Dan Hardy: Georges St. Pierre plays it safe to keep his belt
I wouldn't change it for the world. Even the result now. I'm a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and obviously I'm not ready to be the champion just yet. But there are a lot of positives to gain from it. Obviously one of them is the fans are now a little more aware of me and the fans that were aware of me before now, most of them, have a new respect for what I'm willing to do when I'm in there. [St. Pierre] took the win from me but he didn't take the fight from me. I wasn't beaten mentally or physically. I don't know, it must be frustrating for the fans and it's frustrating for me because I know that GSP has the kind of potential to make more of a fight out of it. But he's very good at wrestling and he chooses to stick with the safe option to keep his belt. I mean you can't hold it against him. It's not what I would do in his situation but I'm not in his situation right now, so I can't really make those calls. I certainly don't feel like I'm miles away from winning the belt. I know I've got work to do but I'm confident that it's within my ability to do it and get the belt."
Santos & Le To Return To SF In June
Although the date and fight card are not yet official, Strikeforce announced yesterday that Women's Middleweight Champion Cristiane Santos and former Middleweight Champion Cung Le will both return to the promotion for a planned late June event. No word on opponents for either but a planned Santos-Erin Toughill fight is almost certainly off. Le has been rumored to be facing Scott Smith, but SF CEO Scott Coker may have tipped his hand by mentioning Frank Shamrock as a possible foe. The main event could be Fedor vs. Fabricio Werdum but that is pending contract talks between SF & M-1 Global.
Phil Davis to Unmask Alter-ego "Dave" at UFC 112
I don't even know what my style is to tell you the truth,” said Davis. “I definitely have a couple of different looks. The one you saw against Brian Stann, I call that ‘Phil.’ It's very hard to finish, very rugged. The one I'm going to use in Abu Dhabi I call that ‘Dave,’ it's more of a spring look, a little bit softer. I use it mostly just for catalogs and just a finesse kind of thing I do. I shouldn't even be talking about that yet, it's not even done yet.
Most of the training camp consisted of different things,” said Davis. “I'm worried about getting hit this time so I made sure I went and got a facial. I got my skin exfoliated just in case I get hit. It's a little bit softer. It'll absorb the punches a little better. I'm hitting all angles this time. I'm not just going to leave things to chance. I've got an extra massage this week. I usually have a weekly massage, I got an extra massage this week because I'm not leaving anything to chance. Extra massage. Extra relaxed. Extra smoothness. Extra ‘Dave.’
Vince McMahon Trying To Get the UFC Banned
Sometimes the most intriguing wrestling news stories are broken or teased on the Wrestling Observer / Figure Four Online message boards. This is one such case, as UFC.com writer/German UFC commentator (and former German WWE commentator/marketing staffer/keeper of savage secrets) Oliver Copp let the news leak that Vince McMahon is attempting to sabotage UFC's expansion into key European markets in a thread about Dana White's recent ambition to hold an event at the newly opened largest domed stadium in the world, Cowboy Stadium in Dallas.
Saw this on another forum and couldn't believe what I was reading so for all of you out there toi coment on.
Janne Tulirinta Off Bellator 13, Joe Duarte Last-Minute Replacement
Janne Turinta, a participant in Bellator's season 2 Lightweight Tournament set to begin tomorrow, has been forced off at almost the last minute due to visa issues and won't be able to fight tomorrow. He was to have faced Carey Vanier. Joe Duarte, a former US Army Ranger who had been on standby if a situation like this came up, is the replacement.
Nick Diaz vs. Hayato Sakurai Set For DREAM 15
Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz is set to head for Japan to face Japanese star Hayato Sakurai in a Welterweight matchup at DREAM 15, likely to be scheduled for May 30. Strikeforce has cleared the booking and allowed Diaz to take the fight, which will be a NON-TITLE match.
Mackens Semerzier Off WEC 48, Replacement Search On
There will be no "Mack" to go with "Cheesesteak" at WEC 48. Mackens Semerzier is now off the event due to an undisclosed injury. He was to have faced Anthony Morrison. A replacement search is underway but Morrison could also be off as there are only 2 1/2 weeks to find a replacement. Morrison likely would be moved to a future card if that happens.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Likes To Hit Big, Soft People Like Tim Sylvia
And he sure doesn't sound like the "World's Scaredest Man" as Sylvia claimed the other day. Although once he's past Sylvia, he does have his eyes on a certain other Heavyweight. Just not right away. "Tim Sylvia is already past his prime, so the only thing he thinks about is the paycheck after the fight. When I’ll take him down and start landing my bombs, he will lose every desire to get up. His handshake at the press conference made me realize that he has a very soft body. I like big and soft people, they are fun to hit. I have to be careful from his striking in the early minutes of the fight, but I am still very confident that it will be a great victory. In two years from now, I would love to fight Fedor Emelianenko. He will rip my head off if we fight today, but in two years it could be a different story. It will be very interesting to see the bookmaker's odds for that fight."
Strikeforce reserves June 26 for San Jose's HP Pavilion, Fedor-Werdum talks ongoing
Strikeforce has reserved June 26 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., for a potential fight card, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from multiple sources close to the promotion.
Although not officially set, the event likely will include the return of top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in a long-rumored bout with Fabricio Werdum.
However, Emelianenko's participation is dependent on the outcome of contract re-negotiations between M-1 Global (the parent company under which he fights and is signed), Showtime Networks and Strikeforce. Talks between the companies began this past Thursday and resumed this week.
CBS to air Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Tim Stout on "Strikeforce: Nashville" broadcast
A middleweight bout between Jason "Mayhem" Miller (22-7 MMA, 0-1 SF) and Tim Stout (9-7 MMA, 0-0 SF) first reported Monday by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) will air "in some form" during the CBS telecast of "Strikeforce: Nashville" on April 17.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said the bout will be recorded and aired in its entirety if time permits during the event's two-hour broadcast; otherwise, it will air as a highlight package between the night's three live title fights.
Miller vs. Stout takes a slot previously reserved for a heavyweight bout featuring prospect Bobby Lashley.
Full UFC 114 fight card released, Duffee and Sanchez on PPV main card
The full fight card for next month's UFC 114 event, including a five-fight main card, is now set.
UFC officials today released the lineup for the May 29 event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a pay-per-view headliner between former light-heavyweight champs Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Also slated for the main card are Forrest Griffin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller, Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow, and John Hathaway vs. Diego Sanchez.
The six-fight preliminary card, which includes many fighters that otherwise would be worthy of TV spots, includes Dong Hyun Kim vs. Amir Sadollah, Efrain Escudero vs. Dan Lauzon, Melvin Guillard vs. Thiago Tavares, Luiz Cane vs. Cyrille Diabate, Joe Brammer vs. Aaron Riley, and Jesse Forbes vs. Ryan Jensen.
Shinya Aoki: It Is Certain That If I Lose, Japan Will Become A Colony Of US MMA
That's one way he's looking at his 4/17 Strikeforce fight against Gilbert Melendez. "Japan’s best comes to USA. This is amazing ... my technical side is evidenced by my long career. It is the same as my old fights so it does not need to be discussed. Instead, the most important point is this: ‘If Aoki loses, it is over for Japan. I love Japan and it is certain that if I lose, Japan will become a colony of US MMA. Some [fans] say that USA's MMA is the best but I do not worship U.S. MMA so this is big war to me, just like my fight against [Sengoku champion] Hirota [on New Year’s Eve]. Yes, this is a high risk, high return proposition. If I get the return, I give it to DREAM because I am a son of DREAM. The same as in the New Year's Eve fight I am thinking ‘OK, I kill you!' ... I can risk my life if needs be. I am a warrior.... I am really serious about MMA. So I do not talk about technique now, because this fight is not about technique but about instinct and heart! One tough guy will stand, another tough guy will fall. Everyone, look upon this scene."
UFC 111 drug test results come back clean
All competitors from this past month's UFC 111 event tested negative for performance-enhancing drugs as well as recreations drugs/drugs of abuse.
The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board's Nick Lembo today confirmed the drug-tests with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 111 took place March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and aired on Spike TV and pay-per-view.
All competitors from the card were tested at least once; New Jersey arguably has the strictest testing anywhere in the spot.
As deadline looms, Josh Barnett not sure if he'll appeal CSAC license denial
Former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett has four days to add his name to the agenda for an upcoming meeting of the California State Athletic Commission and is unsure whether he wants to do so.
The CSAC denied Barnett a license this past July to fight Fedor Emelianenko at "Affliction: Trilogy" on Aug. 1 when Barnett tested positive for a designer steroid. Barnett immediately declared his innocence and informed the commission of his intent to appeal the decision.
But after four delays to his appeal process, Barnett said he may simply wait until June, when he said he is re-eligible to apply for a fight license.
Syntax Records featured in April issue of Fight Magazine
It’s not uncommon for those familiar with the Syntax Records brand to find hints of MMA intertwined both with the staff, and artists. In fact, some of the Syntax affiliates have been closely following the sport since before it was even called MMA. Thus making sense, that Fight Magazine contacted Syntax when they decided to do an article on independent music and MMA. They even mentioned Syntax as one of only three labels to have their logo make an appearance in the UFC Octagon.
Hey, it's pretty exciting for us.
Andrei Arlovski Talks Lessons Learned and Future Goals in Strikeforce
With his new Strikeforce deal completed, it seems like “The Pitbull” might soon be barking up a couple of old trees.
Popular Strikeforce heavyweight Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (15-7) is set to take on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on May 15, and while he isn’t looking past the big Brazilian, he understands that a win over Silva could put him in position to avenge his devastating 2009 losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers in the not-so-far future.
Since his June loss to Rogers, Arlovski has murdered Mike Pyle, beaten up a bully, done a ton of video blogging, and trained with some of the best camps in MMA. Arlovski recently signed a new multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, and the former UFC heavyweight champ is looking to avoid a third straight loss. Arlovski has lost two consecutive fights three times in his career, and if history teaches us anything, it’s that 1) the first man killed in the American Revolution was Crispus Atticus, and 2) after back-to-back losses, Arlovski quickly goes back to crushing people. The sometimes hairy, always scary Arlovski says he has a few scores to settle in Strikeforce, but before he can do that, he needs history to repeat itself on May 15 against “Bigfoot.”
Strikeforce's Shinya Aoki doesn't regret arm-break incident, says it could happen again
Shinya Aoki is not sorry he broke Mizuto Hirota's arm this past New Year's Eve, nor is he sorry about his actions afterward.
Aoki (23-4 MMA, 0-0 SF) caught Hirota's right arm in a ghastly hammerlock in the first round of their "Dynamite!! 2009" bout and cranked until the limb visibly – and audibly – broke.
As Hirota grimaced in pain on the mat, Aoki stood overhead and flipped the bird at his opponent.
And though he faced a wave of condemnation that included his dismissal from a teaching position at the gym in which he belongs, Aoki has no regrets.
"No (I don't) because it happened during the fight," Aoki told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through his translator during a media day promoting his upcoming fight with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (17-2 MMA, 7-1 SF) at "Strikeforce: Nashville."
Undisputed 2010 Demo details
Responding to fan queries about the demo, the publisher stated it will include four fighters from the light heavyweight division: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida, Rashad "Sugar" Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (soon to be seen playing BA Baracus in the upcoming A-Team film).
Cant wait, and i just pre-order the game too, looks like i'll be getting the the 4 exclusive fighters
Ohio Institutes Cruiserweight Division On Trial Basis
A progressive state known for their longtime support of mixed martial arts, Ohio has taken another step to level the playing field in amateur mixed martial arts. Ohio will institute a cruiserweight division on a provisional basis on May 1. The new weight class, which will be 206-225 pounds, will be under a trial basis in amateur MMA, but the state has no plans of instituting the new division for professionals just yet.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Is The World's "Scardest" Man
At least in the eyes of upcoming opponent Tim Sylvia. On his upcoming fight with the multi-time World's Strongest Man, Sylvia said "He's a big boy, but I can tell he's scared. He wouldn't stare at me straight on, eye to eye. He kept turning away. So he's definitely worried already."