Sources: Fedor-Silva In SF February 12
He's back. Fedor Emelianenko will return to the Strikeforce cage on Feb. 12, as he takes on Antonio Silva in a heavyweight main event from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. A match between former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett is also said to be in the works for the February date. It remains to be seen how the New Jersey Athletic Control Board handles the licensing situation Barnett -- who allegedly tested positive for a performance enhancing substance prior to a scheduled bout with Emelianenko in the summer of 2009 -- is dealing with in California. His hearing before the California commission was pushed back at their Dec. 2 meeting. As speculated, Strikeforce will indeed hold an eight-man heavyweight tournament in 2011, and Emelianenko-Silva and Arlovski-Barnett are set to serve as quarterfinal bouts. Though the remaining combatants could not be confirmed, a third quarterfinal matchup between Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers is expected to take place in Columbus, Ohio, on a planned March 5 event. A fourth and final tournament bout is also set to take place on the March card. Semi-final and final bouts would then be held later in the year at to-be-announced events. The promotion will also hold two alternate bouts in case injury sidelines competitors in the main draw. Potential contestants could include “Challengers” series standouts Lavar Johnson, Daniel Cormier and Shane del Rosario. No word yet on if the winner might get an eventual shot at Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
13 For 13: SF Announces Massive Prelim Card For Challengers 13
While it's not known if it's possible to cram 13 MMA fights into 3 hours, Strikeforce is going to try their best. The promotion today announced 13-yes, 13-prelim fights for the upcoming Strikeforce Challengers 13 event for a total of 18 fights for the event. 10 pro fights and 3 amateur fights will make up the undercard, and officials do plan to cram it all into a 3 hour timeslot. The event takes place Friday.
Amir Sadollah vs. Duane "Bang" Ludwig on tap for UFC Fight Night 24
A welterweight bout between veteran Duane "Bang" Ludwig (20-11 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 7" winner Amir Sadollah (4-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been slotted for March's UFC Fight Night 24 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the matchup from sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place.
While not yet officially announced by the promotion, UFC Fight Night 24 is expected to take place March 26 in Seattle and features a Spike TV headliner between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Tito Ortiz.
It's not known if Ludwig vs. Sadollah will be part of the televised main card.
Ludwig recently saved his UFC career with a split-decision win over Nick Osipczak at UFC 122. Prior to the fight, which marked the former lightweight's return to 170 pounds, Ludwig dropped three of four fights, which included UFC losses to Jim Miller (submission) and Darren Elkins (TKO due to an ankle injury).
"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler signs new multi-year agreement with Strikeforce
NEW YORK (Dec. 29, 2010) – One day after re-signing its world welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, to a new multi-fight deal, STRIKEFORCE announced Wednesday that exciting, hard-hitting former two-time world middleweight champion "Ruthless’’ Robbie Lawler had also signed a new, multi-year agreement with the San Jose, Calif.-based world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion.
One of the most lethal punchers in his weight class, Lawler (18-6, 1 NC) will challenge STRIKEFORCE middleweight belt-holder "Jacare" Souza (13-2, 1 NC) in one half of a STRIKEFORCE World Championship Doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 29, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Diaz (23-7, 1 NC) will defend his title against Brazilian powerhouse Evangelista Cyborg (18-13) in the other.
Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz signs multi-year contract extension
Strikeforce welterweight champion and potential free agent Nick Diaz (23-7 MMA, 4-0 SF) will not test the open market.
Strikeforce officials today announced that the popular and sometimes controversial Diaz has signed a new multi-year agreement with Strikeforce.
"I'm looking forward to continuing my career with Strikeforce," Diaz stated in today's release.
Exact terms of the new contract were not revealed.
Diaz debuted for Strikeforce in the main event of the April 2009 event "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz." Diaz earned a second-round TKO over Shamrock, and the California native hasn't looked back since.
Diaz has ripped through Strikeforce's welterweight division with one-sided wins over K.J. Noons and Scott Smith, and he's also handled a Lithuanian import in Marius Zaromskis, as well as a trip to Japan to face Hayato "Mach" Sakurai.
With Strikeforce tourney rumors, Silva wants fight with "legend" Emelianenko
Count Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva among the proponents for Strikeforce's rumored 2011 heavyweight tournament.
Believing the organization boasts some of the world's top heavyweights, Silva told MMAjunkie.com he'd love to participate in the potential multi-event tourney.
And he hopes it could lead to a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, a fighter he calls a "living legend."
"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" tickets on sale Monday
Tickets for Strikeforce's next "arena series" show go on sale Monday at 1 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT).
The event, "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg," takes place Jan. 29 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and airs on Showtime.
As officials announced on Wednesday, the show features a championship doubleheader with welterweight champ Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and middleweight title-holder Ronald "Jacare" Souza vs. Robbie Lawler.
'Mayhem' Miller Says Fight With Nick Diaz Was Almost Signed Last Week
Jason "Mayhem" Miller has spent the better part of the last year campaigning for a fight with Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. Now it seems as if that door may be closing for good.
"We almost had the fight together," Miller told MMA Fighting on Wednesday.
Almost, but not quite.
After getting ganged up on by Diaz and his teammates on live network TV in April, the goal of getting Diaz alone in the cage seemed to nearly consume the "Bully Beatdown" star. He printed t-shirts, started a website, and did countless interviews all about how badly he wanted the fight. Now that Strikeforce has decided to match his nemesis up with Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos instead, Miller can't help but feel a little disappointed.
Strikeforce's Herschel Walker eyes Olympics, fighter union in MMA's future
A former pro footballing great, one-time Olympic bobsledder and current successful entrepreneur (in addition to his role as an MMA fighter), Strikeforce heavyweight Herschel Walker (1-0 MMA, 1-0 SF) has just about seen it all.
But with his first taste of MMA behind him and a second helping on the way in January, Walker has a few things he'd like to see happen in the fast-growing sport.
First, Walker would like to see MMA in the Olympics. Second, he'd like to see the sport's participants develop a fighters' union.
Strikeforce: Nick Diaz vs Evangelista Santos booked for Jan. 29 in San Jose
Nick Diaz's next fight won't be against Jason "Mayhem" Miller after all.
Instead, the Strikeforce welterweight champion has agreed to defend his title against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos on Jan. 29 in San Jose, Calif. Sources close to Strikeforce confirmed the booking with MMA Fighting early Wednesday morning.
The proposed Diaz vs. Miller fight couldn't be agreed upon by both parties due to Diaz not willing to fight at 185 and Miller not willing to drop down to 170. Neither camp was able to agree on a suitable catchweight.
So, in comes the 33-year-old Santos, the husband of Strikeforce 145-pound women's champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, who is 1-1 in Strikeforce and 18-13 overall. His lone win came against Marius Zaromskis at Strikeforce: Los Angeles in what also was his 170-pound debut.
Diaz, 23-7 (1 NC), successfully defended his title against KJ Noons in October. He became the first-ever Strikeforce welterweight champion last January when he defeated Marius Zaromskis via first-round TKO.
Trevor Prangley vs. Roger Gracie slotted for Jan. 29 Strikeforce event
The quickly filling fight card for Strikeforce's Jan. 29 return to Showtime has another addition.
A source close to the organization confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a light-heavyweight bout between Trevor Prangley (23-6-1 MMA, 4-2-1 SF) and Roger Gracie (3-0 MMA, 1-0 SF) is being finalized for the show.
MMARising.com first reported the light-heavyweight matchup.
Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson Rescheduled For 1/29 SF Event
After a cut suffered in training forced Herschel Walker to withdraw from this month's Strikeforce event, the former professional footballer has been re-booked for January. He's now scheduled to face original opponent Scott Carson on January 29. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. While Strikeforce has yet to officially announce any fights for the Jan. 29 event, the promotion is expected to host a Showtime-broadcast fight card at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Further details on the Jan. 29 event are expected to be announced shortly.
Robbie Lawler vs. Ronaldo Souza Booked For 1/29 SF Event
Fighting "Ruthless" pays off. That's because Robbie Lawler has been awarded the middleweight title shot he's been asking for as he will take on Ronaldo Souza at the upcoming Jan. 29 Strikeforce event, according to MMAFighting.com. Lawler went 2-1 in three fights in 2010, including two vicious knockouts that had Melvin Manhoef and Matt Lindland seeing tweety birds. In fact, his knockout of the latter was one of the most brutal KO's of the year. Savage enough that there were immediate calls for "The Law" to retire while "Ruthless" was pushed straight into a shot at the 185-pound strap. SF has yet to announce the event.
Strikeforce and M-1 say Fedor negotiations ongoing; Jan. 29 fight "not set"
A deal to bring Fedor Emelianenko back to the Strikeforce cage has not been finalized, according to representatives from the California-based promotion and M-1 Global.
And while a matchup between Emelianenko and Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is possible, a Strikeforce official today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) a date is not set.
"It all depends where these negotiations take us," Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz said.
An article going over some of the logistics of the return of The Last Emperor
Report: Fedor-Silva Possible For 1/29 Strikeforce Event (Updated)
He's back. Fedor Emelianenko will make his long-awaited return to the cage when he takes on Antonio Silva on the upcoming Strikeforce card set for Jan. 29, according to MMA Weekly. If the report is true, it will mark the first time "The Last Emperor" will be in action since Fabricio Werdum tapped him in the first round with a triangle back in June. There's been confusion regarding the status of the Russian Sambo specialist, mainly due to issues with a long re-negotiation of his contract between his management, M-1 Global and Strikeforce. It looks like they've finally come to an agreement and it does not involve a rematch with Werdum or an oft-asked for fight with Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem. SF also has yet to announce the event.
UPDATE: Both SF and M-1 Global say a deal HAS NOT been finalized. Said Fedor-Silva matchup also isn't set either. But both Strikeforce and M-1 officials say they're still negotiating a contract that includes the services of Emelianenko as well as co-promotional agreement that could bring M-1 Global events to Strikeforce broadcast partner Showtime. M-1 also says 1/29 "is not on the table".
Alistair Overeem Wins K-1 Grand Prix
Alistair Overeem already owns the Strikeforce MMA heavyweight title. Now he owns the most prestigious championship in heavyweight kickboxing.
Overeem won the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 2010 with a brutal display of striking Saturday in Japan, using a vicious body shot to stop Peter Aerts in the final of his three fights in the eight-man, one-night tournament.
Mayhem Miller Cuts Political-Style Video Making Fun Of Diaz
One could make the argument that if Nick Diaz can fight Mayhem Miller in EA Sports MMA at 185lbs, then he can do the same in real life. One could also make the argument that if aliens ever invaded earth, all you would need to do is throw a sticky grenade at their head and then quickly run away. If I were a professor at a University, I would say something along the lines of 'videogames blend the element of reality and unreal for the user' and then rattle on for an hour about 'auteur theory'. Fortunately, this is MiddleEasy; a place where we photoshop the heads of MMA fighters on the bodies of really hot chicks for no apparent reason. Complex media theory means little around these parts.
The source is from Miller's actual blog.
Strikeforce Releases Villasenor, Riggs
Strikeforce has parted ways with Joey Villasenor and Joe Riggs.
Five Ounces of Pain first reported the pair's release from the promotion on Wednesday night, and Sherdog confirmed the report with Strikeforce officials early Thursday morning.
Villasenor has recently suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, dropping bouts to Danillo Villefort and Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. Prior to those defeats, the 35-year-old was riding a four-fight winning streak, earning victories over notables Phil Baroni and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos in that span.
A Pride Fighting Championships veteran, “Smokin' Joe” contended for the defunct EliteXC middleweight championship in 2007, losing by TKO to Murilo "Ninja" Rua at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Baroni.”
An eight-time UFC veteran, Riggs began his career in 2001, fighting as a heavyweight. “Diesel” made the cut to 205 pounds in 2004 and then to middleweight later that year. The 28-year-old now cycles between stints at middleweight and welterweight and has won six of his last seven fights.
"Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II" medical suspensions go to eight fighters
Eights fighters from this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II" event have been issued medical suspensions, and three – all from the main card – are out 60 days or longer.
Strikeforce headliner Renato "Babalu" Sobral, co-headliner Scott Smith and main-card fighter Matt Lindland all face lengthy suspensions.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and received the list of suspensions from the Missouri Office of Athletics.
"Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II" took place Dec. 4 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.