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.
Minotauro Nogueira In Talks To Face Velasquez On 1/2
Despite rumors either might be next in line for a UFC Heavyweight Title shot after Shane Carwin, that apparently will not be the case for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez. In fact, they're likely facing each other next. The TATAME site reports Nogueira's manager has confirmed the fight, but no word from the Velasquez camp yet. The fight is tentatively scheduled for UFC 108 on January 2.
GSP ready to defend UFC title against Hardy-Swick winner
When Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy takes on Mike (Quick) Swick next week at UFC 105 in Manchester, England, the most interested observer cageside will be Canadian Georges St. Pierre.
"Apparently I will probably fight the winner of this fight so I'm going to be watching it very carefully," St. Pierre told The Canadian Press.
Nogueira and the debut: “Cane is not naive”
“We don’t know how it’s gonna be, fight is fight, we have to be trained for everything, as on the ground, boxing and muay thai... It’s gonna be good“, said Nogueira, who already defeated athletes like Dan Henderson, Alistair Overeem and Kazushi Sakuraba. “Cane is not naive, he won’t make a predictable game“, bets, ready to debut on November 21.
Another great name in the 205 pounds division, “Minotouro” is another Brazilian athlete among the best. “This category is very good, there are a lot of Brazilians, and now there’s one more. I’ll try to make a good presentation and show my value on this division“, Rogério said,
Riddle Not Impressed With Osipzack
Since leaving Arizona Combat Sports, Riddle has bounced between Xtreme Couture, Warrior Training Center and Legion Jiu-Jitsu in his new hometown (he is originally from Allentown, Penn). He’s over the club scene, and has settled into a good training groove.
He hardly bats an eye at Osipczak
Fight Camp 360 Fedor-Rogers
SHOWTIME Sports turns its powerful spotlight on MMA with a new installment - Fight Camp 360º : Fedor vs. Rogers. The 30-minute show premiered Tuesday, November 3 at 9:30 pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME
Fighters Convene in Las Vegas for UFC/WEC Summit
While crossing paths with a Mixed Martial Artist in Las Vegas may not be an overly infrequent occurrence, the odds are certainly up for any fans visiting Sin City this week thanks to a Zuffa summit involving numerous fighters from both the UFC and WEC.
Representatives from the dual promotions included, but were not limited to, notable names such as Mauricio Rua, Yoshihiro Akiyama, “Minotauro” Nogueira, Rogerio Nogueira, Frank Edgar, Miguel Torres, Nate Diaz, Urijah Faber, Demian Maia, Tom Lawlor, Joe Lauzon, Mark Coleman, Mike Swick, Danny Castillo, Matt Serra, Muhsin Corbbrey, Frank Trigg, Junior dos Santos, Ben Henderson, and head-honchos Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.
M-1 Global and Fedor file lawsuit against Affliction
It is currently being reported that M-1 Global and Fedor Emelianenko have filed a lawsuit against Affliction Clothing, Affliction Entertainment and 50 unnamed John Does in the Central District of California.
The complaint, filed on October 28th 2009, alleges a breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing as it relates to a series of prearranged agreements between Fedor, M-1 Global, and Affliction.