Rousey: Not a bit sorry to be breaking girl's arms
On Sunday, Jeff Sherwood, the father of MMA journalism, interviewed Ronda Rousey at the LA Fitness Expo. Rousey possesses a combination of skill, looks, and wit that, were she male, would make her the transcending figure that pundits believe MMA needs in order to break through fully to the mainstream.
Maybe she is anyway. Maybe Ronda Rousey is on her to becoming the face of MMA.
The interview was wide ranging, compelling, and as real as it gets.
Rousey on Cris Cyborg
"She was a detriment to women's MMA. No little girl is going to watch Cris Cyborg fight and want to be like her one day. I don't think it's a good example. I think it was obvious all along that she was doping, and I think it sends a bad message to kids that you need to dope in order to be achampion. I think it's better with her gone."
On Miesha Tate saying she talked her way into a title shot
"There's a reason why the Olympics is every four years. It's because if they had it every year, they would go bankrupt. The Olympics is the epitome of sport and that's where it's all just about the sport. But with professional sports it's about entertainment. It's about making money. The core of everything is still about the sport, but that's not everything it's about. It's hilarious when these girls are ‘you talked yourself into a title shot!' What you're really saying in a mean way is that I'm smarter than all of you, and I actually have an understanding of how this works and used it to my advantage."
Main card, prelims set for 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey' in Ohio
The lineup, including the preliminary and main cards, is set for next month's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event.
The show takes place March 3 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The main card, including a title fight between female bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (12-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) and Ronda Rousey (4-0 MMA, 2-0 SF), airs on Showtime. Prelims air on Showtime Extreme.
'King Mo' Lawal camp narrows list to one culprit in positive steroid test
A list describing the supplements and medications that light heavyweight Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal used prior to his appearance at "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" points to a single product as the cause of his positive steroid test.
In a letter sent this past Saturday to the Nevada attorney general's office, Lawal's rep, Mike Kogan, stated that an over-the-counter testosterone supplement, S-Mass Lean Gainer, contains a chemical precursor to Drostanolone.
That's the steroid that recently landed the fighter in hot water.
Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi confirmed for 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey'
A light-heavyweight bout between Mike Kyle (19-8-1 MMA, 3-3-1 SF) and Gegard Mousasi (32-3-2 MMA, 3-1-1 SF) will be part of March's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event.
Kyle today tweeted news of the bout, which will be part of the Ohio card.
Soon after, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the booking with a source close to the event. Although it hasn't been decided if the fight will be for Strikeforce's vacant light-heavyweight title, it will co-headline the show.
Strikeforce's 'King Mo' maintains innocence, looks for cause of failed drug test
In hopes of finding the cause of a positive test for an anabolic steroid, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal's manager, Mike Kogan, today sent to the Nevada attorney general's office a full list of the supplements and medications the fighter took.
After reviewing the list, the attorney general may ask Lawal to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in March, Kogan today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ continues to maintain his innocence two days after the NSAC said his post-fight drug test revealed the presence of the steroid Drostanlone.
"I'm not a cheater," Lawal told MMAjunkie.com. "I'm a competitor. Cheating is not in me. It's all about skill and gameplan, and that's what I'm about."
Among the medications are Dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory steroid administered once by a doctor Lawal saw prior to the fight; Orthovisc, a treatment for osteoarthritis used to lubricate the knee joint; and Lidocaine, a numbing agent.
Lawal admits he didn't note the medications on his pre-fight medical paperwork, nor did he disclose them to a NSAC doctor during a pre-fight examination.
"Before the fight, for the most part, they ask – I just don't put anything," he said. "The [Orthovisc] – I didn't think anything of it.
"This is my mistake not putting anything down, but I didn't think anything of like my Dimetapp (over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine) and amino acids and stuff. It's just general stuff. I should have, I guess. I'm still shocked from all this."
Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy added to 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey'
A lightweight bout between Caros Fodor (7-1 MMA, 5-0 SF) and Pat Healy (26-16 MMA, 4-1 SF) has been added to March's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event.
Strikeforce officials today announced the matchup.
"Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" takes place March 3 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Columbus, and coincides with the annual Arnold Sports Festival.
The main card airs on Showtime, and prelims air on Showtime Extreme. Fodor vs. Healy likely will be part of the main card.
Strikeforce's Daniel Cormier still unsure of timetable for return
Seven months after he broke his right hand, Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier (9-0 MMA, 6-0 SF) is still unsure of when he'll be ready to fight Josh Barnett (31-5 MMA, 2-0 SF).
"I would imagine they would wait, and I think they should," Cormier told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I think Strikeforce needs some closure to that division."
Cormier is today scheduled for an MRI, and he expects to get a final word on when and if he can fight. Until then, he can't commit to any timetable for return.
"I'm not sure if I re-hurt myself at some point, but when it is completely healed, we're ready to go," he said.
As finalists in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, Cormier and Barnett were expected to headline an event scheduled for March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. But on Tuesday, officials announced a women's bantamweight title fight between champ Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey as the top-billed fight.
Tyron Woodley 'frustrated' that Strikeforce won't commit to giving him a title shot
Pretty? No. Effective? Yes.
That might be the best way to describe Tyron Woodley's win over top 170-pound prospect Jordan Mein at the Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event that took place last Saturday night (Jan. 7, 2012) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He got the job done.
The undefeated wrestling phenom did exactly what he's done in his last three fights, also decision wins, and that's control the pace with effective grappling and position. While he failed to secure a stoppage, it shouldn't take away from the fights he has finished, including five submissions and one technical knockout across his short but impressive career.
At least, that's "T-Wood's" argument (via Sherdog's Savage Dog Show), one he's making after Strikeforce executives failed to guarantee him a 170-pound title shot.
Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold suffers broken hand in win over Keith Jardine
"Thanks for all the love everybody couldn't do it without u guys! So I did brake my hand but its a clean brake no surgery, minor price to pay for the sweet taste of VICTORY!!! SC party for sure this weekend, do dis! 4-6 weeks b back in business!"
Those are the breaks.
Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold suffered a broken hand in his win over Keith Jardine this past weekend (Jan. 7, 2012) at the Strikeforce: "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product recently revealed the bad news via his official Facebook page.
Bas to Cyborg: Send diet aid to AC
Cris Cyborg Santos recently tested positive for Stanozolol, an illegal Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) Stanozolol (better known as Winstrol). Her win over Hiroko Yamanaka was changed to a No Contest, and her legacy was called into question.
Cyborg's camp blamed the positive test on a dietary supplement, which they say unknowingly contained the illegal drug.
MMA legend, former UFC Heavyweight champion and current HDNet fight commentator Bas Rutten has a simple solution for clearing her name, via twitter.
If Cyborg wants to clear her name, simple, send the drink to the athletic commission, let them test it. I just don't believe they put it in drinks to LOSE weight. If they DO put roids in, show the drink and her name is cleared. Its what I would do. Like I said before, they all say "I took something over the counter". What? Tell us what you took? Help your fellow fighters not to make the same mistake by accident, just saying
NSAC's Keith Kizer Had No Issues With Kim Winslow's Stoppage of Lawal-Larkin
Referee Kim Winslow received a fair share of criticism for her work at Saturday night's Strikeforce event in Las Vegas, most notably from Muhammed Lawal, but Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer did not feel the criticism was warranted.
"I had no issues with the stoppage," Kizer wrote to MMAFighting.com on Monday when asked for a response to Lawal's post-fight comments about the referee.
Lawal felt Winslow stopped his fight against Lorenz Larkin very late, which could have led to Larkin getting seriously injured.
'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine' medical suspensions: Four out up to six months
The full of "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" medical suspensions included:
Luke Rockhold: Suspended until July 6 due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Keith Jardine: Suspended until March 8 with no contact until Feb. 22 for precautionary reasons
Adlam Amigov: Suspended until Feb. 7 with no contact until Jan. 29 for precautionary reasons
Lorenz Larkin: Suspended until Feb. 7 with no contact until Jan. 29 for precautionary reasons
Tarec Saffiedine: Suspended until July 6 due to a left-elbow injury, though a doctor (with an MRI and X-rays) can clear him early; regardless, suspended until Feb. 22 with no contact until Feb. 7 due to a left-eye laceration
Tyler Stinson: Suspended until July 6 due to left-thumb an right-knee injuries, though a doctor can clear him early; regardless, suspended until Feb. 22 with no contact until Feb. 7 due to a right-eye laceration
James Terry: Suspended until July 6 due to shoulder injuries, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early
Trevor Smith: Suspended until Jan. 29 with no contact until Jan. 22 for precautionary reasons
Estevan Payan: Suspended until Feb. 7 with no contact until Jan. 29 due to a right-eye laceration
Alonzo Martinez: Suspended until Feb. 22 with no contact until Feb. 7 due to a bridge-of-nose laceration
Trevor Smith's camp plans appeal of 'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine' loss
Strikeforce light heavyweight Trevor Smith likes to dive for leg locks when he's in trouble on the feet, and he said he told referee Kim Winslow as much prior to a weekend bout.
"I said if I get hit, I like to dive for legs and go under, so just make sure you don't stop the fight unless I'm out cold and taking a number of blows," Smith today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It's your responsibility to protect me, but let it go as long as you can.
"She made some kind of comment like, 'I've been doing this for a while – I know how to stop fights.'"
Smith (9-2 MMA, 2-1 SF) dove for Gian Villante's legs less than a minute into their preliminary-card fight at "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine," which took place this Saturday at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It and aired on Showtime Extreme prior to the night's Showtime-televised main card.
Villante (9-3 MMA, 2-2 SF) began firing hammerfists down on Smith's head, some of which went landed illegally. Then, Winslow stopped the fight at the 65-second mark.
'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine' salaries: Lawler and Lawal top $566K payroll
The full "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" paydays included:
Luke Rockhold: $90,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Keith Jardine: $30,000
Robbie Lawler: $150,000 (no win bonus)
def. Adlan Amagov: $10,000
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal: $95,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $17,000
Tyron Woodley: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Jordan Mein: $9,000
Tarec Saffiedine: $31,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Tyler Stinson: $4,000
Nah-Shon Burrell: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
def. James Terry: $9,000
Gian Villante: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Trevor Smith: $4,000
Ricky Legere: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Spang: $6,000
Estevan Payan: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
def. Alonzo Martinez: $5,000
Fedor Emelianenko possible as Strikeforce's 'plus-one' heavyweight for new champ
Soon, the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix will come to a conclusion, and the entire division then will be sent to the UFC.
But first, the tournament champion – either Josh Barnett or Daniel Cormier – will get one more Strikeforce fight against an opponent to be determined.
While Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said some of those options were eliminated when the UFC gobbled up a handful of Strikeforce fighters for upcoming cards, one famous Russian remains a possibility.
Following Saturday's "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" event in Las Vegas, Coker discussed the upcoming conclusion of the heavyweight tournament and the possible return of eliminated tourney fighter Fedor Emelianenko. The eight-man tournament began nearly a year ago, and if Cormier's hand is healed in time, it could conclude at a March event in Ohio.
"I'd like to get the tournament done," Coker said. "We started this in February (of 2010). I was hoping at most it'd take us a year. ... But we'll get it done."
Strikeforce's Lawal rips on 'Kermit' Mousasi, sub-par actor Jackson, bad ref Winslow
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (9-1 MMA, 4-1 SF) has never been one to hold back when it comes to expressing his opinion, and Saturday night was no different.
Following his win over the previously undefeated Lorenz Larkin at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" event in Las Vegas, Lawal railed on fellow light heavyweights Gegard Mousasi and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Oh, and the gloves really came off when it came to referee Kim Winslow.
"I'm going to put it like this: The commission, they need to do something with [Winslow]," Lawal said. "Let her take a fight or something and give her a bad ref."
Lawal's anger came from Winslow's seemingly slow stoppage of his fight. In the second round, Lawal took Larkin to the floor and pummeled him with ground-and-pound blows. Winslow finally stepped in after more than a dozen big punches that seemed to bring Larkin in and out of consciousness.
Lawal believed the delay in halting the bout was not only ridiculous but also in stark contrast to the pre-fight instructions he was given.
"She said backstage, 'If I hear 'Ow' or 'Ouch' or 'Ooh,' I'm going to stop the fight,'" Lawal explained. "Man, this dude was cussing. I hit him, and he's like, 'Oh, [expletive].' I was like, 'Uh, ref?'
"I looked at her, so I kept on hitting him. I was like, 'Man, she needs to stop this thing.' I heard people in the crowd yelling, 'Stop it!' Then she jumps in all late."
Lawal said Winslow explained post-fight that her call was based on a desire to give Larkin every possible chance to recover and that "If it takes for him to be asleep, that's what it is."
Lawal believes that's an ill-informed explanation.
"She's never taken a punch before, so it's easy for her to say that," Lawal said.
Lawal cited a previous Winslow outing as proof that the official is sometimes slow to intervene in one-sided matchups. Citing a June 2010 bout in which then-Strikeforce female champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos was mercilessly beating on a defenseless Jan Finney, Lawal said he thinks Winslow may need to take on a different role in the cage to gain a better understanding of what she's watching.
"Let [Winslow] fight 'Cyborg,' and let's do a late stoppage with her," Lawal said. "I watched her almost get Jan Finney killed by 'Cyborg.' I think maybe the tables need to be turned. Put me in there as a ref, and I'll just do a terrible job like her."
Strikeforce confirms four bouts for March 3, says main event still undetermined
With Strikeforce's first 2012 show in the books, the promotion now looks ahead to its next event, and the promotion on Saturday confirmed four bouts for a previously rumored March 3 event.
As expected Strikeforce female bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (12-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) meets undefeated challenger Ronda Rousey (4-0 MMA, 2-0 SF) in one of the night's featured contests, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said it's not necessarily the evening's featured bout.
"That's not been determined yet," Coker told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We're still booking some more fights."
K.J. Noons (11-4 MMA, 3-2 SF) vs. Josh Thomson (18-4 MMA, 9-2 SF), Paul Daley (29-11-2 MMA, 2-2 SF) vs. Kazuo Misaki (24-11-2 MMA, 1-0 SF) and Alexis Davis (11-4 MMA, 2-0 SF) vs. Sarah Kaufman (14-1 MMA, 5-1 SF) were also made official for the card, which takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Coker said the promotion still hopes to feature the finals of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix at the March 3 event but is still waiting on medical clearance for finalist Daniel Cormier.