Agent Talks Hieron Free Agency; UFC an Option
There are no guarantees in life or in the fight game.
That's the motto that Jay Hieron has lived his life by lately due to some unfortunate timing and opponent changes that left the former IFL fighter off of the latest Showtime televised card and without an expected title shot.
Now officially a free agent able to negotiate a new contract, Hieron's agent, Ken Pavia from MMA Agents, clarified the timeline for his client's next deal.
"He has an exclusive negotiating period with Strikeforce, but beyond that he is, he has no more fights left on his deal," said Pavia in an interview with MMAWeekly.com on Sunday. "There's an exclusive negotiating period, and then there's also a right to match, which is pretty standard in the industry at this point."
Despite initial one-sided affair, Strikeforce's Robbie Lawler said he stuck to game plan
SUNRISE, Fla. – Early Sunday morning on AirTran Airways flight 68 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Atlanta, Robbie Lawler and friend/training partner Matt Hughes slowly made their way down the aisle before takeoff.
Just hours removed from a stunning come-from-behind knockout victory over Melvin Manhoef at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Miami" event, Lawler was still feeling the effects of the fight as he slowly limped to the back of the plane.
Lawler took serious punishment and was battered nearly from head to toe by his opponent's offensive onslaught, but the former EliteXC middleweight champ said his miraculous come-from-behind win resulted from his ability to stick to a game plan.
Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz says Georges St-Pierre just fine for his next opponent
For as much praise as new Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (21-7 MMA, 3-0 SF) receives for his grappling prowess, it's his voluminous striking attack that has led to his most recent surge in popularity.
Never was that more evident than in this past Saturday's "Strikeforce: Miami" main event, where Diaz defeated DREAM champ and vaunted striker Marius Zaromskis at his own game.
Now the question for Diaz becomes, "What's next?" And the scrappy Californian isn't afraid to ask for the best.
"I want to fight Georges St-Pierre," Diaz said. "That's the one fight I'm talking about."
Bellator adds DREAM vet Joe Warren to season-two featherweight tourney
Bellator's season-two tournaments continue to take shape, and the organization today announced another solid addition to the 145-pound field.
Three-time DREAM veteran and world-class wrestler Joe Warren (2-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will compete in Bellator's next featherweight tournament.
Warren is best known to MMA fans as the man who knocked off former WEC champ Chase Beebe and top-ranked Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto in his first two professional contests before falling to Bibiano Fernandes in DREAM's 2009 featherweight grand prix.
After title defense, Strikeforce champ Cris "Cyborg" Santos likely to get Erin Toughill next
SUNRISE, Fla. – With another dominating victory and her first title defense under her belt, Strikeforce women's lightweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos can now look to her next challenge.
As Scott Coker told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following Saturday's "Strikeforce: Miami" event, Erin Toughill could be next to challenge for the title.
Santos set up the likely bout after defeating a game but overpowered Marloes Coenen in the co-main event of the Jan. 30 event, which took place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Scott Coker: Bobby Lashley's next opponent could be Brett Rogers
Victorious this weekend at Strikeforce: "Miami" was heavyweight Bobby Lashley, who made the most of his promotion debut by stopping last-minute fill-in Wes Sims in the first round.
Though the former WWE superstar dominated the match from beginning to end (all of two-plus minutes), many questions still remained about the prospects of Lashley's future in the sport.
We may however, have those questions answered sooner rather than later.
SI.com is now reporting that Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker would like to see Lashley take a gigantic step up in competition and face former number one contender and consensus number seven heavyweight, Brett "The Grim" Rogers.
Herschel Walker happy with MMA debut ... even if he never fights again
You’re going to be shocked by this, but [the pressure did not bother me at all]. There was no pressure and the reason why was I really thought the people at AKA prepared me for it. The fighters at the gym, everyone there, they prepared me for this. What I had to do was just go in the ring and do it. I’ve loved (MMA) for about four years. This isn’t something I just decided I wanted to do.
MMA Quick Quote: Bobby Lashley wants a heavyweight title shot
"Well, it's one of two things. Either they're going to allow me do it the way I wanna do it and build, or they're going to give me a title shot. Either or. I would like a title shot. I guess it's Overeem, he's the one who has the title right now. Him or Fedor, whoever. I wanted to take my time to build up but everyone's pushing me to get bigger and better fights so if I'm going to get bigger and better fights let's go for the best."
Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz is going to be hard to beat
I'm proud to be doing what I do. I wasn't hurt at all [in this fight]. My lip got cut a little, but I wasn't hurt, I was fine.... My gameplan was that I am a better all-around fighter than him, so I was going take what I was going to get. Try and set up my punches. Set up my body punches -- not let him breathe. Set up the knee to the body. Set up the knee to the leg. I'm going to control him on the fence.
Wes Sims pushes Bobby Lashley at Strikeforce post-fight press conference
It's all fun and games until a referee apparently stops a fight too early.Wes Sims was hamming it up for just about everyone who would watch following his first round technical knockout loss to Bobby Lashley during the post fight press conference that never happened at Strikeforce: "Miami" tonight from the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Free Agent Hieron Reflects On Riggs,Wants Diaz
“The game plan was to try and go out and put pressure on him. Try to stay sharp because he’s a lefty. You can’t go after a lefty because everything is opposite, so I was a little more strategic,” Hieron told MMAWeekly.com after the fight. “I felt great in my performance.”
Broughton Rolls Through U.K.'s Best For Tourney Win
Heavyweights collided in Hove, England in a unique “winner takes all” tournament, £10,000 (roughly $16,000) incentive and a nice shiny ZT Fight Night strap to boot. This brought out the big guns in U.K. MMA and a few dark horses, but ultimately it was M-1 challenge veteran Rob Broughton who was the star of the show, picking up the overall victory over the course of seven grueling rounds of MMA action.
MMA Quick Quote: Marloes Coenen wanted more time to fight Cyborg Santos
"I feel beat up. It was a tough fight. She was really good, but I think [the referee] stopped it too soon. I was still moving -- she hit me hard but I could take it. I have to see the fight back of course, but [I kept] moving and my defense was high if I'm correct. She won it. She's the champion. Again, I have to see the fight back because I don't remember anything when I'm fighting -- it's all flashes."
Former Power Ranger Jason Frank Wins MMA Debut
Although it almost was the other way around, good beat evil again last night as Jason David Frank, best known as the Green/White Ranger on "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", managed to withstand a brutal opening onslaught and beat Jonathan Mack by 1st round tapout in his MMA debut. The fight, which Frank won by omoplata, will be televised by HDNet in the near future.
Lawler KO's Manhoef, Lashley gets TKO win
It ended fast and it ended with a bang.
Robbie Lawler was feeling the power and dangerous strikes of Melvin Manhoef, but too much aggression and a perfectly timed counter punch sent the Dutchman crashing to the canvas, a victim of a vicious knockout.
To his credit, Melvin Manhoef approached the fight with Lawler with a much better gameplan that his usual bull rush style. The powerful Dutch striker planted some powerful leg kicks that left Lawler limping, backing up across the cage.
It looked like a completely one sided fight as Manhoef blasted away at Lawler's head and body with his signature punching power. Just as Manhoef went for the kill, Lawler finally threw a big punch, and that's all he needed.
Herschel Walker experiment pays off with win
Strikeforce took a big risk signing and showcasing 47-year old former NFL player, Herschel Walker, in his professional debut on Saturday, but it paid off as the one time Heisman Trophy winner dominated Greg Nagy on the way to a TKO win.
In the early going, Walker did a good job of stuffing the takedown attempts from opponent, Greg Nagy, who struggled under the power of the former running back. Eventually, Walker reversed the position, landed on top, and started to throw down punches at Nagy.
Keeping out of too much danger, Nagy did position his body well enough to almost lock on a heel hook in the first round, but Walker rolled and stayed out of the submission.