Strikeforce's Shinya Aoki doesn't regret arm-break incident, says it could happen again
Shinya Aoki is not sorry he broke Mizuto Hirota's arm this past New Year's Eve, nor is he sorry about his actions afterward.
Aoki (23-4 MMA, 0-0 SF) caught Hirota's right arm in a ghastly hammerlock in the first round of their "Dynamite!! 2009" bout and cranked until the limb visibly – and audibly – broke.
As Hirota grimaced in pain on the mat, Aoki stood overhead and flipped the bird at his opponent.
And though he faced a wave of condemnation that included his dismissal from a teaching position at the gym in which he belongs, Aoki has no regrets.
"No (I don't) because it happened during the fight," Aoki told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through his translator during a media day promoting his upcoming fight with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (17-2 MMA, 7-1 SF) at "Strikeforce: Nashville."
Jason Miller vs. Tim Stout Added to SF Nashville
If approved by the Tennessee Athletic Commission, Jason Miller vs. Tim Stout will be a late addition to Strikeforce: Nashville on 4/17. Both sides have agreed to the fight, paperwork pending. This fight would take the slot on the card originally reserved for Bobby Lashley, and will be the final prelim on the card and most likely the 4th televised bout that would air on CBS if time permits.
Bobby Lashley Not On 4/17 SF Event
According to Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley, he will not be fighting at the 4/17 Strikeforce event as had previously been expected. Lashley made the announcement on his Facebook page. No word on when his next fight will be now.
Five fights added to April's "Strikeforce: Nashville" non-televised lineup
The non-televised portion of Strikeforce's second network-televised card is all but filled.
In addition to a middleweight matchup between Hunter Worsham and Zach Underwood reported earlier today by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), sources close to the event have confirmed five additional contests.
"Strikforce: Nashville" airs live on CBS at 9 p.m. ET and features three title fights: Middleweight champ Jake Shields faces Dan Henderson in the evening's main event, while light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi faces Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez meets DREAM title holder Shinya Aoki in the card's other featured matchups.
The 20,000-seat Bridgeport Arena in Nashville, Tenn., hosts.
SF: Overeem-Rogers Is For The Title
At long last, Alistair Overeem is finally defending his Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship. SF officials confirmed over the weekend that Overeem vs. Brett Rogers on 5/15 will be for the title. At first there was uncertainty over the title's status even though it was expected to be for the belt, but now Overeem will make his first defense of the belt he won in late 2007.
Fedor Return Confirmed For June
It's official: Fedor Emelianenko returns to Strikeforce in June. SF President Scott Coker has announced that the top Heavyweight fighter will return to the promotion in late June, but didn't give an exact date beyond late in the month, and as expected will face Fabricio Werdum. Coker also doesn't think rumors of Fedor facing Japanese fighter Hidehiko Yoshida in April in Japan are true, and still hasn't given a firm answer on if Alistair Overeem-Brett Rogers on 5/15 is for the SF Heavyweight Title.
White says April 17 show was never planned, guarantees Strikeforce's demise
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – UFC president Dana White has seen his share of potential competitors fall by the wayside.
PRIDE was purchased. The IFL, EliteXC and Affliction all went belly up.
And though Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has always insisted his organization has learned from the mistakes of those that came before him, UFC president Dana White on Sunday said it won't matter. Strikeforce – and more importantly, Showtime – are in White's sights, and he plans on taking them down.
"I really, really, really dislike these guys at Showtime," White said after UFC on Versus 1. "I really dislike them.
M-1: Fedor-Yoshida Not Happening, Strikeforce Talks Still on Track
Japanese press reports stating that Hidehiko Yoshida will likely face Fedor Emelianenko in his retirement bout at Astra 1 on April 25 in Tokyo have no validity, said Evgeni Kogan, director of operations for M-1 Global, the organization that represents the Russian heavyweight.
“I heard about it today for the first time. I think it's some Japanese people with a sense of humor. No foundation whatsoever,” wrote Kogan in an email Friday to Sherdog.com.
Overeem vs. Rogers, Arlovski vs. "Bigfoot" official for May 15 Strikeforce event in St. Louis
A pair of previously reported heavyweights bouts is now official for May 15 with today's official announcement of "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery."
As expected Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (32-11 MMA, 2-0 SF) meets Brett Rogers (10-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) in the night's headliner, and former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski (15-7 MMA, 0-1 SF) meets former EliteXC title-holder Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (13-2 MMA, 0-1 SF) in the co-headliner.
Today's release didn't state if Overeem vs. Rogers will be a title fight, and sources close to the competitors today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that an official decision hasn't been made about the championship status of the bout. Strikeforce officials could not be reached for comment.
Mousasi Expected To Sign Long-Term Deal With Strikeforce
Gegard Mousasi's nickname is "Dreamcatcher", and evidently he's decided Strikeforce is the place to be just that. The Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion is expected so sign a long-term extension with the promotion shortly, although he currently has a "champions clause" that extends his current deal by 1 year automatically should he win his last fight on the contract, a title defense against Muhammad Lawal on 4/17.
Bobby Lashley Likely For 4/17 SF
Although it isn't yet official, Strikeforce is expected to add Bobby Lashley to the upcoming April 17 event in Nashville. No opponent named yet but that could be determined next week. Lashley likely will be in a prelim fight but with a 4th fight planned to air tape-delayed on CBS that night (the event has 3 title fights scheduled), it's likely that prelim will feature Lashley.
COKER: With proper training camp, Jose Canseco could get a fight.
Have the floodgates opened?
Mere weeks after former Jose Canseco's potential foray into U.S. mixed martial arts appeared to be a dead issue, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he's not entirely opposed to the former baseball star entering the cage.
That's not to say Coker is actively campaigning to sign Canseco, a former MLB All-Star. But as Coker said – half-jokingly – after the Ultimate Fighting Championship's recent signing of 41-year-old boxer James Toney, all bets are off.
"I can tell you this: If Cesar Gracie says to me, 'Jose's training with me, I'm going to get him ready, and I'm going to do it in four or five months,' and Cesar's telling me this? That will have a lot of weight on what we decide," Coker recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Coker: 4/17 Date For SF Stands
After further review, the date on the calendar stands. Despite suggestions Strikeforce could move it's April 17 date to perhaps April 24 to avoid UFC counterprogramming, only to essentially be counter-programming against the WEC PPV debut, SF CEO Scott Coker announced they will stick with 4/17. Coker said talks with CBS about the date move never went beyond initial talks and CBS will give the event a heavy promotional push during the upcoming NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Roger Gracie Slated For 5/15 SF, Could Meet Randleman
It appears that Roger Gracie's much-anticipated Strikeforce debut is finally set. Again. After a couple prior rumored debuts didn't quite work out, Gracie is now set to debut at the SF event on 5/15. Opponent TBA, but the leading possibility appears to be Kevin Randleman but that isn't confirmed, and if that doesn't happen a rumored Plan B is Sokoudjou.