Aug. 15 "Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" tickets on sale today, start at just $30
Tickets for the biggest fight in women's MMA history (and possibly the biggest Strikeforce card to date) are now on sale.
"Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" takes place Aug. 15 and features a main event of Gina Carano (7-0) vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (7-1) for Strikeforce's first-ever 145-pound women's title. Also on the card is a rematch between Strikeforce world lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2) and former title-holder Gilbert Melendez (15-2).
COUTURE TO TRAIN & CORNER CARANO FOR TITLE
When she faces Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in August, Gina Carano, for the first time in her mixed martial arts career, will have her gym’s namesake by her side.
Randy Couture has accepted Carano’s invitation to train her for the highly anticipated Strikeforce bout, MMAWeekly.com has learned from a source close to Couture. The invitation was made shortly after Carano’s contractual limbo with the promotion ended.
Couture, currently on the New Orleans set of the Sylvester Stallone-helmed action movie “The Expendables,” is watching video on Santos to formulate a game plan. When he returns to Las Vegas later this month, he will begin working beside Carano in addition to boxing coach Gil Martinez and Muay Thai coach Quinton Chong.
Friday's Strikeforce Women's Fight To Be 5 Minute Rounds
While it doesn't necessarily represent a change to policy regarding women's fights in the promotion, Strikeforce has announced that Friday's women's fight between Shayna Baszler and Sarah Kaufman will be 5-minute rounds. The change was quickly approved by the Washington State Athletic Commission following California allowing 5-minute rounds for Gina Carano vs. Cristiane Santos in August.
Carano-"Cyborg" to go five, five-minute rounds
Five Ounces of Pain has learned that Strikeforce's Aug. 15 women's title bout between Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will go a full five rounds.
Ever better: Strikeforce has confirmed to ESPN that rounds will be a full five minutes in duration. About time. There appears to be evidence that females have a 10-15 percent lower oxygen consumption rate than men do, which conceivably could limit the kind of interval and muscular endurance performance that MMA demands, but is it really by so much that they needed competition duration reduced by nearly half?
Hopefully, subsequent women's bouts will follow suit. If any division is in need of curtailed rounds for the safety of participants, it's the sloppy super heavyweights. A blended cheeseburger is not a proper postworkout recovery drink.
Strikeforce tickets for ‘Carano vs Cyborg’ at the HP Pavillion on August 15 on sale soon
Tickets for Strikeforce: “Carano vs. Cyborg” at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., are on sale to the public beginning Monday, June 15 at 10 a.m. ET.
The event will mark the promotion’s return to its home base of San Jose after successfully holding its first event in St. Louis, Missouri with Strikeforce: ‘Lawler vs. Shields’ on June 6, one of several events airing on the premium cable network Showtime this year.
Full card set for June 19 "Strikeforce: Villasenor vs. Cyborg" event in Washington
The fight card is complete for Strikeforce's next major show, a Strikeforce Challengers event featuring a middleweight main event between Joey Villasenor (26-6) and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-12).
The event takes place Friday, June 19, at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., and airs on Showtime.
In addition to a co-main event of Tim Kennedy (9-2) vs. Nick Thompson (38-10-1), the card features Strikeforce newcomer Jorge Gurgel, veteran Dennis Hallman and a women's bout between Shayna Baszler (9-5) and Sarah Kaufman (8-0).
Strikeforce Challengers, initially called "SHO MMA" before a recent name change, was designed to showcase top prospects. However, as Strikeforce shuffles around its current roster after an influx of talent acquired from ProElite, some notables names will appear on the initial Challengers cards.
UFC 99 Video: Six Fights Guaranteed on Pay-Per-View, 'A Sick Card'
The UFC 99 video blogs have started, with Dana White going through the video intro to Saturday's UFC 99 pay-per-view show.
After we see the video introductions of Mostapha Al Turk vs. Mirko Cro Cop, Caol Uno vs. Spencer Fisher, Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis, Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders, Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez and Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin, White talks about how excited he is.
Jake Shields only wants big fights now.
"I just want to do the big fights," said Jake Shields after his first-round submission of No. 2 ranked middleweight Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce on Saturday night. "I think I showed I can fight at both. I bulked up a little for this fight. I'm still moving good. I'm in great shape. I think I can fight at either weight.
"Obviously guys are a little bigger at middleweight, but I feel like I'm faster there, so I'll fight where ever they want me."
Talking to MMAWeekly.com on Monday, Shields added, "I felt really comfortable up there. Robbie's obviously a strong guy, but I didn't feel overwhelmed by him at all. I definitely could deal with him."
Strikeforce expects return to St. Louis, further eastern expansion in near future
This past weekend's Strikeforce event could be just the start of the California-based Strikeforce promotion's expansion across America.
Prior to the June 6 "Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields" event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, the organization had never ventured any further east than Colorado.
However, as MMAjunkie.com's Dann Stupp details in this week's "MMA Insider" column for the Dayton Daily News, the success of the St. Louis show could mean further shows for the Gateway City and other locales near and on the East Coast.
Andrei Arlovski: ‘I got my ass kicked, it’s that simple’
From The Pitbull's Website:
The loss bothers me, it hurts me. I have to do something about this. (Brett Rogers) had a good record, but I thought he was not the top like Fedor or Barnett. It was my mistake and when you make a mistake you have to pay for it. I took Rogers seriously, but I didn’t think the fight would have been this situation. I focused too much on boxing and not enough on the wrestling and jiu-jitsu. It wasn’t right. It’s another thing I have to think about. MMA is not boxing. I have to change something. I don’t understand this question about my chin. When you open your face for four or five punches it doesn’t matter your chin, you will get KOed. Rogers was great, he did what he did. I took the fight and I got my ass kicked, it’s that simple. It’s embarrassing, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I have to move on. I’m definitely going to come back.
Strikeforce won't stand in way of Brett Rogers' championship aspirations (Possibe title shot in August)
"Alistair, I was kind of aiming for him," Rogers said in a post-event press conference following Saturday's "Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields" event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. "I was expecting the title today. He's still in my sight."
According to one Strikeforce executive, that Rogers vs. Overeem bout could happen as soon as August.
During Saturday's Showtime broadcast, Strikeforce announced an Aug. 15 card featuring new signee Gina Carano vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and Strikeforce world lightweight champion Josh Thomson vs. interim title-holder Gilbert Melendez.
Overeem is essentially a lock for the card. BUT Could the Dutch fighter, who hasn't defended his Strikeforce world heavyweight belt since winning it in late 2007, now meet Rogers?
Strikeforce 'Lawler Vs Shields' Results - (SPOILERS + Fight Videos)
Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler via submission - Round 1, 2:02
Brett Rogers def. Andrei Alorvski via TKO - Round 1, 0:22
Nick Diaz def. Scott Smith via submission - Round 3, 1:41
Joe Riggs def. Phil Baroni via unanimous decision
Mike Whitehead def. Kevin Randleman via unanimous decision
Jesse Finney def. Josh Bumgarner via submission - Round 1, 1:55
Mike Kyle def. Rafael Cavalcante via TKO - Round 2, 4:05
Booker DeRousse def. James Wade via TKO - Round 1, 4:06
Tyron Woodley def. Salvoder Woods via submission - Round 1, 4:20
Lucas Lopes def. Scott Ventimiglia via disqualification - Round 1, 3:26
Pat Benson def. Dave Cochran via submission - Round 1, 2:18
Gina Carano vs Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos confirmed for August 15 Strikeforce event!
Strikeforce today confirmed that former Elite XC fighter and recent Strikeforce acquisition Cristiane Santos (7-1) will finally fight female fighting sensation Gina Carano (7-0) at the upcoming Strikeforce event planned for August 15.
“Cyborg,” the wife of former Pride FC fighter Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, burst onto the scene in May of 2008 with a dominating performance against Shayna Baszler in her debut under the Elite XC banner. Like her husband, she’s a product of the Brazilian Chute Boxe Academy, a style that’s evident as soon as she steps foot in the cage.
Her most recent fight was on the Strikeforce: ‘Shamrock vs. Diaz’ card last April when she received heavy criticism for missing weight for her fight against Japanese import Hitomi Akano. Santos brutalized “Girlfight Monster” for two rounds before stopping her with strikes in the final frame.
Since the fall of Elite XC immediately following Elite XC: “Heat” in 2008, Santos has been clear on the fact that she wanted to fight Carano, the face of women’s MMA and one-time Elite XC headliner.
And “Conviction” is more than happy to oblige.