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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.
Fedor Emelianenko Says A Fight Between Him & Brock Lesnar Will Definitely Take Place
Fedor Emelianenko is getting set to make his Strikeforce debut in the next month or so, and faces a formidable opponent in the undefeated Brett Rogers. Rogers has racked up wins over the likes of Jon Murphy, Ralph Kelly, and most recently, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. Fedor recently noted to Inside MMA that Rogers presents a difficult challenge for him. "Brett Rogers is in very strong physical shape," Fedor noted. "He has a great knockout punch and is very big and very dangerous." Despite the fight being announced a month ago, an exact date for the bout has yet to be announced. Fedor admitted that he wasn't sure when the fight would take place, saying it will "take place sometime in October or November, the exact date is still being identified." Fedor also stated that this will be his last fight this year, and he will probably not fight again until February of 2010. Fedor was asked if MMA fans should forget about a fight between him and Brock Lesnar from ever happening, to which "The Last Emperor" replied, "definitely not." "I think that this fight will definitely take place sometime," he continued. "I hope that finally we'll find some common language with the UFC and we'll come to an agreement." Stay tuned to FightLine.com for an announcement on a date and venue for the Fedor - Rogers fight.
Bas Boon has harsh words for new StrikeForce arrangement
Overeem's management Golden Glory considers breaking with Strikeforce now that m-1 has entered into a co-promotion with the event. As this happened after Overeem signed a new contract with strikeforce in may, the management sees good reason to break open the contract with strikeforce. In the words of Golden Glory manager Bas Boon: "It hasn't escaped my notice that we are dealing with a bunch of crooks who wish to brand their name onto someone who has managed to build up a successful organization on his own with a good network deal" "Our deal with strikeforce was made before this bunch of robbers came along, but now we were planning on asking our money in advance. In fact, I see this as the ideal opportunity to say no to the contract that was signed earlier, we don't want to fight on any M-mini Cons & co promotions."
Daniel Cormier vs. Gary Frazier completes Strikeforce's "Challenger Series" card for Sept. 25
The official addition of a heavyweight bout between former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier (0-0) and native Oklahoman Gary Frazier (0-0) completes the lineup for "Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings" on Sept. 25 in Bixby, Okla. AOL FanHouse was the first to report the bout between the two debuting professionals, and Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz has since confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the contest has been officially added to the event.
Werdum isn't buying Overeem's injury
Fabricio Werdum planned to make his August Strikeforce debut by challenging champion Alistair Overeem for his Strikeforce heavyweight belt. He did end up fighting at the Aug. 15 event, but against journeyman Mike Kyle, not Overeem. The Dutch fighter cited a re-aggravated injury to his hand, originating in a bar brawl, as the reason for withdrawing from the fight. Overeem has since been confirmed to fight Peter Aerts in a K-1 kickboxing bout on Sept. 26 in Seoul, Korea. Werdum isn’t buying the injury.
Gurgel vs. Evangelista To Headline SF Challengers On 11/6
A headline bout pitting UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel against Strikeforce mainstay Billy Evangelista is set for Nov. 6 at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, Calif. Gurgel had originally talked of the bout on his Twitter account, mentioning Oct. 25 as the date, but Mike Afromowitz, Strikeforce’s Director of Communications, on Friday said “The actual date of the Challengers event at SaveMart Center is Friday, November 6.”
Buentello and Coker not seeing eye to eye, UFC bound?
Coker speaks on Buentello and says he turned down Fedor fight, and was let out of his Strikeforce contract.
Submitted Sep 10, 2009 9:50PM by BrutalKnockOut - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce, Affliction, MMA Personalities
Strikeforce Signs Antwain Britt
Light Heavyweight prospect Antwain Britt, who actually fought his way into the house on season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter before an injury forced him off the show, has been signed by Strikeforce. No word yet on when he will debut for the company. Britt has a 7-2 career MMA record.
Crocop weighs in on Fedor/UFC situation
Mirko Crocop can get added to the list of people who don't understand the Fedor/UFC situation, as he has his own thoughts on the matter. Is Fedor scared?
Submitted Sep 8, 2009 3:21PM by BrutalKnockOut - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
A Champion's Clause Never Bound Alistair Overeem to Defend Title
In an interesting interview by MiddleEasy.com in which they actually asked Overeem who would win in a fight between the 1993 version of Wesley Snipes and the 1986 version of Sylvester Stallone (Seriously? Rambo/Rocky wins), it was revealed that Strikeforce didn't bind Overeem to a champion's clause following his win over Paul Buentello for the championship belt.
Showtime adds Strikeforce listing for Oct. 10; promotion, network say nothing official
While Strikeforce has a "Challengers Series" event in less than three weeks, the big focus surrounding the California-based organization has been finding out when and where Fedor Emelianenko will make his debut for the promotion. Multiple signs are pointing toward an Oct. 10 event in Newark, N.J., but Strikeforce officials insist the previously announced matchup between Emelianenko and Brett Rogers has yet to receive an official home.
Former Olympian Daniel Cormier gets final TV spot at Sept. 25 Strikeforce event
The final slot on the TV portion of the Sept. 25 "Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings" event will go to two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier. Cormier, the latest in a long line of former Oklahoma State wrestling standouts who have moved to MMA, will make his pro debut at the event, which airs on Showtime and takes place at SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby, Okla.
Gina Carano to Star in Movie -- Knockout
Gina Carano has been cast as the star of an upcoming movie called Knockout. The movie will be an action movie and directed by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's 11, 12, 13). Production is said to take place at some point in Jan. 2010.
Jacare: I am more than ready to step up and smash Shields......
. "I just read Jake Shields interview on mmaweekly.com and I would like to make a statement saying that I am more than ready to step up and smash Shields. I think Jake Shields ground game is overrated and I will be more then glad to end his win streak and take his belt away. So Jake, you talk the talk, but can you walk the walk, if you can, let’s do it, I accept the fight against you right now. So what's it gonna be. And I also would like to send a message to the clown " Jason Miller , you made a huge mistake to follow me into Strikeforce" we have an unfinished business and I was afraid that I might not be able to finish it, since I came to Strikeforce, but thank's to Scott's efforts and Jason's stupidity, he signed, So now we live in the same house, and he is not welcome there" " So Jason do whatever it is that you need to do , be ready and you are next on my list, after I finish Jake" Terrible matchup for jake , but i would like to see it
MMA Quick Quote: When in doubt, fake an injury
“There’s loopholes in everybody’s game, and in his game, the way I see it, he can sometimes get a little sloppy. He is a patient guy, but when he feels that he has to give, he kind of rushes it a little bit. Just on that, I can kinda set him up for a knockout just by faking an injury or something, just jump in and out his offense a little more than not. Hit and move. Hit and move. Fedor, he’s definitely done and proved to the world that he’s capable of doing whatever he needs to to get the job done. That right there –- that’s the type of fighter that I’m looking forward to fighting because it’s all about testing your might and he’s definitely got it to test.”
SF: Overeem Will Defend Title After K-1
Although no official date has been set, Strikeforce officials report that Alistair Overeem's lingering injuries have finally healed and that, following upcoming fights in K-1 and a planned fight for Golden Glory, he will return to defend his SF Heavyweight Championship. No opponent named yet.
Daniel Cormier to Make MMA Debut at Upcoming Strikeforce Challengers
Daniel Cormier, the two-time Olympic wrestler and six-time senior national champion freestyle wrestler, will make his mixed martial arts debut on the September 25 Strikeforce Challengers card at the SpiritBank Events Center in Bixby, Okla. Strikeforce officials would not confirm nor deny Cormier's involvement on the upcoming card.
BRETT ROGERS: I'M GOING TO KNOCK FEDOR OUT
Slated to be Fedor Emelianenko's first opponent in the Strikeforce promotion, undefeated heavyweight Brett Rogers plans to knock out the top ranked Russian. "I'm going out there to knock Fedor out. I'm going out there to knock him out just like Arlovski. It ain't going to be no different," Rogers told Tapout Radio earlier this week.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller won't sign a contract to fight Jake Shields in October...
… according to the former Elite XC welterweight champion. “… he’ll beat the piss out of me? He’s the one that won’t sign the contract. I would sign that fight tonight but he just wants to talk and act tough, but he’s the one that won’t sign. His manager tells us the fight is on, Miller has agreed and then I’m hearing he’s decided he can’t fight in October but would maybe do it in December. He thinks he’s a star now but just like the show I was the only one doing the fighting while he just did the talking. He must think he’s Cung Le now.”
JAKE SHIELDS TIRES OF DELAYS, JUST WANTS TO FIGHT
Former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields says there’s no delay on his end in facing Jason “Mayhem” Miller in Strikeforce. “If they hand me the bout agreement today, I’ll sign it,” Shields told MMAWeekly.com. Miller last month announced that he’d be facing the Top 10 welterweight in the near future, though his manager, Ryan Parsons, told MMAWeekly.com the timing of the bout was uncertain. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said his promotion was working on major events for October and December and entertained the possibility of an interim middleweight title fight for Miller and Shields.