DIAZ VS. ZAROMSKIS
Strikeforce: Miami now has a main event.
MMAWeekly.com has learned that Nick Diaz and Marius Zaromskis have verbally agreed to a welterweight battle in the Jan. 30 event’s top slot, set for the BankAtlantic Arena in Sunrise, Fla. The two will fight for the promotion’s vacant welterweight belt.
Nice match up by Strikeforce.Affliction also matched up great fights.I think this is the difference between the large American organizations and the rest.The big American organizations are more apt and try harder to give the fans the fights they want to see instead of pitting the big name guy against a scrubs.Let us hope that Strikeforce does not have the same fate as Affliction
Cung Le Ready For StrikeForce Return
Cung Le headlines this Saturday’s Strikeforce event in San Jose, Calif., against Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith. The bout is Le’s first following a 20-month hiatus from the sport, pursuing a career on the big screen that forced him to vacate his middleweight title.With another movie on the horizon, Le explained the timing was right to come back to combat sports.
Overeem Update: Dynamite Appearance, SF Update
More Alistair Overeem news, which means it's bizarre and going to bring out the haters. While his negotiations to face Kazuyuki Fujita at Fields Fynamite!! began a while back, apparently nobody told Andrei Arlovski, who according to his manager was offered the Overeem fight by DREAM. As for Strikeforce, you guessed it-pushed back yet again. One fight left on his K-1 deal, which appears likely for March or April. So if this holds true, don't plan on Fedor-Overeem in April.
Hendo-Shields For SF MW Title In April?
It is being reported that that a Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields Strikeforce Middleweight Title bout is in the works. Both men are reportedly in the end stages of the negotiations, and while bout agreements have not been signed, the proposed bout will likely take place in April on the next Strikeforce on CBS
KJ Noons is ready for his Strikeforce return and a run at the lightweight title
Former Elite XC lightweight champion and professional boxer KJ Noons checks in with MMAmania.com prior to the Dec. 19 "Evolution" event from the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion. Noons competed five times as a boxer in 2009 racking up an impressive 4-1 record before agreeing to a return to mixed martial arts under the Strikeforce banner. The San Diego native will be paying close attention to the outcome of Saturday's Thomson vs. Melendez main event as he awaits his debut opponent for a 2010 card -- but also knows a rematch with Nick Diaz is somewhere in his future. Can "King Karl" continue to be a force in the world of cage fighting? Or has the "Evolution" of MMA left him running to catch up?
“King Mo” sees Fedor “on the horizon”
SAN JOSE, Calif., (Dec. 16, 2009) — Undefeated “King Mo” Lawal will make his Strikeforce debut and only his second mixed martial arts MMA appearance in the United States when he meets two-time NAIA wrestling All-American “Iron” Mike Whitehead in one of five televised fights on SHOWTIME® on Saturday, Dec. 19, from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Could Pose for Playboy
Since stopping Gina Carano in August, Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos has been moving to the forefront of women’s MMA. In addition to winning a title belt and plenty of praise, she has received coverage in various MMA and fitness magazines. One offer from outside the industry caught her by surprise, though: an invitation to pose for Playboy.
“Actually we are still talking, and I’m thinking about that possibility,” she said. “After all, only one man saw me naked in my entire life and I have to think deeply about that.”
Cyborg returns to MMA on Jan. 30 in Sunrise, Fla., where she’ll defend her Strikeforce women’s title against Marloes Coenen.
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Lawler’s Strikeforce Bout Canceled
A middleweight bout featuring Robbie Lawler has been scratched for Saturday’s Strikeforce “Evolution” event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., Sherdog.com confirmed with the promotion on Wednesday.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Sherdog.com via text that the promotion was unable to secure a quality opponent for the Iowan power puncher in time. Among the candidates considered for the former EliteXC middleweight champion was Kala Hose, who had twice been scheduled to face Lawler for Icon Sport back in 2008 before both bouts were called off. Coker said Hose had the flu and could not accept the bout.
Cung Le: Jake Shields is using my name to get publicity
Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le talks about his decision to return to mixed martial arts on Dec. 19 at "Evolution" to face the hard-hitting Scott Smith while in the midst of a break between acting gigs. The San Shou disciple came under fire from Shields, who claims Le vacated the title in order to escape having to defend it against him on national television. While they seemed destined to collide, the influx of hungry middleweights like Manhoef, Henderson and Souza doesn't bode well for a future Le vs. Shields grudge match. Will Le stick around long enough to face any of the aforementioned fighters? And what are his chances if he does?
Okay, Erin Toughill Has a Point About Kim Couture’s Website
The beef between female fighters Erin Toughill and Kim Couture just won’t die, mainly because Toughill won’t let it die. She hates “Sugar Free” so much, she managed to take a UG thread about Gina Carano and turn it into another rant about Couture, who no one had even mentioned up until that point. At first it was the usual criticism of Kim’s lack of talent and inflated sense of self-importance, but then she took aim at Couture’s website, pointing out that the bio page doesn’t really make sense.
Strikeforce Newcomer Brian Travers Off Saturday's Event
It seems even those outside UFC are not safe from the recent injury curse. Strikeforce newcomer Brian Travers, who was to have debuted in the promotion Saturday, is now off due to an injury in training. He was to have faced Daisuke Nakamura. No word yet on if a replacement will be named on very short notice.
Josh Thomson: ‘I didn’t even watch the last fight’ with Gilbert Melendez'
Fellow Strikeforce lightweight champions Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez are far from strangers heading into this Saturday evening’s “Strikeforce: Evolution” card where the pair will face off for the second time to decide who the true king of the hill is in the promotion at 155 pounds.
Thomson edged out Melendez via unanimous decision in the first battle between the California based rivals in a bout that took place more than a year ago in June of 2008, but according to “The Punk”, he didn’t even bother to review his previous victory as he fully expects a new and improved “El Nino” on December 19 when the two slug it out live on Showtime.
Strikeforce on CBS Locked for April
CBS has formally agreed to air its second Strikeforce event in April, Sherdog.com has learned from an executive within the major network.A specific date and venue has not been decided, though numerous locations are currently being scouted from coast to coast, according to the executive.
Prangley Out; Lawler Waiting for New Opponent
Robbie Lawler went nearly a year between bouts his last time out, and is currently six months between fights, hoping that Strikeforce can find him a new opponent by Saturday night.
Lawler learned today that Trevor Prangley, who was a replacement for his initial opponent, Benji Radach, has had to withdraw from Strikeforce: Evolution due to an undisclosed injury.
The news was first reported by Sherdog.com, and independently confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz.
Lawler last fought in a headlining effort, losing to Jake Shields in June. He sat out for nearly a year prior to that bout when EliteXC, where he was the middleweight champion, quickly disintegrated.
There was no word on a new opponent for Lawler at the time of publication.
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith and Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez headline Strikeforce: Evolution Saturday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime.
Fabricio Werdum: I imagine my next Strikeforce fight will be against Andrei Arlovski
Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum talks about a possible rematch with Andrei Arlovski in his next fight for the San Jose-based promotion in Spring 2010. "Vai Cavalo" went three rounds with "The Pitbull" back at UFC 70 in a widely-panned bout that Arlovski won via ugly slap-attack. Werdum is still hoping to face Fedor Emelianenko in the near future, but it sounds like Strikeforce might have other plans for "The Last Emperor." Perhaps a rude welcome for the returning Alistair Overeem?
The Fate Of Gina Carano
“Her agent and I have been in dialogue,” he added. “We had talked about having her fight again, but not fighting on Dec. 19. She’s going to acting classes, I heard, and doing a lot of weapons training, doing what they do.”The Strikeforce executive has followed this route before. The promotion’s other crossover star, Cung Le, relinquished his middleweight title in September when a blossoming movie career overtook his fighting responsibilities. Le will return to the cage on Dec. 19 after a 21-month absence.
Bobby Lashley signs multi-year contract with Strikeforce MMA
Former WWE star and collegiate wrestling champion Bobby Lashley (4-0) has signed a multi-year agreement with Strikeforce and will make his mixed martial arts debut for the San Jose-based promotion at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 30, against an opponent to be named.
Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.
MMA Quick Quote: Herschel Walker calling on his younger personality for upcoming Strikeforce debut
"You know what is strange? I didn’t want to mention my age. Like I said, I have these multiple personalities so that 25 year old that is inside is doing this fighting ... I have been in mixed martial arts for 30-something years and this is a great opportunity for me to get in there and show them what I can do. I tell you I love it. I have been eating one meal a day for over twenty-something years I have been doing that. My regimen hasn’t changed that much. I feel good. I am not going to embarrass AKA. I am not going to embarrass the fighters at AKA. I won’t embarrass Strikeforce and most of all I won’t embarrass myself. When I step into the ring I will be ready to go."
Recent Strikeforce acquisition and former NFL great Herschel Walker comments on his transition to mixed martial arts when he debuts for the San Jose-based promotion in January 2010.
No Kimbo, no regrets for Coker and Strikeforce
You may think he sucks and a sham but Kimbo Slice has now proven over and over again that he's a fight promoter's dream. Both of Kimbo's fights on CBS did big numbers and he delivered over 11 millions viewers combined in his two UFC fights on Spike. So as Strikeforce slowly tries to put a dent in the UFC's massive market share of MMA, it must feel like it blew it on Kimbo, right? Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker didn't sound too upset during a conversation on Tuesday with Cagewriter: