Erin Toughill tapped as ‘Plan B’ for Carano vs Cyborg Aug. 15 main event
It appears Strikeforce officials aren’t ‘weighting’ around to see if Aug. 15 headliners Gina Carano and ‘Cyborg’ Santos hit the 145-pound mark for their upcoming women’s championship bout as PFC veteran Erin Toughill (10-2-1) has been put on notice as a potential replacement according to MMA Fanhouse.
After a string of injuries and medical maladies have shredded the San Jose fight card, it’s no wonder that Toughill is lurking in the shadows for a possible call up. Joe Riggs, Alistair Overeem and Josh Thomson have all been forced to withdraw from their main card matches and Strikeforce isn’t taking any chances with its main event.
Ranallo to Announce EA MMA Game
You can add Mauro Ranallo's name to the growing list of MMA personalities who have agreed to be a part of EA Sports' new mixed martial arts video game. FanHouse has learned that the Strikeforce announcer and Fight Network Radio host will be the voice of the game, which is slated to be released in 2010. No word on who will be joining him in the virtual broadcast booth.
Ishida replaces Thomson, meets Melendez , at August 15th Strikeforce
Earlier this week MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) conducted an interview with Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in which we learned the fighter's lingering leg injury could cost him an Aug. 15 fight interim champ Gilbert Melendez.
Despite subsequent reports stating that Thomson (16-2) wouldn't be pulled from the card, a source close to the negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com he hasn't been medically cleared for the fight, and Melendez (15-2) will instead meet Mitsuhiro Ishida (18-5-1).
STRIKEFORCE IN THE RUNNING FOR FEDOR
The CEO of Strikeforce recently returned from a vacation in Italy to find Emelianenko a sudden free agent after the collapse of Affliction. His own event, “Carano vs. Cyborg” on Aug. 15, had encountered a few hiccups as well with injuries and drop-offs, but he is happy with the almost-finalized product.
Hieron-Diaz for Strikeforce title
MMAWeekly.com sources on Wednesday confirmed that Jay Hieron has signed a new multi-fight contract with Strikeforce that will put him on the promotion’s Aug. 15 event “Carano vs. Cyborg.” He will face Nick Diaz for the first ever Strikeforce welterweight championship.
U.S. Army Special Forces' Tim Kennedy quits military to focus on Strikeforce career
Veteran middleweight fighter Tim Kennedy (10-2), who recently debuted and signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, has opted to forgo his military career and will now focus solely on mixed martial arts.
The Green Beret's six-year military enlistment ends Aug. 4, and his terminal leave began July 10, according to a recent report from the Army Times.
Last month Kennedy unsuccessfully lobbied the National Guard for assignment to its Elite Athlete Program so he could continue both his MMA and military careers.
Fedor to address media @ wed night presser
Following the cancellation of "Affliction: Trilogy" and the collapse of the entire Affliction promotion, the man widely considered to be the world's top-heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, is currently without an upcoming fight.
And as the world waits to see where the fighters from the now-defunct Affliction promotion end up, speculation continues to mount regarding where Emelianenko will fight next.
Diaz vs. Hieron On 8/15?
It's not a done deal yet, but it looks like Jay Hieron might be the winner of the "Who Gets To Face Nick Diaz on 8/15" sweepstakes. Hieron beat out Phil Baroni to replace Joe Riggs according to a GracieFighter.com report. No immediate confirmation from Strikeforce, so as always, stay tuned.
Renato "Babalu" Sobral to defend Strikeforce title against Gegard Mousasi on Aug. 15
The first two pieces of the scrambled puzzle left by Affliction's recent demise have fallen into place as Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato "Babalu" Sobral (35-8) will defend his title against Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) on Aug. 15.
Sobral and Mousasi, who were originally scheduled to meet at the now-canceled "Affliction: Trilogy," will instead step into the cage at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on the main card of "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg," which airs live on Showtime.
Mousasi will compete on the card with a new Strikeforce contract, Afromowitz said, and not as a loaned commodity from M-1.
Report: Diaz vs. Riggs II is off
Strikeforce’s Aug. 15 event in San Jose, Calif. featuring the biggest fight in female MMA history between Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg was also supposed to be a history-making event in that it was going to feature four title fights.
However, after losing a heavyweight title fight between incumbent Alistair Overeem and challenger Fabricio Werdum due to Overeem re-injuring his hand, it appears that Strikeforce could be on the verge of losing a second title fight.
Alistair Overeem Withdraws From Strikeforce Title Fight
Alistair Overeem has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled August 15 Strikeforce heavyweight title fight against Fabricio Werdum. Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed the news with FanHouse on Tuesday. Afromowitz said that the reason for the withdrawal was that the hand infection Overeem suffered following his May altercation in an Amsterdam nightclub has not fully healed.
Jorge Gurgel vs. Billy Evangelista to headline Oct. 25 Strikeforce Challengers event
A lightweight bout that could have an immediate impact on Strikeforce's lightweight title picture will be held on Oct. 25 under the "Strikeforce Challengers" banner.
The fight features former UFC fighter Jorge Gurgel (13-5) vs. longtime Strikeforce fighter and top prospect Billy Evangelista (9-1).
Gurgel recently posted a series of Twitter updates about the fight, which headlines a Showtime broadcast at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
OVEREEM INJURY PERSISTS; TITLE BOUT IN JEOPARDY
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is struggling with complications from a hand injury sustained in a bar brawl and may not be able to defend his title against Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg” on Aug. 15.
Multiple sources who asked not to be named reported the news to MMAWeekly.com on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
One source indicated that it was highly unlikely that Overeem would be physically ready to fight on Aug. 15.
Lavar Washington Update: Teen Girl Arrested In Connection With Shooting
A 15-year-old girl who is suspected of being involved in an early-morning July 5 shooting that killed one and left Strikeforce veteran Lavar Johnson hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the abdomen has been arrested. According to the report, Laquiria Foreman, arrested this past Friday, is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and participating in a gang. The investigation is ongoing. Still hospitalized as of Friday, Johnson underwent surgery on July 6 and is now healing from initially life-threatening injuries.