Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to make Strikeforce debut at Heavyweight
While 205 pounds may very well be the weight class the flamboyant and always entertaining Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal chooses to call home in the future, FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently learned that his promotional debut in Strikeforce will in fact take place in the heavyweight division.
While nothing has been made official regarding the match-up as of this time, Lawal recently confirmed to 5 Oz. that both he and Mike Whitehead have verbally agreed to the proposed clash
'Grim' camp: Brett Rogers uninjured and ready to fight whoever Strikeforce gives him
"[Brett] took about a week off but that's it. We are already making preparations for his next fight and have started his training program. Brett didn't suffer any injuries during that fight so there is no reason not to get him right back in the cage training again. That was another frustrating thing about the fight in that Brett suffered no damage. I remember being in the locker room and telling him that I should hit him with something so it looks like he was actually in a fight. If we were able to round up 10,000 more people on short notice Brett would be able to have a rematch today. His puppy does more damage to him than he sustained in the fight ... Whoever Strikeforce decides to give us whether it is Fabricio Werdum, (Antonio) Silva or (Alistair) Overeem we will take it."
Team Bison's Mike Reilly, head trainer for Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers, is ready to send his star pupil right back into battle following his TKO loss to WAMMA champ Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of "Saturday Night Fights" back on Nov. 7 in Hoffman Estates, IL.
Strikeforce offers discounted "Evolution" tickets for Black Friday
Strikeforce fans can cash in on Black Friday without ever leaving the house.
From Friday, Nov. 27, to Monday, Nov. 30, Strikeforce is offering up a 25 percent discount on select lower bowl tickets for the promotion's Dec. 19 event, "Evolution," at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Tickets for the event are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com, though a special promotional code available to all "Strikeforce Insider" e-newsletter subscribers will allow access to the discount during the promotional period.
Rogers won round 1 and should have finished Fedor on the ground
In this MMA Access feature, Mike Reilly from Team Bison (Brett Rogers’ head trainer) talked with PDG about Brett’s main event fight in Strikeforce, the training leading up to the fight and what is next for the formerly undefeated heavyweight.
PDG: You mentioned that before; that even though none of Brett’s fights had gone to the ground you guys had been working on his ground game extensively.
Mike Reilly: That is my background and is really the base for a lot of the things that we do during training. Brett has very good round skills, he is extremely difficult to submit and so we weren't surprised at all about how Brett performed on the ground during the first round. We knew that Fedor’s best option was to stay in the half guard because if he made any effort to gain the full mount he would have been reversed. Brett did a good job getting back to the guard, reversing and then landing a couple of good shots. I think part of the problem in this fight was that our game plan consisted more of the standup game and maybe we should have surprised Fedor with more of an emphasis on the ground game.
Thomson vs. Melendez Re-Re-Re-Scheduled For SF Evolution
Or simply put, Take 4. Strikeforce will try once again to have Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez to unify the Strikeforce Lightweight and Interim Lightweight Titles at SF Evolution on December 19 according to GracieFighter. The rematch of their first title fight, won by Thomson, has been postponed 3 times already due to Thomson injuries, forcing an Interim title to be created that has been held-and defended once-by Melendez.
Billy Evangelista Continues Strikeforce Rise
At 10-0 (with one no contest), Billy Evangelista has repeatedly risen to every challenge Strikeforce has given himFrom undercard status to headlining the Challengers Series events, Evangelista’s rise has been steady and it now appears he’s ready to step up to the next level.With his win earlier this month over the always tough Jorge Gurgel, Evangelista proved he could beat a veteran fighter, even under circumstances that had him decidedly less than 100-percent.
“As far as my performance, I wasn’t really conditioned for the fight,” Evangelista admitted to MMAWeekly.com. “I pulled my groin about a month before and I was trying to heal up, but I didn’t even get a chance to do a lot of exercise, but regardless I think I did well for the fight that I did.”
"Mayhem" Miller Wasn't Kidding About That Staph Infection
Okay, now I think we know why "Mayhem" Miller felt the need to take to Twitter and badger Jake Shields about the result of their Strikeforce title fight. Miller claims to have gotten a staph infection as a result of the bout, and this photo he posted just a few minutes ago confirms that he's either telling the truth, or an alien is about to jump out of his throat. The next time you hear Dana White asking a group of starry-eyed young men whether they want to be [expletive] fighters, think about this. It's not all girls and money and fame. It's also weird infections that make you look like you're growing a third eye in the middle of your neck.
Twitter Smack Talk Between Shields and Miller Goes From 'Spirited' to 'Personal'
Before their Strikeforce title fight on CBS, Jake Shields and "Mayhem" Miller exchanged Twitter barbs that could accurately be described as good-natured ball-busting on both sides. Then they fought, Shields won the Strikeforce middleweight strap via decision, and that was that. Only recently the Twitter exchanges have gotten a little more personal and a lot less fun. Like two drunk guys horsing around at a party, the play-wrestling has turned into torn collars and breathless invectives right in front of our eyes, and the rest of us can only stand around uncomfortably while trying to decide whether to try and broker a peace or just make up an excuse to leave.
Takanori Gomi Hopes To Sign With UFC Or Strikeforce
In a posting on his official blog, Takanori Gomi announced that while in Las Vegas this past weekend for boxing, he hoped to meet with UFC officials and work out a deal with the promotion, preferably before he gets married in the future. But Gomi also said that if those talks don't work out, Strikeforce is an option and Gomi hopes he's "not here only to tourism".
We're All Human: Fedor Critiques Rogers Fight
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
by Sherdog.com Staff
Those lucky enough to attend the Paradise Warrior Retreat Center luncheon Sunday in Hoffman Estates, Ill., following Saturday’s Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” got a real treat.
Fedor Emelianenko watched his seven-minute bout with Brett Rogers for the first time and broke down his thoughts on his performance through his interpreter.
Here are some highlights:
Cristiane Cyborg: “It’ll be hard to take this belt from me“
“I knew that she would be my next opponent”, revealed Cris, happy with the opportunities that came after the conquest on Strikeforce. “The opportunities are raising, even on the event, I have more visibility, and people recognize me on the street, they’re are supporting my work... I got the belt and now it’s gonna be hard to take it away from me”, guarantees the Chute Boxe athlete, who talked about the trainings with Tito Ortiz on United States, the next fight of her husband, Evangelista Cyborg, at the same event, and the future: "I see myself in the UFC". Stay tuned and check tomorrow the chat with the champion.
Coker: Fedor could be out for 4-6 months
The Russian heavyweight hurt his left hand during his fight with Brett Rogers on Saturday night and will most likely require surgery.
“It could've been from that blow when he had Brett on the mat at the end," Coker told the LA Times. "We're hearing he could be out for four to six months."
Jerry Millen: "If I get the opportunity just to punch Dana White in the face once in the cage, he could whip my ass. Pay me $50,000 that I give to charity, I'd still do it. Just one shot to punch him in the mouth."
"In the meeting, Dana says to Fedor 'oh, you're the best fighter in the world, we'd love to have you.' And Fedor says to him 'yeah, I hear and read on the internet what you have to say about me everyday.' And then Dana's like 'I'm just a promoter. I'm just trying to sell tickets. I just want to sell tickets.' And Fedor said 'that's what makes you and I different.' [Fedor] just wants respect and to be treated fairly."
Cyborg Likely To Face Coenen In Jan.
Marloes Coenen on Saturday night avenged a split decision loss that has been taking a place in the back of her mind for two-and-a-half years. In 1:05, she erased memories of that fight with an armbar submission of Roxanne Modafferi at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers
SF Final Ratings Out: 4+ MIllion Viewers, Nearly 5.5 Million For Main Event
The final ratings for Saturday's Strikeforce event on CBS, which include post-11 PM ET numbers, are now out. The broadcast did a 2.5 rating and 4.04 million viewers when the main event was factored in. The broadcast peaked after primetime for the Fedor-Brett Rogers main event with an estimated 5.46 million viewers. It's now the highest-rated SF broadcast ever.
Cung Le Comments On Surprise MMA Return
After more than 20 months away from the fight game, onetime Strikeforce middleweight Champion Cung Le made the surprise announcement that he would be returning to action in December to take on the ever-dangerous Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith.
“I wasn’t planning to fight this year,” Le admitted to MMAWeekly.com. “I was getting ready to do a movie, a project that I’ve been working on from scratch – working with a writer on a script, getting a director – and the project got pushed to next year.
“My plan was to come back after I finished this project and start training to get back into the cage next year, but when I found out a couple weeks ago that the project would be pushed to next year, I spoke to (Strikeforce promoter) Scott Coker, and he asked me if I’d be interested in coming back.”
Miller Camp Disappointed After Bout Cancelled
Chicago middleweight Mark Miller was devastated by the cancellation of his fight with Deray Davis on the undercard of Fedor vs. Rogers Saturday night.
Miller and Davis were scheduled to face off on the undercard of the promotion’s CBS network debut but were informed after the main event that the bout was off.
Dino Costeas, Miller’s trainer, on Monday said the Miller camp was told the fight would be moved to a slot on the main card soon after the final undercard fight between Marloes Coenen vs. Roxanne Modaferri began and waited from 3:45 that afternoon to hear back from Strikeforce officials.
Bigfoot “proud of the fight” against Werdum
"I think both of us can be proud of the fight", Silva said, unhappy by letting the victory in judges’ hands. "I think that I won the first round, and I think that the second round was pretty close. I think he won the third round. I got tired, and I left it in the judges’ hands".
In the first round, Bigfoot almost got the TKO victory. "I was feeling very comfortable with my striking. I put him in trouble. I was feeling very good standing up game, so much so that I let him stand up", finished the Brazilian.