Bobby Southworth: a win over "Babalu" could cement legacy
AN JOSE, Calif. -- Soon after defending his Strikeforce world light heavyweight title with Friday's unanimous-decision victory over Anthony Ruiz, Bobby Southworth (9-5) was already looking ahead to future challenges.
Southworth, who avenged a previous non-title-fight loss to Ruiz with the victory, said that he's entering the twilight of his career and wants to fight the division's best before calling it quits.
The 38-year-old considers Renato "Babalu" Sobral (29-7) one such fighter.
Drew Fickett - The Whole Story
We've posted a little bit about Drew Fickett briefly being on Friday's Strikeforce card as a last minute replacement of a replacement to face Luke Stewart. Fickett ultimately got scratched because he was under contract to fight Ryan Ford for the Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight title.
The whole thing was handled in a very professional manner by all parties involved. Exhibit A, here's a purported transcript of a voice message that MFC promoter Mark Pavelich left on Fickett's manager's voice mail upon hearing of the Strikeforce fight:
Thomson Not Ruling Out Melendez Rematch
Fresh off his win over his friend Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Lightweight Title, Josh Thomson says he wants to defend it against the best fighters, which means he certainly wouldn't rule out a rematch with Melendez.
Crooked Cop tried to scam Matt Hughes
Every MMA fighter should take note of this odd case with former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes.
Hughes settled out of court last week on a case that dates back to the Friday before UFC 64 at Mandalay Bay. Jed Leist, a former police officer in Rockmart, Georgia, asked for a photo with Hughes during UFC's autograph session.
MMA could soon face ban in Delaware
With mixed martial arts continuing to gain mainstream popularity, local boxing promoter Keith Stoffer said he wouldn't mind if MMA disappeared.
"It's no secret that this movement has, especially on television, taken away from boxing," Stoffer said.
He may end up getting his wish, at least temporarily.
On Tuesday, state Rep. Robert J. Valihura Jr., R-Beau Tree, introduced legislation that would ban "combative fighting" in Delaware.
House Bill 501, which is being called the "Toughman Legislation," lumps MMA with Toughman competitions.
The bill defines Toughman events as elimination tournaments between amateur participants without any boxing experience or training.
The bill would ban both forms of fighting in Delaware. Promoters and fighters who violate the law would face class A misdemeanor charges.
‘The Artist’ KJ Noons has no qualms painting another masterpiece on Nick Diaz’s face
Elite XC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons was a guest on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” yesterday, adding yet another chapter to the back and forth war of words between himself and his nemesis, Nick Diaz.
By now it’s common knowledge that there is no love lost between these two.
Noons and Diaz originally fought last November for the right to become the first-ever Elite XC lightweight champion. Noons won the match fight after a ringside doctor deemed the cuts around both of Diaz’s eyes were too severe for the fight to go on. Diaz obviously disagreed with the decision and he’s been clamoring for another shot at Noons ever since.
MMA RULES 101 WITH HERB DEAN
Referee Herb Dean recently spoke with MMAWeekly.com explaining several rules that all mixed martial arts fans should know. The nine-year professional MMA referee broke down the rules for strikes to the back of the head, illegal elbows, allowing fighters five minutes to recover from illegal techniques, intelligently defending yourself, spiking and strikes to downed opponents.
Probably the most misunderstood rule in mixed martial arts is the illegal elbow strike. There is only one illegal elbow in MMA, and you can impact with the point of the elbow.
SERRA TALKS HUGHES: "I'M NOT LOSING TO HIM"
Following a tough loss to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 83 in April, former welterweight champion Matt Serra has recovered from an elbow injury he suffered in the fight and is headed back into training to get ready for an inevitable showdown with rival Matt Hughes.
“I just got the clearance. I can start training again.
The Kevin Burns Story
Mixed martial arts, like any other sport, is fueled by its superstars.
Whether it’s Anderson Silva knocking out contenders or Georges St. Pierre wowing fans with his athleticism, they are the sport’s biggest currency.
But in small gyms around the world, there are others working, waiting for their chance at glory. Others like Kevin Burns.
The Punk talks about his huge win
Josh Thomson interview with Sherdog. He talks about the win, the pre interviews, who helped him out, rankings, and how he would dominate any other lightweight fighter in any organization.
After his great preformance I wouldn't be as quick as I was this fight to bet against him.
Thomson Takes Strikeforce Title in San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Josh Thomson (Pictures) certainly picked the opportune night to fight up to the potential that most within the sport knew he possessed.
Shoulder surgery, its rehabilitation, a staph infection, and the loss of his father over a year-and-half ago seemed to stack itself firmly against the San Jose fighter. If you bought into Thomson's pre-fight chatter, you might have thought the 29-year-old was bracing himself for inevitable defeat against Strikeforce lightweight champion and top-10 ranked Gilbert Melendez (Pictures).
BROCK LARSON TALKS PRATER & ALESSIO
These are interesting times for World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight contender Brock Larson.
Just under a year ago, he had his nine-fight winning streak broken by WEC champ Carlos Condit. Quickly rebounding with a win over Troy Allison to close out the year, Larson looked to make his case for a return match with Condit in 2008.
In something of a grudge match set up by disparaging comments made by John Alessio towards Larson’s legitimacy as a title contender, Larson came out on top when Alessio was flagged for an illegal knee strike, ending their bout. Shortly thereafter a scuffle broke out between the two and the war of words has continued to rage on from Alessio.
Babalu: "Who fires first wins."
Renato "Babalu" had two fights called off this year. At last he is going to fight at Affliction: "Banned" Jul 6th. He hasn't fought since his last victory over Rodney Faverus. The new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt will face Mike Whitehead.
Babalu is training in Gracie Barra, California, and at Josh Barnett Team.
Graciemag.com sat down and talked with the Brazilian fighter:
Shaw To Monson: "Get Some Wins Before You Call Out Kimbo"
Doing his best Brett Rogers impersonation, Jeff Monson recently released a video calling out Kimbo Slice. Monson decided to go the video route because as he put it, "I know the (explitive) doesn't read."
During the video tirade, Monson called on EliteXC President Gary Shaw to make the match up between he and Kimbo; today the younger Shaw, EliteXC Vice President and matchmaker Jared Shaw responds:
Pedro Rizzo: "If I Beat Barnett I Will Be Top 10 Again"
Considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time at the MMA, Pedro Rizzo went through a bad phase and now is fighting again to be among the 10 best heavyweights in the world. His chance to return to the top will be on July 19, when he will face the fourth fighter of the world at the weight, Josh Barnett, at the event Affliction. To make it happen, the athlete is training heavy and received in the last week the help of his teacher, Marco Ruas, who was in visiting his family. Below an exclusive interview with Pedro Rizzo, who talks about his training and hopes at the new American event.