Le Hints at CBS Return
It’s gone past passé to say that Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le has been conspicuously absent from the promotion’s expanding rotation.
Le (6-0) earned the title after defeating Frank Shamrock almost a year and a half ago but has yet to defend it. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has even relented in announcing that he’ll put an interim title up for grabs before the end of the year. Hopefully, the splintered lineage will be unified sooner than later.
Le, 37, said he’s spent his time away from the cage nursing injuries and surgeries, as well as acting in five films (including a co-starring turn with Dennis Quaid in the sci-fi flick “Pandorum” due out Sept. 18). Le hinted the promotion has bigger plans for him anyway.
Nick Diaz To Try Boxing Again
MMA veteran Nick Diaz will apparently dabble in professional boxing again. Longtime promoter, matchmaker and manager Don Chagrin today announced he has signed the 26-year-old southpaw and that Diaz has received permission from Strikeforce to compete in both sports. No date or opponent were determined for Diaz, who was recently scratched from this weekend's Strikeforce card and a title fight with Jay Hieron after skipping a mandatory drug test.
Mitsuhiro Ishida: Gilbert Melendez Better Get Ready for 'Something Special'
Mitsuhiro Ishida will be stepping in on two weeks' notice this Saturday at Strikeforce as he attempts to repeat the biggest win of his career in a lightweight title bout against interim champion Gilbert Melendez.
Ishida (18-5-1), who handed Melendez (15-2) the first loss of his career at "Yarennoka!" on New Year's Eve 2007, accepted the rematch in place of the only other person to hand Melendez a loss, the injured champ Josh Thomson.
GINA CARANO IS BRINGING THE PASSION BACK
For Gina Carano, it’s a good thing that her next opponent, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, is the scariest fighter south of the equator. If she wasn’t, Carano would have a hard time getting into the gym.
On Saturday, history will be made in San Jose, Calif., when the two face off as headliners of a major MMA card in the midst of a headline-filled summer. Strikeforce, the sole second of the UFC, booked the fight for five, five-minute rounds to the objections of some of its fighters. The logic was that female fighters always steal the show, especially when one of those fighters is the first and only female to crossover on the mainstream radar.
Strikeforce To Stream Saturday's Event Online
Strikeforce has announced that in addition to airing live on Showtime Saturday, they will stream the event live online. The online stream, available for pre-order starting Wednesday for $24.95, will feature the live Showtime broadcast and replays through August 20, live audio and color commentary and the exclusive "CageCam". The stream will be available in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil.
STRIKEFORCE: CSAC OKAYS JESSE TAYLOR TO REPLACE DIAZ
The California State Athletic Commission has approved Team Quest standout and “Ultimate Fighter” season 8 cast member Jesse Taylor to face Jay Hieron on Aug. 15 at Strikeforce “Carano vs Cyborg.”
CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas informed MMWeekly.com of the development Monday afternoon.
Strikeforce CEO confirms Diaz vs. Hieron bout in jeopardy, resolution may come today
Previous reports that Nick Diaz missed a scheduled pre-fight drug screen with the California State Athletic Commission on Friday were today confirmed by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
The executive confirmed the report on today's media call promoting the Aug. 15 event, "Carano vs. Cyborg," and Coker also said Diaz is currently in the process of submitting a sample to the CSAC.
Coker said he expects word from the commission on Thursday as to whether Diaz will be cleared to face Jay Hieron for Strikeforce's vacant welterweight title at the Showtime-broadcast event – though if the welterweight fails to show the bout could be scrapped today.
Bill Douglas explains Nick Diaz situation
The upcoming bout between Nick Diaz and Jay Hieron on the main portion of the “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” event scheduled for August 15 is currently in extreme turmoil.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com recently had the opportunity to get the latest details on this unfolding story from California State Athletic Commission Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas. According to him this bout is not currently beyond saving, but it’s getting closer and closer to that point with every passing minute of the day.
Strikeforce adds five prelim matchups, "Carano vs. Cyborg" now complete for Aug. 15
With just five days remaining until Strikeforce conducts four championship bouts live on Showtime, the California-based organization has finally released the evening's full schedule for "Carano vs. Cyborg."
Strikeforce today announced the matchups, including a previously rumored heavyweight contest between Mike Kyle (12-6-1) and Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1).
"Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" takes place Aug. 15 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime.
Nick Diaz vs. Jay Hieron On 8/15 May Be Off
And now, your Strikeforce Bad Break Of The Day...Nick Diaz was supposed to take a drug test ahead of his 8/15 Strikeforce fight with Jay Hieron last night and trainer Cesar Gracie said he'd be there for it. He wasn't. Diaz reps claimed he was training but promised he'd take a test Monday. The problem is that the CSAC believes the test would have had to be taken last night to get the results back in time, and while they agreed to the Monday test, they feel that there is a good chance that the results of the test will not be back in time to clear Diaz for the show. If that's the case the fight is probably off.
M-1 Global's Jerry Millen: Fedor Emelianenko is not dodging Brock Lesnar
Business negotiations are always a complex matter.
Business negotiations between the UFC and M-1 Global have at times bordered on bizarre.
But while the two companies recently failed once again to come together and bring Fedor Emelianenko, the world's top heavyweight, to the UFC, the world's top MMA promotion, M-1 Global exec Jerry Millen wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Emelianenko is not dodging UFC champ Brock Lesnar.
The Correct Way to Use Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce
I've slowly come to terms with the fact that I won't be watching Fedor fight in the UFC any time soon. So now what is bothering me most is the idea that Strikeforce wants to build up to a Fedor/Overeem pay-per-view fight. While I openly admit that Overeem is probably the toughest fight for Fedor on the Strikeforce roster I just think there is a better way to build to a PPV event that gets Fedor and his opponent some drawing power and hopefully makes for a must see event.
The fight they should be building to is Fedor vs. Brett Rogers. Allow me to play fantasy matchmaker for a few minutes here:
RIGGS STILL HOSPITALIZED, EXPECTED OUT NEXT WEEK
Strikeforce welterweight Joe Riggs is still hospitalized following a reaction to an undisclosed prescription medicine and is expected to be released next week.
Riggs' manager, Trevor Lally of Arizona Combat Sports, informed MMAWeekly.com of the news on Wednesday.
Strikeforce picks up undefeated middleweight Zak Cummings with multi-fight deal
Strikeforce's roster continues to expand, this time with undefeated middleweight Zak Cummings (10-0).
Multiple sources close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Cummings has agreed to a multi-fight, mutli-year deal that will be signed this week.
Cummings is slated to make his promotional debut on Sept. 25 at an event likely to take place in Fresno, Calif., possibly against fellow Strikeforce newcomer and "The Ultimate Fighter 7" competitor Paul Bradley (11-1).