Despite Previous Announcement, Miller Now Says Shields Fight Not Set
It seems that Jason Miller has been leaping before looking lately. Although he previously announced last month he was "set" to face Jake Shields for the Strikeforce Interim Middleweight Title, Miller now says it's not set yet. He still thinks it's likely but isn't finalized. He also believes the expected 3rd match with Ronaldo Souza for the DREAM Middleweight Championship later this year also isn't happening.
Really good article IMO. It shows how UFC successfully turned a worthless division into the best one in the world. Also mentions Fedor's possible future.
Two more bouts added to Aug. 25 "Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings"
With the next installment of the Strikeforce's Challengers series just less than four weeks away, the organization now has four bouts officially announced for the Showtime-televised portion of the card.
Strikeforce today announced that unbeaten prospect Tyron Woodley (3-0) meets seven-year veteran Zach Light (6-8) while undefeated local fighters Travis Calanoc (3-0) and Thomas Longacre (4-0) face off at the Sept. 25 event "Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings."
Brett Rogers: When I Beat Fedor, I'll Become the God of MMA
What Brett Rogers lacks in MMA experience, he certainly makes up for in confidence. The 10-0 heavyweight, who recently agreed to fight Fedor Emelianenko later this fall, has never been shy about telling the world how good he is. When he meets one of the best fighters in the world on Showtime, he will have the opportunity to show them.
FanHouse spoke to Rogers on Thursday about this opportunity of a lifetime and how he plans on defeating Emelianenko. The full interview is below.
Ariel Helwani: When we spoke two weeks ago in San Jose, you said you wanted to get paid what you thought you deserved if you fought Fedor Emelianenko. So now that the fight has been booked, are you happy with your purse?
Brett Rogers: I could be a little happier; I always can be a little happier, right? I mean, but it's good. I can't complain.
Fedor Emelianenko: I Have Nothing to Prove Against Brett Rogers
Strikeforce announced on Wednesday that Fedor Emelianenko will make his debut for the organization later this fall against Brett Rogers. Of all the possible bouts available for Emelianenko, this appears to be the one the fans wanted to see most.
FanHouse spoke to Emelianenko at the public workout in New York City about fighting Rogers and his thoughts on whether he is truly dodging the top heavyweights in the UFC. Check out the full video interview below.
Tyron Woodley vs. Zach Light Booked for Upcoming Strikeforce Challengers Card
A welterweight bout between prospect Tyron Woodley (3-0) and veteran Zach Light (6-8) has been signed for Strikerforce's upcoming Challengers card on September 25. Light's agent, Ken Pavia, confirmed the news with FanHouse on Tuesday. The event airs live on Showtime from the SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby, Okla.
Woodley is one of the up-and-coming fighters in the Strikeforce 170-pound division. He defeated Sal Woods via first-round Brabo choke submission in his Strikeforce debut on the undercard of the Jake Shields vs. Robbie Lawler event in June (video above).
The Champion’s Clause: An MMA Comparative
Last week MMAPayout.com examined how Anderson Silva might avoid the “champion’s clause” in his UFC contract in order to seek the oft-rumoured boxing match with Roy Jones Jr. While Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, has sinced cleared the air with regards to Silva’s intentions, the situation nonetheless has provided an opportunity to shed more light on the champion’s clause - it may surprise you to know that the UFC isn’t the only organization with such a contractual obligation.
The Real Reason Dana White Declared War On Strikeforce!
Did the UFC president, Dana White declare war on Strikeforce because Strikeforce landed Fedor Emelianenko when the UFC couldn’t?
I doubt it, although the issue may have exacerbated Dana’s distaste of Strikeforce. The UFC’s failure to sign the world’s best heavyweight must have been humiliating, even though Fedor’s decision to go with Strikeforce was blameless on all sides.
Strikeforce adds heavyweight contest between Ray Sefo and Kevin Jordan to Sept. 25 event
Sefo owns K-1 rules wins over MMA notables Hong Man Choi, Melvin Manhoef, Gary Goodridge, Marvin Eastman, Bob Sapp, Gilbert Yvel and Mark Hunt.
Jordan is best known for his two-fight stint in the UFC, including a 2005 loss to Gabriel Gonzaga. That bout, marked by extended periods of inactivity, was highlighted by a Gonzaga Superman punch that left Jordan knocked out with just 21 seconds remaining in the bout.
Shields vs Miller to determine Strikeforce interim middleweight champion
It’s expected that the winner of the 185-pound contest between Shields and Miller will challenge reigning Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le later this year to unify the belts.
Le is currently tied up with several Hollywood-related projects outside the cage that have kept him out of action for more than one year. He expects to return to competition by the end of 2009 or early 2010.
Instant replays make their first impact
Evangelista’s bout with Mike Aina at Strikeforce Challengers Series 1 on May 15 in Fresno, Calif., ended with a controversial knee that video replays showed struck Aina in the shoulder, not the head as originally determined by referee Herb Dean.
Fans invited to Wednesday's Fedor Emelianenko open workout in New York City
Recent Strikeforce signee and famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko is the focus of an open workout, meet and greet, and autograph signing held this Wednesday in New York City.
The media and fan event is free and open to the public.
The event takes place at Fighthouse, located at 122 W. 27th St. (second floor) in the Big Apple, and begins at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET.
Cung Le Says He Isn't Done Yet
Talk to any contender in the Strikeforce middleweight division, and you'll find out pretty quickly that they all agree on one thing: Cung Le needs to defend his title, and he needs to do so sooner rather than later.
When FanHouse spoke to the organization's current 185-pound champion recently, he seemed eager to defend the title he won in March 2008, yet stopped short at saying exactly when that would happen. He also said he would consider vacating the title soon if his schedule doesn't allow him to compete again in the near future. Check out the full video interview below.
Paulo Filho wants to fight Gegard Mousasi at LHW
Back to victories at Dream, submitting Melvin Manhoef in the first round, Paulo Filho is ready for Alex Shoenauer at Bitetti Combat 4, but already aims tougher challenges overseas. With Dream’s new partnership with Strikeforce, the black belt eyes Gegard Mousasi, who knocked Renato Babalu Sobral out to become the new light heavyweight champion. In the exclusive interview, the black belt remembered that he and Mousasi were in the same Pride tournament, but Mousasi was submitted got out when he was submitted by Gono, commented the training for Bitetti Combat, Dream’s partnership with Strikeforce and more.
Having defeated Marloes Coenen, Belgian fighter Cindy Dandois says she's ready for "Cyborg"
For a brief period in women's MMA, it seemed the fashionable thing to do was to call out fan favorite Gina Carano (7-1).
Everyone wanted a piece of "The Face of Women's MMA," knowing that a win could catapult them to instant stardom.
For Belgian fighter Cindy Dandois (1-0), Carano's just the start. Dandois, whose lone career win came against Strikeforce's top female contender Marloes Coenen (16-3), wants Carano, slugger Erin Toughill (10-2-1) and, oh yeah, champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (8-1).
Randy Couture Proud of Protege Gina Carano
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture was in Gina Carano’s corner this past Saturday as she faced the toughest opponent of her career at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg.” Although her supermodel-face didn’t leave the cage the same way it entered, Couture is still proud of the work his protege put in despite the disappointing loss.
“I think she had some opportunities to win,” the UFC Hall of Famer said on Carano’s behalf. “It was an amazing five minutes. They made a lot of transitions, a lot of positions, and I think Gina caught Cyborg with some shots that got her attention, and obviously Gina got overwhelmed on a couple of occasions, but I think overall, she did some great things.