Dana White says Showtime runs Strikeforce, not Scott Coker; won't be worried about Strikeforce when they're off CBS
I'm telling you, man, I'm the one out there, hitting the pavement, beating the bricks, talking to all these guys. They don't know (crap) and they don't want to know (crap). They don't care... They (Strikeforce) are going to go away. Showtime (messed) that whole thing up. They'll go away. They'll be off CBS and I won't have to worry about them being so, you know, out in front. When something like that happens on CBS, people are going to hear about it. If they end up staying with (crappy)-ass Showtime, 200,000 people see it. I can live with that...
Dana White Believes Strikeforce Sent Mayhem Into Cage
UFC president Dana White was a guest on Tuesday's "Jim Rome Is Burning" to discuss Saturday's in-cage melee at the recent Strikeforce event on CBS. He thinks that Strikeforce sent Jason "Mayhem" Miller into the cage to challenge middleweight champion Jake Shields in order to "save face."
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Joe Doerksen steps in for injured Tim Creduer to face Tom Lawlor at UFC 113
Joe Doerksen will step in on short notice to face Tom Lawlor in a middleweight matchup at the top of UFC 113's non-televised card.
Sources close to the event today confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com and said Lawlor's original opponent, Tim Credeur, has been forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury.
UFC 113 takes place May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and features a light heavyweight title rematch between current champ Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
FightersOnly Inks Deal With Time Warner
Fighters Only Magazine, the world's biggest Mixed Martial Arts magazine, is set to dramatically expand its readership by signing an exclusive distribution deal with media powerhouse Time Warner. The partnership will allow Fighters Only to be represented at retail by a major force within the publishing industry. Time Warner Retail currently handles such titles as People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Time Magazine.
Shields Thinks No One Should Be Punished For Strikeforce Brawl.
Following the biggest win of his career, Jake Shields soon had another challenger in his face during his post-fight interview, and just seconds later mayhem literally erupted.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller came into the cage immediately following Shields' win and challenged the middleweight champion to a rematch for a fight they had in November 2009 in which Shields defeated him by unanimous decision.
"He came so fast out of nowhere, and just kind of bumped into me, the way he came up and said rematch, I just thought it was really rude. He got in my face, he bumped me, and interrupted in the middle of the interview," Shields told MMAWeekly Radio on Monday night.
WEC's Shane Roller predicts quick finish of Anthony Njokuani at "Aldo vs. Faber"
While WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will put his belt on the line against top challenger Donald Cerrone at Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, the next title challenger may also be decided at the event.
Fellow top lightweights Shane Roller and Anthony Njokuani also meet on the evening's main card in a bout with near-certain title implications.
And while Njokuani's three-straight "Knockout of the Night" performances have raised eyebrows, Roller said "The Assassin" won't be the only fighter looking to throw heavy leather.
Junior Assuncao vs. Luiz Azeredo official for "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas"
While a recent press-conference dust-up between main-eventers Ricardo Mayorga and Din Thomas has garnered headlines this past weekend, the upstart Shine Fights promotion remains busy filling out the card for its May 15 event.
Today, the promotion announced that three-time UFC veteran Junior Assuncao meets Luiz Azeredo at "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas."
"Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas," the third card in Shine Fights' brief history, takes place Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., and will be broadcast on pay-per-view.
Brett Rogers Questions Alistair Overeem's "Eastern Diet"
MMA Fighting spoke to Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers this weekend about his upcoming title fight against Alistair Overeem on May 15. Rogers didn't hold back when discussing Overeem's lack of of title defenses over the last two years and Overeem's new and improved physique.
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Bellator Announces LW Tourney Fights For Bellator 17
Bellator FC today announced Bellator 17, which could also be called "Lightweight Night". Set for May 6 in Boston, the event will feature the Season 2 Lightweight Tournament semifinals, Roger Huerta vs. Pat Curran and Toby Imada vs. Carey Vanier, and a non-title superfight featuring Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez vs. UFC veteran Josh Neer. The tournament semifinal winners meet in the finals in June, with the winner getting to face Alvarez later this year for the title.
UFC 110 Replay: 1.4 Million Viewers, Beats SF In Key Demo
Spike TV's replay of UFC 110 that aired this past Saturday scored a 1.0 household rating and averaged 1.4 million viewers, Spike TV officials today announced. Although it fell short of topping a live CBS broadcast of "Strikeforce: Nashville," which averaged twice the audience with 2.9 million viewers, Spike TV's counter-programming won in a key demo. Among men ages 18-34 – one of TV's most lucrative demographics – the April 17 replay of UFC 110 earned a 1.4 rating, which beat Strikeforce and CBS by seven percent.
Edgar confirms likely rematch with Penn
The decision on who new UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will fight for his first defense should be coming soon. It looks like it's going to be a rematch with the fighter he beat to get the title earlier this month.
Former champion B.J. Penn had commented just after the fight that the UFC had already approached him about a potential second fight with Edgar later this year, and the new king at 155 pounds had heard much the same thing.
"There's been talks, there's definitely been talks," Edgar told MMAWeekly Radio. "I haven't signed anything, so when I sign I'll definitely let you know."
Dana: WEC LW Division Eventually Headed To UFC
Although World Extreme Cagefighting officials have long touted the benefits of having their own lightweight division – the only weight class that overlaps with its sister promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship – a change could be on the way. In a recent interview with USA Today's Sergio Non, UFC president Dana White said the WEC's 155-pound weight class "eventually" will be folded into the bigger promotion. In the interview, in which White explains why the UFC has taken over production/commentating/announcing duties at WEC 48 (he said all Zuffa pay-per-view shows will be handled by the UFC's experienced PPV team), White also addressed the long-discussed 155-pound division. "I actually think it's kind of cool," he said. "I think eventually what we do is, we're going to continue to add to lighter weights, and you'll end up seeing these (WEC) guys go into the UFC, the 155 pounders. As for when it could happen, probably not before WEC ever goes forward with plans to implement a Flyweight division.
UFC's Brian Stann dropping to middleweight, hopes to fight in July or August
Brian Stann is tired of being an undersized light heavyweight in a division full of heavier takedown artists. So, he's moving to middleweight.
Stann, who today spoke to MMAjunkie.com from suburban Atlanta, said he "rolled the dice" against Phil Davis at UFC 109 but doesn't regret his decision to take a bad matchup on paper.
But the reason he took the fight might surprise you.
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Barnett Not Scheduled For Today's CSAC Meeting, Drug Appeal Still Unresolved
Josh Barnett may wait this one out. The top-tier heavyweight is not on the agenda for a California State Athletic Commission's Tuesday meeting in Los Angeles, which means his long-delayed appeal of a fight-license denial this past July may not be heard before he is cleared to reapply. According to George Dodd, executive director of the CSAC, Barnett is free to reapply for a license on June 25, when he said the denial's term ends. However, Barnett may still be asked to appear at a commission meeting before that license is approved or denied. Fighters who test positive for steroids are not allowed to reapply for a license for one year, Dodd said.
UFC On Versus 2 On 8/1, 117 On 8/7
UFC has added 2 events to it's schedule in early August: They've reserved a Utah date for 8/1, which will be the 2nd UFC on Versus event, and an 8/7 date for Northern California. Neither show has been announced by UFC and no location confirmed for 8/7, but it could be in Oakland and possibly headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen.
NSAC Approves 7/3 For UFC 116
UFC 116 is now official for July 3. The NSAC has approved UFC's request for an event on that date, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. No matches were confirmed yet but Shane Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar is tentatively slotted for the event.
Tennessee Athletic Commission formally to investigate "Strikeforce: Nashville" brawl
The Tennessee Athletic Commission has launched an investigation into a post-event brawl that concluded the CBS-televised "Strikeforce: Nashville" event at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville this past weekend.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today contacted Jeffrey Mullen, the commission's director, who declined to comment on the situation until the commission's investigation is complete.
No timetable was given, but the investigation could lead to disciplinary action for those involved.
Smith-Le 2, Possible, But Not Official, For SF Fedor vs. Werdum
A rematch between Scott Smith & Cung Le is being reported as possible for Strikeforce's June 26 event to be headlined by Fedor vs. Fabricio Werdum. But despite widespread reports of the fight, SF CEO Scott Coker announced Sunday that the fight is not yet official and has not been signed. If the fight happens, it will air on Showtime and could determine the next challenger for SF Middleweight Champion Jake Shields.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller Apologizes For Post-Strikeforce Brawl
Strikeforce: Nashville had it's share of criticism after the events of Saturday night.
Unfortunately, the fight card was overshadowed by the brawl between Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez and the Diaz brothers.
Late Sunday night, Miller posted an apology on his website and addressed the situation.
Good move by Mayhem or is he being hung out to dry by SF?
I think a question that needs to be asked after this is after the events of the other night would Dana still consider signing Sheilds? As defensive as he is of MMA and it's image, is it too big a risk to have Shields posse at events?