Victorious Overeem Dominant at K-1 World Grand Prix
On hiatus from mixed martial arts until 2011, Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem showcased his formidable kickboxing game on Saturday with a brutal first-round dispatching of Australia’s Ben Edwards at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final 16 in Seoul, South Korea.
Other Tournament Bouts
Semmy Schilt def. Hesdy Gerges -- Split Decision
Siala-Mou Siliga def. Raul Catinas -- Unanimous Decision
Peter Aerts def. Ewerton Teixeira -- Split Decision
Keijiro Maeda def. Jerome LeBanner -- Disqualification (Abandonment)
Daniel Ghita def. Errol Zimmerman -- KO (Punches) 0:18 R2
Gokhan Saki def. Freddy Kemayo -- TKO (Punches)1:30 R1
Tyrone Spong def. Ray Sefo -- Unanimous Decision
Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith Official for 12/4 Strikeforce Event
In a matchup with fireworks written all over it, kickboxer Paul Daley will take on slugger Scott Smith on Dec. 4 at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu in St. Louis.
First reported as in the works by CSNCalifornia.com, MMAFighting.com on Tuesday received confirmation from Strikeforce that the welterweight bout is set to go.
A crowd-pleasing fighter known for a trio of incredible come-from-behind wins, Smith (17-7) will be dropping down to welterweight after fighting the majority of his career at middleweight. Smith is 3-2 with the Strikeforce organization and is coming off a TKO loss to Cung Le in June.
Strikeforce KJ Noons-Nick Diaz Cesar Gracie Conference Call Transcript
Apparently Nick Diaz doesn't like conference calls.
If Strikeforce would have read his "Things I don't like," rider he sent along to them with his signed contract, they would have realized that "conference calls" were on the list before "Mayhem Miller" and after "children" and they wouldn't have scheduled him for a media call that he had no intention of participating in.
So instead of pulling the plug on today's call completely when they realized Nick wasn't interested in talking to reporters about his October 9 title defense against KJ Noons, they got the next best guest they could get on short notice for the call: Cesar Gracie. No, seriously, that's the best they could do.
KJ Noons Is Running Up The Middle, Try To Stop Him
Yes, he actually likens his MMA fighting plan to, of all things, football, on today's SF conference call. "Let me put it like this, for anyone that played any level of football, in high school or whatever. My game plan is to run it up the middle, try to stop me. That's it. That's how I fight every time. I'm coming right at you win or lose. Nick Diaz is all over the place, to keep the football analogy going, he's out there running all these crazy plays. We'll see who's strategy works best come October 9."
Fedor: Right Now, SF Is Struggling To Find Me A Serious Opponent
With Alistair Overeem seemingly ducking Fedor and Fabricio Werdum out until next year (injury) there don't seem to be many options from SF...among other potential hurdles. "I have said many times that I have nothing to do with match-making. Right now, Strikeforce is struggling to find me a serious opponent. Alistair Overeem keeps finding all sorts of excuses not to fight me. The remaining stars have lost in their recent fights, so the promotion has no desire to put them up against me. And Fabricio Werdum is still recovering from his surgery. In addition, I have only one fight remaining with Strikeforce ... I'm yet to decide whether I'm going to continue my fighting career after this contract expires. Also, my candidacy nominated for the Post of Deputy in Belgorod Regional Duma, and if I'm elected, I think, will defend the interests of the people and try to do my best efforts for the development of sport. But again, I think it's too early to talk about it. I have to finalize the contract and prepare for my last bout."
V. Overeem-A. Silva Targeted For 12/4, Silva Yet To Receive Offer
Despite reports to the contrary, Brazilian heavyweight Antonio Silva has not yet been formally offered a fight with Golden Glory's Valentijn Overeem. But he's got an answer prepared if the call does come: Yes. Silva's manager Alex Davis today said that Strikeforce has yet to present a potential fight with Overeem for a Dec. 4 event in Missouri, but if the offer comes, his client is game. Overeem's brother, Alistair Overeem, posted news of the potential matchup on his official Twitter account on Friday. But Overeem's words made it seem the contest was official. "My brother Valentijn is fighting Antonio Silva on Dec. 4 for his Strikeforce debut," Alistair stated. "Great news." But Davis insists Silva has yet to receive word of Strikeforce's plans for the yet-to-be-announced "Henderson vs. Babalu" event.
Antonio Silva To Face Valentijn Overeem At Dec. 4th Strikeforce
Silva will face an Overeem, the older brother of the Strikeforce Champ who will instead be fighting in the K1 World Max tournament. Dan Henderson taking on Renato "Babalu" Sobral in a light heavyweight contest has already been confirmed for the card as well as Herschel Walker's second mixed martial arts bout, though an opponent has not been confirmed.
Luke Rockhold vs. Matt Lindland Off 10/9 SF Event
A planned Luke Rockhold vs. Matt Lindland fight for the 10/9 Strikeforce event is now off and will be replaced on the TV portion of the event by Andre Galvao vs. Tyron Woodley. Rockhold is off due to a shoulder injury suffered last Saturday. No word yet on if they will try to find a replacement foe for Lindland.
Josh Barnett Promises To Crack Heads, Drink Blood And Kill His Opponent In His SF Debut
And he'd like it to be on CBS. "When it comes down to it, the thing that matters most to me is being able to fight. I just want to make sure I can get out there and crack as many heads as possible ... [Visibility] matters big time, 'Cause when I dislocate and tear somebody's head completely off their shoulders and spew blood all over the ring, and then drink it, I want the whole world to see it. I'd love to fight on CBS. Punch somebody so hard that their eyeballs pop out of their head. We haven't really hit on any solid dates yet or anything like that, or even opponents ... In due time. There's not too many people all that chomping at the bit and so ready to meet their death."
Coker: Thomson-Cavalcante Winner Likely Gets Melendez, But Maybe Not This Year
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today confirmed that the winner of a pending bout between Josh Thomson and Gesias Cavalcante is expected to get a fight with lightweight champion Glbert Melendez. It just may not be this year. According to Melendez' trainer/manager Cesar Gracie, DREAM has requested him for a possible spot on its Dynamite!! 2010 NYE event. "They're asking for him right now," he said. "I can't confirm anything." Gracie said Melendez's April brawl-related suspension ends in early October, though an overseas fight would take place outside the jurisdiction of stateside athletic commissions and a decision on DREAM will be made shortly. Thomson-Cavalcante is scheduled for the 10/9 SF event.
Paul Daley Signs With Strikeforce
A long-rumored deal between Paul Daley and Strikeforce has officially been finalized.
MMA Fighting has confirmed with Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz that the former UFC and EliteXC welterweight contender has signed a multi-fight contract with the organization.
The organization has yet to decided when the British fighter will make his Strikeforce debut.
Strikeforce inks heavyweight notable Josh Barnett
Former UFC champion and longtime top-10 heavyweight Josh Barnett has inked a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, officials today announced.
Terms of the deal and a debut date were not disclosed.
The 32-year-old fighter enters the organization with an overall 26-5 mark and a current six-fight win streak that includes victories over the likes of Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo, Gilbert Yvel and Geronimo dos Santos.
Jorge Masvidal signs with Strikeforce
Jorge Masvidal (20-6), who recently dropped a decision to #10 Ranked Welterweight, Paul Daley, has signed with Strikeforce, and will be dropping back down to lightweight.
"I signed a 6 fight, 2 year deal with Strikeforce. Let the world know I am going to knock out everybody they put in front of me. I don't have an opponent yet but I want a big fight; you know. I want Melendez or the next big name. No B level fighters. Beerbohm is good but nobody really knows him. I would like to get Kawajiri, that would be great."
Thomson vs JZ set for Strikeforce Oct 9
Fighting in enemy territory is nothing new for Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante after years of fighting in Japan, but now the American Top Team fighter will step into a similar situation as he faces Josh Thomson in his hometown of San Jose on Oct 9 as the two lightweights are set to square off in Strikeforce.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday by Cavalcante's manager, Alex Davis, who spoke with MMAWeekly Radio about the match-up.
KJ Noons Willing To Stand & Trade With Manny Pacquiao In MMA Fight
And in boxing for good measure. And he's up for Floyd Mayweather in boxing too. "I would love to welcome Pacquiao into MMA. It would be an ideal situation for him because I don't take guys down to the ground, and after that's all said and done in the cage, I would be willing to step inside of the ring with him too, something we all knew Randy Couture wouldn't do with James Toney. I know Floyd (Mayweather) isn't looking to do MMA, but I would still be willing to fight Mayweather and Pacquiao in a boxing match and both camps have been reached, so we will see what happens. I will put it this way, both camps have been reached and both camps were very interested."
Marloes Coenen Ready For An "Explosive" Fight Against Sarah Kaufman
And after her Strikeforce 135 Women's Title shot, she's eyeing a potential Cristiane Santos rematch, and offers an interesting take on her loss to Mrs. Cyborg. "The (Santos) loss didn't make me decide to fight at 135 lbs. I still want to fight Cyborg again, because the fight was stopped too early. I do understand it from the referee. Men do not like to see women get hurt. In the next Cyborg fight the referee was a woman. Well, you now can conclude that women do not mind seeing each other hurt. If she wants to clinch I'm fine with that. I like clinching. After the Cyborg fight I think that I have proven to be able to take a punch. I think that Sarah and I are both fierce so it will be an explosive fight."