Rashad Evans Offers a Little Friendly Advice for 'King' Mo Lawal
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans was sad to see Mo Lawal’s situation go from bad to worse this past week, he told MMA Fighting. The two are colleagues in the fight game, but they’re also friends, which made it hard to watch as Lawal was released from his Strikeforce contract shortly after being fined and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday.
"It’s unfortunate, man. Mo’s probably one of the best guys I’ve ever met in the sport, and even outside of the sport," said Evans. "He’s so much different than the character, or what he comes across as. People get the wrong take on Mo."
The way Evans sees it, many people fail to see the distinction between the real Lawal and the "King Mo" persona he’s adopted for the purposes of a little pre-fight entertainment. What they don’t realize is that, whether on Twitter or in person, they’re getting a much more genuine response than they get from many other fighters.
Sometimes, however, that’s a personality trait that comes with certain consequences.
Strikeforce Makes Heavyweight Grand Prix Final Official; Adds Additional Bouts
Strikeforce on Monday finally made official the conclusion of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. It will take place May 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
MMAWeekly.com has already reported the main event showdown between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, the co-main event with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez defending his title against Josh Thomson, and a light heavyweight feature bout pitting former champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle.
In making the official announcement, Strikeforce officials added another bout, matching up Bobby Voelker with Nah-Shon Burrell.
Melendez vs. Thomson III, Kyle vs. Cavalcante targeted for Strikeforce's May event
Gilbert Melendez (20-2 MMA, 10-1 SF) and Josh Thomson (19-4 MMA, 10-2 SF) will soon settle a score.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for a rubber match between the current and former Strikeforce lightweight champ at "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier," which takes place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and airs live on Showtime. (Preliminary-card fights air on Showtime Extreme.)
Additionally, a non-title light-heavyweight matchup between former champ Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (11-3 MMA, 4-2 SF) and Mike Kyle (19-8-1 MMA, 3-3-1 SF) is expected to take place.
Bob Sapp vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski Signed for KSW 19 Main Event
Apr 2, 2012 - Apparently, Bob Sapp has recovered from the mysterious leg injury that led to his most recent loss less than one month ago, because "the Beast" is ready to get back in the cage, and the matchup is one that should delight fans of the old "freakshow" style of matchmaking.
Sapp, who has lost five in a row and eight of his last nine, is now set to fly to Poland to take on that country's favorite son, former World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski.
The KSW promotion confirmed the matchup which will take place as the main event of KSW 19 on May 12 at Atlas Stadium in Lodz.
Light Heavyweight Bout For May Strikeforce Show Has Gian Villante Facing Derrick Mehmen
A light heavyweight bout appears to be in the works for this May’s upcoming Strikeforce event in California, as New York fighter Gianpiero Villante (9-3) is expected to face Derrick ‘Caveman’ Mehmen (12-4).
News of the bout was first reported by Newsday.com (sourced via MMAWeekly.com) who learned of the matchup from Villante Saturday night, who confirmed that bout agreements were in place for the fight.
The upcoming Strikeforce show is expected to take place on May 19, 2012 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The event is expected to feature the Heavyweight Grand Prix Final match between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.
'Cyborg' drug denial sticks to familiar script
The unknown persons responsible for encouraging Cristiane Santos to take steroids have been eliminated.
That’s her word: "eliminated."
This according to the former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion herself in a video statement released this week, roughly 10 days before she’ll appeal a one-year suspension for a positive drug test after her Dec. 17 win over Hiroko Yamanaka at an event in San Diego.
As mea culpa videos go, this one is actually pretty good. A genuinely remorseful-sounding Cyborg acknowledges her mistake, says she knows it is her responsibility to monitor the supplements she takes during training and references the hit to her reputation in the wake of the positive test.
Her words are obviously scripted, but don’t come off overly rehearsed. She doesn’t read from a prepared statement; at least, not one we can see. In any case, she speaks for a little less than three minutes and since it’s all in Portuguese with English subtitles, it ultimately might be difficult for non-speakers of that language to gauge her sincerity.
Dos Santos is doing it the Chuck Liddell way - White
UFC president Dana White has likened Junior Dos Santos to Chuck Liddell, but has questioned whether the Brazilian has the necessary variety to cope with world class kickboxer Alistair Overeem at UFC 146.
Dos Santos is preparing for the first defence of his UFC heavyweight crown, having knocked out Cain Velasquez in 64 seconds to take the belt. The Brazilian's hands are the best in his weight class, but Overeem should hold the edge when it comes to other facets of striking, such as kicks and knees.
Liddell was arguably the most devastating light-heavyweight the UFC has seen and White sees plenty of parallels with Dos Santos, which could spell bad news for Overeem, who was knocked out by Liddell back in 2003.
"For me, the question is how is Dos Santos going to deal with the kicks and the knees and the elbows?" White was quoted as saying by MMAWeekly.
I would trade punches with Diaz - Hardy
Dan Hardy admits he would love the chance to fight Nick Diaz if the welterweight decides to come out of retirement.
Diaz quit the UFC in sensational fashion last month after losing a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit, but subsequently tested positive for marijuana.
Despite Nate Diaz claiming his brother remains set on retirement, Diaz has remained in training and his trainer Cesar Gracie believes the former Strikeforce champion will return.
And Hardy, who is looking to snap a four-fight losing streak when he takes on Duane Ludwig at UFC 146 in May, says he would be happy to welcome Diaz back to the Octagon.
Former UFC Champ Brock Lesnar Back to WWE?
It appears that it hasn’t taken former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar to find a new job.
Rumors constantly swirled around Lesnar about a return to his professional wrestling gig with WWE even while he was actively competing in the UFC. The rumors increased following his retirement after losing to Alistair Overeem at the promotion’s 2011 year-end event, UFC 141.
Those rumors have risen to a fever pitch with Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer now reporting, although he doesn’t have confirmation, that Lesnar is believed to have signed a one-year deal with WWE and “will work a more than Undertaker and less than Goldberg type of schedule” upon his return.
Weekend winners include 50-year-old Smith, Yvel, Kawajiri, Bustamante, Leites, Parisyan
Despite another weekend without a UFC event, the regional scene was in full effect with five major shows.
They included Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2 in Nebraska, OneFC 3 in Singapore, LFC 8 in China, Amazon Forest Combat 2 in Brazil, and WMMA 1 in Texas.
Victors included 50-year-old ex-UFC champ Maurice Smith, Gilbert Yvel, Tara LaRosa, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Lyle Beerbohm, Murilo Bustamante, Thales Leites, Karo Parisyan and others.
No more three-minute commercial breaks on 'TUF: Live,' White says
As UFC president Dana White has often said, live television ain't easy.
The latest reminder came on Friday's new edition of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" on FX, when what should have been a one-minute break between rounds turned into three.
Welcome to the never-ending headaches of live television, White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"We were on a network commercial break," White told MMAjunkie.com immediately following the bout, which aired live on FX from the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas. "You can't break a network-commercial break. We need to fix that. This is a live sporting event, and we need to be on our toes knowing that we can go to another round. We have a 60-second commercial, and you come right back to the fight. That was bad."
M-1 / ONE FC cross promotion headlined by Fedor Emelianenko set for Singapore in October?
M-1's Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan attended last night's (March 31, 2012) ONE FC show as a special guest of CEO / Owner Victor Cui, fueling rumors that a cross promotion between the two organizations headlined by Fedor Emelianenko might be in the works.
When Emelianenko was at the height of his success and negotiations were underway with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the biggest issue was M-1's insistence that any deal should involve a cross promotion, something that Dana White and company were totally unwilling to countenance.
This is where ONE FC and the UFC differ. Whereas the UFC refuses to work with other mixed martial arts (MMA) organizations, ONE FC has embraced the concept of cross promotion and has even formed a network to allow fighters to move freely between Dream, Deep, Road FC, URCC, CFC (in Australia) and various others.
Nevada amends complaint against Nick Diaz, shifts strategy
BEFORE THE NEVADA STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION
FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND NOTICE OF HEARING
KEITH KIZER, Executive Director for the ATHLETIC COMMISSION of the DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY, STATE OF NEVADA, complains for disciplinary action against NICK DIAZ (DIAZ), as follows:
Bellator, Super Fight League Both Voice Interest in New Free Agent 'King' Mo Lawal
When Muhammed Lawal was cut by Strikeforce this week following a nine-month suspension, his future was thrown into disarray. For now, Lawal is still on the mend from recent knee surgery, but he may not have to wait long to find a new home.
At least two promotions have stated their interest in the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion. In separate interviews with MMA Fighting, both Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Super Fight League CEO Ken Pavia confirmed that they would likely reach out to Lawal in the near future to assess the possibility of pursuing him as a free agent for their respective organizations.
With five fights left on contract, UFC 148's Cung Le taking it one bout at a time
If you haven't yet noticed, Cung Le has other things he can do.
No fewer than three movies featuring Le are scheduled for release this year. In one of them, "The Man with the Iron Fists," he co-stars with Hollywood heavyweights Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu.
Le is 39 years old and has been fighting in one way or another since his tweens. He has another way to make a living in which it's far less likely he'll have his nose rearranged, as it was in his most recent fight.
Why keep doing it?
Why not? That's probably a better question, if you ask Le (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Four months after his octagon debut went awry against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139, he's on target to meet former middleweight champ Rich Franklin (28-6 MMA, 13-5 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Le vs. Franklin serves on the pay-per-view main card while preliminary-card bouts air on FX.
Jake Shields Not Set on Move Back to 185, but Feels Stronger There
In 2009, with limited options at welterweight and a teammate competing in the same division, Jake Shields decided to try his hand at what it was like to fight at middleweight.
For his first trip to the division, Shields faced knockout artist Robbie Lawler, and while many questioned the lifetime 170-ound fighter moving up in weight, it took him just over two minutes to prove critics wrong.
Shields submitted Lawler and then went on to win a five-round decision over Jason “Mayhem” Miller. He then scored his biggest win at 185 pounds as he took out former Pride champion Dan Henderson in dominating fashion, as well.
It was then that Shields signed with the UFC and moved back down to his natural weight of 170 pounds, but the results have been somewhat mixed since then. Shields has gone 2-2 in the UFC, although his losses have come to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Jake Ellenberger, but the San Francisco area fighter admits the differences in the weight classes have shown through lately.
Bellator 63 results: Amoussou, Baker, Rickels, Saunders advance to welterweight semis
Karl Amoussou wanted to make a statement and did just that in the opening-round of Bellator's season-six welterweight tournament.
The Frenchman sliced through season-five tournament vet Chris Lozano, cinching a first-round submission to advance to the semifinals.
Amoussou joined Bryan Baker, David Rickels and Ben Saunders in the winner's circle on Friday at Bellator 62, which took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and aired live on MTV2.
Amoussou had riled Lozano up prior to the fight by promising to make the Bellator vet his punching bag, and the two nearly clashed in the staredown prior to the opening bell.
But when the bout got underway, it was Lozano who circled cautiously, and the audience quickly voiced its displeasure.
After an extended feeling-out period, Amoussou drew blood with a high kick that slammed into Lozano's head. Lozano caught it and took the fight to the mat, but he was quickly reversed and flattened out.
Amoussou (14-4-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC) secured a rear-naked choke, and in a flash, the fight was over at the 2:05 mark of the first...