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Despite Strikeforce teases, Roger Huerta unlikely to sign anywhere until November
Free agent lightweight Roger Huerta (20-3-1) hasn't found a home just yet. Despite revealing to the world via Twitter that his manager was in talks with Strikeforce, Huerta has not yet signed on with the California-based organization. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz that Huerta did meet with the promotion, but an offer was not made to "El Matador."
Ever-patient title hopeful Jay Hieron content with Joe Riggs "Strikeforce: Miami" bout
It's not the fight he wanted – or was originally promised – but with would-be opponent Nick Diaz out of the picture, Jay Hieron said he's content to fight a big-name opponent such as Joe Riggs. Company officials on Wednesday officially announced the fight as part of the Jan. 30 "Strikeforce: Miami" card at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Strikeforce Won't Be Risking Bobby Lashley Against Shane del Rosario
Zach Krantz is disappointed that Bobby Lashley won't be making his Strikeforce debut against up and comer Shane del Rosario: When this fight was first reported I credited Strikeforce for putting together solid fight where they had a lot to gain and something to lose as well. It was a risky endeavor as they were facing off a marketing tool (Lashley) against a legitimate opponent. If it is Strikeforce that pulled this fight off the table then it perpetuates what many people already believe. The common critique of Strikeforce and many of their shows is they cake walk their top fighters with weak competition and the reason fans are provided with exciting finishes is due to lack of competitiveness if the cage. The other possibility is Lashley's camp agreed to the fight not knowing who Rosario was and after further insight they realized it might be too risky for Bobby at this point in his career.
Mousasi: “I don’t think I’m one of the best"
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Gegard Mousasi seems to be unbeatable. Without losses since 2006, the Armenian has victories in three different weight categories, and wants more in 2010. In an exclusive story, published on this month's TATAME Magazine, Mousasi talked about how he started on fights, since the amateur boxing to MMA rings until his relation with Fedor Emelianenko.
PUNCHDRUNKGAMER'S BEST OF 2009 AWARDS
PUNCHDRUNKGAMER'S BEST OF 2009 AWARDS Event of the Year UFC 100 (July 11, 2009) Mid-year the UFC put on their 100th numbered event which featured two championship bouts, a knockout of the year candidate, and wars and upsets. In the main event Brock Lesnar used size, power, and technique to shut down Frank Mir's half-guard and pounded out a second round stoppage. Right alongside the heavyweight title bout was Georges St. Pierre's one-sided decision over top contender Thiago Alves. St. Pierre utilized striking to set up takedowns and used superior wrestling to keep his Muay Thai based opponent on his back. UFC 100 also featured Dan Henderson's bomb on the chin of Michael Bisping which was followed up but the highly debated tomahawk to a dreaming Bisping. Jon Fitch ground out a decision to avenge teammate Josh Koscheck against Paulo Thiago, Jim Miller stepped up and defeated TUF winner Mac Danzig, hall of famer Mark Coleman outworked TUF finalist Stephan Bonnar, Yoshihiro Akiyama battled Alan Belcher in a stand-up war, Dong Hyun Kim upset T.J. Grant, and Jon Jones submitted Jake O'Brien.
"Strikeforce: Miami" gets three more bouts; Hieron vs. Riggs scheduled for prelims
With Strikeforce's first event of 2010 a little more than three weeks away, the fight card is nearing completion. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with promotion officials the addition of three preliminary card matchups to the Jan. 30 "Strikeforce: Miami" event. And with Showtime committed to broadcasting five main-card matchups, a pair of high-profile fighters will likely be left off of the evening's premium cable broadcast – though it will not necessarily go unseen. The three official additions to the card include Pablo Alfonso vs. Marcos da Matta, Sabah Homasi vs. John Kelly, and David Gomez vs. Craig Oxley. Strikeforce is expected to add at least one more preliminary matchup to the card, bringing the total guaranteed bouts to a minimum of 10.
Hieron Gets Riggs,Lawler vs Manhoef Official
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz confirmed the bout, and several others, to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday reported former EliteXC champion Robbie Lawler would step in to face Melvin Manhoef on the Jan. 30 Showtime telecast. Afromowitz on Tuesday also made that bout official.
UFC Announces Strikeforce: Miami Counter-Programming
New year, same old plans. Not wasting any time in taking shots at Strikeforce, UFC has announced that Spike will air an edited replay of UFC 107 on January 30 opposite Strikeforce: Miami on Showtime. The UFC broadcast will feature at least 3 107 fights: BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez for the UFC Lightweight Championship, Frank Mir vs. Cheick Kongo and Clay Guida vs. Kenny Florian.
KJ Noons vs. Billy Evangelista Off Strikeforce: Miami
A lightweight fight between KJ Noons and Billy Evangelista has been scrapped from the upcoming Strikeforce: Miami card. Noons confirmed the news with MMA Fighting on this week's edition of The MMA Hour, which will air on the Web site on Wednesday. Noons (7-2) said he was recently informed by the organization that Evangelista suffered an undisclosed injury injury in training, forcing him to withdraw from the fight. The former EliteXC 160-pound champion added that he has been placed on standby for the Jan. 30 card in case someone else gets injured, but if that doesn't happen, he will make his Strikeforce debut in either March or April.
Exclusive: Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler on tap for “Strikeforce: Miami”
Incoming!! Two of the sport’s most devastating knockout artists are preparing to go to war in Miami. FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to comfirm through sources close to the situation that a middleweight slugfest between Melvin Manhoef and Robbie Lawler is currently on the table, and is expected to take place on the “Strikeforce: Miami” card set for January 30 from, you guessed it, Miami, Florida. While nothing has been signed as of this writing, FiveOuncesofPain.com was able to confirm that the bout has been offered, and is expected to be signed by at least one of the fighters shortly. More on this in a bit…
Melvin Manhoef confirmed for “Strikeforce: Miami” on January 30
The most devastating knockout artist in the brief history of the sport is all set to make his promotional debut with Strikeforce in Miami. Manhoef will be throwing down for the first time under the Strikeforce banner during “Strikeforce: Miami”, which is set for January 30 from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, and will air live on Showtime, along with The Super Channel in Canada.
Frank Shamrock: I’d love to fight Sakuraba; He’s old like me, it would be contest of terrible knees
With an expected return to action in March, the rumor mill has been abuzz with speculation on who former Strikeforce middleweight champion and undeniable legend of the game, Frank Shamrock, will be facing off with in his first fight back on the “comeback trail”. Some of the names being thrown around as of late include Japanese grappling sensation Kazushi Sakuraba, Cung Le, Robbie Lawler, Scott Smith and Dan Henderson to name just a few. And while nothing has been set in concrete as of this writing in regard to who Shamrock will face next, one thing is for certain, and that is that it will undoubtedly be a fight to remember as the thirty-seven year old San Jose resident has a long history in the sport as one of it’s most consistently entertaining athletes.
KJ Noons vs Billy Evangelista on tap for Strikeforce: 'Miami' on Jan. 30
Noons has been out of mixed martial arts for more than a year following his retirement from the sport in late 2008 after he was stripped of his 155-pound title for refusing to accept a rematch with Nick Diaz under the terms Elite XC was offering."King Karl" felt that his previous performance against Diaz (a first round technical knockout) and his lone title defense -- a first round technical knockout victory over Yves Edwards in June of 2008 -- was enough to at least earn himself a bigger paycheck than Diaz in the rematch.
Ronaldo Jacaré Wants Jake Shields
Dan Henderson, Jake Shields or Jason Miller: if you could choose, with who would you like to fight and how do you think that the fight would be? Jake Shields... He has the belt. Gegard Mousasi has the belt of the category above. Do you think about changing category to have this revenge? What would you make different? I’m a professional athlete and I don’t keep remembering the defeats.
Mousasi's 2010 Plans: Strikeforce, DREAM, LHWGP, Boxing
Yes, boxing. It would seem that Gegard Mousasi has quite a full plate on his 2010 schedule: His manager says in the first half of the year Mousasi will appear in both Strikeforce and DREAM, then participate in the DREAM Light Heavyweight GP scheduled to start in May and continue in July, and depending on the Strikeforce schedule after that he may even do some boxing.
Herschel Walker Fighting For Unemployed Husbands & Housewives Nationwide On 1/30
Don't laugh. He might be older than even Randy Couture but he's also out to show the world that, as the old adage goes, age ain't nothing but a number. He says "I want to prove to all the 47-year-olds that if you get out of work you can do anything. To all the housewives and the husbands sitting on the couch saying they can't do anything, I want to prove that they can -- they just gotta get up and do it."
Lashley hints at dropping pro wrestling
Pro wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley - who makes his Strikeforce debut on January 30 - has hinted that he may soon have to ditch his pro wrestling obligations and focus solely on MMA. Presently Lashley is still very much a part of TNA Wrestling which he juggles with his MMA training.
King Mo accepts fine, promises more antics
“King” Mo Lawal was fined 10 percent of his $10,000 fight purse by the California State Athletic Commission for spraying Rockstar energy drink in the cage at Strikeforce: Evolution. The act was a celebration following his knockout victory over Mike Whitehead on Dec. 19, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Lawal isn’t happy with the fine, but understands the commission rules the roost. “I just celebrated. You know what I’m saying? It’s not a big deal. It’s not like I kept on hitting him after the bell rang or when the referee stepped in,” Lawal told MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio. “Let’s keep it real. It‘s not that big of a deal.” He asks, “Why should they punish me for celebrating?”
Marloes Coenen On Cris "Cyborg" Title Bout
“She’s an amazing athlete. I will not deny that, but everybody is a human being with two arms and two legs, so everybody is beatable,” commented the challenger. “Everybody has some flaws in their game, and I did see some flaw in her game.”
Quote of the Day 2: Fedor Emelianenko - "I Don't Make Faces"
EA has been wrapping up the photo shoots for their upcoming MMA video game. During the sessions, fighters are asked to make various facial expressions such as a look of suprise or pain.