Shields Thinks No One Should Be Punished For Strikeforce Brawl.
Following the biggest win of his career, Jake Shields soon had another challenger in his face during his post-fight interview, and just seconds later mayhem literally erupted.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller came into the cage immediately following Shields' win and challenged the middleweight champion to a rematch for a fight they had in November 2009 in which Shields defeated him by unanimous decision.
"He came so fast out of nowhere, and just kind of bumped into me, the way he came up and said rematch, I just thought it was really rude. He got in my face, he bumped me, and interrupted in the middle of the interview," Shields told MMAWeekly Radio on Monday night.
Brett Rogers Questions Alistair Overeem's "Eastern Diet"
MMA Fighting spoke to Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers this weekend about his upcoming title fight against Alistair Overeem on May 15. Rogers didn't hold back when discussing Overeem's lack of of title defenses over the last two years and Overeem's new and improved physique.
To watch the interview click the link below.
Tennessee Athletic Commission formally to investigate "Strikeforce: Nashville" brawl
The Tennessee Athletic Commission has launched an investigation into a post-event brawl that concluded the CBS-televised "Strikeforce: Nashville" event at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville this past weekend.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today contacted Jeffrey Mullen, the commission's director, who declined to comment on the situation until the commission's investigation is complete.
No timetable was given, but the investigation could lead to disciplinary action for those involved.
Smith-Le 2, Possible, But Not Official, For SF Fedor vs. Werdum
A rematch between Scott Smith & Cung Le is being reported as possible for Strikeforce's June 26 event to be headlined by Fedor vs. Fabricio Werdum. But despite widespread reports of the fight, SF CEO Scott Coker announced Sunday that the fight is not yet official and has not been signed. If the fight happens, it will air on Showtime and could determine the next challenger for SF Middleweight Champion Jake Shields.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller Apologizes For Post-Strikeforce Brawl
Strikeforce: Nashville had it's share of criticism after the events of Saturday night.
Unfortunately, the fight card was overshadowed by the brawl between Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez and the Diaz brothers.
Late Sunday night, Miller posted an apology on his website and addressed the situation.
Good move by Mayhem or is he being hung out to dry by SF?
I think a question that needs to be asked after this is after the events of the other night would Dana still consider signing Sheilds? As defensive as he is of MMA and it's image, is it too big a risk to have Shields posse at events?
Strikeforce Nashville: 2.63 million viewers
Bill Gorman of TVbytheNumbers reports that Strikeforce: Nashville earned a 1.0 rating and 3 share of the household from an average audience of 2.63 million viewers on CBS on Saturday.
FOX America’s Most Wanted 1.5 5 5.41
NBC Law & Order (repeat) 1.1 4 5.57
CBS Strikeforce Saturday Night Fights, 9-11p 1.0 3 2.63
CBS Strike Force Saturday Night Fights
9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 2.57 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)
9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 2.55 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)
10:00 p.m. – Viewers: 2.89 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)
10:30 p.m. – Viewers: 2.52 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)
The ratings are way down 30% compared to the last Strikeforce on CBS card which drew 3.79 million on average (a number that didn’t count the 5+ million that tuned in to watch Fedor fight). I’ll caution that we need to wait for some of the specific demo numbers, but those aren’t likely to be stellar...
Strikeforce exec says "Mayhem" Miller acted on his own, should have expected fallout
Much of the conversation in the mixed martial arts community following the incident has focused on assigning blame for the dust-up. While Coker was forced to speak about the incident before he had a chance to see it with his own eyes – the exec had already begun his transit to the evening's post-fight press conference when the trouble began – he believes Miller should have been able to foresee the consequences of his cage entrance.
"I didn't see it," Coker said. "I don't know how [Miller] got in there. But when you have the cornermen that Jake has, and something like that happens, you know there's going to be an issue. I don't know why he couldn't have thought that out because I could have told you that prior to them (brawling) that we should have kept them apart.
Strikeforce Confirms June 16 Event For L.A.
Strikeforce today confirmed the promotion is headed to Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on June 16 for an event to coincide with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a popular trade show for the computer and video-game industries. The event, tentatively titled "Strikeforce: Los Angeles," will air live on Showtime. All the rumored participants for the event except for Cristiane Santos are confirmd playable characters in the upcoming "EA Sports MMA" game, and targeted matchups include Jason Miller vs. Robbie Lawler plus fights with Santos & Bobby Lashley.
Mousasi Signs 2 Year Extension With Strikeforce
After hinting at it for about a month, Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi has signed a 2-year extension with the promotion. The deal is for up to 4 fights in SF, down from an expected 7 before Mousasi split from M-1 Global in February. Mousasi will return to Japan after tomorrow's fight to participate in DREAM and wants to fight 6-8 times this year between DREAM & SF then only 3 times next year.
Report: Mike Whitehead Wanted on Sexual Assault, Drug Charges
Current Strikeforce and former UFC fighter Mike Whitehead is wanted on warrants relating to sexual assault and drug charges, Las Vegas' KLAS TV 8 reported late Monday night.
Las Vegas police officials were not available for comment on the charges Whitehead is allegedly facing when MMA Fighting tried to reach them early Tuesday morning, but according to the KLAS report, police arrived at his home to investigate the alleged sexual assault and discovered a marijuana growing operation.
Fedor Interested in Silva Fight if Werdum Falls Through
Fedor Emelianenko says Antonio Silva could be his next opponent if negotiations to fight Fabricio Werdum fall through.
Fedor revealed the back-up plan and reiterated his commitment to M-1 Global (he owns a stake in the company) during a press conference at the M-1 Selection Eastern Europe event over the weekend in Moscow.
Gegard Mousasi Wants to Be Heavyweight Champion of the World
Gegard Mousasi sets lofty goals for himself. So far, he hasn't had any trouble reaching them.
The 24-year-old Mousasi wasn't expected to win Dream's middleweight Grand Prix in 2008 and wasn't expected to win Strikeforce's light heavyweight title in 2009. But he managed both, and as he prepares to defend his Strikeforce belt against Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal on April 17, he says his ultimate goal is to be the heavyweight champion of the world.
But that's a long way off. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, he said that for now, all he's focusing on is Saturday night's fight.
Santos & Le To Return To SF In June
Although the date and fight card are not yet official, Strikeforce announced yesterday that Women's Middleweight Champion Cristiane Santos and former Middleweight Champion Cung Le will both return to the promotion for a planned late June event. No word on opponents for either but a planned Santos-Erin Toughill fight is almost certainly off. Le has been rumored to be facing Scott Smith, but SF CEO Scott Coker may have tipped his hand by mentioning Frank Shamrock as a possible foe. The main event could be Fedor vs. Fabricio Werdum but that is pending contract talks between SF & M-1 Global.
Strikeforce reserves June 26 for San Jose's HP Pavilion, Fedor-Werdum talks ongoing
Strikeforce has reserved June 26 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., for a potential fight card, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from multiple sources close to the promotion.
Although not officially set, the event likely will include the return of top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in a long-rumored bout with Fabricio Werdum.
However, Emelianenko's participation is dependent on the outcome of contract re-negotiations between M-1 Global (the parent company under which he fights and is signed), Showtime Networks and Strikeforce. Talks between the companies began this past Thursday and resumed this week.
CBS to air Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Tim Stout on "Strikeforce: Nashville" broadcast
A middleweight bout between Jason "Mayhem" Miller (22-7 MMA, 0-1 SF) and Tim Stout (9-7 MMA, 0-0 SF) first reported Monday by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) will air "in some form" during the CBS telecast of "Strikeforce: Nashville" on April 17.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said the bout will be recorded and aired in its entirety if time permits during the event's two-hour broadcast; otherwise, it will air as a highlight package between the night's three live title fights.
Miller vs. Stout takes a slot previously reserved for a heavyweight bout featuring prospect Bobby Lashley.
Shinya Aoki: It Is Certain That If I Lose, Japan Will Become A Colony Of US MMA
That's one way he's looking at his 4/17 Strikeforce fight against Gilbert Melendez. "Japan’s best comes to USA. This is amazing ... my technical side is evidenced by my long career. It is the same as my old fights so it does not need to be discussed. Instead, the most important point is this: ‘If Aoki loses, it is over for Japan. I love Japan and it is certain that if I lose, Japan will become a colony of US MMA. Some [fans] say that USA's MMA is the best but I do not worship U.S. MMA so this is big war to me, just like my fight against [Sengoku champion] Hirota [on New Year’s Eve]. Yes, this is a high risk, high return proposition. If I get the return, I give it to DREAM because I am a son of DREAM. The same as in the New Year's Eve fight I am thinking ‘OK, I kill you!' ... I can risk my life if needs be. I am a warrior.... I am really serious about MMA. So I do not talk about technique now, because this fight is not about technique but about instinct and heart! One tough guy will stand, another tough guy will fall. Everyone, look upon this scene."
Andrei Arlovski Talks Lessons Learned and Future Goals in Strikeforce
With his new Strikeforce deal completed, it seems like “The Pitbull” might soon be barking up a couple of old trees.
Popular Strikeforce heavyweight Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (15-7) is set to take on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on May 15, and while he isn’t looking past the big Brazilian, he understands that a win over Silva could put him in position to avenge his devastating 2009 losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers in the not-so-far future.
Since his June loss to Rogers, Arlovski has murdered Mike Pyle, beaten up a bully, done a ton of video blogging, and trained with some of the best camps in MMA. Arlovski recently signed a new multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, and the former UFC heavyweight champ is looking to avoid a third straight loss. Arlovski has lost two consecutive fights three times in his career, and if history teaches us anything, it’s that 1) the first man killed in the American Revolution was Crispus Atticus, and 2) after back-to-back losses, Arlovski quickly goes back to crushing people. The sometimes hairy, always scary Arlovski says he has a few scores to settle in Strikeforce, but before he can do that, he needs history to repeat itself on May 15 against “Bigfoot.”