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.
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami Targeted for UFC: Rio in August
The UFC had allowed fans to get pretty worked up about a potential super-fight between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre after Silva beat Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. Since then the promotion has apparently backed off, with GSP being quite vocal about his hesitance to make the jump. Now word is coming from Silva's camp that Yushin Okami may finally be getting his shot at UFC: Rio: (via Tatame.com)
According to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former UFC heavyweight champion and his training partner, Silva will fight Yushin Okami, the last opponent to defeat him (by DQ at Rumble on the Rock 8, in 2006), trying to set a new record of nine straight title defenses in the UFC. The return of the organization to Brazil will take place at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena, on August 27.
MFC 29 Results
Longtime UFC fighter Marcus Davis snapped a two-fight losing streak Friday, defeating Curtis Demarce at Maximum FC 29 in Ontario, Canada.
The split decision win was Davis' first fight outside of the UFC after competing 14 straight times in the UFC over the last four years.
In the two co-headlining bouts, Douglas Lima defended his welterweight title against Terry Martin, while Ryan Jimmo won the light heavyweight title over Zak Cummings.
Check out all the MFC 29 results are below.
Douglas Lima def. Terry Martin via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:14
Ryan Jimmo def. Zak Cummings via unanimous decision
Marcus Davis def. Curtis Demarce via split decision
Hermes Franca def. Robert Washington via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 0:26
Pete Spratt def. Demi Deeds via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 4:19
Ali Mokdad def. Andreas Spang via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 1:35
Dhiego Lima def. Josh Taveirne via submission (rear-naked choke) - R3, 3:35
David Harris def. Chucky Mady via submission (rear-naked choke) - R1, 3:07
Matthew Spisak def. Pete Brown via unanimous decision
Shoulder Injury Forces Penn from UFC 132
One week after Jon Fitch dropped out of their scheduled UFC 132 rematch due to injury, B.J. Penn on Friday announced that he has also canceled his travel plans.
Speaking in a video on BJPenn.com entitled “Why I opted to pull out of UFC 132,” Penn explained that he suffered a serious shoulder injury prior to his meeting with Fitch at UFC 127.
“Of course, pushing my shoulder really hard during the Jon Fitch fight hurt my shoulder more,” said Penn. “I came back and tried to train, but every time I would train hard, it would just be really inflamed. I couldn’t even move it. Did an MRI, [but] I wanna keep some of that information confidential.”
“I need about six to eight weeks to take it easy on my shoulder, let it rest,” Penn explained. “If Jon Fitch is ready, we can do it soon, or I’ll take a new opponent.”
As a result of the injury, Penn will no longer compete on July 2 at UFC 132, which goes down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a bantamweight title bout between champion Dominick Cruz and the only man to ever beat him, Urijah Faber.
Pudzianowski-‘Colossus’ Announced for May 21 KSW Card
Polish promotion Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki announced Friday that five-time “World’s Strongest Man” Mariusz Pudzianowski will make his return to the ring against well-traveled Englishman James Thompson at KSW 16.
The heavyweight tilt is likely to headline or co-headline the card, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, on May 21 -- exactly one year after Pudzianowski was handed his first defeat by former UFC champion Tim Sylvia. Also expected to participate at KSW 16 is middleweight standout Mamed Khalidov.
Since losing to Sylvia, “Pudzian” has competed only once, forcing Eric “Butterbean” Esch to submit to punches in 76 seconds at September’s KSW 14. The muscle-bound 34-year-old has gone 3-1 since turning to MMA in late 2009, having bested then-Deep Megaton champion Yusuke Kawaguchi and former boxer Marcin Najman before running into Sylvia.
Focused on Rehab, Jury Targets November Return
Myles Jury wanted to justify the hype. Fate had other plans.
Favored by many pundits to win Season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, the undefeated Jury (Pictured) instead bowed out of the competition upon suffering a serious knee injury during coaches’ evaluations. The snap, crackle and pop told him it could be serious, and tests confirmed his fears: a torn anterior-cruciate ligament and meniscus.
Jury underwent reconstructive surgery in March and set out to restore his health.
“It’s kind of opened my eyes to how tough the body is,” he told Sherdog.com. “I’m learning a lot about my body working with my physical therapist. He’s got me rehabbing my whole body now. I think my body was overtrained. I don’t want to get injured like this again. I needed a break.”
A little more than a month removed from surgery, Jury has already begun light training. If all goes according to plan, he will return to jiu-jitsu workouts in three months and sparring in six months. One of the sport’s top welterweight prospects, he has designs on a November comeback.
“Rehab’s going great,” he said. “I’m working hard, just getting stronger.”
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.