King Mo on Jon Jones’ Betrayal of Rashad Evans: ‘That’s a Ho Move’
Uh-oh, we bet somebody is going to get their Twitter in a bunch over this: Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal spoke with Five Knuckles over the weekend, breaking down the current Jon Jones-Rashad Evans beef with the kind of simple analogy any pimp could understand. Lawal said that in going back on his original oath never to fight a friend and training partner, Jones displayed the personality traits of a common street prostitute and now “Bones” – ahem – should be treated like one.
Though UFC Lightweight Champ Frankie Edgar Walks Around at 160 Pounds, He Isn’t Considering a Drop to Featherweight Just Yet
Kevin Garvey from TheGarv.com caught up with Frankie Edgar over the weekend at Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat and he touched on a number of topics with the UFC lightweight champ.
One of the most interesting tidbits came when “The Garv” asked the New Jersey native if he has ever thought of dropping down to featherweight considering he’s a relatively small 155-pounder. Edgar replied that he would probably have no problem making the 145-pound weight limit as he typically walks around at 160, but his focus is on clearing out the lightweight division right now.
"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" medical suspensions: Diaz and Daley on short leave
The slugfest delivered by Nick Diaz and Paul Daley this past Saturday has put both out of action for a bit. But that might be a good thing for Diaz, who's been vocal about getting vacation time.
MMAjunkie.com today requested and received the list of "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" medical suspensions issued by the California State Athletic Commission.
The Showtime-televised event, which took place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, saw Diaz defend his welterweight title a third time – in a span of six months.
Joe Lauzon returns to fight Curt Warburton at UFC on Versus 4
The ankle Joe Lauzon tweaked in a mad dash to check on his hospitalized brother is mended, and he's ready to fight again.
And wouldn't you know it, the UFC has a booking. UFC officials today announced Lauzon meets British lightweight Curt Warburton at UFC on Versus 4.
The event takes place June 26 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
UFC Star Diego Sanchez Wants to Coach TUF Against Nick Diaz
In the aftermath of Nick Diaz' epic victory over Paul Daley to retain his Strikeforce welterweight belt, Diego Sanchez took to Twitter to propose that he and Diaz should be the next coaches of The Ultimate Fighter.
If you support me and my idea for me and nickdiaz as tuf coaches please let @lorenzofertitta @danawhite @ufc know this would be true war. -Sanchez
@jimmykahn Zuffa can do what ever makes $$$ I like this fight it motivates us both very much he hates me and I like beating the bad guy. -Sanchez
CSAC executive: No disciplinary action for Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz
No, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will not face disciplinary action after Saturday's victory over Paul Daley.
California State Athletic Commission executive director George Dodd today told MMAjunkie.com no "disciplinary action (is) pending against Nick."
A rep for the fighter told MMAjunkie.com a cageside official warned Diaz immediately after his TKO victory that punishment could be levied.
UFC Primetime for UFC 129's GSP vs. Shields debuts Thursday on Spike TV
The "UFC Primetime" series returns to Spike TV for the first time in six months on Thursday.
The three-part series focuses on UFC 129's championship headliner between UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (21-2 MMA, 15-2 UFC) and former Strikeforce titleholder Jake Shields (26-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
The show debuts at 11 p.m. ET/PT, and new episodes debut April 21 and April 28 in the same timeslot.
Nick "The Goat" Thompson Announces Retirement on The Underground
Long time UGer Nick Thompson has had over 50 fights, in the UFC, Strikeforce, Sengoku, MFC, Elite XC, Bodog, Bellator, and most recently in Japan's World Victory Road. He is the former Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion, and holds wins over Eddie Alvarez, Paul Daley, and Josh Neer, among many others.
Thompson was named after an unfortunate animal breed, the “fainting goat” after displaying the habit of getting knocked out almost on command during his early days in the gym. He shed half of his moniker when he showed a growing propensity to maintain consciousness. While fans may raise their eyebrows at his resulting nickname, he's the Goat today because he personifyied the Japan proverb, "fall down seven times, get up eight:"
Fedor-Henderson Bout Targeted for Summer 2011, Coker Confirms
A fight between light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko is being targeted for July or August of 2011, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said, but is still not yet confirmed.
"The date, I would say, is probably late summer," Coker said after Saturday night's Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event. "Some things are still being negotiated."
The main sticking point, it seems, is the weight that the fight will be contested at. As first reported by SI.com, the two camps seem to be debating either a catchweight bout or a heavyweight fight. The possibility of meeting at the 205-pound light heavyweight limit was quickly ruled out by Emelianenko's camp, according to Coker.
Cody McKenzie vs. Bart Palaszewski Tapped for UFC 130
The master of the guillotine choke returns. TUF 12 alum Cody McKenzie will get another tough fight on May 28th in Las Vegas when he faces off against WEC veteran Bart Palaszewski in a UFC 130 lightweight bout according to UFC.com. UFC 130 is headlined by a lightweight rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
Chase Gormley part of 4 man HW tournament
ohio based fight promotion NAAFS, are putting together a 4 man HW tournament that kicks off April 16th with UFC vet Chase Gormley taking on undefeated HW prospect Stipe Miocic and Bobby Brents vs Antoine Hayes.
Dana White Comments on Attending First Strikeforce Event
SAN DIEGO - MMA Fighting caught up with UFC president Dana White before Saturday night's Diaz vs. Daley event. White talked about possible changes in Strikeforce's future, why he decided to attend and who's he rooting for in the main event.
He also discusses Chael Sonnen's future and why he decided to book Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben after all.
Paul Daley Claims Early Stoppage vs. Nick Diaz
Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz retained his title in a thrilling one round bout against Paul Daley on Showtime. With only 3 seconds left in the round, Daley questions the stoppage by referee Big John McCarthy which ended the fight: (via Facebook)
"Is in good health. Some u win, some u lose. A little frustrating, I made mistakes I told myself I wouldn't do. A little to rushed. Think the stoppage was early, especially with so little time left in the round. Now some timw off, a few holidays and some downtime. See what's next. Team Semtex all day. Love u all....still, including the... HATERS. Mwah."
Scott Coker: Nothing Stopping UFC vs. Strikeforce Fights from Happening
SAN DIEGO – Good news for fight fans who are eager to see the best from Strikeforce take on the best from the UFC now that Zuffa owns both promotions: there's nothing stopping it from happening. It's only a matter of who and when.
At least, that's the story according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who seemed as anxious to see some cross-promotional dream fights as anyone after Saturday night's Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event.
Nick Diaz Thinks He Will Get Suspended After Paul Daley Win
SAN DIEGO -- MMA Fighting spoke to Nick Diaz following his thrilling win over Paul Daley on Saturday night. The Strikeforce welterweight champion talked about the way the fight played out, why he thinks he will get suspended after the fight, why he thinks he is overworked and whether his teammate Gilbert Melendez's win inspired him.
Ok really please stop interviewing Nick. Is it just me or does it always seam like Nick thinks everyone is out to get him.
Fedor Emelianenko ready to fight again
Fedor Emelianenko has informed his camp that he would fight Dan Henderson in July, the heavyweight's management told ESPN.com on Saturday.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said an agreement to put two of the most heralded mixed martial arts fighters in the cage "is not done yet."
However M-1 Global's Apy Echteld, who represents Emelianenko and is in San Diego as part of Gegard Mousasi's camp for a Strikeforce bout against Keith Jardine at the Valley View Casino Center, said it could be completed as soon as Sunday.
"He agreed. He's ready to fight," Echteld said of Emelianenko.
The "Last Emperor" has recently traveled to Holland to work on his fitness, striking and grappling in Holland. While the option of dropping to light heavyweight was considered, Emelianenko would prefer to remain in the heavyweight division.
"With his progress from training, I can only think he'll be back the way he was," Echteld said of the former Pride champion, who's fallen in consecutive fights for the first time in his storied career. "If he doesn't win, he'll make his own decisions like he does now. If he stops, he stops. But if he wins, I think he'll continue fighting."
Dan Henderson Likely To Return on July Strikeforce Card; Fedor Fight Not Offered Yet
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson will likely return to the promotion for a fight on their upcoming July card, which has been speculated to end up on pay-per-view.
Sources close to the fighter indicated that while no formal contracts have been introduced, Henderson is all but a lock to end up on the July card.
What hasn’t been determined yet however is who will face Henderson when he returns.
Rumors began surfacing just after MMAWeekly’s initial report about a possible Strikefore pay-per-view in July, that Henderson could face former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko on the card.
Sources have indicated at this point no offer has been made for a potential Henderson/Emelianenko fight, but it is one that Strikeforce’s top light heavyweight would gladly accept.