Carano vs. "Cyborg" Strikeforce title bout targeted for August
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The female superfight that ProElite built but never promoted may happen as soon as August.
At Saturday night's "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" post-event press conference, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he hopes to arrange a bout between former EliteXC stars Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (7-1) and Gina Carano (7-0) by that date.
And when the two finally step into the cage, it will be for the organization's first female title.
"That's going to be the No. 1 and the No. 2 female fighting in the world," Coker said. "It will be our first Strikeforce female title belt. We're going to be proud to put that on, and hopefully we can put that on in August.
"That's our date we're shooting for, and pending some discussion with either fighter it could go further. But at some point we will have this fight. I feel very confident."
Benji Radach shatters right hand in Strikeforce loss to Scott Smith
SAN JOSE, Calif – "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz" main-card fighter Benji Radach shattered his right hand and was sent to the hospital following his Showtime-televised loss to Scott Smith on Saturday.
His agent, Ken Pavia, told MMAjunkie.com after the fight that Radach will likely undergo surgery overnight.
Smith, on the brink of defeat, rebounded and defeated Radach with a stunning third-round TKO in their middleweight match-up at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Frank Shamrock: Nick Diaz kicked my ass
“I give everything to Nick Diaz. I knew he was a dangerous opponent. Nick kicked my a– tonight; there’s no two ways about it. Nick was just the better man. He hit me in the guts, and that was about all the juice I had. I doubled over, and he put a whoopin’ on me. This is my hometown; this is my arena. I’m 36. I’m still going. I’ll be back here. Don’t even worry about it. There’s always tomorrow.”
-Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock (23-10-2) comments on his main event bout with Nick Diaz at the Strikeforce event that took place on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Shamrock — who defeated Diaz’ mentor Cesar Gracie in just 21 seconds back in 2006 – found himself on the other end of the whoopin’ for a change. Diaz was dominant from start to finish and left the usually insolent Shamrock both humbled and respectful after the show. What’s left now for the 36-year old Shammy going forward? Time will tell…
Main Card (Televised on Showtime):
-Nick Diaz def. Frank Shamrock by TKO at 3:57, R2.
-Gilbert Melendez def. Rodrigo Damm by KO at 2:02, R2.
-Scott Smith def. Benji Radach by KO at 3:24, R3.
-Cris "Cyborg" Santos def. Hitomi Akano by TKO at 0:35, R3.
-Brett Rogers def. Ron Humphrey by TKO at 0:30, R2.
Preliminary Card (Untelevised):
-Luke Rockhold def. Buck Meredith by Submission (Side Choke) at 4:07, R1.
-Eric Lawson def. Waylon Kennell by TKO at 4:54, R1.
-Raul Castillo def. Brandon Michales by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:45, R1.
-James Terry def. Zac Bucia by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three cards).
-Shingo Kohara def. Jeremy Tavares by KO 0:04, R2
Overeem: "I Will Defend SF Heavyweight Title On June 6"
Confirming earlier rumors that he would return to the promotion this year, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem told Jarry Park recently that he is in talks with SF to return to the promotion June 6 to defend his title. No word yet on who the challenger will be.
A featured women’s bout between Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Hitomi Akano has been pulled from the line-up at Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Diaz” this Saturday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Pros pick: Shamrock v. Diaz
Shonie Carter: I must say from experience -- only after dealings with Frank -- I think that it is a bad matchup with him since his athletic ability can only carry him so far. This Nick Diaz is a very tough “strika grappla,” and I know personally that Frank has a friggin’ problem with them southpaw fighters. I also gotta look at the fact that Nick Diaz dude is a tough club thug vato loco that learned him some fighting and is the taller of the two Mexicans. Let's face it, one Mexican is hungry and lookin’ for revenge; the other isn’t and lives in the suburbs. Who do you think wins? I am Negrodamus, and I have spoken
MMA Quick Quote: Frank Shamrock is a fight fixer and a robber … not a legend
“I know he doesn’t want to go to the ground with me ’cause I’d tap him out quick and probably embarrass him. So he’ll try to trade strikes. I don’t mind…. We’ll like I said he’s weak on the ground so he’ll be doing everything to keep it standing. He thinks he’s a great striker and I want to see how great…. He’s not a legend to me. Back in the day he was fighting fixed matches in Japan and supplementing himself with who knows what. Before that he was in a California Youth Prison for robbing houses. If that’s your idea of a legend you might want to reassess your thinking.”
– Nick Diaz tells how he really feels about former UFC middleweight champion and mixed martial arts pioneer, Frank Shamrock, in a recent interview. Shamrock and Diaz are slated to touch ‘em up tomorrow night (April 11) at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, Calif., during the main event at Strikeforce: “Shamrock vs. Diaz.” And it can’t come soon enough — the two have traded back-and-forth barbs for months. Now it’s time to let the fists fly and let them do all the talking inside the cage.
Galvao Returning To Strikeforce After DREAM Run
Although Andre Galvao currently has contracts with both DREAM & Strikeforce, his agent has announced that once Galvao's run in the DREAM Welterweight GP has ended he will return to Strikeforce. SF allowed Galvao to compete in the WWGP for DREAM even though he was under contract to SF. Galvao next fights July 20 at DREAM 10.
Kim Couture To Face Tate On 5/15
Strikeforce has booked the second women's fight in the promotion's history for the 5/15 ShoMMA Challenger Series event on Showtime. The fight will feature Kim Couture vs. Meisha Tate and, in a break from standard CSAC guidelines for women's fights, it will be 3 5-minute rounds instead of 3-minute rounds.
Exclusive Frank Shamrock Interview
Frank Shamrock has a lot to say in this interview, including what he thinks of his brother, his upcoming opponent, and why he isn't regarded as one of the legends of the sport.
Frank also unveils what his plan will be to celebrate once he knocks Nick Diaz out.
Check it out.
Strikeforce To Create Interim Lightweight Title
Or so the plan goes. Sources close to the bout have confirmed that Saturday's Gilbert Melendez vs. Rodrigo Damm fight will be for a Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Championship, but it won't be announced until when/if Damm passes a pre-fight medical exam and is cleared to fight.
Overeem Likely Back To SF This Year
Although he will still fulfill his commitments to other promotions this year, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem likely will return to the promotion this year to defend his title. He hasn't fought for SF since winning the title in late '07.
Strikeforce: Scott Smith looking to add to highlight reel on April 11
In the mixed martial arts world, Scott Smith (14-5) is largely known for two things.
The first happened on November 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, at the live final of season four of "The Ultimate Fighter." Smith fought Pete Sell, with whom he had become good friends with during the show.
The second came in MMA's network-television debut with EliteXC champ Robbie Lawler. With the equally heavy handed Benji Radach (19-4) on tap for Smith at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz," could the next scene in Smith's highlight reel be far behind?
Rodrigo Damm to replace Josh Thompson
BoDog Fight and Sengoku veteran Rodrigo Damm (8-2) has agreed to fill for the injured Josh Thomson to face Gilbert Melendez on the main card of Strikeforce: “Shamrock vs. Diaz,” set to take place this Saturday, April 11 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, according to The Fight Network.
Strikeforce Announces June 6 Event, 2 Fights
Strikeforce sent out a press release today confirming it's second Showtime event for June 6 from St. Louis. The event will be headlined by Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields in a catch weight fight at 182 and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral defending against Rafael Cavalcante (Feijao).
Josh Thompson not fighting now
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson today broke his left leg while training for his first title defense against the man who he defeated to capture it, Gilbert Melendez. Therefore, the highly anticipated rematch on April 11 has been scrapped.
Jake Shields Responds To Joe Riggs
When asked about Riggs’ comments that Shields’ “girlfriend or wife probably slaps him around standing up,” the former EliteXC champion said Riggs should focus on his own game.
“I think he needs to concentrate on his fighting skills instead of talking. I would kick the crap out of him. I don’t think he would make it past the first round with me.