Scott Carson Says He's "Ripped" Just Like Herschel Walker And Will Prove The "Keyboard Warriors" Wrong
And he's ready to tell his critics to STFU after December 4. "I’ll tell you one thing. I’m a lot better fighter than the one I’ve been reading about on the Internet. This is a huge deal for me, a tremendous opportunity, but you’d think I was nothing going off what has been written by some of these keyboard warriors, who I doubt have ever stepped in a cage. It’s a lot easier to sit in front of a computer and talk (stuff) than it is to actually fight. I am trying to take it all in stride, but I have no idea why some people are talking so negatively without ever having seen me. They don’t know me. I’m pretty well-rounded with good standup and wrestling. They say I’m old at 40 but I don’t feel 40 and I certainly don’t look 40. I think I look 30 and I’m in great shape. I’m ripped, just like Herschel. I’m going to be more ready for Dec. 4 than I have for any other fight. I plan to shut up all the critics, each and every one of them. Let them write something factual after they’ve seen me on Dec. 4."
Strikeforce Is "Definitely Going To Keep An Eye" On Paul Daley
And CEO Scott Coker makes it clear that their new acquisition is going to have to play by the rules considering his past misdoings. "It's an emotional time, these guys get heated up. Paul's a good kid. He's not a bad guy doing malicious things throughout his whole career. We just take it on a case by case basis, but I think he learned his lesson. It's up to him to control himself, and we're going to give him the opportunity. That said, we're definitely going to keep our eye on him and make sure he abides by the rules and the regulations with the commissions that we're promoting in and along with the Strikeforce rules."
Coker: Diaz-Miller Possible In 2011
It seems to be a fight that just about everybody wants to see, and with the right factors in place it’s a fight that Strikeforce is interested in promoting. According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, the higher-ups at the promotion have discussed pitting welterweight champion Nick Diaz in a possible catchweight fight against Jason Miller at some point in 2011. Coker admits that the fight between Miller and Diaz seems like a natural fit, but not without some extra handlers getting involved first. “You have to look at it from all different angles,” Coker said about Mayhem vs. Diaz. “Would it be a fun fight to promote? Sure. I think we should wait until the beginning of the year, and let’s have another conversation on that because with Miller and Diaz I just couldn’t imagine the extra security that I’d probably need to get to make that fight happen.” Coker did point to the fact that Diaz’s next fight would likely not be in the welterweight division, as Strikeforce sorts out who exactly would be the next challenger for his 170-pound belt. Coker also added they won't talk about Diaz's next fight until next year and if MIller doesn't get the Diaz fight he could get a potential rubber match with either Ronaldo Souza or Tim Kennedy instead.
Herschel Walker Meets Scott Carson At December SF Event
Former football great Herschel Walker's second foray into mixed martial arts is now booked. Walker will face Scott Carson at the December 4 Strikeforce event. Carson is 4-1 career, returning this year from a 9-year hiatus after fighting 4 times from 1999-2001, including winning at the first WEC event. ESPN reports the fight will be catch weight at 220.
Don't Be Dumb Homie: Nick Diaz Inspires Jason Miller To Raise Awareness For Autism
Naturally it seems to be insincere and subliminal messaging as Miller pimps his new website and continues the war or words between the two rivals. "The latest is www.dontbescaredhomie.com. It's a brand new website to let everyone know that somebody is scared and it ain't me. He will not fight against me, but he will go up and do it against somebody else. Obviously Nick Diaz is not as dumb as he acts. I don't know...he makes me want to donate to an Asperger Autism Charity. He makes me want to raise awareness about Autism because something is off about him; maybe it's just all of the weed, I don't know."
Is Dana White The Don King Of MMA?
Yes, according to Strikeforce head Bob Arum...I mean, Scott Coker. "Dana is kind of like the Don King. He's out there and he's out promoting his brand as well as the company brand and the fighter brand. I'm more of a very direct business man. The guy I really liked wasn't Don King. To me, it's okay being the Bob Arum. In a lot of Bob's early fights, you didn't even know who promoted the fights. The fights were amazing, they were great, and they were focused on the athlete. That's been my philosophy too. The stars of the show are in the cage ... Dana is Dana. He does a great job at doing what he does. It's okay to be the Bob Arum and put on these great fights, to put on these mega events. I think we've accomplished so much in these last 18 months. A lot of fans have to remember - Strikeforce on a national scale has been around since April 10, 2009. And the fights that we put on are right up there with any other league. We've done some big arena shows, we've done some million dollar gates. Outside of the UFC, I don't think anyone is doing that."
Coker: Hendo-Sobral Winner Likely Gets Title Shot
As Dan Henderson and Renato Sobral get ready for their rematch as the main event of the upcoming Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II show in December, the promotion has thrown a little bonus on board. The winner will get a shot at Rafael Cavalcante (Feijao) and the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the news when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio Monday night. “Right now my feeling is Dan Henderson fights Babalu, the winner should be fighting Rafael Feijao,” said Coker. “To me I think the winner will probably be granted a title shot.”
Ryan Couture Off SF Challengers 12
Ryan Couture's 2nd pro MMA fight had to be scratched about as soon as it came together. Just recently Strikeforce secured Juan Zapata as an opponent for Couture on the 11/19 Strikeforce Challengers 12 event, but Couture is now off due to a lingering staph infection. No word yet on if they'll try to find a replacement. Couture, the son of UFC Hall Of Famer Randy Couture, is expected to be out 3-4 weeks.
Scott Coker: I Believe Gina Carano Will Fight Again In 2011
But apparently like fellow fighter/movie star Cung Le, it's likely more a question of exactly when. "I know Gina is not going to go out the way that it went down. Her whole thing now is just timing and scheduling. She’s got the movie coming out in April, I believe, and she’s got some more stuff on her plate ... I know, just like Cung [Le] or other people that have [been] part of the film business … they’re still a fighter by heart, believe me, and they have that desire to compete. I think Gina will be the same. It’s just a matter of time. I believe she will fight in 2011."
Is Scott Coker Trying To Save Gilbert Melendez From The Wrath Of Eddie Alvarez?
Both Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Alvarez seem to think so. Says Rebney: "There aren’t promotional issues. There aren’t any barriers. There aren’t any hurdles... What television network is it going to be on? We’ll do it on Showtime. Where will the fight happen? Well, let’s do it in San Jose. The answers to the questions are very simple. There’s no reason that fight shouldn’t happen but for the fact that the promoter of Gilbert Melendez doesn’t want it to occur." As for Alvarez, "Scott Coker doesn’t want it to happen. He’s trying to obviously protect his champion. I guess he has every right to. He has a business to run. Whatever... I want to be number one in the world, and the only way to do that is to fight people like Gilbert [Melendez]. If we can get our hands on him and the contracts work out, then that’s what we’ll do. Until then, it’s just talk. The paper’s gotta be signed. Let’s make it happen."
Cris Cyborg: Gina Carano lacks heart
Guilherme Cruz: How are things on the United States? Are you back to the trainings now, after you “vacations” in Hawaii to celebrate your anniversary?
Cris Cyborg: It was cool, we stayed in Hawaii just chilling… Now we’re back to our routine, back to the trainings. I’m well trained actually, but I’ll just fight in January. There’s nothing set, but I believe it’ll be on January.
GC: Gina Carano was doing an important work on the growth of the female MMA on the United States, but then she “disappeared” since she was defeated by you. Some of her coaches said she might not even fight MMA again. How do you see it?
CC: What happened was that Gina was used to win all the time, but then she lost that fight. In my opinion, she should keep training. To lose is something that happens to everyone. I believe she lacked heart to keep on doing it. MMA is growing more and more, with or without her… Of course it’d be better with her, but other girls will come. Strikeforce’s investing on women, there was a belt dispute between Marloes Coenen and Sarah Kaufmann, and it was a good fight, it proved that women also have good techniques. I thought I was a better fight than the bout between Nick and KJ Noons… They just did the exchange part, while the girls did the stand-up game and also the ground game. We’ll have our own place there
Dave Bautista Says Strikeforce Deal Is Close, Hopes to Debut in March
The long-rumored deal between former professional wrestler Dave Bautista and MMA promoter Strikeforce appears to be moving closer to completion.
According to Bautista -- who went by "Batista" during his World Wrestling Entertainment days -- at least one key point has been agreed upon, and while there are still other details needed to be worked out, he hopes to debut in the early spring of 2011.
Fedor's SF Future To Be Determined As Soon As Today
M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein says he'll know as soon as today if Fedor Emelianenko's obligation to Strikeforce ends with his next fight. The executive said his company "primarily" is negotiating with Strikeforce's broadcast partner, Showtime Networks, on a new deal that will keep the Russian heavyweight in the Strikeforce cage beyond the single fight remaining on his current contract. That deal includes a new co-promotional agreement that could bring M-1 events to the premium-cable channel. Finkelchtein said Emelianenko's next opponent is not a sticking point in talks.
Jay Hieron Now Officially A Free Agent
This time it's official-Jay Hieron is no longer with Strikeforce. Hieron prematurely announced his free agency in August, but MMAWeekly has now confirmed that the Xtreme Couture fighter has been freed of any contractual obligations and a matching period from Strikeforce. He hopes to sign somewhere and be back in action by the end of the year. He's likely headed back to UFC, where he fought twice in '04-05 but has gone 12-2 since and is now on a 7-fight win streak.
Strikeforce's Tyron Woodley in no rush to top of welterweight division
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Tyron Woodley isn't calling out marquee fighters just yet.
The full-time fighter and sometime grad student is happy to remain a prospect. Give him a year and then he'll talk.
"I like the pace I'm on," Woodley (7-0 MMA, 5-0 SF) said following his quick win over Andre Galvao at this past Saturday's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2" event. "I don't think I'm far."
Still, it was a pivotal victory for "T-Wood," who prior to his big-show debut was a regular on the Strikeforce Challengers series. He has yet to meet a setback in seven professional appearances.
SF Diaz vs. Noons 2 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from Saturday's Strikeforce Diaz vs. Noons 2 event. The total disclosed payouts were $211,500 with the biggest share-$50,000-going to both Nick Diaz and Josh Thomson. And for those wondering, Marloes Coenen earned less than the likely combined value of her new title and Sarah Kaufman's arm-just $3000. Kaufman made $20,000 for the loss.
SF Diaz vs. Noons 2 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has announced the medical suspensions coming out of Saturday's Strikeforce Diaz vs. Noons 2 event. 7 fighters are suspended with 3-Josh Thomson, KJ Noons and Gesias Cavalcante-all out at least 180 days. Both Thomson & Cavalcante can be cleared early to return but Thomson must sit out at least 60 days (cut), and Noons must be cleared after the suspension and can't return early. 4 other fighters got 45 or 60 day suspensions including Nick Diaz, who got 60 days for cuts.
Silva-Overeem On December 4 SF Back On
Antonio Silva vs. Valentijn Overeem is back on for December 4. A week after Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAjunkie that the heavily rumored bout was not taking place at "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu," a source close to the event today confirmed that the fight has been salvaged.