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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.
Submitted Jul 12, 2011 8:49PM by ncordless - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, World Victory Road / Sengoku
Fedor Emelianenko Trains with Brother Aleksander for Bout With Dan Henderson
It appears that Fedor Emelianenko and his brother Aleksander Emelianenko are working together again to prepare Fedor for his July 30th bout with Dan Henderson at the appropriately named Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. Aleksander was a member of the Red Devil Sport Club for many years along with his brother, but left in 2009. The article here is in Croatian, and was translated by Marko Petrak of Fightsite.hr: Fedor Emelianenko is doing his final preparations for his bout with Dan Handerson in small Rusian town called Kislodovsk. It's situated between the Black and Caspian Seas. He recently made up with his brother Alexander after long period that this two haven't even spoken to each other. Since he lost his two last fights, Fedor decided to change lot of things in his life, and he decided to start training with his brother Alexander again - like they did in their prime.
Dan Henderson talks using TRT since 2007
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has become a hot topic in mixed martial arts during the last 12 months. Often overlooked in the discussion is Dan Henderson, who’s been using the treatment for more than four years. Henderson was the first athlete to ever receive a therapeutic exemption for TRT in Nevada, prior to a fight against Wanderlei Silva in 2007. “My levels were so low they were off the charts,” Henderson told ESPN.com. “I was always tired and getting sick a lot. “I couldn’t even tell you [how to abuse it]. I’ve never gone above normal ranges. All I know is that I’m not as tired and I don’t get as sick as I used to.”
Dan Henderson Hopes to Defend Strikeforce Belt, Eventually Meet UFC Champion
Dan Henderson has a knack for big performances at contract time: In 2007, he knocked out Wanderlei Silva at Pride 33, becoming a two-division champion and positioning himself to get a lucrative deal when the UFC purchased Pride. Two years ago, he knocked out Michael Bisping at UFC 100, scoring the biggest highlight on the UFC's biggest stage and positioning himself to get a lucrative deal when Strikeforce decided to bid for his services. And now Henderson is preparing to fight Fedor Emelianenko in the final fight of his Strikeforce contract -- a fight that could position Henderson to negotiate a new deal with Strikeforce's new parent company Zuffa, owners of the UFC. But while a win over Emelianenko could launch Henderson directly into a UFC pay-per-view main event, Henderson says his preference is to stick with Strikeforce.
Strikeforce Odds Open with Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza as Huge Favorite over Luke Rockhold.
With Strikeforce’s next few events already in the planning, the odds for the upcoming fights have been released for the major bouts. MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas from BetonFighting.com and BetDSI.com released the odds to MMAWeekly.com over the weekend, with several new fights making the docket.
Cyborg Wants New Strikeforce Deal as Birthday Present.
Current Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos finds herself in an uncommon situation, as she has not fought in more than a year.
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Lyle Beerbohm on tap for STRIKEFORCE: Fedor vs. Henderson
Lightweights Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (15-4-1 MMA, 0-1 SF) and Lyle Beerbohm (16-2 MMA, 3-2 SF) will clash at "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson." Strikeforce officials announced the fight overnight. "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" takes place July 30 at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., near Chicago. The main card, including a Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson heavyweight headliner, airs live on Showtime.
Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley winner could earn Strikeforce title shot
An intriguing welterweight scrap between undefeated prospect Tyron Woodley (8-0 MMA, 6-0 SF) and British slugger Paul Daley (27-10-2 MMA, 2-1 SF) won't be for a title, but the winner of the July 30 bout could find himself competing for a belt before year's end.
Brett Rogers Police Report
Here is the Brett Rogers police report addicts. It doesnt make for pretty reading but lets also remember that nobody has been found guity of anything just yet!
Submitted Jul 1, 2011 4:04AM by rockyf - 26 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Strikeforce releases Heavyweight Brett Rogers following arrest
LAS VEGAS – Strikeforce has released heavyweight fighter Brett Rogers. Dana White, president of sister promotion UFC, confirmed the contract termination today following a UFC 132 press conference. Rogers was arrested on Wednesday and charged with felonious third-degree assault and misdemeanor endangerment of a child following an alleged altercation with his wife. White said the release came immediately after the arrest, which took place in Apple Valley, Minn.
Brett Rogers Arrested And Jailed For Domestic Abuse
Strikeforce heavyweight star Brett "Grim" Rogers has been arrested and jailed in connection with assaulting his wife Wednesday in their South Metro home in Apple Valley, Minnesota. According to reports, Rogers wife was strangled, punched repeatedly in the head and face, and also lost a tooth in the struggle.
Submitted Jun 30, 2011 3:31PM by rockyf - 22 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley targeted for "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson"
Another big addition has been made to next month's "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" event. Sources close to the show today told MMAjunkie.com that a welterweight bout between Tyron Woodley (8-0 MMA, 6-0 SF) and Paul Daley (27-10-2 MMA, 2-1 SF) is in the process of being finalized for the card. It's not clear if Nick Diaz's recently vacated welterweight title will be on the line.
Roger Gracie withdraws from Strikeforce bout with Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal
Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Roger Gracie (4-0 MMA, 2-0 SF) will not be competing at "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson." MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the submission specialist that a lingering injury has forced him to withdraw from a planned contest with Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (7-1 MMA, 2-1 SF).
Strikeforce Challengers 16 Results: Fodor vs. Terry
MMA Fighting has Strikeforce Challengers 16 results of Caros Fodor vs. James Terry, Ryan Couture vs. Matt Ricehouse and the rest of the Showtime card from the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. In the main event, Caros Fodor extended his win streak to four with a unanimous decision win over James Terry. In other action, Ryan Couture, son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy, lost in his third trip inside the cage, dropping a decision to Matt Ricehouse. Showtime Bouts Caros Fodor def. James Terry (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Matt Ricehouse def. Ryan Couture via unanimous decision (29-28 3x) Lorenz Larkin def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (29-28 3x) Jason High def. Quinn Mulhern via unanimous decision (30-27 3x) Julia Budd def. Germaine de Randamie via unanimous decision (29-28 3x) Preliminary Bouts Derek Brunson def. Jeremy Hamilton via unanimous decision (30-27 3x) Eduardo Pamplona def. Jerron Peoples via first-round TKO Trevor Smith def. Keith Berry via second-round technical submission
Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Fabricio Werdum nominated for 2011 ESPY Awards
UFC champions Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre, as well as Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, have all been nominated for 2011 ESPY Awards. Jones and St-Pierre were each nominated in the "Best Fighter" category while Werdum's June 2010 submission win over Fedor Emelianenko was nominated in the "Best Upset" category. Fans can vote on the winners from now through July 9, and the awards show airs on ESPN on July 13. Jones and St-Pierre are joined in the "Best Fighter" pool by standout boxers Bernard Hopkins, Sergio Martinez and Manny Pacquiao.
Cyborg Santos out of clash with Paul Daley
Paul Daley's management team have informed ESPN that the welterweight is searching for a new opponent after Evangelista Cyborg Santos was ruled out of their July 30 clash. Daley and Santos were heading for a potentially explosive 170lb war, as the co-main event to Dan Henderson's much anticipated encounter with Fedor Emelianenko. The clash could even have turned out to be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title, after Nick Diaz switched to the UFC to fight Georges St-Pierre. Daley and Santos had been the most recent men to challenge Diaz for his throne. However, Santos has pulled out of the bout due to injury, and ESPN understands Strikeforce is currently in the process of finding a replacement opponent for Daley.
Tim Kennedy Gets His Wish, Faces Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson
Sometimes when you ask, you shall receive. Two former middleweight title contenders will battle it out as Tim Kennedy gets his wish and will face Robbie Lawler at the upcoming Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card. Strikeforce officials announced the new bout on Thursday. Kennedy has been targeting the July 30 date for a while now, and just last month expressed his desire of opponents when speaking with MMAWeekly.com.
Jorge Gurgel vs Joe Duarte to headline Strikeforce Challengers 18 on Aug. 12
UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel will look to string together back-to-back wins for the first time in four years when he collides with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 alum Joe Duarte in the Strikeforce: "Challengers 18" main event at "The Palms" in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 12, 2011.
Alexis Davis vs. Julie Kedzie Latest Addition to Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Card
A welterweight women’s match-up is the latest addition to the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card with Alexis Davis meeting Julie Kedzie as both fighters make their promotional debuts. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Wednesday. Alexis Davis (9-4) makes her Strikeforce debut after signing a multi-fight deal with the promotion just recently.
Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi possible for September Strikeforce event
A matchup pitting former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi (30-3-2 MMA, 2-1-1 SF) against Mike Kyle (18-8-1 MMA, 2-3-1 SF) could be headed to the promotion's fall lineup. The pair were supposed to fight this past April at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" before Kyle was forced to withdraw with a broken hand. In his place stepped Keith Jardine, who fought Mousasi to a draw. The fight could take place at a yet-unnamed Strikeforce event slated for Sept. 10 that's expected to feature a middleweight title fight between current champ Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold, though at this point, the date is not finalized.