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Report: Gracie vs. Randleman At 5/15 SF May Be Off (Updated)
While more details won't be known until later today, the Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman fight at Strikeforce's 5/15 event could be off. Randleman could be forced to withdraw due to illness and a possible staph infection, he should know more once he sees his physician later today. UPDATE: The fight is on. Randleman has been cleared to take antibiotics that will allow him to recover in time to fight. The former UFC heavyweight champion came down with staph infection while training at multiple gyms in Las Vegas. According to Elizabeth Randleman (his wife and manager), his clearance to fight was delayed when he was prescribed medication to treat the illness. Fearing the drugs could produce a positive result in a drug test, she consulted the Missouri State Athletic Commission, which oversees next Saturday's event. The commission allowed him to use the medication, which green-lighted the fight, she said.
Karo Parisyan in Talks With Strikeforce
Former UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan has been in talks to fight for Strikeforce, MMA Fighting has learned. Parisyan has not signed a contract with the San Jose-based organization yet, but if he does, he could debut as early as June 16 on the Strikeforce: Los Angeles show, which would make sense since the Armenian-born fight currently resides in the North Hollywood, Calif., area. When contacted by MMA Fighting, Strikeforce officials refused to confirm or deny any talks with Parisyan. Parisyan's final run in the UFC was a tumultuous one. He pulled out of a UFC 88 fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida hours before the weigh-ins, citing a back injury. Parisyan had talked openly about battling depression and anxiety, and many suspected he had been suffering from those same symptoms leading up to the fight.
Source: Champ Nick Diaz denied spot on Strikeforce's June 26 card due to brawl
A post-fight melee that followed an April 17 Strikeforce event cost Jason "Mayhem" Miller a headlining spot next month at "Strikeforce: Los Angeles," and Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz appears to have suffered a similar fate. A source close to Diaz told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter was told his request to compete on Strikeforce's June 26 fight card in San Jose, Calif., also was turned down because of his role in the televised brawl. Diaz was one of multiple Cesar Gracie team members involved in a post-"Strikeforce: Nashville" scuffle that broke out when preliminary-card fighter Miller interrupted main-event winner Jake Shields during a post-fight speech. Full Article
Andrei Arlovski Knows He Can't Afford Another Loss At SF On 5/15
On yesterday's Strikeforce: "Heavy Artillery" media call, former UFC heavyweight champion and current Strikeforce heavyweight contender Andrei Arlovski shared his thoughts on his upcoming contest with Antonio "Big Foot" Silva on May 15. "Pitbull," who is best known for his high-level stand up game, especially compared to other fighters in the heavyweight division, has seen himself fall victim to some vicious knockouts in back-to-back fights. Of course they came against stiff competition to say the least in Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, but Arlovski knows a third straight defeat would all but end his time as a competitive top-tier heavyweight.
Mayhem Miller pulled from card
Mayhem Miller was pulled from his June 16th bout because of the brawl following Strikeforce: Nashville.
Robbie Lawler Vs. Renato Sobral Set For June 16 Strikeforce Event
Sherdog.com has just reported that a 195-pound catchweight bout between Robbie Lawler vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral will headline Strikeforce's June 16th event at the Nokia Theatre Los Angeles, CA. Full Article
Yamamoto Off SF St. Louis, Maybe On DREAM 14
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto is now off the 5/15 Strikeforce event in St. Louis. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker informed reporters of the change today during a conference call promoting the May 15 event, which takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and airs live on Showtime. Yamamoto was scheduled to take on Federico Lopez on the non-televised portion of "Heavy Artillery." However, Coker said the Japanese featherweight could help plug a talent gap at DREAM.14, an event which recently lost a planned 8-man light heavyweight tournament. Coker said DREAM's promoters asked him to place Yamamoto on the May 15 card but changed their minds in the shake-up.
Strikeforce LA Official With Lashley, Lawler, Noons
Two weeks after Strikeforce officials first announced their intentions to hold a rare mid-week fight card in Los Angeles, the promotion has now released the first three fighters that will appear at the event. Bobby Lashley, Robbie Lawler and K.J. Noons will all fight on the Showtime-broadcast portion of "Strikeforce: Los Angeles," which takes place on Wednesday, June 16, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Opponents for all three fighters will be named at a later date. The Nokia Theatre has a capacity of 7100.
Alistair Overeem will be subject to strict Olympic-style drug testing for Brett Rogers fight
Pro Fight Network's Chris Greenman recently did a interview with Brett Rogers and his manager talking about Brett's preparation for the Overeem fight coming up at StrikeForce Heavy Artillery. Brett talks about moving fight camps and the benefits that come from it. Also in the interview Brett and his manager mention that for the upcoming fight Overeem will be subject to strict Olympic-style drug testing. Please excuse Chris Greenman's one-sided interviewing techniques. To watch the video interview click
Submitted Apr 27, 2010 11:43PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: Interviews, General MMA, MMA Personalities, StrikeForce
Nick Diaz Apologizes
He essentially says it was unexpected and he was angry. He vilifies Miller and although the title says it's an apology I think it fell short of a full fledged apology and turned into excuses.
Strikeforce Inks Broadcast Deals in 8 Asian Territories
Strikeforce has secured additional broadcast distribution in eight Asian markets through a deal with Lionsgate subsidiary Tiger Gate International, the promotion’s distributor, Shine International, announced on Friday. According to the release, Strikeforce content is now available to viewers in 14 countries.
Kevin Casey to Face Matt Lindland in Strikeforce Challengers Main Event.
Former Rickson Gracie protégé and highly confident middleweight (185 pounds) “King” Kevin Casey (3-1) of Los Angeles will face the toughest test of his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career when he faces former Olympic wrestling silver medalist and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-7) of Oregon City, Ore., in the STRIKEFORCE Challengers main event at Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. on Friday, May 21. Full Article
Submitted Apr 22, 2010 3:59PM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA, MMA Personalities
"Strikeforce: Nashville" medical suspensions issued to all fighters, six get extended layoffs
As is customary, the Tennessee Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to all fighters who competed at this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Nashville" event. While most of the suspensions run the customary three days, six fighters – none of whom competed on the CBS-televised main card – were issued suspensions of 30 days or more. "Strikeforce: Nashville" took place April 17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and featured three title fights. Full Article
Jake Shields Is Definitely Going To Leave Strikeforce-And He's Definitely Coming To UFC
Those are Dana White's words, so don't read too much into this. Yet. After all, we know what happened last time he used the word "definitely". Anyway, he says it will definitely happen. "Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce, and he's definitely coming to the UFC. First of all, they put all of their eggs in the Dan Henderson basket. They went out and acquired him and thought he was worth a lot more money than we were willing to pay him. They went out and paid him more money than they can afford to. They never respected Jake Shields, who is their champion. They didn't even have him in their commercials for the fight. Then the fight happens and Jake Shields wins. They were like, 'Oh my God. He won. What do we do?' I think they sent (Miller) in there to challenge him, so that if Jake leaves, it looks like he doesn't want to fight Miller. That‘s not the way you do it. You let the winner speak, then you ask him at the end about whether he‘s willing to fight Miller. But that's them. They're a Podunk, unknown, small-time organization. There shouldn‘t have been that many guys in the cage in the first place!"
M-1 Global says Emelianenko available in June, waiting on Strikeforce to green light
When will Fedor Emelianenko fight again? Never has such a simple question required such a complex answer. While Emelianenko is currently under contract with M-1 Global, who also have a co-promotion agreement with Strikeforce, the organizations are currently in a holding pattern as they address disagreements that arose from the November event "Fedor vs. Rogers." But M-1 Global president Vadim Finklechtein recently insisted that Emelianenko could appear in a co-promoted show as soon as June. He's just waiting on the green light from his Strikeforce business partners. Full Article
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 9:37PM by runningman08 - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, M-1 Global, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Melendez taking time off, wants Alvarez fight.
It's been a long, hard road for Gilbert Melendez, but after defeating Shinya Aoki last Saturday night he's back where he's wanted to be for so long. Sitting among the elite lightweights in the world, currently ranked No. 3 according to the MMAWeekly.com World Rankings, he's now ready to take some time off. Full Article
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 2:03PM by runningman08 - 7 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, General MMA, Interviews
Herschel Walker Expects to Fight Again in 2010, Responds to White Criticism
MMA Fighting spoke to NFL legend turned MMA rookie Herschel Walker this past weekend at Strikeforce: Nashville about why he didn't end up fighting on the most recent CBS card, when he expects to fight again and Dana White's recent criticism over the amount media attention he has received. Short Article and Video
Submitted Apr 21, 2010 10:25AM by runningman08 - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Interviews, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Gus Johnson: My Job Isn't To Promote The Sport-I'm Paid To Give My Opinion And Describe What I See
Strikeforce: "Nashville" CBS broadcaster Gus Johnson retaliates after getting slammed by the majority of mixed martial arts pundits, including Mike Russell, who came down hard on the talking head for his comments during (and most memorably after) the main event between Jake Shields and Dan Henderson at "Saturday Night Fights" back on April 17. Most of what he commented on was the main event and the melee that happened afterwards.
MMA Top 10 Light Heavyweights: King Mo Makes List... Really?
The last few times I've posted my rankings of the Top 10 light heavyweights in mixed martial arts, I've heard from readers who insisted that I had Gegard Mousasi too low. It turns out I was ranking Mousasi too high, and not giving enough credit to the man who thoroughly whipped him on Saturday night, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Like most MMA fans, I questioned whether Lawal was ready for a fighter of Mousasi's considerable talents. But in reality Lawal showed that he has incredible strength and great takedowns, and he makes my list of the sport's best light heavyweights, which is below. Would everyone agree with this list. I'm not so sure yet. Full Article and List
Submitted Apr 20, 2010 6:52PM by runningman08 - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Dana White says Showtime runs Strikeforce, not Scott Coker; won't be worried about Strikeforce when they're off CBS
I'm telling you, man, I'm the one out there, hitting the pavement, beating the bricks, talking to all these guys. They don't know (crap) and they don't want to know (crap). They don't care... They (Strikeforce) are going to go away. Showtime (messed) that whole thing up. They'll go away. They'll be off CBS and I won't have to worry about them being so, you know, out in front. When something like that happens on CBS, people are going to hear about it. If they end up staying with (crappy)-ass Showtime, 200,000 people see it. I can live with that... Full Article
Submitted Apr 20, 2010 6:39PM by runningman08 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce, Interviews, General MMA