Zuffa Targeting Strikeforce's Pay-Per-View Debut in July
peculation about a Strikeforce pay-per-view event has existed since the company signed Fedor Emelianenko in the wake of Affliction's collapse in the summer of 2009. Emelianenko signed a three-fight deal, and the original plan was to build toward a PPV fight with two appearances on CBS. After defeating Brett Rogers in November 2009, Fedor's management decided to hold out and renegotiate with the company, missing out on Strikeforce's now-infamous CBS show in Nashville. Fabricio Werdum submitted Emelianenko two months later, and PPV plans were put on hold.
Discussion rose again with Scott Coker's announcement of a heavyweight grand prix tournament in January of this year. Stock full of the company's top heavyweight talent -- Emelianenko, Werdum, champion Alistair Overeem, Antonio Silva, and others, it seemed natural to end the tournament on PPV. Antonio Silva handled Emelianenko, who was still the major attraction despite the Werdum fight, and Strikeforce had issues securing a location for the second leg of the tournament, which had originally been scheduled for this tomorrow night.
Scott Coker: Strikeforce employees learning the UFC's system
SAN DIEGO – It was a familiar voice in an unfamiliar place. It was deep and raspy and said "baby" from time to time.
It was, in this case, none other than UFC coordinator Burt Watson, who stood beside fighters squaring off for pictures on Thursday at the pre-fight press conference for Saturday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" event.
If you're a little confused, don't be. This is the new Strikeforce.
Cecil Peoples, It's not just his poor judging...
Cecil Peoples, the MMA judge who bought us quality judging in the first Shogun vs Machida fight proves its was not his fault, he is obviously blind. Check him out missing this tapout at Gladiator Challenge.
Go to the 3:30 mark of the fight...
Nick Diaz Says Paul Daley Can Have the Belt
Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz fights Paul Daley this Saturday April 9th at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley. This is his first fight for the promotion since its acquisition by his former employer Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC. Diaz comments on the acquisition for the first time to MMA Weekly and he isn't happy:
"(About UFC buying Strikeforce) Honestly, I don't understand this whole thing. I'm way too busy training. It's hard for me to understand what's going on. But I knew there was a reason why I never strapped that belt around my waist. Whatever, champion, whatever. (Paul Daley) can have the belt. I'm fighting for money."
"I don't feel like a champion right now that the UFC bought this organization. I don't understand all that. I thought we were competing with the UFC. I thought my belt was potentially just as important as the UFC belt and we had the best fighters here (in Strikeforce); more technical martial artists and stand-up fighters."
"But now this is all about going to the UFC so I don't care about the Strikeforce belt. There was a reason why I never put that **** on anyways."
Strikeforce CEO would like to see fight night bonuses
In the past, Strikeforce fighters had their win bonus, the roar of the crowd and a smiling promoter to look forward to if they gave their all inside the cage.
But that promoter would like to give them a little extra incentive – like extra cash.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he's lobbying for "Fight Night" bonuses at future events, and the promotion's new owner, Zuffa, LLC, could make that happen.
With Jon Fitch hurt, B.J. Penn won't fight at UFC 132 in July
B.J. Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 12-6-2 UFC) will not fight at UFC 132.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the Hawaiian that the UFC is not currently seeking an opponent for Penn, and "The Prodigy" will instead return to action at a later date.
Penn had been expected to take part in a rematch at the July 2 event with Jon Fitch (23-3-1 MMA, 13-1-1 UFC), but the perennial welterweight contender in March was forced to withdraw from the bout with a shoulder injury.
Tireless Mark Munoz constantly juggling as he preps for Demian Maia at UFC 131
He fought four times in the UFC in 2010, and he's on track to do so again this year. He runs his own gym, and he runs wrestling camps. He has a wife and four kids, and the events that follow in their lives. His cell phone rings constantly.
This is the way he likes it. Or maybe better put: this is the only thing he knows. Keep on going. Don't look back and don't look too far forward.
Phil Baroni Draws Former Cage Rage Champ at BAMMA 6
The British based BAMMA promotion are continuing with their pursuit of international talent and have recently secured the services of both former UFC middleweight contender Phil Baroni, as well as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s training partner Joao Paulo De Souza for BAMMA 6 on May 21 in London.
Gegard Mousasi Wants to Test Himself Against Jon Jones
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi will face UFC veteran and late substitute Keith Jardine at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley on Saturday. Mousasi knows this is a critical fight against a dangerous opponent with nothing to lose. Mousasi spoke to MMA Weekly about what the bout means:
"(Keith Jardine) is a good replacement because he’s mainly a stand-up fighter. It’s not like I have to face a pure wrestler. I have to fight a little bit different, but the change is not that big. He’s a tough opponent. He’s a former UFC fighter, and beat two former UFC champions, so it will be good to get a feeling of how good UFC fighters are."
"Right now Jon Jones is considered the best, and if I win my fights, maybe it could build up a good match against him. I think it would be such a great fight, so I would like to test myself against him."
Thiago Silva fined, license revoked for failed drug test
Looks like Thiago Silva pissed away more than just an opportunity.
The UFC light heavyweight contender was recently popped by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for submitting a urine sample that was "inconsistent with that of a human" following his unanimous decision win over Brandon Vera at UFC 125 back on Jan. 1.
And although he initially maintained his innocence following the incident, he eventually came clean and decided to accept the consequences for his actions.
Bellator's Ben Askren is not impressed by bonus-chasing 'losers' like Leonard Garcia
"I think people like that are losers because, in my mind, a fight's about winning, not about putting on a show. We're not singers, we're not actors, we are mixed martial artists or fighters or athletes, whichever way you wanna do it and that's about winning ... When you're fighting for 25 minutes, every fan and their mother can talk **** about this and that and don't finish fights. Well, why don't they get in there and fight for 25 minutes? That's a long time. And you got to win before you show. I mean, people that show on top of winning, say Anderson Silva, that dude now he's a showman but he's also won, what, 13 fights in a row? So, obviously, he can do it. And there's people like Leonard Garcia who goes out and puts on a show but he's like 3-5 in his last 8 fights. Like, c'mon dude."
Heavyweight prospect Tony Johnson Jr. added to Bellator roster, fights at Bellator 41
Former King of the Cage heavyweight champ Tony Johnson Jr. (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator Fighting Championships' latest acquisition.
The former Ohio State wrestler and four-time NCAA Division I All-American makes his debut for the promotion at Bellator 41 against an opponent yet to be named.
Honestly, I think Bellator are starting to solidify their place as the number 2 mma organization in the world. They're building their roster up very nicely adding a bunch of prospects.
Ricardo Almeida, Now a Professional MMA Judge in New Jersey
It's been a little over a week since it was announced that UFC welterweight contender, Ricardo Almeida has decided to hang up the gloves and retire from competing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. At 34-years-old, he mentioned that he wanted to focus more on his family, on his school, and on coaching his teammates. Those aren't going to be the only obligations on his plate though, because as Lary Pepe of ProMMARadio mentioned, "Big Dog" is also now a judge in New Jersey