Fedor Emelianenko to Return to Strikeforce in July
The long-time top-heavyweight in MMA, Fedor Emelianenko, will make his return to action for Strikeforce in July. The Russian star lost his second straight fight to Antonio Silva in February after submitting to Fabricio Werdum in 69 seconds back in June 2010.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker spoke to Sherdog:
"Fedor's gonna fight sometime in July. It's probably toward the end of July or mid-July, but we have fights with Fedor that we're gonna honor and continue forward. We're gonna do the co-branding exercise that we do with M-1 every time we do fights with them."
"The opponent has not been chosen, but I think having Fedor involved close to the tournament as an alternate is definitely a possibility," he added.
GSP Talks Shields, UFC 129, Strikeforce & Super-Fights
GSP Talks Shields, UFC 129, Strikeforce & Super-Fights
I don't usually post audio interview links but this is good. GSP is very confident but also very respectful of Jones & Silva.
The undisputed world welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was recently a guest on PDG’s official radio partner Takedown Wrestling Radio with Scott Casber. GSP talks about training for Jake Shields, UFC 129 in Toronto, Jon Jones performance at UFC 128, Zuffa’s recent purchase of Strikeforce and the opportunities that will bring, trash talking in mixed martial arts and the regulation of MMA in New York.[
Paul Daley Signs Contract to Fight Nick Diaz in April
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley, the most anticipated welterweight title fight in Strikeforce history, is officially happening on April 9.
Diaz's manager and trainer, Cesar Gracie, confirmed with MMA Fighting that the British slugger signed the bout agreement on Tuesday, thus ending speculation that "Semtex" would pull out of the fight.
Diaz vs. Daley had already been announced by the promotion, but after Zuffa purchased Strikeforce two weeks ago, Daley hinted online that he may back out of the title fight given his previous relationship with UFC president Dana White.
"Business as usual," Daley wrote on the Underground forum, "what if I don't want to fight for Dana White/Zuffa?"
"Dana white bans me for life from the UFC, Then buys STRIKEFORCE, and thinks im still gonna be EASY and fight on one of the most anticipated fights of the year (vs Diaz)? Which will no doubt make ZUFFA/Dana White money.
"Daley vs Diaz still on?.....Someone better holla at my manager real quick."
Even though White banned Daley from the UFC after Daley punched Koscheck after the bell at UFC 113, the UFC president has said that he will honor Daley's existing contract with Strikeforce despite his feelings towards "Semtex."
UK News: Strikeforce Challengers To Air Free on Primetime Channel
Strikeforce Challengers To Air Free On Primetime
As the new UK home of Strikeforce we are pleased to announce that the exciting ‘Challengers’ events will now air FREE on Primetime, ch480 on Sky, starting with the Challengers 15 from Stockton Arena, Stockton, California on 1st April 2011.
Strikeforce Challengers is an MMA series produced by Strikeforce and Showtime to showcase and highlights up and coming fighters. It was launched in May 2009 and replaced the earlier ShoXC series.
Challenger events have allowed fighters to gain their first experience of a live televised environment and we have been luckily enough to see such stars as current Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante, Matt Lindland, Ryan Couture(son of Randy) and Sarah Kaufman launch their careers live.
Strikeforce Challengers gives you the chance to watch the stars of the future, only on Primetime!
Stay tuned to Primetime, the new UK home of Strikeforce, for all the latest developments. Primetime Ch 480
Channel 480 on Sky is the UK’s newest destination pay per view sporting and entertainment channel. Primetime brings you exclusive access to the hottest live events from the UK and abroad. Get the top ticket in town zapped straight into your living room through your Sky box for a night of sporting, music, and ‘Golden Ticket’ events. This exciting series can only be seen in the UK on Primetime, channel 480 on Sky or at Primetime Ch 480.
Gina Carano Visiting New York Next Week to Promote ‘UFC Personal Trainer’
The UFC’s ongoing tour of the East Coast includes a public press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York tomorrow, UFC 128 in Newark on Saturday, and the TUF 14 tryouts next Monday. But there’s one more little surprise in store for fight fans — Gina Carano will be doing an appearance in New York next Wednesday to promote “UFC Personal Trainer,” a fitness game slated for a June release on the Xbox 360 Kinect, PlayStation Move, and Nintendo Wii.
Elbows to the Head on the Ground Now Allowed in Strikeforce
Although UFC President Dana White insists that things will remain "business as usual" now that his company has purchased Strikeforce, one rules change will be implemented: Elbows to the head on the ground will now be allowed in Strikeforce.
UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said on a conference call announcing the purchase Monday that Strikeforce will implement all of the unified rules of mixed martial arts that the UFC uses, and that includes allowing elbows to the head on the ground. The banning of those elbows has been the one significant difference between Strikeforce fights and UFC fights, and that difference will go away.
For now, Melendez vs. Kawajiri title fight a go for "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley"
Although the past week's earthquake in Japan initially cast doubt on the fight, a championship bout between lightweight titleholder Gilbert Melendez (18-2 MMA, 8-1 SF) and Tatsuya Kawajiri (27-6-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) is a go.
On Saturday MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported that fellow lightweights K.J. Noons and Jorge Masvidal were told to remain on standby in case their Japanese counterparts were unable to make it to the U.S.
However, sources close to the organization told MMAjunkie.com the past 24 hours have brought word that Melendez vs. Kawajiri should remain part of the April 9 card.
Dan Henderson: One Fight Left on Current Deal, but Open to Working with Zuffa Again
The announcement on Saturday that Zuffa had purchased Strikeforce sent shockwaves throughout the MMA industry. None maybe more than with the fighters currently under contract to Strikeforce who found out that now they have a new owner starting now.
Dan Henderson, who just won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title last Saturday night, was admittedly thrown back when he heard that news that his old bosses at the UFC were now taking over the company he currently fights for.
“It’s a little shocking. I had no idea,” Henderson told MMAWeekly.com on Saturday. “I know there were rumors 6 months ago, but I was pretty shocked. I don’t know what to feel about it, I don’t necessarily think, it might not be the best thing for the sport. But then again you’re going to start being able to see all these match-ups that everyone wants to see. Who knows.”
"Strikeforce Fedor vs. Silva" drug tests (urine and blood) come back clean
All 20 fighters who competed at "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva" tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse.
New Jersey State Athletic Control Board legal counsel Nick Lembo today informed MMAjunkie.com of the drug-testing results.
"Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva" took place Feb. 12 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., just outside Newark and New York City. Showtime aired the main card live.
M-1 rep: No discussions about possible Emelianenko vs. Henderson superfight
If Strikeforce has been talking about putting together Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko, it's been a one-sided conversation, according to a representative for the Russian fighter.
M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the topic hasn't even been broached to Emelianenko or M-1 Global.
"There have been no discussions with us," he said. "Any discussions have been solely on the other side of the Atlantic."
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker on Tuesday said there have been "preliminary discussions only" on the potential superfight and said the bout would not take place at an event planned for June 18 that will host the remaining quarterfinal bouts of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix. He did not say where, when, or with whom the discussions took place.
Strikeforce has appoached Fedor about fight at 205 against Henderson
Fedor Emelianenko may drop to 205 pounds and challenge for the light heavyweight title in 2011, according to Fighters Only Magazine.
The Russian legend had been approached by Strikeforce officials prior to this past weekends Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson bout about fighting for the title at 205 pounds. Emelianenko is reportedly interested.
Strikeforce champ Henderson anticipates summer return, interested in Emlianenko
Dan Henderson says he'll give it one more go early this summer before taking time off to be with his family.
Then it's back to the gym in the fall and a possible fight at the end of the year, if all goes well.
Who's next on his list? Henderson today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that a fight with the winner of Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle is logical. But the new champ said he's also open to a future meeting with his favorite fighter, Fedor Emelianenko.
Edit: Milestone post! :D War Hendo! War Legalizing!
Strikeforce’s Santos isn’t jumping to WWE
"Officials with World Wrestling Entertainment have denied a Brazilian report that Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos was negotiating to join the never-ending list of MMA names to have participated in pro wrestling."
Cristiane Cyborg negotiating with the WWE
Strikeforce champion and best pound for pound female MMA fighter of the world, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is negotiating with world’s biggest pro-wrestling company, WWE, sources close to the fighter told TATAME minutes ago.
Without fighting since June of 2010, Cyborg is getting tired of the lack of fights in the MMA organization, and this proposal would change her future in fighting – and get bigger paychecks.
Two weeks ago, Cristiane and her husband, Strikeforce fighter Evangelista Santos, attended to a WWE event in California, and the managers of the event offered her a contract.
Gurgel and Rogers get new opponents for "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Feijao"
Two "Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson" fighters have new opponents for Saturday's event in Columbus, Ohio.
Dayton-area fighters Jorge Gurgel and Brian Rogers, who compete on the untelevised preliminary card, recently lost their initial opponents.
But lightweight Billy Vaughan (9-6 MMA, 0-0 SF) replaces Tyler Combs in the Gurgel (13-7 MMA, 1-2 SF) bout, and middleweight Ian Rammel (4-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) replaces Mojo Horne in the Rogers (6-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) fight, Strikeforce officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Overeem’s Coach Martijn de Jong Says Alistair Will Wait for SF HWGP to Resume, Won’t Fight for DREAM or K-1 in the Meantime
When Strikeforce announced today that it was postponing the second half of the opening round bouts of its heavyweight grand prix tournament until June, critics quickly began hypothesizing that the promotion’s current heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem would likely not sit out from competing elsewhere while the tournament brackets get sorted out.
According to Overeem’s trainer Martijn de Jong, “The Reem” will stay true to his proclamation that the grand prix is his number one priority this year and the K-1 and DREAM heavyweight champion will not fight for any other promotion until his tournament obligations are fulfilled, even if it takes all year.