Dodging bullets and prison visits keep Houston Alexander focused for UFC 98
After opening his UFC career with two first-round TKO wins, Alexander has now dropped three-straight contests. But despite the struggles, "The Assassin" recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's not worried about losing his place in the UFC.
"I'm not feeling any pressure at all," Alexander said. "When you have children, the only pressure you feel is taking care of your kids. As far as the world, or pleasing anybody else, I don't feel any pressure from that."
It's not that Alexander isn't working to turn his situation around. In fact, the Nebraska native is focused on doing exactly that when he daces Andre Gusmao (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 98 in May.
"I've kind of stepped up a little bit," Alexander said. "We've been going to different camps and dealing with different bodies and different individuals. It's been working out really good."
Ed Herman: It’s win or get cut at UFC 97
“I think this is going to be a really exciting fight. Hopefully it’s Fight of the Night or Ass Whooping of the Night. I’m looking to finish him as fast as I can…I’ve lost two in a row and if I lose another fight, the UFC will probably cut me so I’m trying to keep my job. It’s rough times. It’s a bad economy, so I gotta keep my damn job so I can keep living. I respect Loiseau, but on the 18th, I’m going in there to beat his ass.”
– Ed Herman — middleweight finalist on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 — talks about his upcoming fight with hometown favorite David Loiseau at UFC 97 from The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 18. “Short Fuse” is looking to rebound from back-to-back losses and prevent himself from being a victim of a contractual “Spring Cleaning.” That might not be so easy against “The Crow,” who also is fighting to remain on the UFC roster. The former middleweight contender was invited back to the Octagon after putting together a solid 4-2 record outside of the promotion. Loser leaves town? Perhaps not if they can pull off fight of the night. What say you?
WEC Considering Future Show In Ohio
While no specific dates were mentioned, WEC has an interest in running future shows in Ohio. What seems to work in Ohio's favor is they typically provide WEC events with strong ratings when they air on Versus.
Sengoku 8: Wiuff vs. Nedkov Added
Various sites are reporting that Travis Wiuff, best known as the former Yamma champion, has been added to World Victory Road Sengoku 8 and will face Bulgarian BJJ black belt Stanislav Nedkov. There are rumors this could be to crown a Light Heavyweight Champion but those have not been confirmed.
Notebook: Diaz Calls Cung Le Incomplete
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- At just 25 years old, Nick Diaz has been a pro for seven years. He has battled bigger opponents regularly and won fans even in defeat. But there was no question who the better fighter was Saturday, with Frank Shamrock getting a potent dose of Diaz at his best in the main event of Strikeforce’s Showtime-televised card at the HP Pavilion.
Diaz outlanded Shamrock 129 to 42, cleverly working his range while peppering his foe with a mix of stiff punches and the occasional kick mixed in.
Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum is "a direction" for Strikeforce future
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Following Saturday night's "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., the organization began to create buzz for future events by tossing around a few potential bouts.
One potential matchup discussed at the evening's post-event press conference that created immediate buzz was the return of Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (29-11) against UFC and PRIDE veteran Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1).
While Werdum wasn't announced as an official signing, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker suggested the bout was a strong possibility.
Overeem has fought twice for Strikeforce, defeating Vitor Belfort in 2006 as well as earning the organization's first heavyweight title by beating Paul Buentello in November 2007. The Dutch striker has yet to defend the title but has suggested in recent interviews he's intending to do so in June.
Officials: "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" draws 15,211 for $750K gate
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The new-look Strikeforce drew what was deemed by arena officials as a "near sell-out" crowd to Saturday night's "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" event.
Headlined by Northern California fighters Nick Diaz and Frank Shamrock, Strikeforce drew 15,211 spectators to the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
While official numbers from the California State Athletic Commission have not yet been certified, Strikeforce executives told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the collected gate was approximately $750,000.
Before Saturday night's event, Strikeforce's most recent show was held in November 2008, also at the HP Pavilion. Headlined by a light-heavyweight championship bout between then-title-holder Bobby Southworth and current champ Renato "Babalu" Sobral, "Strikeforce: Destruction" was attended by just 8,152 spectators for a certified gate of $321,520.
Kevin Randleman signs with Strikeforce, to debut "right away"
SAN JOSE, Calif. - While light-heavyweight free agent Tito Ortiz garnered the most attention outside the cage at Saturday night's "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz," it was another UFC veteran that left the event a Strikeforce employee.
Twelve-plus-year-veteran Kevin Randleman (17-12) was announced as the latest signing for Strikeforce at the post-event press conference at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
"Thank you very much for the opportunity to come back and show everybody that I'm not done yet," Randleman said. "Far from it."
Specifics of the contract were not announced, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he hopes to have Randleman fight right away.
"We have an announcement soon, so you'll have to wait until next week," Coker said. "But we're going to try and put him in the rotation right away. There's going to be some great fights in the future for Kevin, and we're excited."
Carano vs. "Cyborg" Strikeforce title bout targeted for August
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The female superfight that ProElite built but never promoted may happen as soon as August.
At Saturday night's "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" post-event press conference, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he hopes to arrange a bout between former EliteXC stars Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (7-1) and Gina Carano (7-0) by that date.
And when the two finally step into the cage, it will be for the organization's first female title.
"That's going to be the No. 1 and the No. 2 female fighting in the world," Coker said. "It will be our first Strikeforce female title belt. We're going to be proud to put that on, and hopefully we can put that on in August.
"That's our date we're shooting for, and pending some discussion with either fighter it could go further. But at some point we will have this fight. I feel very confident."
Benji Radach shatters right hand in Strikeforce loss to Scott Smith
SAN JOSE, Calif – "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" main-card fighter Benji Radach shattered his right hand and was sent to the hospital following his Showtime-televised loss to Scott Smith on Saturday.
His agent, Ken Pavia, told MMAjunkie.com after the fight that Radach will likely undergo surgery overnight.
Smith, on the brink of defeat, rebounded and defeated Radach with a stunning third-round TKO in their middleweight match-up at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Frank Shamrock: Nick Diaz kicked my ass
“I give everything to Nick Diaz. I knew he was a dangerous opponent. Nick kicked my a– tonight; there’s no two ways about it. Nick was just the better man. He hit me in the guts, and that was about all the juice I had. I doubled over, and he put a whoopin’ on me. This is my hometown; this is my arena. I’m 36. I’m still going. I’ll be back here. Don’t even worry about it. There’s always tomorrow.”
-Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock (23-10-2) comments on his main event bout with Nick Diaz at the Strikeforce event that took place on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Shamrock — who defeated Diaz’ mentor Cesar Gracie in just 21 seconds back in 2006 – found himself on the other end of the whoopin’ for a change. Diaz was dominant from start to finish and left the usually insolent Shamrock both humbled and respectful after the show. What’s left now for the 36-year old Shammy going forward? Time will tell…
Main Card (Televised on Showtime):
-Nick Diaz def. Frank Shamrock by TKO at 3:57, R2.
-Gilbert Melendez def. Rodrigo Damm by KO at 2:02, R2.
-Scott Smith def. Benji Radach by KO at 3:24, R3.
-Cris "Cyborg" Santos def. Hitomi Akano by TKO at 0:35, R3.
-Brett Rogers def. Ron Humphrey by TKO at 0:30, R2.
Preliminary Card (Untelevised):
-Luke Rockhold def. Buck Meredith by Submission (Side Choke) at 4:07, R1.
-Eric Lawson def. Waylon Kennell by TKO at 4:54, R1.
-Raul Castillo def. Brandon Michales by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:45, R1.
-James Terry def. Zac Bucia by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three cards).
-Shingo Kohara def. Jeremy Tavares by KO 0:04, R2
UFC Quick Quote: Rich Franklin wants to train with Wanderlei Silva after their date in Deutschland
He had invited me to train at his gym in Las Vegas before this fight had been scheduled. I have enormous respect for Wanderlei Silva … I’m always in Vegas and intend to train at his academy after this fight. We’re great fighters but UFC wanted to make this fight …. [Silva] is very strong, fast and has knockout power in his hands. Everything I know it’s going to be a big fight. He has victories over Rampage in PRIDE and Jardine in UFC. He’s still hazardous as he was in PRIDE and is still exciting in action. I’m training my clinch, training hard to avoid his Muay Thai clinch. I’m training wrestling and jiu jitsu as well and the rest of the aspects I have trained as I usually do to face other fighters.”
– Get the snorkels ready! Former middleweight champion Rich Franklin reveals (via Fighters Only Magazine) his intentions to train alongside Wanderlei Silva after the pair collide in a 195-pound catchweight bout during the UFC 99: “The Comeback” main event from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, on June 13. Both fighters are in must win situations. Who ya got?
Orange County DA Clears "MasK" Of Drug Use During Fatal Crash
According to the Orange County, CA DA's office, toxicology tests done by the Orange County coroner's office following the crash that killed TapouT founder Charles "MasK" Lewis have come back, and the tests reveal that Lewis did not have drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. This reaffirms testimony from family & friends that Lewis did not drink or take drugs.
Funeral services are Tuesday morning in California beginning at 11 AM PT and will be open to the public.
Overeem: "I Will Defend SF Heavyweight Title On June 6"
Confirming earlier rumors that he would return to the promotion this year, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem told Jarry Park recently that he is in talks with SF to return to the promotion June 6 to defend his title. No word yet on who the challenger will be.
A featured women’s bout between Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Hitomi Akano has been pulled from the line-up at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Diaz” this Saturday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.