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Overeem vs. Rogers, Arlovski vs. "Bigfoot" official for May 15 Strikeforce event in St. Louis
A pair of previously reported heavyweights bouts is now official for May 15 with today's official announcement of "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery." As expected Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (32-11 MMA, 2-0 SF) meets Brett Rogers (10-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) in the night's headliner, and former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski (15-7 MMA, 0-1 SF) meets former EliteXC title-holder Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (13-2 MMA, 0-1 SF) in the co-headliner. Today's release didn't state if Overeem vs. Rogers will be a title fight, and sources close to the competitors today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that an official decision hasn't been made about the championship status of the bout. Strikeforce officials could not be reached for comment.
Submitted Mar 19, 2010 4:08PM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Christian M'Pumbu Added To DREAM LHW Tournament
French veteran Christian M'Pumbu has signed a multi-fight deal with DREAM and is expected to be part of the upcoming Light Heavyweight Tournament starting in May. M'Pumbu is 15-2-1 career and is currently competing in a tournament in the DEEP promotion to determine that promotion's inaugural Light Heavyweight Champion.
Submitted Mar 19, 2010 12:37PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: Dream
Tito Ortiz Maintains UFC 115 Bout With Liddell Is Still On
Despite recent reports that his UFC 115 fight with Chuck Liddell is off due to medical and personal problems, Tito Ortiz says it's still on. He confirmed this to SI.com's Josh Gross earlier in the week. "Yes, I am," Ortiz told SI.com via text message late Wednesday. "Unless Chuck gets hurt." He also revealed his TUF 11 appearance was not cut short and that both he & girlfriend Jenna Jameson were hospitalized recently: Jenna for pregnancy-related issues, Tito for flu. Ortiz has since been released.
Submitted Mar 19, 2010 12:24PM by DCRage - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
"Big Country" Needs To Win Because He Needs To Eat
Apparently those hoped-for fast food sponsorship deals haven't yet come through for Roy Nelson, because of course food came to be mentioned in the TUF 10 winner's recent comments about his upcoming fight with fast-rising prospect Stefan Struve. "I think my experience... actually I cant even say that, he has more fights than I do, haha! I think it will just come down to who wants it more. He is young hungry kid and I am a hungry old kid. I need to eat."
Submitted Mar 19, 2010 12:21PM by DCRage - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rashad Evans May Bring Mr. T To The Octagon To Mess With Rampage
And perhaps we may have to pity the new B.A. in the face of the original B.A., fool! But it's an idea Rashad threw out in his latest pre-UFC 114 trash talk ahead of his grudge match with Quinton Jackson. "I don't like all the pre-fight talking, so I can't wait until I finally get my chance to shut him up," said Evans. "There were a lot of times on the show when I wanted to hit him right there. When Keith [Jardine] was training for his fight with Rampage, I had to mimic Rampage's style. I can probably beat Rampage as Rampage now. Plus, he's gotten fat. He needs to get in shape just to get in shape. I may come to the Octagon with Mr. T just to get in his head."
Submitted Mar 19, 2010 12:19PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fedor Emelianenko Will Face Hidehiko Yoshida at ASTRA
An article in tomorrow's Nikkan Sports newspaper says that Yoshida's retirement fight in ASTRA will most likely be against Fedor. The exact quote is "Retirement match against Fedor, world's strongest man". According to the newspaper, Fedor's camp got in contact with Yoshida when he announced his retirement fight somewhere around February 8th and both parties have been negotiating ever since. There is a final meeting that will be held in Japan at Dream 13 which should finalize the negotiations. If nothing pans out after Dream 13, then they apparently have other fighters readily available to fight Yoshida.
Submitted Mar 19, 2010 1:53AM by jae_1833 - 34 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Fredie Roach Talks Boxing vs MMA
Topics include whether it is tougher to transition from boxing to MMA or the other way around, which MMA fighter would fair best in boxing, which Boxer would do best in MMA, and which sport has the brighter future. Sorry I forgot to post the link the first time
Submitted Mar 18, 2010 10:11PM by bjj1605 - 7 comments
Filed under: Interviews
Japanese star Shinya Aoki says UFC won't succeed in Japan
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki widely is considered a torchbearer for MMA in Japan. And he's very protective of its landscape, particularly when it comes to the interests of stateside promoters. UFC president Dana White repeatedly has said he's interested in returning to Japan for the first time since Zuffa, LLC purchased the promotion in 2001. But he blames "dirty, sneaky, bad guys" from keeping the promotion out of the country.
Submitted Mar 18, 2010 9:01PM by telnights - 9 comments
Filed under: Dream, UFC
Mousasi Expected To Sign Long-Term Deal With Strikeforce
Gegard Mousasi's nickname is "Dreamcatcher", and evidently he's decided Strikeforce is the place to be just that. The Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion is expected so sign a long-term extension with the promotion shortly, although he currently has a "champions clause" that extends his current deal by 1 year automatically should he win his last fight on the contract, a title defense against Muhammad Lawal on 4/17.
Submitted Mar 18, 2010 5:50PM by DCRage - 18 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
UFC Will Not Provide Live Counter Against April Strikeforce Event
Strikeforce has the spotlight to itself. The long-rumored UFC event expected to counter the promotion's April 17 CBS offering will not take place, MMA Fighting has confirmed. Earlier this month, the UFC explored the option, going so far as to inform likely broadcast partner Spike TV that the show was a go, but the company has apparently reversed course, and a Spike source said the network has been told by the UFC that the show is no longer happening. At the time, rumors of potential matchups pitting Mike Swick against Matt Serra and Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama were quickly extinguished for various reasons, making finding a headlining act a challenge.
Submitted Mar 18, 2010 1:58PM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Page Off WEC 48, Jorgensen In & Gets Banuelos Rematch
WEC announced today that Damacio Page is now off WEC 48 due to an injury. He was to have faced Antonio Banuelos. Scott Jorgensen is the replacement and will face Banuelos in a rematch from WEC 41, where Banuelos won by split decision.
Submitted Mar 18, 2010 1:18PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: WEC
Marius Zaromskis Eyes DREAM Return In May
Although there are few details at this time, DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius Zaromskis appears set to return to the promotion on May 30 at the curently unannounced DREAM 15. No opponent has been named and it's not known if he'll defend his title. There originally were reports he would defend against Kiyoshi Tamura on 3/22 but those plans fell through after Zaromskis was TKO'd by Nick Diaz in January.
Submitted Mar 18, 2010 11:47AM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: Dream
Renato Sobral Signs With DREAM
For the first time in nearly 9 years, Renato Sobral is Japan-bound. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and UFC contender has signed a multi-fight contract with DREAM and will participate in the promotion's upcoming light heavyweight tournament, which is set to begin May 30 at DREAM.15. Sobral apparently is still under contract to Strikeforce but the promotion gave him the OK to sign the DREAM contract and he'll probably return to SF later this year. Sobral last fought in Japan in summer 2001, when he lost in RINGS to Fedor.
Submitted Mar 18, 2010 8:45AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: Dream
Bobby Lashley Likely For 4/17 SF
Although it isn't yet official, Strikeforce is expected to add Bobby Lashley to the upcoming April 17 event in Nashville. No opponent named yet but that could be determined next week. Lashley likely will be in a prelim fight but with a 4th fight planned to air tape-delayed on CBS that night (the event has 3 title fights scheduled), it's likely that prelim will feature Lashley.
Submitted Mar 18, 2010 7:00AM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
Despite massive favorite status, UFC 111's St-Pierre isn't underestimating Hardy
Five-time Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (19-2 MMA, 14-2 UFC) wants to right a career wrong when he meets Dan Hardy (23-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 111. The last time St-Pierre faced a massive underdog, he lost his title. He bought into his own hype and underestimated "The Ultimate Fighter 4" winner Matt Serra. He ended up on the wrong end of a TKO at UFC 69. Not this time. Or so he says.
Submitted Mar 17, 2010 6:34PM by hate4thestate - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator hasn't forgotten West Coast, but Eastern markets to host 2010 shows
Hang tight, West Coast fans. Bellator Fighting Championships hasn't forgotten about you. The promotion, which kicks off its second season next month with live shows on FOX Sports Net, is skipping West Coast markets for its 12-week run due to its 8 p.m. ET start times. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that logistics forced the promotion to focus on Eastern markets for season two (and season three later this year) but that the West Coast markets could get some love beginning with season four in January 2011.
Submitted Mar 17, 2010 6:31PM by hate4thestate - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Quote of the Day: Gabriel Gonzaga - "I'm Not Afraid of Trading Strikes"
Gabriel Gonzaga - "My victory would be the ideal move towards what I want, the title shot. Getting close to it pumps me up. I've been training since 2001 and I'm not afraid of trading strikes with anyone on this planet. Although I have much more experience on the ground, I don't underestimate him there. Man, let's play and see who hits harder and has the best submissions."
Submitted Mar 17, 2010 6:30PM by hate4thestate - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pat Curran completes Bellator's season-two lightweight tourney field, debuts at Bellator 14
Chicago-area fighter Pat Curran (9-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the eighth and final competitor booked for Bellator Fighting Championships' upcoming season-two lightweight tournament. Bellator officials today announced the signing. Curran competes in an opening-round tournament matchup on April 15 at Bellator 14, though his opponent and other tourney pairings – including recent signee Roger Huerta's promotional debut – won't be unveiled until later this week.
Submitted Mar 17, 2010 4:38PM by hate4thestate - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Nick Catone vs. John Salter on tap for UFC 113 prelims in Montreal
May's UFC 113 event will get a late addition with a middleweight fight pitting Nick Catone (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. John Salter (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com bout agreements have been distributed and signed by at least one fighter. UFC 113 takes place on May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main card, which includes a main event and rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, airs live on pay-per-view.
Submitted Mar 17, 2010 4:36PM by hate4thestate - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator and Everlast announcing equipment, merchandising and sponsorship deal
Bellator Fighting Championships and sports-equipment giant Everlast today announced an exclusive partnership. As part of the deal, Everlast becomes the organization's exclusive equipment provider – for fight gloves, cages and training equipment – while producing a co-branded line of consumer offerings. Bellator kicks off its second season next month on FOX Sports Net.
Submitted Mar 17, 2010 4:35PM by hate4thestate - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
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