Dana White '100% UFC', Apparently Done With Strikeforce Involvement
Since the day it was announced that Zuffa was purchasing Strikeforce, their relationship with the UFC has been an odd one. Are they competitors? Are they business entities designed to help each other? Are they simply undefinable relatives?
When UFC president Dana White appeared on a Strikeforce broadcast earlier this year, it was an odd moment but seemed to signify that he was taking a much deeper interest in the promotion. He said as much, claiming that he was going to look to get more control over Strikeforce with production, something he admits he's a bit obsessive about.
That apparently was nothing more than a pipe dream as on Saturday, White responded to a fan on Twitter about his role in the world's No. 2 fight promotion:
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@Strikeforce has the worst commentators in sports. @danawhite needs to fix this asap #TateRousey
Mar 04 Favorite Retweet Reply
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@BenShuffain @strikeforce tell Showtime, they run that shit not me. I'm out. I'm 100% UFC
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Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals Set
It will have been just under a year and a half when it happens, but the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will finally reach its conclusion on May 19, according to Strikeforce officials.
Though they have yet to name a venue or location, finalists Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will square off to determine the tournament winner.
Aaron Simpson Headed in for Surgery Then to a Drop to Welterweight
A cut down to 170 pounds sounds like a pretty good idea to former Arizona State wrestler Aaron Simpson; so he will now officially make the move.
Simpson, who fought at the inaugural UFC on Fuel event in Omaha, Neb., in February, lost a decision to Ronny Markes and remarked afterwards that he was considering a move from middleweight to welterweight.
After Misaki, Strikeforce's Daley wants to fight Marquardt for title
Onetime Strikeforce welterweight title challenger Paul Daley (29-11-2 MMA, 1-2 SF) assumes that he'll get past Kazuo Misaki (24-11-2 MMA, 1-0 SF) at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event.
And Daley also assumes that recent signee Nate Marquardt will get past Tyron Woodley when they meet, likely for the title, as he's heard from people within Strikeforce.
Despite fighters' class, White says nothing good comes from UFC on FX 2 mishap
It was a mistake so odd that even UFC president Dana White was left speechless. (Well, relatively.)
At the conclusion of this weekend's UFC on FX 2 event in Sydney, Craig Waller, the executive director of the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, let White in on an important piece of information: He had miscalculated the scores of the flyweight-tournament bout between Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) and Ian McCall (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC).
UFC on FX 2 Bonuses
Joseph Benavidez, Martin Kampmann, Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Friday's UFC on FX 2 event.
McCall vs. Johnson Announced as Majority Draw at UFC Presser; Rematch Next Month
Johnson and McCall fought in an action-packed flyweight-tourney fight. Johnson initially was declared the split-decision winner, and then officials said it was a majority decision for him. But in the post-fight press conference, officials announced a tabulation error resulted in incorrect announcements, and the fight was actually a draw. However, the error was caught too late for the fight to go to what would have been a mandatory sudden-victory fourth round. The fighter now will rematch later this month as the tourney is put on hold.
Johnson/McCall fight was scored wrong - it was a draw- should have gone to sudden victory round. Dana: "I don't even know what to say"
EDIT: It seems that the rematch will be next month, not this month; no more UFC cards are scheduled for March.
Because of the error, the fight – which initially was showered in boos by fans who thought McCall had won – will happen again. Currently, the rematch is tentatively slated for April, though clearly frustrated UFC president Dana White said no exact date is set.
Weigh-in Video: Strikeforce ‘Tate vs. Rousey’
Simmering tensions threatened to boil over at the weigh-in for Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey.” Watch as Bristol Marunde, Ronaldo Souza, Scott Smith, Lumumba Sayers, Paul Daley, Kazuo Misaki, Josh Thomson, and K.J. Noons hit the scales with headliners Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey. Definitely worth a look
MAIN CARD (Showtime)
* Champ Miesha Tate (134.5) vs. Ronda Rousey (134.5)
* K.J. Noons (156) vs. Josh Thomson (155)
* Paul Daley (171) vs. Kazuo Misaki (169.5)
* Lumumba Sayers (185) vs. Scott Smith (186)
* Bristol Marunde (184) vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (184.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Showtime Extreme)
* Alexis Davis (135.5) vs. Sarah Kaufman (135.5)
* Roger Bowling (170) vs. Brandon Saling (170.5)
* Caros Fodor (155.5) vs. Pat Healy (155)
* Ryan Couture (154.5) vs. Conor Heun (155)
SI video profile of Ronda Rousey: 'The Perfect Storm'
Life gave Ronda Rousey all she could handle when she was born blue and not breathing. Rousey was revived in the operating room, but was later diagnosed with brain damage that hindered her ability to speak coherently until age six.
At 8, Rousey's father took his own life after he'd been paralyzed in a sledding accident and then contracted a rare disease that made recovery impossible.
Mother Ann Maria, who'd taken up judo when her own mother pushed her out the car door at the local YMCA and told her to go join something, made it a requirement that all her four daughters at least try the sport that had empowered her.
WAGNNEY FABIANO OUT; MIKE COREY MEETS RONNIE MANN IN BELLATOR FW TOURNEY
Wagnney Fabiano has suffered a knee injury and will be unable to compete in Bellator’s upcoming featherweight tournament.
In his place steps Mike Corey, (pictured, right) who now meets Ronnie Mann in the Season 6 tournament quarterfinals at Bellator 60. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a source close to the bout on Thursday morning after an initial report from MMAJunkie.com.
Jackson, Henderson issued 180 day suspensions
*Note: There is currently no sanctioning body or commission for Mixed Martial Arts in Japan. These suspensions are levied directly by the Zuffa dba Ultimate Fighting Championship, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Benson Henderson; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Benson Henderson; 180 days or negative x-ray of both hands and left foot for possible fracture
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung title qualifier headlines UFC on FUEL TV 3
A previously announced featherweight bout between Dustin Poirier (12-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Chan Sung Jung (12-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will now headline May's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event.
Officials today announced the bout as a five-round main event.
The winner "is expected to emerge as a challenger to the UFC 145-pound title currently held by Brazilian star Jose Aldo," according to the release.
UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights are expected to stream on Facebook. The UFC recently announced a number of fights for the card, including main-card bouts of lightweights Jeremy Stephens (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) vs. Donald Cerrone (17-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and bantamweights Mike Easton (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Yves Jabouin (17-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
After four-year layoff, UFC vet Nate Loughran returns to action Saturday
After a nearly four-year absence from MMA, Nate Loughran (9-1) is getting back on the horse.
The UFC vet is dropping from middleweight to welterweight and is slated to meet Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights vet Jaime Jara (32-10) at "Cage Combat FC: The Return," which takes place Saturday at Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa, Calif.
A student of onetime UFC middleweight challenger David Terrell, Loughran brings a virtually unblemished resume to the cage.