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Strikeforce signs ‘Relentless’ Roger Bowling for 2010 debut
Indiana ( USA ): “Relentless” Roger Bowling, the undefeated MMA Big Show Welterweight kingpin, has signed a contract with San Jose-based StrikeForce, one of the top MMA promotions in America . The signing took place during intermission at the “Full Force” event on Saturday, Oct. 24th. Bowling, who has yet to go to a decision or even see the 2nd round in his career, is considered by many to be one of the top welterweight prospects in MMA. Known for his cardio, brutal strikes, and excellent wrestling, he is expected to make his StrikeForce debut in February or March 2010. He holds quality wins over former IFL fighter Seth Baczynski and current StrikeForce fighter Shamar Bailey, and his last fight was a victory over Devon Plaisance via TKO at Big Show’s “Unstoppable” event in July.
Official weigh-in results: "Strikeforce Challengers IV: Evangelista vs. Gurgel" (Updated)
The full weigh-in results include: MAIN CARD Billy Evangelista (159) vs. Jorge Gurgel (159)* Brandon Cash (256) vs. Shane del Rosario (240) Luke Rockhold (185.5) vs. Jesse Taylor (186) Ousmane Thomas Diagne (155.5) vs. Merrit Warren (154) Elisha Hellspur (134.5) vs. Zoila Frausto (132.5) PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired) Johnny Goh (154) vs. Ben Holscher (155.5) Chris Culley (148.5)** vs. Casey Olson (145.5) Cole Escovedo (135.5) vs. Maurice Eazel (133) Rico Altamirano (171) vs. Alex Trevino (170.5) * - Bout was listed as a 155-pound contest, but the CSAC later told MMAjunkie.com it was actually contracted for 160 pounds; both fighters made weight ** - Missed weight and will forfeit 20 percent of fight purse to opponent
Strikeforce Announces 12/19 Event: Souza-Lindland, Lawal, No Santos
Strikeforce has confirmed rumors of a December 19 event today, announcing the event for HP Pavilion in San Jose. Confirmed fights are Ronaldo Souza vs. Matt Lindland and the SF debut of Muhammad Lawal, but no Cristiane Santos. She's tentatively slotted for a January return.
Jacaré vs. Lindland possible at Strikeforce
“I only have rumors that I might fight in December, but Strikerforce didn’t announce anything yet“, said Souza, excited with the possibility to face Lindland. “If this fight happens, I’ll be very happy. He’s an excellent athlete... This fight is everything I wanted, fight with the best, only tough fighters“. In case of confirmation, it wouldn’t be the first time that Jacaré and Matt face each other. On ADCC 2003, the fighters fought each other at the quarter finals, and the Brazilian won without much trouble with an arm-lock (remember on the video below). “It’s not Submission, it’s a whole different game on MMA“, guarantees Jacaré, excited for the debut. “The expectation is high, I’m training very focused. When the times comes, I’ll be ready to do my work and represent Brazil“,
Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller doesn’t want to hug Jake Shields on Nov. 7 …
“I think it’s funny how some people are underestimating me. I’m shocked at the odds. I should be the favorite. But oddsmakers’ jobs are to make money and to get action. I’m going to turn this into a brawl. I’m not interested in turning it into a hugging contest, which is what he may do. I want to keep the fight at a fast pace, while I think Jake will want to slow it down and grind it out. It’s possible, if I have my way, and Shields does his part, that we will have the fight of the night.” *let me just say this..it's OVER for you Shields..Mayhem via tKO
Fight Camp 360 Fedor-Rogers
SHOWTIME Sports turns its powerful spotlight on MMA with a new installment - Fight Camp 360º : Fedor vs. Rogers. The 30-minute show premiered Tuesday, November 3 at 9:30 pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME
Patience, grasshopper: Gurgel will grapple in due time
“If I made a dollar, man, if anybody asks me ‘Why don’t you use your jiu-jitsu?’ … It can be a 10-year-old kid in my gym to a 75-year-old man in a hair salon, the guy at the gas station, I’m always going to be asked the same question, ‘Why don’t you use your jiu-jitsu?’ And just, everything comes in due time. I have a lot of confidence in my gym. I have a lot of confidence in my standup skills, and I enjoy trading punches. People have the misconception that I do this just to please promoters. It’s nothing to do with that. I do it cause I enjoy it. I enjoy fighting standing, and I’m not the type of guy who will pursue the takedown. If the fight goes to the ground, I’m happy there, I’m comfortable there, I’m just not going to pursue the takedown all the time. I’m sure my career is far from over, so in due time, everybody is going to see me work on the ground. So patience, grasshopper. Patience.” Former UFC lightweight Jorge Gurgel responds to critics who don’t understand why the Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt continually abandons his ground game in favor of an all out slugfest.
Brett Rogers Realizing His Dream
Trainer Mike Reilly has seen a lot of fighters come and go through his garage, but Brett Rogers really made an impression. When Rogers stepped into the five-car garage Reilly converted into an MMA gym, he was hard to miss at six-feet-five-inches and 280 pounds. But more than that, he lacked the big-guy arrogance of other men his size. “When he came to do this, his primary thing was, ‘I’ve got a wife and three kids,’” Reilly told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve gotta provide for my family.” Rogers was stuck in a split-shift job at Sam’s Club working 40 to 50 hours a week, barely covering his expenses. He grew up in the Cabrini-Green projects in Chicago, had heavy hands, and never backed down from a fight, but that wasn’t putting food on his table. His talents needed shaping.
‘Mayhem’ Miller’s Nonstop Hustle
But Mayhem the Entertainer is no different than Jason Miller. “It's all me,” Miller said. “I just make sure I put it out there for you. At the very least, you have to respect that about me. I don't care if you don't get my jokes. You don't have to be my fan. Go root for Jake Shields. If you want to be boring, go ahead. But at the same time, I'm very honored that anybody listens to me or anyone pays attention or anyone cares when I fight.” As is the case with most successful fighters these days, questions inevitably lead to when Miller could resurface in the UFC. He actually finds Strikeforce more appealing, though. “If I'm the UFC welterweight champion, I've typecast myself into one spot,” Miller said. “I know I have more talents than just my fighting. If I'm owned by the UFC, I'm owned by them. It's not a bad thing. It's just business. They're not stupid. They don't want their fighters going outside their control. With Strikeforce, they're a great organization, but they're going to understand that they're going to benefit more from me being on MTV, from me writing articles for Fight Magazine. Me doing stuff outside the fight realm only helps them and helps their brand.”
The Cyborgs Return To SF December 19
With the next Strikeforce event after this weekend tentatively scheduled for December 19, it appears that the fighting couple of Evangelista & Cristiane Santos, aka the Cyborgs, will both return to action on that card. The TATAME site reports that Evangelista will drop to Welterweight (170) for his fight, but has not chosen an opponent yet. No word yet on if Cristiane will defend the SF Women's Title at the event.
Strikeforce CEO predicts "Fedor vs. Rogers" sell-out
"When you have an opportunity to do a co-promotion with M-1 and sign the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, we sat down and we talked about it, and I think it works for everybody," Coker said. "Believe me, it's something that if you compare us to the other companies that have gone out of business, I really don't think it's justice. The other companies, that wasn't their core business. "We're not a T-shirt company; we're not a gambling company. This is our core competency, and this is what we've done for many years – over two decades now. To take it to this level, we're very proud and honored to have Fedor fight and do the co-promotion with M-1 and be on CBS." Emelianenko meets undefeated slugger Brett Rogers (10-0) in the main event of "Fedor vs. Rogers" on Nov. 7 at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Rumors of slow ticket sales have been slowly trickling through the MMA community, but Coker today said he was expecting a sell-out. *man i do hope this turns out to be a great card..
Return of the King-Fedor
Even at its weakest, network television is still the circulatory system for most entertainment: It’s familiar, it’s accessible and it doesn’t need to buffer. Fedor Emelianenko’s appointment with the Sears Centre in Chicago this Saturday will be seen by, at minimum, several million viewers. Some people would say that this is not enough, and that CBS is not doing itself many favors to help answer the question that will be debated this week and in the weeks ahead: Can they make a star out of Fedor Emelianenko?
Jake Shields ready to win Strikeforce title
Top three ranked welterweight in the world Jake Shields proved he could compete with top middleweights when he went up in weight class and defeated former Elite XC 185-pound titleholder “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler at a catch-weight in his Strikeforce debut on June 6, defeating the former champion by guillotine choke in the first round. Shields fights for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title on Nov. 7 at the Sears Centre in Chicago against Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and the 30-year old fighter is anticipating a tough fight.
Cyborgs back to Strikeforce in December
Chute Boxe’s leader, Rudimar Fedrigo is smiling from ear to ear with his team back to the good phase. With Fabrício Werdum, Cris Cyborg and Alexandre Cacareco’s victories, the Fedrigo expects an exited end of the year, with the couple Cyborg in action on the same night by Strikeforce. “We’ll talk to the president of the event and know who’s gonna bet he opponents, but Cris and Cyborg will fight on the same event“, Rudimar said, revealing that Evangelista “Cyborg” drop to welterweight division.
Brett Rogers gets advice from, and trains with, Josh Barnett for Fedor Emelianenko fight
”Keep moving. Never, never stay still. Keep moving, and you’ll always find some way, some pocket, to get out of a bad situation. Especially when it comes to a ground situation.” – Words of wisdom from former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Josh Barnett, as he helps Brett Rogers prepare to take on the world’s best heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, at Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Rogers” at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Nov. 7.
Strikeforce Signs Zaromskis
Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis has come to terms on a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce, according to officials within the promotion. An emerging superstar at 170 pounds, the 29-year-old Lithuanian could make his promotional debut on Dec. 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Zaromskis will still compete inside the Japan-based Dream organization, which has formed an alliance with Strikeforce.
Rozanne Modafferi Gets Her Chance To Strike
Patiently awaiting her opportunity to step into the Strikeforce cage, Roxanne Modafferi will finally get her chance, albeit on only nine days notice, as she faces Marloes Coenen in a fight that could determine the number one contender for Cris “Cyborg” Santos’ 145-pound women's title. A veteran of several top promotions, such as GCM and Hook 'N' Shoot, Modafferi brings a ton of experience into her second fight with Coenen. Modafferi defeated the Dutch fighter by split decision in mid-2007. Working with manager, Shu Hirata, Modafferi has spent the majority of her time in Japan, but now looks to conquer American women's MMA.
Shields' move to middleweight may not be permanent
Jake Shields officially makes the move to middleweight from the 170-pound weight class where he’s ranked third in the world for a shot at the vacant Strikeforce 185-pound title against Jason “Mayhem” Miller on Nov. 7, but the leap in weight class may not be permanent. “I just think right now in Strikeforce, they have more names at middleweight, so I decided to stick there,” Shields told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m certainly willing to go 170, but they don’t have any big names to offer me.
Lashley-Strikeforce Deal Nears
Can an athlete thrive with two mistresses? At the moment, Bobby Lashley seems to think so, as he's pursued dual careers in MMA and pro wrestling over the last year. However, the former amateur wrestler understands there will come a moment of choice. Just how soon that moment arrives will be determined by Lashley's next deal, which is looking more like a multi-fight contract each day.
Toughill-Coenen Off 11/7 SF Event (Updated)
It looks like Cristiane Santos must now wait longer to find out who she will first defend her Strikeforce Women's Championship against. A planned determination fight between Erin Toughill and Marloes Coenen on November 7 is now off-Toughill had to pull out due to an undisclosed medical condition. UPDATE: Coenen is back on the card and has a fight. The replacement is Roxanne Modafferi.