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Quality of Competition at the Core of Debate Over Bobby Lashley's Next Fight
The interesting questions revolve around why Lashley is suddenly wanting to springboard his career into an area in which he's likely not experienced enough to handle. Fedor Emelianenko is the top of the mountain for any heavyweight in the world, yet Lashley wants to take the leap despite his best win coming against Bob Sapp, Jason Guida, or Wes Sims.
StrikeForce Weighs In On Shields As TUF 11 Coach
"Jake is always looking for more exposure, and try to increase his brand as an individual," Coker told MMAWeekly Radio recently. "When I heard about it, it was like when Robbie Lawler was doing The Ultimate Fighter when Matt Hughes was coaching. We see it as no different, and Chuck asked him to be the coach, and where Jake trains it doesn't matter."
Gracie: Canseco and Strikeforce CEO Coker meet to discuss potential MMA future
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and Canseco gathered today in a San Jose, Calif.-area restaurant along with esteemed trainer Cesar Gracie to discuss the possibility of the former baseball star fighting for Strikeforce, according to Gracie, who spoke with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Friday before the group met. *man i just posted a while ago that someone from strikeforce said the jose would not be fighting walker..strikeforce get you story straight...
Bloody Elbow Confirms Strikeforce Is Not Meeting With Jose Canseco
"We are not meeting with Jose and he will not be fighting Herschel Walker."
Shamrock vs. Shamrock? Ken says he's still willing, but Petruzelli first on list
The fighting Lauzon brothers recently changed their stance on a future in-cage matchup, but don't count UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock (27-13-2) out of a potential fight with sibling Frank Shamrock (23-10-2).Ken recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's actually signed a contract to fight his brother at least four times, but Frank has walked away from each opportunity.
What Does Gegard Mousasi Leaving M-1 Global Mean for Fedor Emelianenko and Strikeforce?
For me personally, Mousasi's break with M-1 Global raises the hope that Fedor Emelianenko himself will reconsider his relationships with them at the end of his current two fight deal with them.Mousasi is his own man, and has said in the past that he's not especially close to Fedor. But fans can hope this is the first crack in the wall that has been keeping the world's #1 heavyweight out of the world's #1 promotion.
EA Sports fighter Ken Shamrock says rival videogame could turn industry "on its head"
"EA Sports MMA," a soon-to-be-released rival title to the UFC and THQ's bestselling "UFC Undisputed" franchise, will be a phenomenal game that could revolutionize the MMA-videogame industry.That's the word from MMA legend Ken Shamrock, who's admittedly a bit biased since he's in the EA Sports game.
Cesar Gracie: I could prepare Jose Canseco for Herschel Walker in three months
When former baseball star and "Bash Brother" Jose Canseco called out Herschel Walker on his official Twitter account recently, fans and media dismissed it as a publicity stunt.But Canseco has at least one man in his corner should he decide to make good on his wish to fight Walker: Cesar Gracie.
"EA Sports MMA" adds Strikeforce's Dan Henderson to videogame roster
After failing to reach terms for a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and recently signing with rival Strikeforce, Dan Henderson has also inked a deal with the UFC's rival videogame: "EA Sports MMA." EA Sports officials announced that Henderson signed his contract while at Wednesday's Madden Bowl, an annual videogame competition for "Madden NFL" held on Super Bowl week. "EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010. Henderson, a character in THQ's wildly successful "UFC 2009 Undisputed" videogame franchise, now heads to EA Sports' Strikeforce- and DREAM-friendly title. Henderson (25-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC), the first fighter simultaneously to hold two PRIDE belts, recently concluded his second stint in the UFC.
"EA Sports MMA" adds top Strikeforce prospect Tyron Woodley to videogame roster
Fast-rising Strikeforce welterweight and former University of Missouri wrestler Tyron Woodley is the latest addition to the "EA Sports MMA" videogame roster. An EA Sports official today confirmed the addition with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "EA Sports MMA," available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010 as a rival to THQ's "UFC Undisputed" title. Woodley hinted at the signing in a recent Facebook update, though it wasn't clear if he simply began talking to officials from the videogame maker or had actually signed a deal.
Scott Coker Talks Alistair Overeem, Herschel Walker and More
- Alistair Overeem will defend the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title in May. Opponent is yet to be determined. - Erin Toughill will be the next opponent for Cris Cyborg, targeting a late summer title fight. - The 145 pound women's tournament will have a Summertime launch.
MMA Quick Quote: Herschel Walker contemplates April 2010 return
"I’m going get back into the gym and say I’d love to have another fight, and I’m gonna work hard, but I’m leaving it my trainers and coaches’ hands and the fighters at the gym. If they think I’m not ready, they gotta tell me, and I will swallow my pride and not do it. I want to know that I’m still the Herschel of -- that 47-year-old that’s got a 25-year-old way of doing things. If I have lost that, then I don’t think I’ll fight again. My thing is go out and perform at the highest of levels. I’m not there to be a circus act. I want to be a pure fighter."
With Rakoczy up next, Frausto already eyeing showdown with Tate at Strikeforce
Prior to fast-rising female prospect Zoila Frausto's (4-0) Showtime appearance at this past November's "Strikeforce Challengers IV" event, not many people outside of the California fight scene had heard of the "Warrior Princess."But with a rapid-fire barrage of powerful kicks and an excellent display of Muay Thai in her win over Elisha Helsper, Frausto left many fans across the country clamoring for more.
Strikeforce Miami Fighter Payouts
The FSBC has released the official fighter payouts from Strikeforce Miami this past weekend. The total disclosed payouts were $469,600 with the largest share-$100,000-going to both Nick Diaz and Robbie Lawler. Although the figures report that Herschel Walker was paid only $600 for his fight, he did earn "six figures", likely through a signing bonus or other arrangements.
Strikeforce Miami Medical Suspensions
The Florida State Boxing Commission has announced the medical suspensions from Saturday's Strikeforce Miami event. It was not good to be a loser, as all the main card losers were among 8 suspended fighters, each getting 30-60 days except for Greg Oxley, who is suspended indefinitely and must have his left ACL cleared before returning.
SF Miami Ratings: 517,000 Viewers, 52% Increase Over Evolution
The ratings for Saturday's Strikeforce Miami event have been announced: The event drew 517,000 viewers on Showtime, a 52% increase over the 341,000 for SF Evolution in December. That means roughly 4% of all households with Showtime (about 12 million) were watching. For comparative purposes, the UFC counter-programming that night-a UFC 107 replay-did 2.2 million viewers on Spike.
Five Things We Learned From Watching Strikeforce: Miami
With another Strikeforce event in the books and some time to reflect on what we saw last Saturday night, it's time for some observations based on our perfect hindsight. What, if anything, did Nick Diaz do wrong? Does Bobby Lashley's win have any long-term significance for his career? And what in the world is Strikeforce doing with Jay Hieron? All this and more as we look back at Strikeforce's most recent offering. 1) Promotional opportunities were missed Here's the situation: Nick Diaz won Saturday and looked outstanding doing so, completely shutting down Marius Zaromskis' standup attack. In doing so, he becomes the first-ever welterweight champion. So who does he say he wants to fight during post-fight interviews? Jay Hieron? No. Mach Sakurai? Nope. He calls out Georges St. Pierre. There's only one problem, of course, and that's that GSP is in the UFC, and there's no way that fight is happening between the two organizations. By voicing a desire to fight GSP, Diaz is essentially telling fans that his most worthy weight-class adversary is in another company, which while true, is not exactly going to help hype up his next fight, a fight which will most decidedly not be against Georges St. Pierre. Diaz can't be blamed for wanting to fight another great fighter, but Strikeforce has a limited amount of time in which the eyes of the MMA world are thrust upon them, so they shouldn't be wasted highlighting their rival organization at their own expense. All of this leads me to my second point...
Manager: Despite antics, cage clown Wes Sims came to win at "Strikeforce: Miami"
At this past Friday's weigh-ins, Wes Sims was holding court and proudly showing off a T-shirt with a supposed strip club of a sponsor. At Saturday's "Strikeforce: Miami" event, Sims kicked off his bout against Bobby Lashley with some pro-wrestling-inspired taunting. And even after his lopsided TKO loss, Sims joked with his opponent and the media in a post-fight press conference. And while it may be easy to write off the veteran fighter as MMA's resident goofball, a representative for Sims said the fighter came to win and had far more riding on the line than most fans realize.
K-1 Strikers "Would Kick The S**t" Out Of Fedor
That's the boasting of Martijn De Jong, MMA coach for Alistair Overeem, throwing down the gauntlet when it comes to his fighter ever taking on Fedor Emelianenko. De Jong feels Fedor's striking is nowhere near the level of Overeem's and that Overeem is looking forward to fighting Fedor. If it ever happens, of course.
Despite initial one-sided affair, Strikeforce's Robbie Lawler said he stuck to game plan
SUNRISE, Fla. – Early Sunday morning on AirTran Airways flight 68 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Atlanta, Robbie Lawler and friend/training partner Matt Hughes slowly made their way down the aisle before takeoff. Just hours removed from a stunning come-from-behind knockout victory over Melvin Manhoef at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Miami" event, Lawler was still feeling the effects of the fight as he slowly limped to the back of the plane. Lawler took serious punishment and was battered nearly from head to toe by his opponent's offensive onslaught, but the former EliteXC middleweight champ said his miraculous come-from-behind win resulted from his ability to stick to a game plan.