For Gilbert Melendez, friendship no longer a part of lightweight plans
The last 14 months haven't been kind to Gilbert Melendez (14-2).
Winner of his first 13-straight bouts, Melendez has gone just 1-2 in past three appearances. But as "El Niño" recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he's focused on turning things back around.
"I lost two out of my last three right now," Melendez said. "I can't be talking no [expletive]. I've just got to go out there and deliver."
The Curious Case of Kaitlin Young
With Strikeforce’s recent asset purchase from ProElite, things seemed to be looking up for noted women’s MMA fighter Kaitlin Young. After a tough loss to Gina Carano on the initial EliteXC on CBS card, Young had been held in limbo waiting for another bout. The collapse of EliteXC further delayed her getting back in the cage. With Strikeforce’s purchase of contracts and signing of Gina Carano, things were looking up. Unfortunately, Young was not among those moving over with the new Strikeforce deal. Tom Hamlin with MMAWeekly talked with Strikeforce brass about the decision not to pick up Young:
Mendez also released a list of female talent acquired in the purchase of ProElite assets.
Confirmed to fight in Strikeforce:
Conspicuously missing was Kaitlin Young, the Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts prospect, who was defeated by Carano in a controversial stoppage at EliteXC’s first CBS televised event. Mendez said Strikeforce opted not to acquire Young out of a desire to develop lesser-seen fighters.
“We want to build up new talent,” he said.
The women listed above share the common trait that none have faced Carano before.
Nick Thompson Signs With Strikeforce
The latest EliteXC outcast to make the jump to Strikeforce is Nick Thompson. He's not sure when SF will give him his first fight with the promotion, which he'll fight for when he's not fighting for World Victory Road Sengoku.
Frank Shamrock again ready to blaze trail
Frank Shamrock has been on the ground floor of several new MMA companies, so it's nothing new for him to be headlining on the debut of the latest, and perhaps most significant, opposition to the UFC's throne when the revamped Strikeforce debuts on Showtime in April, building to the company's CBS debut later in the year.
Shamrock, 36, is in the main event of the first card on April 11 in San Jose against Nick Diaz.
It's just the latest in firsts for Shamrock:
Bellator FC Open To Working With Strikeforce
You’d be hard pressed to find an avid MMA fan that didn’t want to see Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson face off with East Coast standout Eddie Alvarez. While Thomson carries the belt of an organization poised to be the next serious player in the MMA market, Alvarez’s popularity in recent years has run parallel to the American Kickboxing Academy product. In November, Alvarez signed a deal with Bellator Fighting Championships, whose 12-week tournament based show debuts on ESPN Deportes in April. But Bjorn Rebney, CEO of Bellator FC, says there is room for Alvarez, and others, to roam. And that includes Strikeforce.
McCarthy talks Vaselinegate and Strikeforce
“Big” John McCarthy talks Vaselinegate and Strikeforce’s purchase of Pro-Elite
As a referee in mixed martial arts for over a decade, “Big” John gave his thoughts on the recent controversy revolving around Vaselinegate with Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn:
It has been a problem for a long time. It is one that we [referees] have addressed before. As much as people want to make of it; I don’t ever want to suggest that the performance by GSP in that fight was aided by Vaseline....that is ridiculous! His performance was not based at all by having Vaseline on him. He beat B.J. Penn soundly and because of the mistake by someone in his corner people try to make it a bigger deal than it really was. We stopped allowing fighters to have their corner men apply Vaseline to them in the locker-room because we did find that some people were applying it to areas that were illegal. You have commissioners in the back that work both MMA and Boxing matches and sometimes those lines get crossed because there are some differences between the two that sometimes get overlooked. So that is why the fighters get there pre-fight Vaseline at the cage now. This allows the referee or an inspector to watch the cut-man or cornerman when it is applied. Even now though there are times that Vaseline still ends up on a fighter’s back by accident. I don’t think it was intentional or an attempt to cheat but I agree it should have been stopped by the inspector and checked to make sure who ever was applying the Vaseline to GSP’s face didn’t touch him anywhere else. I think the situation was handled well and it wasn’t like they were rubbing handfuls of Vaseline all over his chest and back. I think it has been blown out of proportion and that it didn’t have any effect on the fight. The new rules established by the UFC should stop these incidents from occurring in the future but there is still going to be the chance that the cut-man accidentally touches the fighter somewhere other than his face. Its just human error and not cheating. As far as B.J. goes, I am sure he is upset that it happened but I highly doubt he is going to use that as an excuse for why he lost the fight.
New Frank Shamrock Audio Interview.
Since the beginning, Frank Shamrock has been a huge part of the success of the Strikeforce MMA promotion, and he always has a lot to say. Yesterday, Frank Shamrock spoke with 411’s Larry Csonka about Strikeforce, the fall of Elite XC, his loss to Cung Le, the necessity of a Fighters Union, the nonsense from his brother Ken and more!
Strikeforce Reveals Full 4/11 Card, No Carano
As expected, Strikeforce has revealed the full fight card for their 4/11 show. Half the fights still need an opponent but they are at least set, and SF revealed 3 fights for a tentative May show. Also, no Gina Carano on 4/11 at this point, May still seems likely for her next fight.
Jake Shields Vs Joe Riggs At Next Strikeforce Event On April 11
Former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields has reached an agreement to fight for Strikeforce, signing on to the San Jose-based promotion’s April 11 Showtime debut to face veteran Joe Riggs.
Aroundtheoctagon.com was the first to report the news. MMAWeekly.com subsequently confirmed it with Shields’ manager and father Jack Shields.
Benji Radach Sure He Won't Go The Distance
Benji Radach says his upcoming fight with Scott Smith is going to be one of those fights that resemble a car crash movie – you know what you're going to see, and you can't turn away.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed Radach early for his first Showtime broadcast card on April 11 because Radach’s fights tend not to last. In 23 appearances, strikes have brought an end to all but five of them.
“I’ve never put on a boring fight,” Radach tells MMAWeekly.com I’m always going out there to battle and trade blows.”
Evangelista and Cristiane Santos eyeing April 11 Strikeforce card
While Fiveouncesofpain.com recently reported Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (6-1) was forced to withdraw from XMMA 7 in Montreal due to injury, a new report from Tatame.com suggests she may be ready to return to action in time for Strikeforce's April 11 event in San Jose.
And husband Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-12) may be on the card, too.
"I believe I will fight on April 11," Evangelista said. "They came into contact with me and said I could fight."
Strikeforce Looking at Tournament Format
Scott Coker is on MMA Weekly's radio show right now, and brought up a very interesting promotional strategy. He mentioned that when he meets with the Showtime people to discuss promotional strategy, he will propose tournaments and see what their interest level is.
Shamrock To Shamrock: Get Over Your Problems
Adoptees Frank and Ken Shamrock haven't much got along since younger Frank stepped out from the elder Ken's shadow. As Ken's career has entered its sub-twilight phase, Frank has gotten more and more vocal about a possible fight between the two. And according to a conference call announcing his next bout against Nick Diaz on Apr. 11, he still hasn't given up the idea. Ken faces Ross Clifton tonight for Wargods, and gives up a lot to the nearly 400-pound Clifton, so clearly he has a bigger problem for now.
Frank Shamrock: Breaking people is entertaining
“I’d be pretty pissed off if someone smashed my coach. Diaz is going to be carrying the pride of his school with him, but a fight’s a fight. Someone’s getting smashed and it’s just not going to be me. I’m done breaking myself for entertainment. I’m just going to break everybody else and they’ll be entertained by that.”
-Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock (23-9-2) comments in a company press release on his upcoming main event bout with Nick Diaz at the Strikeforce event scheduled for April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The 179-pound catch weight contest will headline what the promotion is calling “The greatest fight card in Strikeforce history.” Shamrock — who defeated Diaz’ mentor Cesar Gracie in just 21 seconds back in 2006 – is looking to stick it to the Gracie camp one more time with a dominant performance over Diaz.
Strikeforce Pay $3 million for ProElite Assets
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing released by ProElite, Inc. on Wednesday, the restructuring company disclosed it received $3 million for assets sold to Strikeforce. Those assets included the sale of 42 fighter contracts, a video library of 20 live events, and other assets not specified.