Strikeforce: Baszler booked for June 19, to face winner of Kaufman vs. Tate
Strikeforce's commitment to women's MMA continues, as Shayna Baszler (9-5) was today announced as a participant in the organization's June 19 "Strikeforce Challengers" event in Kent, Wash.
Baszler was originally planning on facing Sarah Kaufman (8-0) on the card, but will now wait for the outcome of the undefeated Canadian's May 15 bout with Miesha Tate (6-1).
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced the plans during today's media call for the organization's May 15 "Strikeforce Challengers" series.
After UFC declines invitation, Roy Jones Jr. shut out of Strikeforce, too
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. continues to strike out in a search for potential homes for a mixed martial arts debut.
After UFC President Dana White recently declined on promoting a potential bout between his middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Jones Jr., Showtime Senior Vice President Ken Hershman today called a Strikeforce bout between the boxer and Nick Diaz a "very long shot."
Raising Cain: An interview with Cain Velasquez
Forget everything you ever knew about heavyweight fighters in the UFC. The days of beer bellies and pear-shaped goliaths that once made a spectacle of the most watched weight class in all of combat sports are mercifully, coming to an end. This isn’t MMA. This is MMA 2.0.
This is Cain Velasquez.
UFC 99 Comes Under Attack From German Politicians
A public dispute erupted yesterday after the Cologne City Council discussed the UFC's entry into Germany. Event organizers claim that the council is hell bent on foiling the upcoming event.
"MMA is not a sport because it legitimatizes death and serious injury. The only aim is to destroy your opponent." Adding further: "I personally find disgusting ... Here one finds the lowest human instincts. "
Gonzaga vs Tuchscherer at UFC 102
A heavyweight bout between former contender Gabriel Gonzaga and newcomer Chris Tuchscherer is likely for UFC 102 on August 29.
MMAWeekly.com learned of the match-up Wednesday through multiple sources close to the fight, confirming both parties have agreed to the contest.
Its funny, I was just thinking the other day that the ufc needs to sign this guy. If you haven't seen him, check out some of his fights
Paul Buentello's next fight still uncertain, Tim Sylvia possible
When Paul Buentello (27-10) earned a third-round TKO stoppage over Kirill Sidelnikov at January's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning," "The Headhunter" felt he whad put himself in a good spot.
Three-and-a-half months later, and without a signed bout in his immediate future, the heavyweight is not so sure.
"I have no freaking idea right now," Buentello recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I feel like I'm Cung Le right now and not paying attention to the MMA world – like I've just kind of fallen off the face of the world."
Thiago Alves going the extra mile to make Georges St. Pierre pay at UFC 100
“It’s going to be a good camp [in Colorado]. It’s going to be five weeks. We’ve got our house and everything, and all we are going to do is train and sleep and train…. It’s a title shot … I’m going to do everything I can to get there, and Colorado is just another thing that I have to do…. I’m going to look for the knockout. I’m going to make him pay for every mistake. I know he doesn’t make many mistakes, but … I’m going to make him make those mistakes, and he is going to pay for everything.”
Howard Davis Jr.: Chuck Liddell Should Take a Year Off, Retirement Decision Should Be His to Make
American Top Team boxing coach and Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr. spoke with me about his work with Chuck Liddell prior to his UFC 97 loss against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Contrary to what some people believe, Davis said he really did work with Liddell for about two and a half months, and while he didn’t change his style he did try to add a couple tools to Liddell’s game. Here Davis talks about what Liddell’s recent loss means for his career, and whether he thinks the former UFC champ should call it quits like Dana White is insisting he do. He also touches on the addictive “drug” of being a world champion fighter, and why he thinks Liddell has seemed more vulnerable in recent bouts – and it’s not because he’s getting old.
Roy Jones Jr. Agrees To Silva Fight Under MMA Rules
But it probably won't happen for a while. While boxer Jones has accepted the deal for an MMA fight with current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, UFC President Dana White said no. White says it won't happen as long as Silva is under UFC contract, which depending on scheduling of fights is likely for 1-2 more years.
SF Announces Villasenor-Santos For June 19
Strikeforce has sent out a press release announcing a matchup of Joey Villasenor vs. Evangelista "Mr. Cyborg" Santos for their Strikeforce Challengers event on June 19. The matchup, originally thought to be happening on June 6, will be the main event of the card.
At 6-foot-1, UFC lightweight Cole Miller could make cut to 145 (and even 135)
At a towering height of 6-foot-1, Cole Miller is one of the UFC's tallest lightweights.
And while he has no intentions of leaving the UFC, where he meets "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero at the organization's upcoming UFC 103 show, he could certainly have some options outside the fight promotion.
After all, not only can Miller compete at 155 pounds, but the lanky fighter said he could make the cut to 145 pounds – and even 135 pounds – if he really pushed himself.
BOBBY LASHLEY VS. BOB SAPP SET FOR JUNE 27
The cage may have to be reinforced for the “Ultimate Chaos” headliner as former WWE star Bobby Lashley and mixed-martial-arts legend Bob “The Beast” Sapp battle June 27 on a pay-per-view event live from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.
Robert Drysdale Misses Out On TUF Due To Brain Aneurysm
ADCC 2007 openweight champion, Robert Drysdale was training hard for the 2009 edition of the tournament and trying to participate at The Ultimate Fighter reality show, but, when he was doing the medical exams, a surprise. “I was trying to enter the reality show, but I found out I’m with a brain aneurysm”, revealed Drysdale, to TATAME.com.
Eric Schafer injured, replaced by Mike Ciesnolevicz at June's TUF9 Finale
Eric Schafer (11-3-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has suffered an injury and has been forced to pull out of The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, which takes place next month in Las Vegas.
A source close to Schafer told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the light heavyweight suffered a rib injury while preparing for the June 20 fight.
Stepping in as a replacement and scheduled to fight Tomasz Drwal (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is Mike Ciesnolevicz (17-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), according to the The Times of Northwest Indiana.