Strikeforce CEO on Cris "Cyborg" Santos negotiations: No deal but "We're dancing"
DALLAS – Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, who's arguably the top female fighter in MMA today, still is without a contract.
The management team for Strikeforce current women's middleweight champion hasn't been able to strike a new deal with company officials.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he has no updates on the negotiations, but he's optimistic a deal will get done and the 145-pound champ will be back in the cage.
Noons-Masvidal winner a "frontrunner" for title shot with Strikeforce champ Melendez
DALLAS – The next challenger to Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez's title likely will come from Saturday's "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" event.
But it won't necessarily be the K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal winner.
While that victor is the "frontrunner," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie.com a preliminary-card bout between Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante and Justin Wilcox also could factor into his decision.
Josh Barnett Licensed to Fight on June 18th in Texas
Josh Barnett has been granted a license to fight in the state of Texas. Barnett, who has faced licensing issues in the past with the California State Athletic Commission, was officially cleared today to compete on the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum card on June 18th, where he will face Brett Rogers in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine Announced for July 30th Strikeforce Card
Another day, another potential welterweight war added to the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card. One day after the promotion added Paul Daley vs. Evangelista Santos to the July 30th event in Hoffman Estates, IL, they found a fight for the guy Santos was originally rumored to face, Tarec Saffiedine. And Saffiedine will be facing the Hands of Steel, Scott Smith
Strikeforce odds: Josh Barnett vs Brett Rogers
Most of the Monday morning black belts are still talking about the heavyweight action that took place at UFC 131 last Saturday night in Vancouver. Well fellow Maniacs, I'm here with a "Grim" reminder that another batch of 265-pounders are set to do battle this weekend in Dallas.
The second leg of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament will get underway on June 18 from the American Airlines Center and will include a titanic tilt between former PRIDE star Josh Barnett taking on the heavy-handed Brett Rogers.
Barnett's experience and grappling credentials have made him the odds-on favorite at -340.
Sudden Death Round to Settle Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Draws
The Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix will resume Saturday night in Dallas with a new rule in place: a sudden death round to settle a draw.
When the GP was first announced in January, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said that a draw would be settled by an independent fourth judge who would "determine who advances or who wins based on the fighter's overall performance in the fight."
However, Marc Ratner, Zuffa's vice president of regulatory affairs, informed MMA Fighting on Sunday that Zuffa, the new parent company of the Strikeforce, has decided that all tournament fights ending in a draw will now be settled by a fourth sudden death round. There will not be a fourth judge assigned to the tournament fights anymore.
The Big Payback: Alistair Overeem Predicts a Much Different Fight With Werdum This Time
Alistair Overeem still remembers his 2006 loss to Fabricio Werdum, but he says when they meet again in Strikeforce, everyone can expect a much different outcome.
If you go back and watch the first fight between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum from Pride: Total Elimination in 2006, there are quite a few glaring differences from what you might see when the two heavyweights meet in a rematch this weekend in Strikeforce.
Strikeforce: Dan Henderson hoping for a 'rejuvenated' Fedor Emelianenko on July 30
Come heavy, or not at all.
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson is hoping a "rejuvenated" Fedor Emelianenko will bring the noise when they hook 'em up at the Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Henderson" event set to go down on July 30, 2011, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
This is mixed martial arts (MMA) and like Big Daddy Kane once said: Ain't no half steppin'.
Josh Barnett Unlicensed in Texas, Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum Only 10 Days Out
Bloody Elbow has confirmed Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett, who is scheduled to fight on the Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum card in Dallas on June 18, has not yet been licensed to fight in Texas. Barnett is booked to face Brett Rogers in the second installment of the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Yesterday, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker assured the media that Barnett would be licensed in time for the fight. According to Susan Stanford, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Barnett has until 72 hours before fight time to complete his application, but has not yet done so.
Earlier today Stanford told Bloody Elbow that "Mr Barnett's application is incomplete."
She declined to state what additional materials Barnett needs to submit to complete the application, but she did confirm that he has submitted some materials to begin the application process.
Sarah Kaufman vs. Liz Carmouche Targeted for July 22 Strikeforce Event
A Strikeforce 135-pound match pitting two of MMA's top female stars is being targeted for a July 22 Challengers Series card, MMA Fighting has learned.
Sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed that a bout pitting former champion Sarah Kaufman against Liz Carmouche is in the works, and has been verbally agreed to.
The 25-year-old Kaufman hasn't fought in Strikeforce since losing the belt to Marloes Coenen back in October 2010. Afterward, she took a fight in a Canadian promotion to stay active, defeating Megumi Yabushita via TKO.
Strikeforce's Overeem and Werdum hope grand-prix title leads to UFC title shot
With one crossover fight between a UFC champ and Strikeforce champ now in the books, it's not unreasonable to wonder what's in store for the champions of other weight divisions.
And with the second round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix around the corner – a tournament that several of its participants have previously said will crown the No. 1 heavyweight in the world – it's not a stretch to imagine the winner presenting a good case for another crossover.
Although Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (34-11 MMA, 3-0 SF) and Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1 MMA, 3-0 SF) are focused on fighting each other in the quarterfinals of the tournament, they share the hope that winning the competition will open the door to a bout with current UFC heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez.
Although cleared by commission, Gina Carano's return date unknown, manager says
Everything was full steam ahead for Gina Carano until Monday.
According to her manager, the popular fighter had had a "phenomenal camp" in preparation for a fight with Sarah D'Alelio at "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" before an "unfortunate setback" prompted her doctor to advise against her participation in the event, which takes place June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
"She's bummed out and trained her ass off for this fight," Scott Karp today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via text.
Cavalcante and St. Preux not fighting at "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson"
A bout between former Strikeforce champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and fellow light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux won't be a part of July's "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" event after all.
A source close to the show told MMAjunkie.com that despite reports, the two fighters never agreed to the bout.
Both are expected to be booked for other upcoming fights.
Gina Carano doesn't get medical clearance - will not fight on June 18
Gina Carano won't make her comeback next week, after all.
Carano failed to get medical clearance from her doctor for the June 18 bout, Strikeforce executive Scott Coker said Tuesday. The popular female fighter, who has not competed since August 2009, was scheduled to face Sarah D'Alelio.
"It's an unfortunate situation," said Coker, who declined to provide further details about Carano's health issues.
Noons vs. Masvidal: The Most Important Lightweight Fight No One's Talking About
In the midst of all the lightweight action over in the UFC lately, a very important lightweight bout that will be going down in Strikeforce in 13 days is completely flying under the radar. With Nick Diaz moving over to the UFC to fight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137, a lot of people are assuming the next one to make the jump will be Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Could it happen? Sure. But if it doesn't, the focus will be on who Melendez is going to defend his title against next in the confines of a Strikeforce cage. And it almost assuredly will be the winner of June 18th's bout between KJ Noons and Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal.