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Strikeforce CEO on Cris "Cyborg" Santos negotiations: No deal but "We're dancing"
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 7:29PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Noons-Masvidal winner a "frontrunner" for title shot with Strikeforce champ Melendez
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 7:03PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Injuries scratch Antwain Britt vs. Danillo Villefort from Strikeforce Challengers 16
(mmajunkie.com)
Injuries have forced the cancellation of a Antwain Britt (11-5 MMA, 1-2 SF) vs. Danillo Villefort (13-3 MMA, 0-0 SF) bout planned for this month's Strikeforce Challengers 16 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker that both middleweights sustained injuries
Submitted Jun 15, 2011 4:09PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Josh Barnett Licensed to Fight on June 18th in Texas
(bloodyelbow.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 5:40PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine Announced for July 30th Strikeforce Card
(bloodyelbow.com)
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
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 3:08PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Josh Barnett: ‘The Winner of This Tournament is the No. 1 Heavyweight in the World’
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC champion Josh Barnett says there is no question that whoever comes out on top of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix is the top heavyweight in the sport.
Submitted Jun 14, 2011 3:05PM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce odds: Josh Barnett vs Brett Rogers
(mmamania.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 10:51AM by pmoney - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Sudden Death Round to Settle Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Draws
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 9:35AM by pmoney - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
The Big Payback: Alistair Overeem Predicts a Much Different Fight With Werdum This Time
(mmaweekly.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 13, 2011 9:23AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Paul Daley Faces Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30
(mmaweekly.com)
The last two fighters to face Nick Diaz in Strikeforce will now face each other on July 30 in Chicago. Paul Daley has signed on to face Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos on the upcoming Fedor vs. Henderson card set to go down at the Sears Center in Chicago. Daley’s management team, Fight Management announced the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.
Submitted Jun 12, 2011 12:22PM by pmoney - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Strikeforce: Dan Henderson hoping for a 'rejuvenated' Fedor Emelianenko on July 30
(mmamania.com)
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'.
Submitted Jun 10, 2011 10:45AM by pmoney - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Coker: Strikeforce grand prix semifinals targeted for fall, tourney finals in 2012
(mmajunkie.com)
The timetable of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix has been moved ever so slightly. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently told MMAjunkie.com that the semifinals of the eight-man tournament originally were targeted for August. In previous interviews, he expected the competition to wrap by the end of this year. However, the event schedule have been spaced out since then.
Submitted Jun 8, 2011 4:24PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Josh Barnett Unlicensed in Texas, Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum Only 10 Days Out
(bloodyelbow.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 8, 2011 4:20PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Sarah Kaufman vs. Liz Carmouche Targeted for July 22 Strikeforce Event
(mmafighting.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 7, 2011 10:45PM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Strikeforce's Overeem and Werdum hope grand-prix title leads to UFC title shot
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 7, 2011 8:08PM by pmoney - 20 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Although cleared by commission, Gina Carano's return date unknown, manager says
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 7, 2011 8:03PM by pmoney - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Cavalcante and St. Preux not fighting at "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson"
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 7, 2011 3:54PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Gina Carano doesn't get medical clearance - will not fight on June 18
(content.usatoday.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 7, 2011 2:36PM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Noons vs. Masvidal: The Most Important Lightweight Fight No One's Talking About
(bloodyelbow.com)
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.
Submitted Jun 5, 2011 6:11PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Defends Strikeforce Title Against Luke Rockhold on Sept 10
(mmaweekly.com)
Six straight wins have earned American Kickboxing Academy middleweight Luke Rockhold a title shot against Strikeforce champion Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza on September 10.
Submitted Jun 5, 2011 5:45PM by FastKnockout - 19 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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