‘Dont call it a comeback’ for Kevin Randleman … it’s a rebirth
“LL Cool J has a great song: ‘Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for years.’ Don’t call it a comeback. I don’t think of it as a comeback. I look at it like I needed to go back to school and learn a lot more. I’m just going to give it my all Saturday night. I don’t anticipate anybody at 205 being able to knock me out or take me out.
Think of it as the ‘Rebirth of the Monster.’ But I’m not a monster anymore. I’m not running around in the streets like a crazy man. I just want to fight. I just want to be the guy I always was but was too scared to be. The best thing that ever happened to me was the UFC firing me because I was just too crazy and too out of control. There has always been so much chaos in my life that now that it’s calm I feel nervous.
But not because I’m fighting Mike Whitehead or whoever on June 6. I’m not nervous because I’m angry. I’m nervous because I know for one year I’ve trained for this fight. I’ve been training because I knew I had to be ready to fight once I got that contract.
Strikeforce "Lawler vs. Shields" Weigh-In Results
STRIKEFORCE MAIN CARD
-Robbie Lawler (182.75) vs. Jake Shields (181.75)
-Nick Diaz (179) vs. Scott Smith (179.5)
-Andrei Arlovski (244) vs. Brett Rogers (262)
-Kevin Randleman (204) vs. Mike Whitehead (206)
-Phil Baroni (168.75) vs. Joe Riggs (170)
STRIKEFORCE PRELIMINARY CARD
-Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (205.5) vs. Mike Kyle (202.5)
-Josh Baumgartner (173.5) vs. Jesse Finney (175.75)
-Tyron Woodley (170.5) vs. Sal Woods (169.25)
-Lucas Lopes (186) vs. Scott Ventimiglia (185)
-Dave Cochran (153) vs. Pat Benson (155.75)
-Booker DeRousse (204.25) vs. James Wade (205.25)
The main card airs live in most American time zones on Showtime on Saturday night.
Stronger than before: Andrei Arlovski Strikeforce interview
“The Pitbull” is coming off a devastating and disappointing loss to WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at the Affliction: “Day of Reckoning” event that was held earlier this year in January 2009.
As a result, he now sits at 15-6 in his professional MMA career and will attempt to get win number sweet 16 when he squares off with undefeated up-and-comer Brett Rogers. Arlovski would like nothing more than to defeat “The Grim” and get back to his winning ways.
Randleman on Training & fans & Whitehead!
Kevin “The Monster” Randleman – Back in the USA
PDG: What advantages do you see for yourself going into the fight?
Kevin Randleman: I am faster, quicker and I believe that I am stronger than he is. I think I'm a better wrestler and I will be able to use my agility to my advantage. The bottom line is that I am not going into this fight taking him any lighter than any other opponent that I have ever faced. I thought I could beat Fedor Emelianenko, I thought I could beat Mirko Cro Cop, I think I am better than every fighter when I step in the cage and if I didn't think than way why the **** would I be fighting? I have watched a few of Whitehead’s fights and I know that he has been training with Wanderlei Silva but I don't think that his style is going to be that much different than in his previous fights. I think he is going to have a disadvantage though with his weight cut for the fight. He walks around at about 250 pounds and he is going to have to cut down to 205 pounds for this fight.
Diaz Talks Title, Smith & Japan
“El Diablo” Nick Diaz talks Strikeforce & Scott Smith
PDG: It is a pretty stacked card coming up on June 6th; are there any other fights on the card that you are looking forward to seeing?
Nick Diaz: I think that the fights are going to be very entertaining for the fans and I am sure that a lot of people are looking forward to seeing the Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler fight. But I don't really look forward to seeing any of my friends fighting whether it is my brother or Jake Shields. I am sure that they are going to have great fights but it is not something that I really look forward to watching. I don't look forward to it any more than if I was watching a death match.
Yo! How ’bout Baroni vs Carano if Riggs is running scared?
“The guy no-shows to the conference call. I have been saying from day one: Get me a back-up opponent. I don’t think he is going to show up for his fight. His mouth is writing checks his ass can’t cash. He had big a problem on June 6. Then he opened his mouth, things have gotten personal; and he’s got a really big problem now. We’re all training, we’re all busy, no one wants to do this right now but we all did it because we’re professionals except that asshole. I just hope somebody else winds up in his spot. Put Gina Carano in there; I’ll fight her instead.”
Former UFC and PRIDE character Phil Baroni, possibly the most amped-up man on the planet leading up to the Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” event, took opponent Joe Riggs to task for no-showing the media conference call he was expected to participate in.
Brett Rogers Talks Arlovski
PDG: Are there any fights on the card that you are looking forward to seeing?
Brett Rogers: Definitely the Kevin Randleman fight and Scott Smith versus Nick Diaz fight. I like both Smith and Diaz but I am very interested to see how Smith is going to handle Diaz’s striking. Diaz always changes things up and both of them love to stand and bang but Scott usually is the counter-puncher so it is going to be interesting to see how both fighters approach the fight. Then you have Randleman who goes full bore all the time and doesn't care where the fight ends up; he may just end up pumping me up for my fight. I can't wait to see his fight.
Scott ‘Hands of Steel’ Smith winds up for Nick Diaz
Scott Smith’s road to Strikeforce has been filled with twists and turns, much like his recent fights that have kept fans on the edge of their seats.
Smith — who currently competes in the 185-pound division — began his career fighting at heavyweight nearly a decade ago. His first major appearance, however, came during a light heavyweight tournament under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner in 2005.
Strikeforce: Hamman out; "Feijao" vs. Kyle likely for June 6 prelims (*UPDATED - Now Confirmed*)
Light-heavyweight prospect Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (7-1) is once again without an opponent for his June 6 Strikeforce debut, as opponent Jared Hamman (10-1) has been forced out of the bout with an unspecified injury suffered in training.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the change with Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz.
Additional sources close to the event have revealed Mike Kyle (11-6-1) is the leading candidate to fill in for Hamman on the preliminary card of the "Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields" event.
*This has now been confirmed. Link further down page
K.J. Noons Drops Manager, in Talks With Strikeforce
Zak Woods interviews Noons and gets the scoop:
WKR: Is Mark Dion still your manager?
K.J.: No, me and Mark had differences and have just got through with legal paperwork and he is not my manager as of couple days ago. We ended on good terms and I'm starting to move forword with my career.
WKR: Have you been in contact with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker?
K.J.: Scott and I have been talking the past few days. I used to fight on Scott's fight cards in San Jose 10 years ago, so I've known him a long time.
Initial "Strikeforce Challengers" event earns $81K gate
Strikeforce's debut "Strikeforce Challengers" event, held May 15 in Fresno, Calif., drew 2,322 paid attendees for a live gate of $81,395.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and received the official attendance figures from the California State Athletic Commission.
The inaugural "Strikeforce Challengers" event took place at the Save Mart Center. The 16,000 seat arena was scaled down to 4,500 seats in preparation for the crowd size Strikeforce expects for its developmental series shows.
Potty all the time: Alistair Overeem clowns rent-a-cops over greedy bathroom attendant
Alistair attended some famous dance club with his brother Valentijn. Went to the toilet and did not have coins to pay the toilet woman. Alistair told her he would pay a euro when he came back, because he did not have change. Then the security guard who was near by started to get involved. Valentijn saw the incident and also started asking what the problem was. They offered to pay, but by then 6 security guards came over surrounding them. The Overeem brothers were asked to leave, Alistair was already outside when he saw his brother Valentijn fighting. Valentijn still was discussing the situation on his way outside with one of the security guards hit Valentijn in the face with a flash light. Three security guards dived onto Valentijn and brother Alistair wanted to go back inside to help his brother. This resulted in five security guards in the hospital.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker no longer in the Kimbo Slice business
“We had an option to exercise Kimbo’s contract from Pro Elite. Basically out of all those fighters we took, he was the only one that we didn’t grab –- it was an option to take [Slice’s contract.] With that option, there was an expiration date on it.
In the very beginning, we tried to have dialogue with them about trying to make the deal a little more realistic and we just couldn’t work it out. At the end of the day, if we would have worked it out, we would have exercised the option. I still think that we’ll continue the dialogue and at some point, if he really wants to fight in MMA, then we’ll let him fight for us. Why not? Why not put him back in the mix? We just need to talk about a different arrangement, that’s all.”
Phil Baroni hypes up his Strikeforce fight against Joe Rigg
“Really, there’s not much to say. Joe’s 25 years old and he’ll have his day. On June 6, I’m knocking him the (expletive) out. I’m going to (expletive) him up bad. I’m going to bust him up the whole (expletive) fight. It’s up to him how long he wants to last. Whether he wants to last one round or he wants to last three – I’m going to (expletive) him up. Never mind being in shape. I’m not thanking anybody for being here. Any promotion that has me, it’s lucky for them. No one’s kissing anyone’s asses. I’m just ready to fight and beat the (expletive) out of him.
Dennis Hallman vs. Duane Ludwig Possible for June 19 Strikeforce
The second installment of Strikeforce Challenger Series may have another main card bout added soon.
A welterweight match-up between Dennis Hallman and Duane Ludwig is under consideration for the Showtime series, according to a source who chose not to be named.
If Ludwig is confirmed, the up-and-comers' main card will carry a half-dozen fighters with over ten fights on their record.
Nick Diaz likely to continue his MMA career as a welterweight …
… after his upcoming 180-pound catchweight fight against Scott Smith at Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” from the Scotttade Center in St. Louis, Mo., on June 6, according to his mentor and manager, Cesar Gracie, via GracieFighter.com:
“With a title fight against Cung Le nowhere on the horizon Nick will probably be going back down to the 170 lb. division. I know there’s been speculation about a rematch with Robbie Lawler, but Diaz will be dropping weight as he picks up his running and cardio training. As far as a return to lightweight is concerned, forget it…. It just isn’t healthy. He was having terrible performances against B-level fighters. The weight drop was causing lots of health related problems and he wasn’t performing to his ability…. After this fight we’ll have Nick drop back down to 170 lbs. and probably stay there unless Strikeforce has something interesting for him.”
Roger Gracie Talking To Strikeforce
Strikeforce recently confirmed they are talking to and may even be close to signing Roger Gracie to a deal with the promotion. Gracie, a wizard in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, is 2-0 career in MMA but has not fought since May '08 due to an injury and legal issues surrounding an opponent-to-have-been.
Despite opponent change, Miesha Tate comfortable with "win-win" situation
Things have changed quickly for Miesha Tate (6-1).
From Shawnee to Showtime, Tate has gone from a rural Oklahoma fight to national television in just four months.
And as Tate prepares to meet undefeated Canadian Sarah Kaufman (8-0) on the main card of Friday's "Strikeforce Challengers" event in Fresno, Calif., the Washington resident is excited with every last adjustment.
Strikeforce "in dialogue" with Roxanne Modafferi, Kaitlin Young
With a featured female bout between Sarah Kaufman (8-0) and Miesha Tata (6-1) scheduled on its May 15 "Strikeforce Challengers" series event in Fresno, Calif., the rapidly expanding organization is in discussion with two more female contenders.
Strikeforce officials have indicated the organization is having "dialogue" with Roxanne Modafferi (13-4) and Kaitlin Young (4-2).
Strikeforce has quickly become a premier destination for female fighters following the demise of ProElite.