Strikeforce heads to Oklahoma City for Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir on Nov. 3
Undefeated Strikeforce heavyweight and former Oklahoma State University wrestler Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) will enjoy a bit of home-field advantage against UFC import Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC).
USA TODAY Sports has learned from sources close to the event that Cormier and Mir's three-round crossover bout will headline a Nov. 3 Strikeforce card at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
The evening's main card airs on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT) following prelims on Showtime Extreme (8 p.m.).
Jorge Gurgel vs. Mizuto Hirota added to 'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy' lineup
A lightweight matchup between Jorge Gurgel (14-8 MMA, 2-3 SF) and Mizuto Hirota (14-5-1 MMA, 0-1 SF) is the ninth official bout for next month's "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" card.
Strikeforce officials today announced the new contest, which is slated for the evening's preliminary card.
"Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" takes place Sept. 29 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif., and lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez meets Pat Healy in the headliner.
California State Athletic Commission Now Says Strikeforce Drug Test Results Pending
Aug 27, 2012 - Early Monday afternoon, the California state athletic commission (CSAC) notified the media and Strikeforce parent company Zuffa that drug testing for the recent Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman event was invalid, the result, they told UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner, of an issue relating to chain of custody or the way the samples were collected.
About three hours later, the commission has corrected itself, saying the previously released information was erroneous.
In an email sent to the media, CSAC's interim executive director Kathi Burns wrote: "The results of the drug testing for the August 18, 2012 Strikeforce event will be provided later this week or early next week. I spoke with the lab just a few moments ago and found that a delay in processing the results has occurred due to a simple, but correctable clerical error."
Rousey vs. Kaufman Drug Tests Returned 'Invalid' After Collection Issues
Aug 27, 2012 - Drug testing for the August 18 Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman event in San Diego has been classified as "invalid," the California state athletic commission (CSAC) told media members on Monday afternoon.
The commission would not comment any further, with a spokesperson saying, "we have no additional information" when asked for further details. An "invalid" test is one in which a laboratory is prevented from obtaining a valid result due to any number of circumstances surrounding it.
Strikeforce's Coker uncertain if Tarec Saffiedine will get next welterweight title shot
SAN DIEGO – Tarec Saffiedine was hoping a win over Roger Bowling would get him a shot at a title.
"It's something we just haven't sat down to talk about," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said at Saturday's post-event news conference, a refrain that is common with the promotion with Coker preferring to sit down with matchmaker Sean Shelby in the days and weeks following events to get a handle on what fights to make next.
Josh Thomson vs. Caros Fodor slotted for 'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy'
Josh Thomson (19-5 MMA, 10-3 SF) said he's slotted to fight fellow lightweight Caros Fodor (7-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) next month at "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy."
Although Strikeforce officials have made no announcement, Thomson revealed the bout to Sherdog.
"Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" takes place takes place Sept. 29 at Power Balance Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
Strikeforce “Rousey vs. Kaufman” Medical Suspensions
Derek Brunson: Suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for knockout
Lumumba Sayers: Suspended 60 days (no contact for 60 days) for cuts on right eye and left scalp
T.J. Cook: Suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for knockout and indefinitely or until cleared by doctor for possible neck fracture
Ovince St. Preux: Suspended 180 days (no contact for 180 days) for painful left thumb injury
Julie Kedzie: Suspended 180 days (no contact for 180 days) or until cleared by doctor for possible left shoulder rotator cuff injury.
Miesha Tate: Suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for hard bout.
Keith Berry: Suspended 45 days (no contact for 30 days) for TKO and indefinitely or until cleared by doctor for hyper extension to left knee.
Hiroko Yamanaka: Suspended for 60 days (no contact for 60 days) for cut to right interior eye.
With UFC boss apparently warming, Strikeforce's Coker says female fighting here to stay
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has long been a staunch supporter of women competing in mixed martial arts, and it seems he's quickly developing a powerful ally.
UFC President Dana White, who has often expressed concern in regards to the viability of female MMA, was cageside on Saturday in San Diego to watch women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey (6-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) continue her impressive streak, and Coker believes there should now be little doubt what women can bring to the sport.
"Female mixed martial arts is here to stay," Coker said on Saturday. "Look at the fights tonight. They were unbelievable. They're great athletes, and I think that tonight they showed that again."
Strikeforce champ Ronda Rousey wants 'Cyborg' next, but adamant she drop to 135
Rousey (6-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) on Saturday defended her Strikeforce women's bantamweight title, and again did it with ease, getting former champ Sarah Kaufman (15-2 MMA, 6-2 SF) to tap to her signature armbar less than a minute into the first round in San Diego.
Rousey had been in a relatively new war of words with Santos even before the Kaufman fight. And now that she has cleared her latest hurdle, Rousey wasted no time setting her sights on the Brazilian.
The first problem is that Santos (10-1 MMA, 4-0 SF), the former Strikeforce featherweight titleholder, currently is suspended after testing positive for steroids following a 16-second win over Hiroko Yamanaka this past December. (The fight was overturned to a no contest.) The yearlong shutdown means a potential Rousey-Santos fight is at least four months away, provided Santos gets re-licensed with no delays.
'Embarrassed' Sarah Kaufman wants to work way back, believes she can beat Rousey
"I'm extremely embarrassed by my performance," Kaufman told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I knew Ronda coming in was a world-class athlete and a world-class judo player. I didn't underestimate her at all – I knew she was going to be a tough fight. I'm embarrassed I wasn't able to do what I wanted to do and land the strikes I wanted to land."
Kaufman said she hopes Strikeforce matchmaker Sean Shelby, as well as CEO Scott Coker, can put something together for her to get back quickly – and start building her way back to a title fight
Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold vs. 'Jacare' Souza rematch likely up next
With his dominant win at Saturday's "Showtime: Rousey vs. Kaufman" event, former middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza appears he'll get his rematch.
The former titleholder wants a shot at the man who took his belt, and that reigning champion, Luke Rockhold, apparently wants the fight too.
"To me, I'd like to see that fight happen," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. "I know 'Jacare' would like that fight to happen. Luke's looking for that fight, so I think it'd be an easy fight (to book)."
"I'm very prepared for anyone anytime," Souza said after his latest win. "I'm here for fights. I'm a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, and I'm coming back for more."
Coker admitted the performance will get the company executives talking.
"I think he looked pretty good, and I know Luke wanted to fight him," Coker said. "We'll start talking to 'Jacare's' camp right away. (Strikeforce matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) and I, we really haven't had a chance to talk, though. ... Give us a day or so."
Cris Cyborg Unloads after Ronda Rousey Victory; Looking to Leave Strikeforce?
Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey kept her unbelievable unbeaten streak intact on Saturday night in San Diego, submitting No. 1 contender Sarah Kaufman with an armbar less than a minute into their bout.
As soon as the fight was over, the talk about a possible fight between Rousey and former Strikeforce 145-pound champion Cris Cyborg Santos hit a fever pitch. Even Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who was asked about the hypothetical bout’s stature at Saturday’s post-fight press conference, said that, if it were to come together, it would be “one of the biggest fights in the history of mixed martial arts.”
It only took a matter of minutes, however, for Cyborg to throw talk of a fight with Rousey, and Cyborg’s own future with Strikeforce, into disarray.
She quickly took to her official Twitter account after the fight, according to Tatame reporter Guilherme Cruz, saying that she was awaiting her release from Zuffa since her weight class is no more. Cyborg apparently continued that she would look elsewhere for a promotion that has her 145-pound class, specifically mentioning Invicta FC in one tweet, although that tweet appears to have been deleted a short time later.
“Guys I have not changed my weight,” Cyborg responded. “I started where I am.”
There was, in fact, a women’s featherweight fight on Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman fight card. Hiroko Yamanaka and Germaine de Randamie fought at 145 pounds in a preliminary bout.
“She must be misinformed,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAWeekly.com’s Erik Fontanez. “I don’t understand why she’d be saying that since we just had a 145-pound fight on the card tonight.”
Perhaps it’s as simple as Cyborg feeling like she’s no longer wanted.
“I want to be respected as everyone wants to be,” Cyborg noted in one of her tweets.
Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey As Coaches On TUF? Tate All For It
Miesha Tate hopes that a win over Julie Kedzie can propel her right back into another shot at the Strikeforce bantamweight title that she once held. If, for some reason, a possible coaching position on The Ultimate Fighter also came with it, that would be fine with Tate.
Tate and Kedzie will highlight the prelim card for tonight's Strikeforce: Rousey Vs. Kaufman event on Showtime. The prelims air on Showtime Extreme from San Diego.
"I love it," said Tate, of coaching on TUF opposite Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. "I think that would be the fight to put on it if they were going to do that. It doesn't get any better than Ronda and I; two ladies who honestly have a rival between each other."
Strikeforce's Tarec Saffiedine feeds off Team Quest's energy for Roger Bowling fight
Tarec Saffiedine has a big fight coming up, but it isn't the biggest one on the radar screen for Team Quest.
That honor belongs to Dan Henderson, who fights Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title in two weeks. But Saffiedine, a Henderson teammate and frequent training partner, is feeding off the positive vibes running through the Temecula, Calif.-based fight team.
Saffiedine fights Roger Bowling on Saturday at "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman," and he hopes a convincing win might turn into a title shot of his own.
Strikeforce's Coker: Rousey 'can't just be a marketing machine with a pretty face'
In one year, Ronda Rousey has taken the mixed martial arts world by the arm and given it a firm yank – literally.
The Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion already had built a quick reputation for fast finishes when she debuted with the promotion in August 2011. It took her only two armbar wins, 64 seconds and a little trash-talk to get a title shot.
Since winning the belt in March, Rousey has been the sport's next big thing.
'Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman' weigh-in results: Rousey (135), Kaufman (134) set
MMAjunkie.com was on scene and reporting live from today's official "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman" fighter weigh-ins, where all 18 fighters made weight for the event.
Leading the way were Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who registered 135 pounds, and former titleholder Sarah Kaufman, who stepped on the scales a 134 pounds.
The festivities take place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, the same venue that hosts Saturday's card.
Ronda Rousey Blasts Cris Cyborg: Stop Doping And Meet Me at 135
In an interview on TSN Radio's "The MMA Report with John Pollock," the outspoken bantamweight champion, who already has her hands full with Sarah Kaufman on Saturday night, spoke hypothetically about Cyborg's challenge.
She did not hold back on her feelings.
"If she wants to fight me than she is going to have to find a way to come down to 135," she said. "We'll see how she does in a fair fight for once in her life. She has a history of coming in overweight to fights and I wouldn't doubt that if we agreed to some sort of catchweight at 140, she’d show up at 145 anyway and be like 'ah whatever, fight or not.' She’s done this many times before. I don't owe her anything. She's completely defamed, and anything she’s ever done is nothing because she is a big old cheater and she's been doping her whole life. And I think part of the reason why people like Dana [White] think there is a lack of depth in all these divisions is because this girl is doping and making everybody look like they aren't in her league. And I think the reason why people look at women's MMA like that was because of her. She is nothing but a detriment to the sport and the only positive she could play is an Ivan Drago bad guy that gets beat to hell by a Rocky. So no, she can come down and fight me at 135 because I have a whole line of other people that want to fight me already and I don’t owe her anything.
"I don't need to come up and it’s just like, why would I even want to come up to her weight?" she continued. "Stop doping, lose the weight. She can either do the drugs and fight me at 135 and have the drugs be just as much a detriment as a help to her during the weight cut, or she can cut out all the doping and make the weight easily. It's just whatever. As long as she makes 135, I don't care if she's injecting horse semen into her eyeballs but that’s the only way I feel it would be a fair fight. She’s never had a fair fight in her life and I see how the prospect of that would scare the hell out of her and why she would insist at fighting heavier."
Sarah Kaufman: No nerves for Ronda Rousey armbar ahead of Strikeforce title fight
Sarah Kaufman has a pretty good idea of how Ronda Rousey would like their Saturday fight to go.
Including three amateur fights, Rousey (5-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) has finished all eight of her MMA opponents with first-round armbars. That little bit of MMA math (Rousey + Fight = 100 percent armbar finish) is one of the sport's easiest equations.
It's certainly not lost on Kaufman (15-1 MMA, 6-1 SF). But she has a way around what has arguably become the most feared finish in the sport these days – just snap the streak.
Kaufman, a former champion, challenges Rousey for her Strikeforce bantamweight title in the main event of "Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman," which takes place Saturday at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The main card airs on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET. Prelims air on Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m.
"I don’t think that it’s unstoppable," Kaufman said of Rousey's armbar on a recent call with media members. "… It doesn’t make me nervous. It’s something that could happen. It’s also something that I’m prepared for. It’s an armbar and people can have a mystique behind someone because they’ve had the same submission over and over and over again. And it does create kind of an aura of, 'Whoa, she’s won every fight by the same thing.' I did the same thing when I had eight knockouts in a row...
Cris Cyborg wants Ronda Rousey fight, requests 140-pound catchweight
Previously, Gina Carano and Cristiane Santos laid claim to the first ever women's super fight, for lack of a better term, when the two tangled way back in Aug. 2009 at Strikeforce: "Carano vs. Cyborg."
To that end, there aren't too many bouts that many would consider a "dream fight" or "super fight." There is, however, one that many would label as such: A match up between current Strikeforce Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the aforementioned former Strikeforce Featherweight title holder, Cris Cyborg.
For her part, "Cyborg" says she wants the bout with "Rowdy," however, she says she doesn't see the need for her to have to drop down to 135, but is more than willing to meet the Rousey in the middle at a catchweight of 140 pounds.
"I really wanna fight Ronda. I really want to. She says bad things about me. I never say bad things about my opponent. I want to do my best in the octagon, and if she says she wants to fight me, she can come to my weight or at 140. She started at 145. And she's running to 135. She's running to not fight me. And after, she speaks a lot of shit about me. I want to fight her soon. I'm very excited to fight her. And when we're in the octagon, we'll see if she says anything. And if she says anything, I can punch her."
Cyborg" went to not say that unlike most female fighters, the way she fights and trains is nothing like her colleagues, which is what separates her from the competition:
"I'm a women but I want to fight the same as a man. I like training hard, I like to punch the face. I like getting punched in the face. I fight the same as a man. I train the same as a man. I think this is different from other girls."