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Hendo Says No to 220, Will Fight Fedor at Heavyweight
When Dan Henderson tweeted a link to the above video interview with his boys at Clinch Gear Radio earlier today and promised it contained the “real deal” about his potential fight with Fedor Emelianenko, we didn’t exactly expect a bombshell. Didn’t get one, either, as Hendo and Co. spend most of the 10:45 talking about the Zuffa, LLC acquisition of Strikeforce and his light heavyweight title victory over Rafael Feijao. When the topic does finally turn to the rumored superfight with Emelianenko, Henderson says he’d be all for it, with one sort of surprising caveat: He says he wouldn’t take the fight if it is offered to him at 220-pounds.
CSAC Releases Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley Salaries and They Aren’t *Too* Bad
The California State Athletic Commission today revealed the salaries from last weekend’s Diaz vs. Daley event in Stockton, and for the most part the fighters from the card were pretty well compensated.
Boxing promoter Lou DiBella working on Nick Diaz vs Sergio Martinez
Fernando Vargas is out, now Cesar Gracie says Nick Diaz and company are working on a boxing match with Jeff Lacy. But there may be a new wildcard in this effort to get the Strikeforce 170-pound champion a boxing match. The talk of a crossover fight has piqued the interest of boxing promoter Lou DiBella.
Feijao vs. St. Preux Targeted for Strikeforce in July
A light heavyweight bout between Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Ovince St. Preux is in the works for a rumored July Strikeforce event. Feijao most recently lost the Strikeforce light heavyweight title in a knockout loss to Dan Henderson, while St. Preux has steadily built steam as a serious prospect at 205 with consecutive victories. The July event is also rumored to feature a catchweight fight between Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko.
Jacare: Lack of fights in Strikeforce 'sucks'
Strikeforce Middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza has defended his title just once (vs. Robbie Lawler) since earning the title in August 2010. And once is not enough. "I get upset. I am an MMA professional, a guy who’s always ready to fight, I keep waiting approximately six months to fight. It sucks, I don’t like that. They’re thinking of July [for another fight], but for me that’s a long time. I’m going to relax in training right now, I’m going to travel. Maybe I’ll fight in July again. I hope my new boss puts me to work more often."
Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz reworks contract, eyes boxing bout with Jeff Lacy
Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz is not retiring from MMA. But he sees a bleak future in his division, and his manager, Cesar Gracie, is angling for opportunities outside the sport if those within it are not of interest. In fact, a trip to professional boxing is still on Gracie's radar, and he said he's working to book Diaz on a fight sometime in the fall, possibly against former IBF champion Jeff Lacy. That could be a possibility now that Diaz has reworked his MMA contract. "These guys get to the point in their career where they want the big fights," Gracie today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's what Jake Shields is wanting. That's what (Dan) Henderson wants. They don't have to prove themselves." In a preview of a video interview released today by "Inside MMA," Gracie said the Diaz camp had "signed on the dotted line" for a boxing match with former champion Fernando Vargas, though that match very recently fell by the wayside.
Strikeforce Diaz vs. Daley Fighter Salaries: Nick Diaz Tops Payouts
Nick Diaz topped the payouts for the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley fighter salaries, but he was just one of three fighters that made $150,000 or more on the night, as reported to the CSAC.
Strikeforce move to the bigs includes bush-league writter ban
The enduring image from Saturday night's Strikeforce event was not of Nick Diaz or Gilbert Melendez rocking the house in San Diego with the stuff of a champion, or even of a bloodied, battered yet rejuvenated Keith Jardine. Even more memorable -- and surreal -- was the sight of UFC president Dana White sitting cageside in a Strikeforce T-shirt. This was the second-fiddle mixed martial arts promotion's first major event since being purchased by the top-dog UFC's parent company. And the historic evening made clear that it's now a whole new ballgame for the organization White not long ago was referring to as "Strikefarce."
MMA Top 10 Rankings: Gilbert Melendez Reaches The Top
The updated MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings were released on Wednesday, April 13. This system ranks the Top 10 MMA fighters from all across the world in each of the seven most widely accepted weight classes.
Several Strikeforce employees axed with Zuffa acquisition
But if it didn’t feel like a UFC event on television, behind the scenes, things were much different. The changes actually started at a smaller Strikeforce event, held eight days earlier, in Stockton, Calif., when several of the Strikeforce employees were brought into a room and told they were being let go. They were told they would have the opportunity, if they wanted, to apply for positions in UFC parent company Zuffa LLC. Many noted that while there was clearly uncertainty as soon as the purchase was announced, they were surprised the ax came down so quickly.
Fedor's Camp Offers Fight at 220; Dan Henderson Unconcerned With Weight
It's a fight that Dan Henderson discussed prior to ever signing with Strikeforce, so the promotion's reigning light-heavyweight champion would gladly temporarily move up a division to accept a match with Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko. Henderson's manager Aaron Crecy told MMA Fighting that while the fighter has yet to receive an offer for the bout, Strikeforce did ask for confirmation he would take the fight before beginning talks with Emelianenko's M-1 team. Those discussions remain ongoing, but as far as Henderson's concerned, he'll take the fight at any weight class. "Dan has indicated he'd love to have the fight and he hasn't shied away from that," Crecy said. "He'd love to have the fight, and have it at heavyweight. He's happy to challenge Fedor there."
Cyborg Santos and Tarec Saffiedine slated to fight, possibly at July Strikeforce
A welterweight matchup pitting Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (18-14 MMA, 1-2 SF) against Tarec Saffiedine (10-3 MMA, 2-1 SF) has been targeted by Strikeforce officials. A late-July event planned by the California-based promotion is likely to host the matchup, sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). However, official confirmation has yet to arrive. Verbal agreements are currently in place for the fight, though.
"Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" tickets on sale this week
Tickets to the June 18 event in Strikeforce, which is officially dubbed "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum," go on sale this week. And for the first time since the UFC's acquisition of Strikeforce, UFC Fight Club members get first dibs at tickets. The event takes place at American Airlines Center, and the main card – including opening-round grand-prix bouts of Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers – airs on Showtime.
'King' Mo Lawal vs Ovince St. Preux fight booked for Strikeforce: 'Overeem vs Werdum' event in Dallas on June 18
"King" Mo Lawal will begin his journey to reclaim his light heavyweight title when he takes on the red-hot, up-and-coming Ovince St. Preux at Strikeforce: "Overeem vs. Werdum," which is slated for the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on June 18, 2011.
Dana White Thinks Nick Diaz Should ‘Tone It Down’ If He Wants to Be a Superstar; Diaz Sort of Proves His Point
Dana White’s long-held opinion of Nick Diaz goes something like this: He’s a talented kid, but he won’t be welcome back in the UFC until he learns how to “play the game.” Just before Diaz’s first-round TKO victory over Paul Daley on Saturday, White spoke to Ariel Helwani in more detail about Strikeforce’s anti-social welterweight champion (discussion starts at the 3:24 mark, translation via FightOpinion):
"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" medical suspensions: Diaz and Daley on short leave
The slugfest delivered by Nick Diaz and Paul Daley this past Saturday has put both out of action for a bit. But that might be a good thing for Diaz, who's been vocal about getting vacation time. MMAjunkie.com today requested and received the list of "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" medical suspensions issued by the California State Athletic Commission. The Showtime-televised event, which took place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, saw Diaz defend his welterweight title a third time – in a span of six months.
CSAC executive: No disciplinary action for Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz
No, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will not face disciplinary action after Saturday's victory over Paul Daley. California State Athletic Commission executive director George Dodd today told MMAjunkie.com no "disciplinary action (is) pending against Nick." A rep for the fighter told MMAjunkie.com a cageside official warned Diaz immediately after his TKO victory that punishment could be levied.
Fedor-Henderson Bout Targeted for Summer 2011, Coker Confirms
A fight between light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko is being targeted for July or August of 2011, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said, but is still not yet confirmed. "The date, I would say, is probably late summer," Coker said after Saturday night's Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event. "Some things are still being negotiated." The main sticking point, it seems, is the weight that the fight will be contested at. As first reported by SI.com, the two camps seem to be debating either a catchweight bout or a heavyweight fight. The possibility of meeting at the 205-pound light heavyweight limit was quickly ruled out by Emelianenko's camp, according to Coker.
Dana White Comments on Attending First Strikeforce Event
SAN DIEGO - MMA Fighting caught up with UFC president Dana White before Saturday night's Diaz vs. Daley event. White talked about possible changes in Strikeforce's future, why he decided to attend and who's he rooting for in the main event. He also discusses Chael Sonnen's future and why he decided to book Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben after all.
Paul Daley Claims Early Stoppage vs. Nick Diaz
Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz retained his title in a thrilling one round bout against Paul Daley on Showtime. With only 3 seconds left in the round, Daley questions the stoppage by referee Big John McCarthy which ended the fight: (via Facebook) "Is in good health. Some u win, some u lose. A little frustrating, I made mistakes I told myself I wouldn't do. A little to rushed. Think the stoppage was early, especially with so little time left in the round. Now some timw off, a few holidays and some downtime. See what's next. Team Semtex all day. Love u all....still, including the... HATERS. Mwah."