down at 145," said Cerrone, who headlines the Versus-televised WEC 45 event at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. "I'm going to give it a go, win or lose. But it's going to be a win, so I'm not real worried about it.
The Fate Of Gina Carano
“Her agent and I have been in dialogue,” he added. “We had talked about having her fight again, but not fighting on Dec. 19. She’s going to acting classes, I heard, and doing a lot of weapons training, doing what they do.”The Strikeforce executive has followed this route before. The promotion’s other crossover star, Cung Le, relinquished his middleweight title in September when a blossoming movie career overtook his fighting responsibilities. Le will return to the cage on Dec. 19 after a 21-month absence.
Dos Santos wants to knock Gilbert Yvel out
“I was training to fight with Napão, but happened that he couldn’t fight so they putted Gilbert Yvel, who’s a very though guy, he’s coming from victory by knock out in front of Pedro Rizzo and has a very good Muay Thai”, said the fighter, who can still show an unknown side to UFC fans. “I think that his weak spot is the ground. We’ve trained to make a work with intelligence and a good fight and I’m training a lot on the ground, but I won’t want to take it down soon, I’ll want to feel the fight standing up... I know that he’s good but I believe in me and I know that I can represent danger standing up“.
*scary fight..don't look down on Evil Yvel..both like to bang..so it's gone be a stand up war...
Jean Silva retires: "I'm too tired"
“Hey guys from TATAME, I announced to you in first hand my retirement. It’s 10 years of career and almost 40 fights. I’m too tired to train and administrate my new training center here in João Pessoa. Another reason is that my manager abandoned me. It’s complicated when you lose, because you don’t have any value anymore. I had other problems that made me think more on taking care of my family and my business around here. It’s sad to me, but sooner or later this day would come. I think I already gave my contribution to MMA, specially in England, where I fought most of my career".
*wow kinda shocked by this..as i have followed White Bear thru his career..but i guess it's smart to get out when you know you should..i do hope that he keeps training guys down in Brazil..
UFC to Twice Air Live on Versus in 2010
Versus, home of the WEC since June 2007, will begin carrying live UFC events in 2010 as part of a renewal agreement with Zuffa that will bring a total of seven WEC and two UFC events live to cable sports network next year, according to VERSUS.com.
Spike TV had previously been the exclusive cable channel for the UFC and the first UFC on Versus event will be the first time the UFC has aired an event live outside of Spike TV since the two partnered for The Ultimate Fighter in 2005.
Details of the first UFC event on Versus are to be announced.
The new agreement, which will also allow Versus digital media rights to stream preliminary WEC fights on VERSUS.com, can essentially put to rest rumors of Zuffa folding the WEC and sending its fighters to the UFC at least for the near future.