Coenen Ready To Go Toe-To-Toe With Cyborg
Strikeforce 145-pound female titleholder Cris “Cyborg” Santos (6-0) is set to defend her title for the first time on Jan. 30 against Marloes Coenen (17-3), and the challenger doesn’t think it will go to a decision.“I don’t think it will go five rounds at all, because of the person she is and the person I am. If you put that together, it will not go to the fifth round at all,” Coenen told the media about her upcoming title fight.
Nick Diaz, Marius Zaromskis, Joe Riggs and Melvin Manhoef also in for "EA Sports MMA"
Shortly after Bobby Lashley was announced on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live" as the latest addition to "EA Sports MMA," four more fighters involved in this weekend's "Strikeforce: Miami" event were also confirmed for the game.Nick Diaz (20-7 MMA, 2-0 SF), Marius Zaromskis (13-3 MMA, 0-0 SF), Joe Riggs (32-10 MMA, 3-2 SF) and Melvin Manhoef (24-6-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) will all appear in the upcoming rival to THQ's "UFC Undisputed" franchise.The latest additions to the forthcoming video game's roster were announced in an ESPN.com interview with Lashley.
Former WWE star Bobby Lashley latest addition to "EA Sports MMA" roster
Former WWE star and current Strikeforce heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley (4-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) will appear in the forthcoming "EA Sports MMA" title.The latest addition to the video game's rapidly expanding roster was announced on today's edition of ESPN.com's "MMA Live."The game, available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, is expected to be released in late summer 2010.
Lavar Johnson cheats death to return to MMA at Strikeforce 'Challengers' on March 26 in Fresno
NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2010)-Six months ago, Lavar Johnson lay in a hospital bed, clinging to his life after he was gunned down while attending a family barbeque during the July 4 holiday.On Friday, March 26, the 32-year-old will enter a new chapter in his incredible recovery when he restarts his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career in the main event of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers fight card at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on Friday, March 26.
Pros Pick: Diaz vs. Zaromskis
Michael Guymon: Diaz takes this one by annoying his opponent to death.
Mike Ciesnolevicz: Nick Diaz always wins fights that I think he will lose. He has become one of the top guys in the game with a very unorthodox yet well-rounded style, not to mention he is as tough as they come. I think he executes his game plan perfectly and wears Zaromskis down by throwing hundreds of punches before finishing him with a kimura or rear choke. Diaz then gets on the microphone and says, "What do you want from me man? I just woke up!"
Stav Economou: Marius is good, but not good enough to beat Diaz. Diaz wins (via) second-round submission.
Tom Gavrilos: This fight will go to Diaz. He will outwork Marius and most likely catch him in a submission.
Ray Elbe: Nick Diaz proves once again why medical marijuana should be supported by everyone in the USA by winning this fight at 4:20 of the first round with a choke so tight it literally vaporizes Zaromskis to sleep.
Robin Black: I would put some money on Zaromskis for the upset, but, frankly, Diaz scares the s--t out of me. He might hunt down everyone who bets against him and cut them all. I don't want to get cut. Especially in the face. No, I'll just go with Diaz.
Benji Radach: I gotta go with our American fighter Nick Diaz. He has to watch out for that left tricky high kick, but I think Nick knows how to train and can prepare to take that out of his game. CIRCLE TO THE LEFT NICK (laughs)! I think Nick is more of a veteran, and his style of boxing will throw the foreign fighter off of his game.
Kultar Gill: Nick Diaz by submission in the first round. Soon as it hits the ground, it's going to be over.
Gabe Ruediger: Nick is more well-rounded and should pull it off. Zaromskis can always land that head kick, which he seems to be landing at will, but Nick’s very game standing and a black belt in BJJ.
Stephane Vigneault: Nick Diaz all the way by TKO. He is incredible since he left the UFC.
Roland Sarria: Diaz will press him and will win by stoppage in the first round.
Ricardo Liborio: Diaz by submission, round one.
Erik Paulson: Nick Diaz is at the top of his game right now, and I really enjoy watching him fight. He really imposes his outstanding game plan every time he fights. For me, with his upcoming fight, I see him the victor. He has all ranges covered and is definitely great at all three ranges, which makes him a dangerous opponent.
Din Thomas: I got Nick Diaz by Stockton gang signs beoootch!
Zac George: Marius could head kick the Diazinator into a full-blown coma. However, I see Diaz “smoking” him on the ground.
Jake Shields: This should be a great fight, and I have an obvious bias since I am good friends and training partners with Nick. But that being said, I think this fight will start out super exciting and high-paced. But Nick will bring too much pressure and will end up submitting or KOing him late in the second round.
Duke Roufus: Nick Diaz by mean mug, b--ch!
Luigi Fioravanti: Marius is unpredictable and unorthodox on his feet, which can pose a threat to any fighter. Diaz is tough as hell and has fought some of the best. He is more experienced than Marius and very good on the ground, where he will be most dangerous. Diaz by submission.
Micah Miller: Nick by submission. I don’t think there is such a thing as jiu jitsu in Lithuania.
Kit Cope: Zaromskis is a bad dude, but Nick is a world of problems for any man. Everybody looks at Nick’s punches and thinks that they won’t be effective, but Nick has a way of slowly draining the life out of you and then finishing you just before you’d take a nap on your own. Plus he can take a helluva wallop! My prediction is that exactly that will happen to Zaromskis. I see another Gomi/Diaz-type of battle with Nick again finishing the fight after s--t talking at Marius the whole way through!
Pros who picked Diaz: 20
Pros who picked Zaromskis: 0
Pros who couldn’t decide: 0
Strikeforce Challengers 7 Set For 3/26
The main card appears set for the March 26 Strikeforce Challengers event following today's unveiling of five matchups. The event takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and the night's main card airs on Showtime. And while Strikeforce veterans such as Luke Stewart, Miesha Tate and Justin Wilcox are slotted for the card, so, too, is Lavar Johnson, a shooting victim who was clinging to life just seven months ago. Johnson was at a family barbecue this past July 4 when a group opened fire on the event. Johnson and his cousin were both struck by bullets, Johnson lived; his cousin didn't. Also set for the card is Ron Humphrey, coming off a loss to Brett Rogers, facing off against George Bush III.
Fedor Emelianenko or Brock Lesnar: Who Is the More Powerful Brand?
Businessweek's decision to rank Fedor Emelianenko ahead of Brock Lesnar in the power 100 ranking of athletes has spurred a lot of discussion. On its face, it's absurd. Both men compete in American promotions, and Brock Lesnar is a far bigger star. He makes more money, his name drives much more media interest, and his record on PPV is second to none.
Mauler Manhoef Aware of His Shortcomings
“If they have me on the ground, they have a slight advantage,” he told USAToday’s Sergio Non. “But if I have to put my fists on their chin, I also have a slight advantage…I'm going to practice my ground game very hard. Maybe one day, I can put also a grappler in a triangle choke or guillotine or armbar. It would be very nice.”
Nick Diaz happy with Welterweight Return
Nick Diaz takes on Dream champion Marius Zaromskis on Jan. 30 in Sunrise, Fla., for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.
Diaz’s last two fights were out of his weight class, but he’s eager to return to the 170-pound division, the division he’s competed in for most of his career.
“I’m very happy to fight at that weight. I look the best at that weight. I like it, I feel the best at that weight,” said the Cesar Gracie trained athlete. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to fight in here at this weight class. Those last two fights weren’t my idea. I’ve fought at welterweight most of my life, so this isn’t a new thing to me.”
Andre Galvao vs. Luke Stewart targeted for "Strikeforce Challengers VII" in Fresno, Calif.
An intriguing welterweight matchup between Strikeforce newcomer Andre Galvao (3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) and promotional veteran Luke Stewart (6-2 MMA, 6-2 SF) appears likely for the as-yet-unannounced "Strikeforce Challengers VII" event.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
While Strikeforce has yet to officially announce the event, "Strikeforce Challengers VII" is expected to take place March 26 in Fresno, Calif.
The Galvao vs. Stewart matchup is expected for the main card of the Showtime-broadcast event.
Strikeforce: André Galvão vs. Luke Stewart
One of the best BJJ fighter of all times, André Galvão will face Luke Stewart in his Strikeforce debut. The fighter informed TATAME.com that the fight is set to take place in March, with no date yet. “I’m expecting the victory. I’m training hard and I wanna be back with the victories”, Galvão said. “He’s from Jiu-Jitsu too, likes to play on the ground, besides some victories by KO in his record”.
Sarah Kaufman Ready For 135 Lbs. Women's Title
"I'm excited I get to fight, I'm excited that I get to fight for a title, and the fact that it's for Strikeforce, a good promotion that's supporting the females fighting. I'm currently ranked No. 1 and she's No. 2, so I just think it's great all around," Kaufman said in an interview with MMAWeekly.com on Friday.
Bobby Lashely vs. UFC vet Wes Sims (finally) set for "Strikeforce: Miami"
A rumored bout between heavyweights Wes Sims (22-12-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) and Bobby Lashley (4-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) finally has materialized for next week's "Strikeforce: Miami" card, sources close to the event today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Sims has been tapped as a final replacement to face the part-time pro wrestler after two opponents fell by the wayside.
Lashley, who on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com he was still training hard for an unnamed opponent, will have a little more than a week to prepare for the 6-foot-10 Sims.
"Strikeforce: Miami" takes place Jan. 30 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., and airs on Showtime. A bout between Nick Diaz and DREAM champion Marius Zaromskis for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt headlines the event.
Strikeforce Signs Villasenor
Joey Villasenor signed a four-fight deal with Strikeforce on Monday, Sherdog.com has learned.Villasenor, a longtime member of the formidable Jackson Mixed Martial Arts Team, had previously split his time between Strikeforce and the now defunct EliteXC organization. The 35-year-old middleweight striker has won five of his last six bouts, including victories against Phil Baroni and Ryan Jensen, as well as a split decision over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in a Strikeforce event last June.
Kaufman vs. Hashi For 135-Pound Women's Title
While Cris "Cyborg" Santos is readying for the first defense of her 145-pound Strikeforce women's title, the promotion is about to crown a 135-pound women's champion for the first time ever. Undefeated Canadian star Sarah Kaufman returns to action to face Japanese fighter Takayo Hashi.
Strikeforce Champ, Jake Shields, Heads to TUF 11
Current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields is going to the UFC.
Not as a fighter, but as an assistant coach to Chuck Liddell on the eleventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter."
Shields announced the news on his official website, JakeShields.com. He will serve as a wrestling and jiu-jitsu coach for Liddell for the next six to seven weeks.
This will not be the first time a fighter from a different promotion has appeared on the popular reality show. Former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler assisted his friend and coach, Matt Hughes, during the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Wes Sims Likely Opponent for Bobby Lashley in Miami
"From Yohan Banks to Jimmy Ambriz , it seems Strikeforce has finally found a worthy opponent for unbeaten heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley . MMAFrenzy reported that UFC veteran Wes "A-Whole Show" Sims will step up on short notice to fight the NCAA wrestling standout on January 30 in Miami."