Nick Diaz Thinks He Will Get Suspended After Paul Daley Win
SAN DIEGO -- MMA Fighting spoke to Nick Diaz following his thrilling win over Paul Daley on Saturday night. The Strikeforce welterweight champion talked about the way the fight played out, why he thinks he will get suspended after the fight, why he thinks he is overworked and whether his teammate Gilbert Melendez's win inspired him.
Ok really please stop interviewing Nick. Is it just me or does it always seam like Nick thinks everyone is out to get him.
Fedor Emelianenko ready to fight again
Fedor Emelianenko has informed his camp that he would fight Dan Henderson in July, the heavyweight's management told ESPN.com on Saturday.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said an agreement to put two of the most heralded mixed martial arts fighters in the cage "is not done yet."
However M-1 Global's Apy Echteld, who represents Emelianenko and is in San Diego as part of Gegard Mousasi's camp for a Strikeforce bout against Keith Jardine at the Valley View Casino Center, said it could be completed as soon as Sunday.
"He agreed. He's ready to fight," Echteld said of Emelianenko.
The "Last Emperor" has recently traveled to Holland to work on his fitness, striking and grappling in Holland. While the option of dropping to light heavyweight was considered, Emelianenko would prefer to remain in the heavyweight division.
"With his progress from training, I can only think he'll be back the way he was," Echteld said of the former Pride champion, who's fallen in consecutive fights for the first time in his storied career. "If he doesn't win, he'll make his own decisions like he does now. If he stops, he stops. But if he wins, I think he'll continue fighting."
Dan Henderson Likely To Return on July Strikeforce Card; Fedor Fight Not Offered Yet
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson will likely return to the promotion for a fight on their upcoming July card, which has been speculated to end up on pay-per-view.
Sources close to the fighter indicated that while no formal contracts have been introduced, Henderson is all but a lock to end up on the July card.
What hasn’t been determined yet however is who will face Henderson when he returns.
Rumors began surfacing just after MMAWeekly’s initial report about a possible Strikefore pay-per-view in July, that Henderson could face former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko on the card.
Sources have indicated at this point no offer has been made for a potential Henderson/Emelianenko fight, but it is one that Strikeforce’s top light heavyweight would gladly accept.
Zuffa Targeting Strikeforce's Pay-Per-View Debut in July
peculation about a Strikeforce pay-per-view event has existed since the company signed Fedor Emelianenko in the wake of Affliction's collapse in the summer of 2009. Emelianenko signed a three-fight deal, and the original plan was to build toward a PPV fight with two appearances on CBS. After defeating Brett Rogers in November 2009, Fedor's management decided to hold out and renegotiate with the company, missing out on Strikeforce's now-infamous CBS show in Nashville. Fabricio Werdum submitted Emelianenko two months later, and PPV plans were put on hold.
Discussion rose again with Scott Coker's announcement of a heavyweight grand prix tournament in January of this year. Stock full of the company's top heavyweight talent -- Emelianenko, Werdum, champion Alistair Overeem, Antonio Silva, and others, it seemed natural to end the tournament on PPV. Antonio Silva handled Emelianenko, who was still the major attraction despite the Werdum fight, and Strikeforce had issues securing a location for the second leg of the tournament, which had originally been scheduled for this tomorrow night.
Scott Coker: Strikeforce employees learning the UFC's system
SAN DIEGO – It was a familiar voice in an unfamiliar place. It was deep and raspy and said "baby" from time to time.
It was, in this case, none other than UFC coordinator Burt Watson, who stood beside fighters squaring off for pictures on Thursday at the pre-fight press conference for Saturday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" event.
If you're a little confused, don't be. This is the new Strikeforce.
Nick Diaz Says Paul Daley Can Have the Belt
Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz fights Paul Daley this Saturday April 9th at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley. This is his first fight for the promotion since its acquisition by his former employer Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC. Diaz comments on the acquisition for the first time to MMA Weekly and he isn't happy:
"(About UFC buying Strikeforce) Honestly, I don't understand this whole thing. I'm way too busy training. It's hard for me to understand what's going on. But I knew there was a reason why I never strapped that belt around my waist. Whatever, champion, whatever. (Paul Daley) can have the belt. I'm fighting for money."
"I don't feel like a champion right now that the UFC bought this organization. I don't understand all that. I thought we were competing with the UFC. I thought my belt was potentially just as important as the UFC belt and we had the best fighters here (in Strikeforce); more technical martial artists and stand-up fighters."
"But now this is all about going to the UFC so I don't care about the Strikeforce belt. There was a reason why I never put that **** on anyways."
Strikeforce CEO would like to see fight night bonuses
In the past, Strikeforce fighters had their win bonus, the roar of the crowd and a smiling promoter to look forward to if they gave their all inside the cage.
But that promoter would like to give them a little extra incentive – like extra cash.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he's lobbying for "Fight Night" bonuses at future events, and the promotion's new owner, Zuffa, LLC, could make that happen.
Gegard Mousasi Wants to Test Himself Against Jon Jones
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi will face UFC veteran and late substitute Keith Jardine at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley on Saturday. Mousasi knows this is a critical fight against a dangerous opponent with nothing to lose. Mousasi spoke to MMA Weekly about what the bout means:
"(Keith Jardine) is a good replacement because he’s mainly a stand-up fighter. It’s not like I have to face a pure wrestler. I have to fight a little bit different, but the change is not that big. He’s a tough opponent. He’s a former UFC fighter, and beat two former UFC champions, so it will be good to get a feeling of how good UFC fighters are."
"Right now Jon Jones is considered the best, and if I win my fights, maybe it could build up a good match against him. I think it would be such a great fight, so I would like to test myself against him."
Andrei Arlovski's Long-Time Coach Thinks He Should Retire
Former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlvoski has had a rough 2 1/2 years since beating Roy Nelson by TKO at EliteXC:Heat in October 2008. He's been KO'd by Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov and lost via decision to Antonio Silva.
With the growth of his losing streak, many fans have called for Arlovski's retirement, but now his long-time striking coach Mike Garcia has joined the chorus, via Pro MMA Now:
"I didn't mean it like he doesn't have the skills. There's just... I just don't want to see him get hurt. There's something not clicking, and you can see in his last couple fights he's not the same Andrei. He says he wants to fight, I hope he does. But if he doesn't , I just don't want to see him get hurt."
Lyle Beerbohm Not Afraid of Shinya Aoki's Ground Game
In a way, Lyle Beerbohm is relieved. For nearly four years he walked around with an unblemished professional record, and the more fights he won the more people wanted to talk about it. It became a recurring question in interviews, and the pressure only grew.
After all, it wasn't like he could become more perfect with each successive win. Being undefeated meant Beerbohm always had a little more to lose than to gain. That is, until he lost a unanimous decision to Pat Healy in the main event of a Strikeforce Challengers show in February, and then suddenly it was like a weight had been lifted.
Friday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley" fighter weight-ins open to the public
Official fighter weigh-ins for "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" take place Friday.
The festivities take place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, which also hosts Saturday's Showtime-televised event and championship doubeleheader.
The weigh-ins begin at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT local time) and are open to public.
"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" is the organization's first major event since Strikeforce was purchased by its biggest competitor, the UFC. The show features welterweight champ Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley, as well as lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri.