Kennedy-Rockhold, Masvidal-Evangelista Join Strikeforce ‘Columbus’
Strikeforce’s March 5 bill in Columbus, Ohio, will feature an important middleweight showdown between Tim Kennedy and Luke Rockhold, as well as a lightweight bout pitting unbeaten Billy Evangelista against veteran Jorge Masvidal.
The promotion on Monday announced that both fights will be featured on the Showtime-televised portion of Strikeforce “Columbus,” which emanates from the Nationwide Arena. Two expected title bouts were also made official, as 205-pound champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will defend against former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Dan Henderson, and 135-pound women’s ace Marloes Coenen will meet Miesha Tate.
A former U.S. Army Ranger, Kennedy will make his first appearance since losing a five-round unanimous decision to Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in August. That loss snapped a four-fight win streak, during which Kennedy finished veterans Trevor Prangley and Nick Thompson. Kennedy was originally rumored to take part in a rubber match with Jason “Mayhem” Miller in Columbus, but that matchup was scrapped for unknown reasons.
UFC's Josh Koscheck expects six-month layoff following recent surgery
Josh Koscheck will settle the score with Georges St-Pierre when he gets healthy.
But instead of tangling again with the welterweight champion inside a cage, he'll do it on an ice rink for now.
"We have a bet to settle," Koscheck told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) during his first public appearance since he lost to St-Pierre at UFC 124.
That's something to look forward to for Koscheck, who said he's out for a minimum of six months as he heals from a broken orbital bone he suffered in the fight, which took place Dec. 11 in Montreal.
St-Pierre has asked for a rematch, at least when it comes to the home-run challenge he lost during the filming of "The Ultimate Fighter 12." The two served as opposing coaches on the reality show before squaring off in Canada.
"As soon as I get healthy, we've got a little one-on-one competition," Koscheck said just prior to signing autographs at the one-year anniversary celebration for the first UFC Gym opening.
The one-time contender underwent surgery in Boston nine days after the fight and flew home to Fresno, Calif., in time for Christmas.
Doctors have limited his physical activity to walking as he recovers. Koscheck said the entire right side of his face is still numb. A prominent scar now resides underneath his right eye...
"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" salaries: Nick Diaz leads $463,500 fighter payroll
Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz ($150,000) and fellow defending champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85,000) were the top earners at this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of salaries from the California State Athletic Commission.
The event took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and aired on Showtime. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $463,500.
Diaz defeated Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos ($20,000) in the night's headliner, and middleweight champ Souza stopped Lawler ($65,000) in the co-headliner.
Perhaps the most notable figure was the salary attached to former NFL great Herschel Walker. Despite his heavy promotion of the card and the interest he drew for his second pro fight, he earned a flat rate of $5,000. However, additional compensation likely came in other forms for the 48-year-old fighter.
The full payouts include:
Champ Nick Diaz: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos: $20,000
Champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza: $85,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Robbie Lawler : $65,000
Herschel Walker: $5,000 (no win bonus)
def. Scott Carson: $5,000
Roger Gracie: $75,000 (no win bonus)
def. Trevor Prangley: $30,000
Nate Moore: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
def. Nathan Coy: $3,000
Isaiah Hill: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Bobby Stack: $1,500
Ron Keslar: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Eric Lawson: $1,500
Germaine de Randamie: $3,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
def. Stephanie Webber: $1,000
James Terry: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Lucas Gamaza: $1,500
Jenna Castillo: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
def. Charlene Gellner: $1,000
Jason Miller vs. Tim Kennedy 3 Not Happening At SF Ohio
A potential 3rd match between Jason Miller & Tim Kennedy will not be part of Strikeforce's Ohio event in March. The fight was reportedly being finalized earlier this month, but a Strikeforce official confirmed the scrapped plans over the weekend. No reason was given for the change, though spokesperson Mike Afromowitz said the matchup never had been signed in the first place. The fighters will be shifted to other matchups.
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson title fight set for "Strikeforce: Columbus"
A long-rumored title fight between Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (10-2 MMA, 3-1 SF) and notable Dan Henderson (26-8 MMA, 1-1 SF) is set for March's "Strikeforce: Columbus" event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the bout in early December, and the organization made it official on Saturday.
The March 5 event takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus as part of Strikeforce's Ohio debut.
SF Draws 9059 Fans For Last Night's Event
Strikeforce's return to its home base resulted in its largest attendance of its past four "Arena Series" shows. SF CEO Scott Coker announced the attendance for last night's event was 9,059. Despite the numbers the series has drawn over 10,000 for an event just once in the last 8 such events.
Strikeforce: Diaz versus Cyborg results
SAN JOSE, Calif. – No titles changed hands in Strikeforce's first championship doubleheader of 2011.
In the organization's first major show of the year, Strikeforce welterweight champion survived very live underdog Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and ultimately scored a second-round submission victory.
The bout headlined Saturday's "Strikeforce: Cyborg vs. Santos" event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The event aired on Showtime.
Although scheduled for five rounds, Santos clearly had no intention of going the distance. And though criticized as an unworthy title challenger, the former PRIDE fighter tripped up Diaz early.
UFC Cuts Willamy Friere (Chequerim)
Another pink slip was handed out by UFC today, and according to the TATAME it went to Willamy Friere (Chequerim). The former Shooto Champion, who gave up his title to sign with UFC, lost what turned out to be his only UFC fight-a decision loss to Waylon Lowe at UFC Fights For The Troops 2.
UFC Cuts Greg Soto
It may have been a longer time coming than recent cuts, but another UFC pink slip has gone out, this time to Greg Soto. After going 7-0 to start his career and earn a UFC spot, Soto went 1-2 in UFC, most recently losing to Daniel Roberts at UFC 125.
Titan Fighting Championships 16 results
The win streak is over.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, who had put together a respectable four-fight run heading into Friday's Titan Fighting Championship 16 event, lasted just 32 seconds against "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member Abe Wagner.
The super heavyweight matchup served as the main event of Friday night's HDNet-broadcast event, which took place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
Wagner's speed advantage was evident in the opening seconds, and he looked to pepper Sylvia with strikes on multiple levels as he retreated and stayed away from his opponent's length. Then a right hand brought about the beginning of the end.
Real Entertainment/Strikeforce Planning Lightweight Grand Prix in May
Dream co-producer Real Entertainment (ex-DSE staff) plans on forging ahead in the turbulent Japanese mixed martial arts promotion business with an eight-fighter lightweight tournament starting in May, sources tell ESPN.com.
The field would consist of Strikeforce and Real Entertainment fighters.
"We're committed to keeping our fighters active, but if we can help Dream and have our fighters go over there and participate in their tournament, why not?" said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
No UFC Prelims For UFC 127 In US, Pearson-Fisher To Air In England
If you're a US fan who wants to see free prelims for UFC 127, plan on heading to England. The UFC UK's office today confirmed plans to air UFC 127 prelims before the main show begins in England although details are still being finalized, but Spike will not air a UFC Prelims special in the US before their broadcast. Currently the only prelim fight scheduled to be broadcast is Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher.
UFC Will Not Cut Mike Brown
Despite his 3rd Zuffa loss in his last 4 fights being suffered at UFC Fights For The Troops 2, former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown will not be cut by UFC yet. Altogether, the talented featherweight has lost four of his last six. Because of that, his UFC future seemed murky after his most recent loss, but the decision to keep him was likely helped by the fact that Brown had stepped up to fight Rani Yahya on short notice, just three weeks after a split-decision loss to Diego Nunes at UFC 125. Yahya had been scheduled to face Chan Sung Jung, before Jung pulled out due to injury. Brown likely is going to be out several months due to injury rehab.
Is Jorge Rivera The Love Child Of Chuck Norris & Bruce Lee?
Michael Bisping thinks so in his altest bit of trash talk, where he expresses disappointment with the choice of his next foe and drops quite the funny one-liner about the great martial arts movie stars. "I was expecting a big name opponent after [the Akiyama] win. I've been in the UFC for five years almost, which is an achievement in itself, and was hoping to step back up in class to push my case for a UFC Title shot in 201 So the name ‘Jorge Rivera' didn't exactly send a surge of excitement through me, put it that way. Rivera has won his last three - all by KO - and everyone in the UFC is at least a top 25 guy in the world, but at first I wasn't much for the fight. All of a sudden he thinks he's a tough guy smart talker. Oh, okay Jorge. But before he makes a proper fool of himself I think he needs to look closely at the people he's been beating, and ask himself why he's been beating them. He hasn't beaten anyone as good as me. I'm not saying he's not dangerous, he can obviously punch and will have a war, but I'm surprised he's been talking the way he has. We're talking about a guy who's got submitted by a welterweight kick-boxer, but the way he talks he's Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee's lovechild. He's not in my class and I am going to show him all about it next month. But feeling embarrassed will be the last of his worries because I'm going to beat the hell out of him."
THrough Tragedy & Loss, VItor Belfort Found The Strength To Persevere
It hasn't been an easy path back for Belfort since his sister was abducted & murdered in 2004, but he's made it back with a little help from a higher power. "We have words for if you’ve lost your husband, you’re a widow; if you’ve lost your parent, you’re an orphan; but if you lost your child, they don’t have a name for that. That’s so painful that they don’t have a name for that. I think there is two ways to get to God, through love or through pain. Mine was through pain. I can see now that through that tribulation, I’m a new man. I’m a strong man. I’ve matured. I’m not perfect. I still struggle with many things, but it’s a process. I’m in the middle of the process and every day I try and prove myself so I can fight through that process, which never ends."
Strikeforce: Overeem-Werdum Rematch April 9
Strikeforce has confirmed the date of April 9 for the second round of its Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinals, featuring a rematch between reigning heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu deity Fabricio Werdum, who first met under the PRIDE banner way back in 2006. The bout saw "Vai Cavalo" crank his way to a submission victory over "Demolition Man" with a second round Kimura. Venue for the event TBA, the fight will be a NON-TITLE match.
UFC Cuts Amilcar Alves
The pink slips are starting to go out from UFC to fighters again-after Tim Hague was let go yet again by the promotion earlier today, word now has come out that Amilcar Alves is now gone. After an 11-1 start to his career that earned him a shot in UFC, he quickly went on the Losing Streak Of Doom with UFC losses to Mike Pierce and Charlie Brenneman.
Judge Orders Emelianenko, M-1 Global, Affliction to Resolve Disputes
Amid a recent flurry of discovery disputes between courtroom adversaries Fedor Emelianenko/M-1 Global (plaintiffs) and Affliction Entertainment (defendant), a federal magistrate judge on Monday issued an order staying discovery between the parties, ordering them to meet and confer “day to day until done” to resolve their disputes.
The litigation commenced back in October 2009, when Emelianenko and M-1 Global, a promotional/management group with which the fighter is closely aligned, filed suit to recover damages they allegedly suffered after Affliction cancelled the co-promoted “Trilogy” event, scheduled to take place on Aug. 1, 2009. “The Last Emperor” and M-1 claim that Affliction Entertainment breached the “Fight Agreement” when it refused to stage and promote a third bout for Emelianenko after his advertised opponent, Josh Barnett, was refused a license in California. Two weeks before the Affliction event, the California State Athletic Commission denied Barnett’s license application, reporting the fighter tested positive for steroids. According to M-1 and Emelianenko, Affliction did not undertake “all reasonable efforts” to find a fighter to replace Barnett. They contend that Affliction lost interest in promoting this third bout partly because it was trying to repair its soured relationship with the UFC.