Strikeforce's Tim Kennedy takes Robbie Lawler to task after decision win
Tim Kennedy is looking for a fight. Does anyone have one for him?
The Special Forces soldier is frustrated. He said it's been a while since he's had a good scrap.
In his past three fights, his opponents have spent more time backing away from him than engaging.
He said his most recent opponent, Robbie Lawler (18-8 MMA, 2-4 SF), is guilty of that charge, and Kennedy (14-3 MMA, 5-1 SF) isn't afraid to say it. Following a unanimous decision over the former EliteXC champion this past Saturday, Kennedy, an active duty solider in the Texas National Guard, said he's getting tired of chasing down a firefight.
"I was really disappointed with myself, and honestly, Robbie," he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I wanted to meet in the middle and go. I felt like I was chasing him for 15 minutes, so yeah, bittersweet."
Not two days after their meeting at "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson," Kennedy is back at the gym, taking out his frustration on heavy bags and other things that can be hit.
2011 ABC Report on the Half Point MMA Scoring System
The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) holds annual conventions, and last year veteran MMA referee and judge Nelson "Doc" Hamilton presented the Half-Point Scoring System as an alternative to the Ten Point Must. A Scoring Committee was then formed to explore the merits of the system and report their findings the following year.
If you're not familiar with the innovative ideas associated with the Half-Point System -- such as the broader gradient of available scores, the referee signaling a near-submission, or the role of the additional fourth judge -- you should be. I suggest reading Doc Hamilton's theory about the existing problems with MMA judging and how the Half-Point System would offer the freedom "to score bouts in a manner that accurately reflects the qualitative difference between the combatants."
The 2011 ABC convention concluded last weekend and I just received a copy of the Scoring Committee's analysis of the Half-Point System. I'm encouraged by the results. The report lays out the positive and negative aspects of each individual component of the system, and their findings indicate a very logical and realistic stance on the judging predicament overall. The entire report is posted in the full entry, but first, I'll extract and compile what I feel are the most noteworthy parts.
UFC Broadcast Partner Versus Re-Branding To NBC Sports
As the UFC continues to search for a solid long-term TV deal while dealing with an increasingly antagonistic relationship with Spike, it is Versus, the UFC's other home, that is undergoing a big change. The sports network, owned by NBC, is going to officially re-brand into NBC Sports. From AOL Sporting News:
Versus officially will turn into the NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2.
The name change, which has been rumored for much of the last year, is timed to coincide with NBC's broadcast of the NHL Winter Classic and the run-up to NBC's February telecast of Super Bowl XLVI.
"Our goal is for anyone who sees the name or logo of one of our assets to immediately connect with NBC Sports," said NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus. He will officially announce the name change today at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Brazilian Lightweight Ricardo Tirloni Signs With Bellator Fighting Championships
CHICAGO, Ill. (August 1, 2011) - Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed today the signing of top Brazilian lightweight prospect Ricardo Tirloni. Tirloni joins a lightweight division that already features the likes of Season 4 Lightweight Tournament winner Michael Chandler, Patricky Pitbull, Rene Nazare, Marcin Held and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez.
Tirloni joins Bellator after compiling an impressive 13-1 record, with notable wins coming over UFC veteran Brian Cobb and WEC veteran Anthony Morrison. Out of his thirteen professional victories, Tirloni has picked up eleven finishes, with six submissions and five knockouts to his credit.
Reminder: "DREAM: Japan GP Final" replay debuts Friday on HDNet
As a reminder, a tape-delayed broadcast of July's "DREAM: Japan GP Final" event debuts on HDNet this week.
Officials recently announced that the July 16 event will debut on HDNet on Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).
The event, which didn't air live on North America, took place at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo and featured two title fights, as well as the conclusion of the DREAM Japan bantamweight grand prix.
Herb Dean's Actual Missed Call Being Overlooked
One of the biggest stories in the wake of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson was referee Herb Dean's actions in the main event. While I've written that I feel the stoppage was correct and that Dan Henderson had Fedor Emelianenko knocked out, others (such as MMA Nation's Jonathan Snowden) have taken issue with the speed of the stoppage and/or the strikes to the back of Fedor's head in the final moments of the fight.
The minor controversy has completely overshadowed a moment from the undercard which seems to point out a larger failing on the part of Dean. It appears that during the bout between Gesias Cavalcante and Bobby Green saw Cavalcante lock in a rear naked choke in the final moments of the second round. Sherdog explains:
...referee Herb Dean elected not to call the tapout at the bell, allowed the fight to proceed and left Cavalcante to sweat out a decision. The 28-year-old Brazilian was awarded a split verdict, as all three judges scored it 29-28, two of them in his favor.
Mighty Mouse Believes He has the Answer to Dominick Cruz’s Cat-Like Style
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (10-1) is a small guy headed to the big stage. On that stage, he’ll meet a fighter with reflexes like that of a cat in UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
The two are slotted to meet in the main event at UFC on Versus 6 in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1. The challenger is excited to get the chance to, in his view, be the first to “beat” Cruz in a fight.
Cruz has never been beaten? Wait, what?
Roufusport camp opens "Fighter House", welcomes up-and-coming fighters to train
Duke Roufus is looking for the next Erik Koch.
The famed head of the noted Roufusport fight team recently announced he's opened the Roufusport Fighter House, located just five minutes from the team's Milwaukee-based training center.
"The fighter house is something I've been wanting to do on an official basis for a long time," Roufus stated in an official release. "It gives us an opportunity to really show what our guys do on a day-to-day basis and pass on our knowledge to the next generation, which is something Roufusport is committed to."
Reminder: "Countdown to UFC 133" preview show debuts tonight on Spike TV
With Strikeforce's latest fight card in the books, it's now on to the UFC's next pay-per-view event, "UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz II."
As a reminder, in anticipation of the show, Spike TV debuts "Countdown to UFC 133" Monday night at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
UFC 133 takes place Aug. 6 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The pay-per-view headliner pits ex-champions Rashad Evans against late replacement Tito Ortiz.
Scott Coker: Cung Le is going to fight in Strikeforce, hopefully before years end
Middleweight striking specialist Cung Le (7-1 MMA, 7-1 SF) has openly lobbied for a spot in the UFC's planned November trip to San Jose, Calif., but Strikeforce boss Scott Coker doesn't believe that's going to happen.
However, Coker is hopeful Le will return to action soon – hopefully before year's end.
"Cung is going to fight in Strikeforce," Coker told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Cung wants to fight in November because it's his home town. I'd like to see Cung fight in our December show."
No set plans for Overeem's vacant title, but grand-prix winner an option
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – For now, the Strikeforce heavyweight belt will collect dust on a shelf.
Following Alistair Overeem's release from the organization this past week, Strikeforce officials are tight-lipped about what's next for his vacated title and have announced no formal plans.
But not surprisingly, the organization's heavyweight grand prix could play a factor in the ultimate decision.
Fedor thinks stoppage was early
Emelianenko addressed the super fight and its eventual stoppage after Saturday's Showtime-televised event at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
"It seems to me, yes (it was stopped early)," he said through translator and M-1 executive Steve Bash. "It seems to me objectively, I was ready to continue fighting."
Woodley vs. Saffiedine likely to determine next Strikeforce welterweight champ
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The Strikeforce welterweight title could soon be wrapped around a new waist.
Following Nick Diaz's recent move to the UFC and his vacating of the title, two likely title challengers emerged from Saturday's "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson" event.
Big wins from Tyron Woodley (9-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) and Tarec Saffiedine (11-3 MMA, 2-1 SF) likely will put their title fight in motion, according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
Fedor vs. Hendo: Maybe ‘Minotauro’ Knows Best
The fight resumes of Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson are chock full of memorable battles over more than a decade. They fought a range of opponents of all sizes and abilities in all corners of the world. Though they have never been on the same track long enough to face each other, the headliners of the Strikeforce/M-1 Global event on Saturday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., forged their reputations, in large part, against a common foe.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira spent about 75 minutes of his life locked in combat with Emelianenko and Henderson, a bruising and strenuous slate that laid bare the trio’s grit and gifts.
“I know those guys very well,” Nogueira said during a recent appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” program. “I’ll tell you, [they are] very similar. Both guys ... they have a very good right hand. They’re both very good Greco-[Roman wrestling] guys, so they throw the right hand and get close, shorten the distance. It’s kind of the same, the way they attack the person in the fight.”
Lightweights Shane Roller vs. T.J. Grant added to UFC on Versus 6
The quickly filling UFC on Versus 6 fight card has another addition.
UFC official today announced that lightweights Shane Roller (10-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and T.J. Grant (16-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) have agreed to meet at the Oct. 1 event.
UFC on Versus 6 takes place at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The evening's main card, including a bantamweight title fight between current champ Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson, airs on Versus.
It's not clear if Roller vs. Grant will be part of the broadcast.
Alistair Overeem Cut From Strikeforce
Inside MMA has reported that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has received a release letter from the promotion. Overeem, one of the original participants in the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix, pulled out of the tournament after refusing to accept a bout date for the second leg of the tournament in September.
The champion claimed that Strikeforce had originally told him to be ready for an October or November date. After preparing to begin his camp at the start of August, in addition to an injured toe coming out of his fight with Fabricio Werdum, Overeem felt he wouldn't be ready to accept a date so close.
Tito and Rashad: Verbal Warfare
"You're gonna get crushed" Tito tells Rashad. "Are you outta your mind... You should give me the knockout bonus and everything right away..." Rashad replies
On the UFC TV website to help promote and hype the fight Tito and Rashad give a brief debate about there thoughts on the fight.