Strikeforce Women’s Tourneys Launch in April
The ladies have not been forgotten.Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said two previously announced eight-woman tournaments, at 135- and 145-pounds, will kick off at the promotion’s Challengers event in April.Strikeforce 145-pound champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano, whom Santos defeated by first-round technical knockout last August in San Jose, Calif., will not compete in the tournaments, said Coker.
Despite apparent title snub, Hieron happy with Strikeforce and feeling "like a ninja"
Simply put, Jay Hieron (18-4 MMA, 1-0 SF) has not always had the best of luck in his MMA career."The Thouroghbred" has endured the demise of both the IFL and Affliction, and he watched helplessly as a planned 2009 Strikeforce title fight with Nick Diaz turned into a preliminary card bout with Jesse Taylor.Now Hieron fights Joe Riggs (32-10 MMA, 3-2 SF) on Jan. 30 at "Strikeforce: Miami," while DREAM champ Marius Zaromskis faces Diaz for the vacant Strikeforce belt on the same card.
Lashley Not Facing Ambriz At SF Miami
Despite the FSBC approving the fight after the original fight was not approved, Strikeforce has announced Bobby Lashley will not face Jimmy Ambriz on 1/30. Ambriz was considered as a replacement opponent after original foe Yohan Banks was not approved by the FSBC.
Werdum vs. Fedor “99% confirmed” in April
Fabrício Werdum revealed to TATAME.com that the rumored fight against Fedor Emelianenko will probably take place in April 16th. “The fight against Fedor is 99% confirmed to April 16th. I have three months to train to the most important fight of my life”, Werdum said, confident in a victory.
Report: Jimmy Ambriz Now Targeted For Lashley Fight
After the Florida State Boxing Commission declined to approve Yohan Banks as an opponent for Bobby Lashley at the Jan. 30 event, "Strikeforce: Miami," the promotion has come up with another option. Journeyman Jimmy Ambriz has been targeted by the promotion as a late replacement for Banks, and the matchup is now waiting on approval from the FSBC.
Walker to Donate Strikeforce Purse to Charity
Herschel Walker plans to donate his entire purse from his professional mixed martial arts debut to charity.
Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and 1992 Olympian, will meet Greg Nagy in a featured matchup at Strikeforce “Miami” on Jan. 30 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The soon-to-be 48-year-old will surrender his purse to Project Turnaround, a Dallas-based charity that aims to “rebuild communities from the inside out with a comprehensive, faith-based program designed to improve and enrich the lives of urban youth and families.”
“When I decided to fight, it wasn’t anything I was doing for money,” Walker said. “I love competition; I love to compete. It just so happens I was going to get paid. What I wanted to do was help someone else. I’ve been blessed in life through a lot of different things.”
Yohan Banks Not Approved By FSBC, Will Not Face Lashley
With only 2 weeks until his Strikeforce debut, Bobby Lashley now finds himself without an opponent for now. His original planned foe, Yohan Banks, was not approved by the Florida State Boxing Commission, saying the decision to decline Banks as an opponent for Lashley was made based on a review of the fighters' records, at which point the commission "determined that the bout was not competitive." No replacement named yet.
Hendo Says He's Got Shields In April, SF Says Not Yet Official
Although Dan Henderson says his Strikeforce debut will be against Jake Shields in April, Strikeforce officials says the bout is not yet confirmed. No date was given and Hendo also said the fight's at 185, but it's not known if it's for the SF Middleweight Title held by Shields. No comment on the report from Shields' father, who is also his manager.
Strikeforce's Benji Radach re-injured but plans to return in April
The injury bug has struck Benji Radach again.The Strikeforce middleweight on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that his right bicep, shoulder and pectoral muscle could be torn and an MRI will reveal the extent of the damage."It's somewhere between pink and black and all the colors in that range," Radach said.
Melvin Manhoef training at American Top Team for Robbie Lawler
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently learned from sources close to the fighter that Melvin Manhoef is currently “training like a maniac” for his upcoming middleweight showdown with fellow heavy handed slugger Robbie Lawler, and furthermore has made the trip out to the American Top Team in Coconut Creek for the match-up.
This isn’t the first time Manhoef has made the journey to the Florida based gym to sharpen his skills, as the feared Dutch knockout specialist admitted his intentions of returning to the gym in a 2009 conversation with 5 Oz.
“I will definitely go back to ATT to train,” said Manhoef. “The guys there help me to improve my ground skills and have become good friends of mine.”
Herschel Walker makes rounds with "Fox & Friends," "The Howard Stern Show"
Some hardcore mixed martial arts fans have wondered aloud why Strikeforce, as a rapidly growing promotion, is willing to offer a platform to former NFL great Herschel Walker (0-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) for his professional fight debut.
The answer is simple: exposure.
Today came notice that Strikeforce will now look to capitalize on Walker's fame, and the soon-to-debut heavyweight will hawk the Strikeforce brand to a pair of very mainstream outlets.
Strikeforce today officially announced that Walker will be featured on Wednesday editions of Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" and Sirius XM's "The Howard Stern Show."
Strikeforce: Andre Galvão anxious to debut
Without fighting since Dream GP’s finals, André Galvão is anxious to make his Strikeforce debut. While a visit to the training center of X-Gym, the black belt gave an exclusive interview and talked about the opportunity on United States. “I must fight on January 30, but I’m waiting.
Bobby Lashley vs Yohan Banks possible for Strikeforce: 'Miami'
Former WWE star and collegiate wrestling champion Bobby Lashley (4-0) is likely to make his mixed martial arts debut for the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion against Yohan Banks (2-1) at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 30, according to MMAWeekly.
The "Miami" bout has yet to be finalized and is currently awaiting commission approval.
"The Dominator," who also moonlights as a "face" for TNA Wrestling, entered the world of cage fighting back in Dec. 2008 as a co-headliner for South Florida's Mixed Fighting Alliance (MFA). The 6'3" powerhouse needed just 41-seconds to extirpate Joshua Franklin via doctor's stoppage.
Heavyweight Herschel Walker draws Greg Nagy in mma debut
We've known since November that former NFL star Herschel Walker (0-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) would make his professional MMA debut on Jan. 30 at "Strikeforce: Miami" at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Now we know who he'll face.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that Walker will meet two-time Rage in the Cage veteran Greg Nagy (1-1 MMA, 0-0 SF).
Strikeforce negotiating with Huerta and Barnett
Strikeforce officials has been very aggressive in growing their roster ever since striking a multi-year agreement in early 2009 to provide mixed martial arts events on both Showtime and CBS. And they’re not slowing down.
Strikeforce has landed prized free agent Fedor Emelianenko, his stable mate Gegard Mousasi, former WWE star Bobby Lashley, NFL and Olympic veteran Herschel Walker, and most recently former Pride champion and UFC star Dan Henderson, among others.
Now promotion officials are in talks with two more high profile fighters in Roger Huerta and Josh Barnett.
Werdum: “I will defeat Fedor”
Fabrício Werdum’s career went up in a way that even the black belt wasn’t expecting. With a new contract with UFC, He was chosen to face the still unknown Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, but with the first round knockout loss the storm came. Renegotiating the contract, Werdum didn’t accept the new numbers and had the contract closed.
Without events to fight, the black belt got down, but then the golden opportunity came. On Strikeforce, Werdum got two more victories and may be the next to have a chance against Fedor Emelianenko, biggest heavyweight of all times. “People say I can’t, but I’m training, I’m dedicating and I will defeat Fedor”, Werdum said.