WEC and PFC vet Poppies Martinez newest Strikeforce lightweight, debuts Aug. 15
Poppies "The Tachi Kid" Martinez (16-5), a former World Extreme Cagefighting fighter and Palace Fighting Championships title-holder, will further bolster Strikeforce's quickly filling lightweight division.
Christian Printup, founder and president of the successful PFC organization, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Martinez will make his Strikeforce debut at the organization's Aug. 15 event in San Jose, Calif.
Mikey Burnett: Fight with Pat Miletich in the works for Strikeforce event in Oklahoma
Early UFC pioneers Mikey Burnett (5-2) and first-ever UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich (29-7-2) could meet at a future Strikeforce event in Tulsa, Okla.
That's the word from Burnett, who posted on mixedmartialarts.com's popular forum, The Underground, that the fight, which would be a rematch from their first meeting 11 years ago, "is in the works."
However, Strikeforce has made no official announcement about an upcoming show in Oklahoma, which would be its first in the state. A phone call MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) left with a Strikeforce executive was not immediately returned.
CONTROVERSY OR NOT, TIM KENNEDY MOVES ON
Nowadays it’s almost commonplace that if there’s an MMA show, there’s some sort of controversy. Case in point, this past Friday’s ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers Series event.
During the second round of the match-up between Tim Kennedy and Nick “The Goat” Thompson, Thompson tapped out due to strikes, but almost immediately began complaining that he was getting hit in the back of the head, which is illegal by Strikeforce rules.
Technically Speaking: Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Gina Carano
August 15th is a little under two months away, but there is already a hot buzz surrounding the women's MMA scene. Strikeforce has managed to line up potentially one of the most anticipated matchups of the year in Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Gina "Conviction" Carano. It'll also be the first women's MMA matchup to receive main event treatment under a major MMA promotion, and it will likely become a historical battle on the women's MMA front.
GINA CARANO PAVING HER OWN WAY THROUGH MMA
ina Carano was in no rush to sign a new contract.
Two months ago, the MMA star had two promotions interested in her talent: Strikeforce, who owned her EliteXC contract, and the UFC, whose owners Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta were thinking about creating a division around her.
The UFC was the popular kids’ choice, like it was for every fighter who dreamed of doing big things. Strikeforce, though not on par with the UFC’s prestige, had a new deal with Showtime and CBS, where she had first cemented herself as the “face of women’s MMA,” at one point adding one million new viewers to the telecast she fought on.
Strikeforce Challengers 'Villasenor Vs Cyborg' - RESULTS
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS RESULTS:
Main Bouts (on Showtime):
-Joe Villasenor vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos
-Tim Kennedy def. Nick Thompson by submission (strikes) at 2:37, R2
--Jorge Gurgel def. Conor Heun by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
--Sarah Kaufman def. Shayna Baszler by Unanimous Decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-- Luke Rockhold def. Corey Devela by submission (rear naked choke) at :30, R1
-Dennis Hallman def. Justin Davis by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:20, R1
-Brian Caraway def. Alex Zuniga by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Lyle Beerbohm def. Duane Ludwig by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:27, R1
-Landon Showalter def. George Stork by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Len Bentley def. Marques Daniels by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Steve Hadsel def. Taylor Roberts by TKO (Strikes) at 0:17, R1
Friday Fix: Strikeforce Challengers' Preview
The weekend is finally upon us, and MMA fans everywhere won't want to miss some of the action taking place in a weekend full of great fights to feed your fix. The Bellator Fighting Championships will promote their final event of the season on Friday night from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event will air on tape delay on Saturday night on ESPN Deportes. The UFC will finish the weekend off with a bang as the Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale will take place on Saturday night at 9 PM EST, airing on SpikeTV. The major event taking place on Friday night, however, will be Strikeforce's Challengers series, which will air on Showtime at 11 PM EST.
Villasenor's 'Respect Tour '09' Begins
A year ago, Joey Villasenor was feeling really good about his MMA career. He had just defeated Phil Baroni on the first-ever MMA event broadcast on network television and was primed to make a run at the EliteXC middleweight title. He was then three weeks away from receiving that shot and an opportunity to avenge an October 2006 loss to Robbie Lawler, until the organization suddenly ceased operations and cancelled the event in November.
Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg Don't Want to Say What They Weigh
Gina Carano and Cristiane Santos (better known as Cris Cyborg) will step into the cage in the main event of the August 15 Strikeforce show in what is being billed as the biggest fight in the history of women's MMA. But there's a looming question over the fight: Can Carano and Cyborg make weight? And on a call Thursday to promote the bout, neither Carano nor Cyborg was in the mood to discuss it.
Late Changes Made To Tomorrow's SF/ShoMMA Event
Strikeforce has announced 2 late changes to tomorrow's ShoMMA event. Cedric Marks is now off and Justin Davis is in against Dennis Hallman, while Conor Heun vs. Jorge Gurgel is now a catch weight fight at 160. The reason Marks is off is a medical suspension stemming from apparently fighting just last weekend.
Shayna Baszler: Kaufman Predictable Like a 'Video Game Character Boss'
It's been almost a year since we've seen Shayna Baszler compete in an MMA cage. Following her last fight, a highly-visible loss to Cristiane Santos on CBS in July 2008, the 28-year-old was forced to sit on the sidelines while Pro Elite figured out what they were going to do with their contracts. Once Strikeforce purchased most of the significant ones in February, it was only a matter of time before Baszler got back to work and resumed her promising career.
Jake Shields Has Hands "Like A 2-Year Old Girl"
That's "taking the high road" if you're Joe Riggs. On this past Monday's episode of Pro MMA Radio, Riggs planned to take the high road in an interview with host Larry Pepe, but upon learning that Shields hasn't had the kindest words towards Riggs recently, "Diesel" absolutely went off, including said comment about Shields' hands among many other things.
BIG EXPECTATIONS FOR LUKE ROCKHOLD AT SHO MMA
It’s no surprise that Luke Rockhold is going to be featured on this Friday’s Sho MMA: Strikeforce Challenger Series event in Kent, Wash. Long has he been heralded by the promotion’s management as one of their future stars, and for good reason.
Since making his debut in 2007, Rockhold has increasingly moved up against tougher competition, and all but once he has come out on top.
Refocused Jorge Gurgel guarantees win over Conor Heun in Strikeforce debut
After watching Brazilian-born Jorge Gurgel (12-5) competing for the past three years inside the UFC's famed octagon, watching the "TUF 2" veteran step onto another fight surface will certainly be an odd sight.
But that's exactly what the Ohio resident will do on Friday night as Gurgel meets a streaking Conor Heun (8-2) on the main card of "Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg" at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.
While still disappointed to have been released by the UFC, Gurgel recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he believes his move to Strikeforce has brought fresh life into his seven-year-old career.
Army Green Beret restarts MMA career with Strikeforce
As a special forces soldier in the U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy has survived IED blasts, 30-hour gunfights and missions behind enemy lines so classified that he'll never be able to discuss them. He also survived time away from his wife, two daughters and his professional sports aspirations.
And like every good soldier, Kennedy did it without hesitation.
"It's surreal to be with those guys the first time out," he said of his time spent with elite combat squads. "Gunfire goes off, and everyone runs towards it. I guess that's a character trait that sounds flawed, but it's reassuring to find there are others like you."
Reborn Beerbohm has "full confidence" he will "break" Duane Ludwig
Two years ago, Lyle Beerbohm was sitting in a prison cell, serving an 18 month sentence. A crystal meth addict, he had stolen from his loved ones and committed multiple felonies during a dreadful, downward spiral.
On June 19, the reborn 30-year-old native of Spokane, Washington will attempt to continue his miraculous and inspiring transformation into an undefeated athlete in the world’s fastest growing sport – mixed martial arts (MMA).
“This is the biggest fight of my life,” said Beerbohm (9-0), who will face his most difficult test to date in the cage when he squares off with seasoned knockout artist, Duane “Bang” Ludwig (18-8) in a lightweight (155 pound) matchup during the Strikeforce Challengers MMA event at Kent, Washington’s brand new ShoWare Center on Friday, June 19. “Once I beat him, I’ll be a superstar – where I need to be. I have full confidence that I will win this fight.”
Beerbohm enjoyed a stint in high school wrestling and claims to have been unbeaten over the course of numerous street fights as well as three scuffles in Walla Walla state prison, but it was only after he tuned into The Ultimate Fighter, Spike TV’s smash-hit MMA reality series, that he decided he would make combat his livelihood and his path to redemption.
“When I was sitting in prison and watching The Ultimate Fighter show,” he said, “I was like ‘Are you serious? Those guys are on TV, making money?’ I knew I could take those guys so, right then and there, I made up my mind and haven’t looked back since.”
So determined was Beerbohm to get the ball rolling immediately after his release that he ordered his father to stop driving after they passed by a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy on the ride home from prison. Beerbohm quickly introduced himself to the school owner and explained his intentions.
Just eight days after his first lesson, Beerbohm stepped in the cage where he won his first amateur bout. After amassing a 12-0 record under amateur status in only nine months, he decided the time was right to turn professional. He has since finished all but one of his nine victims
Cristiane Santos on Gina Carano: 'Beauty Doesn't Win a Fight'
Cristiane Santos, aka Cris Cyborg, will take on Gina Carano on August 15 in what Strikeforce is promoting as the biggest fight in the history of women's mixed martial arts. One of the big reasons that Cyborg vs. Carano is such a big fight, of course, is that Carano has become a star and a sex symbol beyond just the world of MMA. But Cyborg has a message for Carano on that count.
In recent years, the UFC has undoubtedly stockpiled the majority of the world's top MMA talent.
In recent years, the UFC has undoubtedly stockpiled the majority of the world's top MMA talent.
However, despite a brief two-fight run in the organization in 2005 and 2006, Minnesota-native Nick Thompson (38-10-1) has proven it is possible to succeed in the sport by seeking out the best opponents not in the world's premier organization – and compiling a solid record and reputation in the process.
Thompson's next challenge is a middleweight bout with Tim Kennedy (9-2) at Friday's "Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. 'Cyborg'" in Kent, Wash., and he recently joined MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) to discuss the bout and the future direction of his career.
Strikeforce hosts open workout in Washington with Hallman, Devela, four others
Strikeforce fighter and 12-year-MMA-veteran Dennis Hallman – along with rising prospects Len Bentley, Brian Caraway, Cory Devela, Steve Hadsel and Landon Showalter – will conduct an open-to-the-public workout on June 17 at Vision Quest Sport and Fitness Center in Auburn, Wash in anticipation of Friday's "Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Santos" event
All six fighters are appearing on Friday's card at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.