Kennedy Bombs Cummings at ‘Challengers’
"Tim Kennedy walked right through Zak Cummings and his undefeated record in the Strikeforce “Challengers Series 3” main event on Friday at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Okla.
A United States Army Special Forces veteran, Kennedy mauled Cummings from the start, pounded him mercilessly throughout a lopsided opening round and moved in for the kill. Ultimately, he locked in a fight-ending North-South choke for the finish 2:43 into round two, as the International Fight League and World Extreme Cagefighting veteran posted his 11th win in 12 fights. "
Strikeforce and American Forces Network reach deal
Strikeforce and Showtime Sports on Thursday announced a deal that will put MMA events on the American Forces Network.
The deal, which provides live event broadcasts, kicks off with the broadcast of tonight's "Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings" event at the SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby, Okla.
Tonight's headliner Tim Kennedy, a Special Forces soldier who has served tours of duty in Middle East, will be one of many fighters featured on AFN, which is available to one million American service men and women worldwide.
AFN airs on bases in 175 countries and aboard 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea around the world.
"We are proud to be able to bring live Strikeforce events to the men and women of The United States Armed Forces," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated. "These are people that have dedicated their lives to protecting our country, so it's great to be able to give something back to them. And the timing couldn't be better. Having Army Ranger Tim Kennedy headline a terrific Challengers event is the perfect start."
Sefo says he's ready for MMA
Four years removed from his first try at mixed martial arts, Ray Sefo is ready to step back into the cage.
On Friday, the K-1 standout faces UFC veteran Kevin Jordan at the third installment of Strikeforce Challenger Series in Bixby, Okla.
Sefo flirted with the sport back in 2005 when he knocked out Min Soo Kim at Hero’s, the now-defunct MMA wing of the fight promotion. Early in his career, he tried professional boxing as well, earning a 5-1 record between kickboxing engagements.
Strikeforce inks lightweight Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro to multi-fight deal
Strikeforce today added some depth to its lightweight division with the signing of Brazilian jiu-jitsu prodigy and MMA standout Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro (20-3).
Ribeiro, now based in New York City, has recently competed for the Japanese-based DREAM organization and has bounced between the U.S., U.K. and Japan throughout his career his eight-year career.
"Punk" breaks leg again, targets Dec. 19 rematch
Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson has been quite unlucky this year.
Two weeks after a fractured leg forced the California State Athletic Commission to remove him from a highly anticipated rematch with interim champion Gilbert Melendez, Thomson re-broke the limb in practice.
Smith wants shot at Shamrock
Former EliteXC middleweight title challenger and UFC veteran Scott Smith plans to fight again soon, and he wants a crack at one of the Strikeforce promotion’s biggest names.
With the ink barely dry on his new six-fight contract, Smith has placed former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock in his crosshairs.
Jacaré talks ADCC ’09 and Strikeforce debut
“I’m excited, I’m training a lot MMA and you can expect a show from me. I’ll make my job and I’ll take the belt from whoever has it. I’ll do my job, taking fight by fight, and when they put me to fight for the belt I’ll be ready“, guarantees, seeing Jason Miller, who he defeated on Dream, being rumored to a title fight. “Let that clown fight for the belt, then I’ll take it from him (laughs)“, finished the black belt.
Dana White Rips Strikeforce, Showtime for Signing Herschel Walker
UFC President Dana White says he's outraged that Strikeforce has signed former football star Herschel Walker to make his MMA debut at age 47, and he ripped Strikeforce's TV partner, Showtime, for engaging in a gimmick that makes the sport look bad.
"I think it's ridiculous," White told Mike Chiappetta on the Inside The Ultimate Fighter podcast. "People think we're anti-competition? We're anti-dumb competition. Doing stupid things like this, putting a 50-year-old guy in the Octagon for the first time, and then going out there putting out press releases like it's a big deal because you signed a 50-year-old Herschel Walker? Are you serious?"
Alistair Overeem: This Year is for K-1, I Hope to Fight Fedor Next Year
Speaking with reporters in Japan prior to his K-1 kickboxing fight on Saturday, Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem said that he expects to defend his title against Fedor Emelianenko some time in 2010.
"This year is the K-1 year and then after this I am world heavyweight champion in America of Strikeforce, which is a pretty big promotion," Overeem said (at the 6:30 mark of the video above). "Fedor Emelianenko signed with them two months ago and I'm hoping to fight him next year in America."
"Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers" official for Nov. 7 at Sears Centre near Chicago
The Nov. 7 "Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers" event is official for the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a suburb to the northwest of Chicago.
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed the previously rumored locale with MMAjunkie.com.
The event is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers, and Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields meet for a middleweight title recently vacated by former champ Cung Le.
Cung Le on Title Situation and New Movie
magine you wake up on a spacecraft and you don’t know who you are or why you’re there. You think you are only one of two survivors, but suddenly learn you are not alone. Factor in a mental condition that causes hallucinations, disorientation, and madness.
This scenario is the plot to the upcoming film Pandorum starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, and San Shou and MMA champion Cung Le, due for release on Sept. 25 across North America.
MMAWeekly.com caught up with Le during his recent press tour to discuss the film, his inclusion in the Round 5 MMA figure line, and the recent announcement that he relinquished the Strikeforce middleweight title.
SF November 7 Venue Announced Today
With yesterday's confirmation of Strikeforce's November 7 event on CBS, the final key component was revealed today: Where. SF is now just waiting for Illinois Athletic Commission approval to announce the event will be at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. The 11,000 seat arena hosted an IFL event in 2006. Other possible hosts in & around Chicago were already booked.
Once-paralyzed Cole Escovedo signed by Strikeforce, debuts Nov. 6
Former World Extreme Cagefighting fighter Cole Escovedo (12-4), who missed nearly three years of competition because of an infection that led to temporary paralysis, has been booked for Strikeforce's Nov. 6 show.
Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighter's recent signing and event booking, though an opponent has not been determined.
The Nov. 6 Strikeforce event, part of the organization's "Strikeforce Challengers" series, takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on Showtime.
Escovedo made his pro debut in 2001 and won 11 of his first 12 fights (seven via triangle choke) competing primarily for the WEC. The fighter had quickly become of the 145-pound division's most promising prospects, and the 28-year-old fighter even won the WEC's first-ever featherweight title.
However, after a stretch of three losses to notables Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver and Antonio Banuelos in 2006, Escovedo suffered a serious staph infection that ultimately left him partially paralyzed below his waist. The infection began in his arm, and after a misdiagnosis from multiple doctors, eventually spread to his spine.
After surgery and a couple years of physical therapy and training, Escovedo made a triumphant return to competition this past May. At Palace Fighting Championships 13, he defeated Michael McDonald via second-round TKO. The fight marked his debut in the 135-pound bantamweight division.
Le Steps Down; Shields vs. Miller for 185 belt.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Thursday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that his middleweight champion, Cung Le, has booked another major motion picture role and will relinquish his belt.
Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will now vie for the undisputed title under the eye of CBS when the two meet at the promotion’s network debut Nov. 7 at location to be announced early next week. A report on ESPN.com says the Sears Center Arena in Chicago is under intense consideration, citing sources close to the situation. The telecast will air live from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Coker was unaware whether the broadcast would be tape delayed to other parts of the country.
Strikeforce: Jake Shields vs. Jason Miller in the works for Nov. 7 on CBS
Former Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Shields and former ICON Sport middleweight champion Jason Miller will settle their score at Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Rogers” in front of a national television audience on CBS this Nov. 7, according to a recent Twitter post from “Mayhem.”
Here’s the snip:
“Ok bitches who said I was ducking — I duck NO ONE. Fighting Sheilds on November 7th. Official BOOM!"
The former “Bully Beatdown” buddies have recently been squabbling back-and-forth, claiming that the other won’t accept the fight. Perhaps that’s because there was no fight to accept — Strikeforce officials denied that the fight was even in the works.
Fedor-Rogers Meet Nov. 7 on CBS
"Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers will face off in a heavyweight main event for Strikeforce on Nov. 7 on CBS. A venue for the event is still to be announced.
Strikeforce announced the event on Thursday. The CBS Corporation owns premium pay channel Showtime, which has a multi-year broadcast deal with Strikeforce.
The bout will be the first of three for Emelianenko, the world’s top-ranked heavyweight, with the promotion and will mark his first bout in a cage."
I was expecting it to be earlier than this. Also, the only interesting thing about the fight will be seeing Fedor in a cage.
Strikeforce's Casey Olson returns to MMA after soul-crushing loss of father
As a freshman in high school, Casey Olson was small, but determined.
"I was 100 pounds soaking wet," Olson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), "but I made varsity (wrestling)."
Olson's father, who went through a rough patch when Olson was in elementary school, had stabilized his life and had coached his son. Heading into his sophomore year, Olson wanted to improve, so his father did some extra drilling at the house, with the couch pushed aside in the living room.