Heading into Strikeforce Fight with Fedor, Dan Henderson Doesn’t Feel Outmatched or Small
Current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson (27-8) heads into one of the biggest fights of his career when he meets former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (31-3) at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.
The former Olympian has spent much of his career between fighting at middleweight and light heavyweight, and has won the Pride welterweight (185-pound limit) and the Pride middleweight (205-pound limit) titles.
With historic trilogy victory complete, Voelker eyes Strikeforce's big stage
or five solid minutes, it looked as if Strikeforce's first-ever "Challengers Series" trilogy was firmly in the grasp of Roger Bowling.
Then, in a flash – well, the flash of a knee, really – everything changed.
Bobby Voelker (24-8 MMA, 4-1 SF) instantly turned the tide of the matchup with a well-timed knee that sent his opponent stumbling backward. "Vicious" seized the moment, driving forward with punches to secure a second-round TKO. Now, the 32-year-old believes he's ready for graduation.
Strikeforce Challengers 19 targeted for Sept. 23rd in Las Vegas
The next installment of Strikeforce's "Challengers Series" events is expected to take place Sept. 23 in Las Vegas.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Strikeforce executives have tentatively reserved that date at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort for the 19th edition of the prospect-focused event series.
An official announcement from the promotion is expected shortly.
Strikeforce prospect Ovince St. Preux: I just think it's my time
Fewer than two years ago, Strikeforce light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux (11-4 MMA, 5-0 SF) was an unknown commodity with a losing record looking to rebound from back-to-back defeats.
Now, he's one of the brightest young stars in the promotion and has openly challenged the likes of former Strikeforce champions Gegard Mousasi and Renato "Bablu" Sobral.
Following his eighth consecutive victory, the 28-year-old former collegiate linebacker said he remembers the moment things turned around.
Strikeforce boss says promotion seeking options to broadcast preliminary fights
For as many entertaining scraps as Strikeforce broadcast in its pre-Zuffa era, fans of the sport always had one complaint: Where are the preliminary card fights?
Perhaps spoiled by the UFC's recent strategy of utilizing varying combinations Spike TV, ION Television, Facebook and UFC.com to air entire fight cards, MMA fans wanted to know why Strikeforce wasn't doing the same.
Now that the promotion is under the same ownership umbrella as the UFC, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said things may be changing.
For Openly Gay Fighter Liz Carmouche, MMA Offered Open Arms and Bloody Noses
When Liz Carmouche first walked into the San Diego Combat Academy, she wasn't sure how the team would take having a lesbian training partner. MMA seemed like a man's world, and maybe not the most accepting one for women in general. For a homosexual woman like herself, Carmouche thought, the reception would only be colder.
But after five years in the Marines under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, Carmouche had decided that she was done lying about who she was.
Lavar Johnson out, Devin Cole now meets Shawn Jordan at Strikeforce Challengers 17
An undisclosed injury has forced Lavar Johnson (15-4 MMA, 3-1 SF) out of Friday's Strikeforce Challengers 17 event, officials today announced.
In his place steps Bellator vet Shawn Jordan (10-2 MMA, 0-0 SF), who meets fellow light heavyweight Devin Cole (18-9-1 MMA, 0-1 SF) in a main-card bout.
Strikeforce Challengers 17 takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The night's main card airs on Showtime.
Dana White Says Issues With Lyoto Machida, Alistair Overeem Will Blow Over
As if Zuffa executives didn't have enough headaches with the injury bug that has wreaked havoc on cards for months, there have also been a pair of high-profile flare-ups with major Zuffa stars within the last week.
The first one came when UFC president Dana White revealed that Lyoto Machida had accepted a fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 133, but then changed his mind and demanded "Anderson SIlva-money." The second came when Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem seemingly dared the powers that be to pull him from the Heavyweight Grand Prix after he claimed they threatened him with withdrawal from it if he couldn't fight on the desired Sept. 10 date.
While the two reports gained heavy traction with fans and media over the last several days, White seemed to indicate during a Tuesday press conference that he expects both situations to be resolved.
Strikeforce Announces Top Fights for Sept. 10 Card
A slew of fights were recently confirmed for Strikeforce's Sept. 10 card via the organization's Twitter account.
Middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will defend his title against Luke Rockhold. Souza (14-2, 1 NC) last defended his title against Robbie Lawler in January.
This will undoubtedly mark the biggest fight of Rockhold's career, as the American Kickboxing Academy member has never fought on the main card of a major Strikeforce event before nor for a title. The 7-1 fighter has battled a series of injuries, which have kept him out of action since February 2010.
Light heavyweights Roger Gracie (4-0) and Muhammed Lawal (7-1) have also agreed to meet on Sept. 10. The 205-pounders were supposed to meet on July 30, but an injury suffered in training forced Gracie to pull out of the fight. Lawal hasn't competed since losing the light heavyweight title to Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante last August.
Alistair Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix, Antonio Silva to Face Daniel Cormier
It didn't take long for Strikeforce to make up their mind regarding Alistair Overeem. Hours after he mentioned that he would not fight on September 10th and Zuffa had threatened him with removal from the Grand Prix, it came to fruition. Tatame first reported that Overeem was out and Daniel Cormier was in to take on Antonio Silva on September 10th:
Alistair Overeem, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion, defeated Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce GP’s first round, but he’s no longer fighting at the tournament.
Zuffa Threatens To Pull Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix
Zuffa Threatens To Pull Overeem Out of Strikeforce Grand Prix
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of MMAFighting.com's "The MMA Hour", Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair "The Reem" Overeem (35-11-0-1) had some shocking news to share, as he confirmed that he has been "threatened" by Zuffa to be pulled from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix if he does not comply with a scheduled September 10th date to compete in the semi-finals vs. Antonio Silva.
"Stikeforce has requested me to accept the fight for Sept. 10, to agree on that, but I have not agreed on it and I also had some emails, some questions asked, is the fight confirmed? No, the fight is not confirmed. I do not confirm it and I will not confirm it," said Overeem...
Fedor Tired of Fighting: manager
Fedor performance has certainly slipped as of late, and many are claiming this is proof of his being overrated. After all this is his first time in over 10 fights of facing an opponent who is among top 10 in a division. With Henderson around the corner (a man who once graced the top 10 p4p ) this spells trouble.
Fedor's manager certainly doesn't help in this article which claims the champ is bored with fighting...
Strikeforce signs KOTC champion Bobby Green
Undisputed KOTC lightweight champion Bobby Green is headed to Strikeforce.
The high-energy fighter, who owns a 15-4 pro record and four victories in his past five fights, has signed a four-fight deal with Strikeforce.
Jason House of Iridium Sports Agency today confirmed the signing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), though terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A debut date and opponent have not been determined.
Green, a three-and-a-half-year pro, has spent much of his career with KOTC, though he's also made appearances with Affliction and Tachi Palace Fights. The 24-year-old, who trains with Pinnacle Jiu jitsu and MMA in California, owns seven knockouts and six submissions in 15 career victories.
Former Pride Grand Prix Champion Kazuo Misaki Signs with Strikeforce
At one time, Kazuo Misaki was a mainstay in the top ten of the middleweight division during his time with Pride Fighting Championships.
Now the Japanese fighter is making his move to welterweight and has signed an exclusive deal to compete in the welterweight division of Strikeforce.
Sources close to Misaki confirmed the signing to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
Anaconda-choke creator Milton Vieira signs with Strikeforce
Veteran fighter Milton Vieira has signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce.
Alchemist MMA, the fighter's new management team, today announced the signing, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Vieira (12-7-1 MMA, 0-0 SF), a 32-year-old PRIDE and Bitetti Combat veteran, is perhaps best known as the creator of the anaconda-choke submission, which he used in his most recent victory over Bruno "Cro Cop" Lobato in June.
Maximo Blanco: Made in Japan
The situation at Nihon University eventually improved as Blanco learned the customs and moved up the seniority ladder, though he still does not regard that time as one of vast social growth. More than anything, it proved to be an investment period for his future prizefighting career. He went on to win international championships in freestyle wrestling in his home country of Venezuela, China and Azerbaijan before taking a bronze medal in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Even though his goal at the time was to earn a berth in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Blanco’s eyes were fixed on mixed martial arts.
Like many Japanese fighters of his generation -- Katsunori Kikuno, Yoshiro Maeda and Satoru Kitaoka, to name a few -- “Maxi” was inspired to become a mixed martial artist after watching the monumental Tokyo Dome event, Colosseum 2000, which pitted Masakatsu Funaki against Rickson Gracie. With a solid high school and college wrestling career and impressive tournament showings throughout his amateur career, Blanco’s viability in the sport was unquestionable. His original trajectory, as devised by his high school coach, Akutsu, and his wrestling contacts, was to roll into a sponsored spot in Pride Fighting Championships after his participation in the 2008 Olympics. As history will attest, though, it did not exactly turn out as planned.