Strikeforce: Baszler booked for June 19, to face winner of Kaufman vs. Tate
Strikeforce's commitment to women's MMA continues, as Shayna Baszler (9-5) was today announced as a participant in the organization's June 19 "Strikeforce Challengers" event in Kent, Wash.
Baszler was originally planning on facing Sarah Kaufman (8-0) on the card, but will now wait for the outcome of the undefeated Canadian's May 15 bout with Miesha Tate (6-1).
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced the plans during today's media call for the organization's May 15 "Strikeforce Challengers" series.
After UFC declines invitation, Roy Jones Jr. shut out of Strikeforce, too
Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. continues to strike out in a search for potential homes for a mixed martial arts debut.
After UFC President Dana White recently declined on promoting a potential bout between his middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Jones Jr., Showtime Senior Vice President Ken Hershman today called a Strikeforce bout between the boxer and Nick Diaz a "very long shot."
SF Announces Villasenor-Santos For June 19
Strikeforce has sent out a press release announcing a matchup of Joey Villasenor vs. Evangelista "Mr. Cyborg" Santos for their Strikeforce Challengers event on June 19. The matchup, originally thought to be happening on June 6, will be the main event of the card.
Not Only One of the Best, Rosi Sexton is One of the Smartest Fighters
Most mixed martial arts fans, obviously, know about British fighter Rosi Sexton for her exploits in the cage. She maintains a 9-1 professional record with her only loss being to Gina Carano.
But there's a lot more to Sexton than her fists and submission abilities â€“ she holds black belts in both jiu-jitsu and Tae Kwon Do.
Sexton also has quite the academic resume, as well. She has a maths degree from Cambridge University and a PhD in theoretical computer science from Manchester. She is also a fourth year student in osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University.
In short, there's a lot of brains to go with her brawn.
JORGE GURGEL VS. CONOR HEUN STRIKEFORCE JUNE 19
A lightweight contest has been added to the upcoming Strikeforce ShoMMA event set for June 19 in Kent, Washington as submission specialist, Conor Heun, returns to action against former UFC fighter, Jorge Gurgel, in a bout that will in all likelihood wind up on the main card for the televised event.
Robbie Lawler Will Let His Fists Do The Talking
Never being known as a trash talker is just the reputation that former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler looks to have when getting ready for a fight. He simply lets his fists and feet do the talking for him come fight time.
Much like his match-up in ICON against Frank Trigg when his opponent had a few words for him before the fight, Lawler answered back by winning the fight emphatically with a vicious knockout.
Strikeforce: "Diesel" confident against Baroni, but Shields ultimate target
Still one month out from his June 6 Strikeforce showdown with Phil Baroni (13-10) in St. Louis, Joe Riggs (29-10) is ready.
He's ready for Baroni. He's ready to perform. And he's ready for a chance to shut Jake Shields' (22-4-1) mouth.
"I wouldn't be starting this stuff, but as a professional fighter, you get offered to fight someone, you fight them regardless," Riggs recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Unless you have a legitimate reason you don't want to fight them. Then [Shields] is going to say that I'm beneath him? [Expletive] that mother[expletive]."
SF Fighter Fails Drug Test For 3rd Time
If the CSAC has a "3 Strikes, You're Out" policy on failed drug tests by fighters, we're about to find out-and see it in action. Jeremy Tavares, who last fought at the 4/11 Strikeforce event, has failed a post-fight drug test, getting busted for marijuana. He was the only fighter who had a positive test on the card. This is the 3rd time he's failed such a test in only 4 pro fights, and at a 6/22 hearing the CSAC will recommend his license be revoked.
Kaufman In Talks To Replace Couture
Less than 24 hours after Kim Couture withdrew from a scheduled fight with Meisha Tate at SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challenger Series, a replacement is in the works.
Sarah Kaufman on Thursday afternoon told MMAWeekly.com negotiations were underway to step in for Couture at the May 15 event.
Strikeforce officials and Kaufman's representatives have agreed to the match-up, and contract details are being ironed out, said Kaufman.
Kim Couture Off 5/15 Strikeforce Event
It appears all is not well in the Couture household. Kim Couture, wife of UFC legend Randy Couture, is now off her scheduled Strikeforce debut on 5/15. And according to opponent-to-have-been Miesha Tate, Kim pulled off because "supposedly her and Randy are getting a divorce".
Brett Rogers planning to lay on top of Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem
"All I know is (Werdum) loves to stay on the ground. He’ll stand up and try to pretend like he want(s) to fight. As soon as someone hit him- light- he’s gonna want to take you down … If I know for a fact that’s his "A" game down there, I’m not going to want to stay down there and play with him. And I consider myself a ‘C’ if anything on the ground … But I would go down there and lay on top of him. I’ll lay on top of him and bang with him. But I’m definitely not going to try to play that jiu-jitsu game off my back with him.
Success against Lawler could spell 185-pound run for Strikeforce's Shields
As former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields (22-4-1) continues his preparation for an intriguing bout with former EliteXC middleweight title holder Robbie Lawler (16-4), the Cesar Gracie product believes he may be on a verge of making a run in the 185-pound division.
Of course, first he needs to make it through one of the world's top middleweight fighters.
"I've got a really tough fight with Robbie Lawler," Shields recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I'm trying to get through that and then figure it out. If I win, it definitely makes me want to try to go for the 185-pound title."
Interview with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) exploded into the mainstream, one-by-one a collection of start-up companies with plans for conquering the world of mixed martial arts began promoting shows across the United States.
And one-by-one they closed their doors.
From the WFA to the IFL and most recently Elite XC, brands hoping to survive as an alternative or successor to the Zuffa monopoly have crumbled under failed business plans and fan disinterest.
All except one.
Feijao-Hamman Added to Strikeforce
Touted Brazilian Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will face fellow Pro Elite veteran Jared Hamman in a featured light heavyweight bout for Strikeforce “Lawler vs. Shields” on June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.