Melendez Says Bring On Shinya Aoki
"He's No. 2 in the world and I was the lucky guy who won this fight, and they've been talking about bringing him to Strikeforce. Whether it's in his mind if I deserve it or not, I think I kind of earned it and I think I match up really well with the guy," he said about Aoki. "I think he's tough. I think I have the proper game plan for him. I've got the proper training partners for him, and I think he knows I'd be a tough match for him. I'd love to fight that guy.
Frank Shamrock Set to Make His Strikeforce Return This March
Mixed Martial Arts 'Legend', Frank Shamrock (23-10-2), says that he will make a return to the Strikeforce cage early this March:
The 37-year-old veteran said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that Strikeforce has asked him to fight on a yet to be announced card "in the first week or so of March."
The fifteen year veteran, who has held titles for various promotions such as the Pancrase, UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce, is at the tail end of his career and is at the stage where he is only looking for the biggest, and most interesting match ups for him. When asked who he wants next:
"Whoever brings ratings. I need ratings. I just need some ratings,"
Melvin Manhoef: Wait Till They Get A Load Of Me
Melvin Manhoef is Coming to America, and unlike Prince Akeem’s fictional arrival by Eddie Murphy in 1988, there’s nothing funny about this human wrecking ball that is all set to familiarize the masses with how he rolls in his Strikeforce debut expected for early 2010.
With a beatdown littered history as one of mixed martial arts’ best kept secrets, you can officially consider yourself a hardcore if you live in the United States and you’ve managed to capture more than a couple of this walking highlight reel’s tussles that have been fought almost exclusively overseas.
Manhoef is without a doubt the sports most vicious knockout artist. If you don’t know, now you know. Standing at a chiseled 5'8? tall and weighing right around the 205 pound mark, “No Mercy” has done his nickname proud during his career in mixed martial arts, showing no mercy to any of his victims; finishing an astonishing twenty-two of his twenty-three victories by knockout, and with extreme prejudice.
Economics at heart of Overeem's Strikeforce delay
Hardcore American MMA fans have torn out a lot of hair over Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem’s stateside absence.
It’s been over two years since the Dutch fighter triumphed over Paul Buentello to win the first Strikeforce heavyweight strap at “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives,” an abrupt turnaround to a 1-4 slide near the end of Pride Fighting Championships.
In January, the promotion secured Overeem to a one-year, three-fight deal, obligating him to a return in lieu of an informal talent-sharing agreement with K-1 that saw him snag the title in November 2007.
Overeem, who was forced to pull out of two scheduled Strikeforce events in June and August with a serious hand injury, is scheduled to appear against Kazuyuki Fujita at K-1 Dynamite on New Year's Eve - his fifth K-1 fight in 2009 – and is planning a sixth in late March/early April 2010.
Diaz Happy To Fight Zaromskis For Title
"When I started fighting in the UFC I didn't really understand. I mean I understood wrestling, but I didn't really understand scoring," Diaz commented. "I was going in there trying to do more damage. It was kind of crazy really, and then I realized in two or three fights that these guys are going in there trying to win like a certain way, and I didn't realize it. I didn't have the fundamentals that I do now to try and win on scorecards."
SF Evolution Draws 341,000 Viewers
In the head-to-head battle Saturday night between Strikeforce and WEC, it looks like Strikeforce wins in ratings. SF Evolution drew a total of 341,000 viewers on Showtime, about average for the network and 11,000 more than WEC 45 did on Versus in the same timeslot.
Cyborg wants to defend the belt with a KO
On January 30, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will put the Strikeforce’s belt in game for the first time, and she’s over confident to the fight against Marloes Coenen. “The expectation is very good, I’ll fight now on January 30 and I’m training hard, preparing myself to fight”, said Cris. “I’m very happy, training hard to search for one more knockout”.
Dear idiots: King Mo is doing you a (expletive) favor
Recent Strikeforce acquisition Muhammed Lawal is baffled by the hoopla surrounding his post-fight energy drink mishap that hosed down the floor of the cage following his Dec. 19 TKO win over Mike Whitehad at Strikeforce: "Evolution." The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) was not amused by his stunt and fined "King Mo" for his attempts at "having fun." Anyone out there in MMA land offended by his colorful entrances and outspoken persona?
Showtime Says SF Challengers 6 On For 1/22, SF Says It's Off
So who's right? In this case, Strikeforce. Despite recent rumors of a Jan. 22 date–and an official mention of the card on this past Saturday's "Evolution" broadcast–Strikeforce will not be hosting a "Challengers Series" event prior to its Jan. 30 "Strikeforce: Miami" event. SF's Mike Afromowitz confirmed today the 1/22 date was simply "under consideration" and SF will now focus all it's efforts on the 1/30 card to air on Showtime.
StrikeForce Signing An Easy Choice For Lashely
“I met Scott Coker a while back and I’ve just been watching Strikeforce. They have a lot of good things going on,” commented Lashley about inking the deal with San Jose, Calif.-based fight promotion.“There were a lot of other organizations that were kind of throwing their bid in the hat, but the opportunity was here. And to be honest with you, the best fighter in the world right now is at heavyweight and he is with Strikeforce,” added the 33-year-old. “Why not come here? If you want to consider yourself the best fighter in the world, why not come to Strikeforce?”
Thomson Tips Hat To Melendez,Calls UFC Out
“When was the last time you seen a UFC fight card put together like this?” he said. “When was the last time you saw UFC fighters lay it on the line like we did tonight, and when was the last time you seen a main event like you did tonight? I haven’t seen one of those in a while from the UFC. So, I think we delivered.”
Matt Hughes Predicts the Demise of Strikeforce
Hughes makes vague reference to Showtime’s interference in the process, and seems to believe that this will be Strikeforce’s undoing, sooner rather than later. Wrote Hughes:
Last week I was in California with Robbie, Pena, and Foster, hoping they would find a replacement so Robbie could fight. It didn’t happen and I guess I’m just spoiled being with the UFC. From what I understand, Showtime really likes to stick their nose in Strikeforce’s business and because of that I don’t think that Strikeforce will be around for much longer; but enough with that.
(Scott) Smith Proves Again That He Is MMA's Rocky Balboa
Following yet another incredible come from behind win, Scott Smith may soon have to begin every walk to the cage with the theme song from "Rocky." The California based fighter has a tendency to hang around in every fight he's in and then at the crucial moment pull out a stunning victory.
The latest conquest for Smith was a third round knockout of former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le, who was getting the better of the fight for two-plus rounds, but when the window opened for Smith to explode he did just that.
Realizing he was down in the fight, Smith knew the third round was the key. That's when he finally implemented his trainers' game plan and then unloaded the shot heard all over San Jose.
"Strikeforce: Evolution" salaries: Cung Le tops fighter pay with $150K, "King Mo" fined
Other top earners from the Showtime-televised event included main-card winner Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($65,000), Smith ($55,000), Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez ($55,000) and Matt Lindland ($50,000).
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, who also competed on the main card and make his promotional debut, earned $20,000, half which came in the form of a win bonus. However, CSAC officials said the fighter was fined 10 percent of his purse for an issue with his sponsor. (Lawal splashed the cage with Rockstar Energy Drink after his win.)
Melendez Reflects On War With Thomson
Relief overshadowed joy in Gilbert Melendez’s successful bid to unify the Strikeforce lightweight title against Josh Thomson.In a fight certain to be on the short list for Fight of the Year, Melendez was smarter and sharper than his first meeting with Thomson in June 2008 – where he lost the title and took the interim strap waiting for Thomson to heal from multiple injuries – and took a unanimous decision nod for a second turn as undisputed champion at Saturday’s “Evolution.”
StrikeForce Confirms Two Title Bouts For Miami
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed Nick Diaz will face Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis on Jan. 30 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title and Cris “ Cyborg“ Santos will defend her 145-pound belt for the first time against Marloes Coenen.Strikeforce originally planned to put Diaz in with Jay Heiron in August for the welterweight crown, but those plans were scrapped when Diaz failed to show up for mandatory licensing drug screening. Heiron defeated “The Ultimate Fighter 7” cast member Jesse Taylor in a non-title fight instead.
Fedor vs. Werdum Targeted For SF April Event On CBS
Although it's not a done deal yet, Strikeforce is reportedly working on making Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum for it's April event on CBS. SF's Scott Coker also says he plans to invite Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem to compete on the event and also hopes to make Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki and Josh Thomson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri in '10.
Diaz vs. Zaromskis, Santos vs. Coenen title fights set for "Strikeforce: Miami"
SAN JOSE, Calif. – A pair of title fights will headline "Strikeforce: Miami" next month when Nick Diaz (20-7 MMA, 2-0 SF) takes on DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis (13-3 MMA, 0-0 SF) for the first-ever Strikeforce welterweight title and Cris "Cyborg" Santos (8-1 MMA, 2-0 SF) puts her women's featherweight title on the line against Marloes Coenen (17-3 MMA, 1-0 SF).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was informed of both of the rumored matchups in the post-fight press conference for Saturday's "Strikeforce: Evolution" event.
Frank Shamrock: Jake Shields is a boring, leg-humping CBS ratings killer
"I don't like Jake. I've got nothing for him.... He'll never fight me. He'll never make that kind of money and get that kind of shot because I don't like him.... I don’t want to fight Jake Shields because he has no personality. He’s a boring fighter. And when he got on to CBS, and it was his chance to be a star, he leg humped [Jason "Mayhem" Miller] all night long and killed our ratings. That’s why I don’t want to fight Jake Shields."