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Misaki, Riggs Collide at Strikeforce at the Mansion
Former PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix runner-up Kazuo Misaki will make his Strikeforce debut against UFC veteran Joe Riggs when the organization returns to the famous Playboy Mansion in California for their second “Strikeforce at the Mansion” show on September 20th. Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz officially announced the bout in a press release sent out to the media last night. After spending his entire career fighting for Japanese-based promotions, Misaki signed a two-fight deal with Strikeforce in March. “I am looking forward to making my debut for Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion, an incredible venue that is well-known throughout the world,” Misaki said. “Joe Riggs is a tremendous competitor. His style is aggressive like mine so I have no doubt that our fight will be an exciting and memorable one.”
Gilbert Melendez retools, wants rematch with Josh Thomson
After opening his career with 13 straight victories, lightweight Gilbert Melendez (14-2) has struggled recently. A unanimous decision loss to new Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in June was Melendez's second loss in three bouts.
Strikeforce at Playboy Mansion confirmed for September 20
Strikeforce will follow up its successful June event, which featured Josh Thomson’s victory over Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight title, with “Strikeforce At The Mansion II” on September 20. This will be the San Jose-based mixed martial arts company’s second event at the world famous Playboy Mansion. The first show aired live from the Mansion last September, featuring a main event title defense for then lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez. The event attracted a star-studded audience, including Jaimie Pressly, Chuck Liddell, Joe Rogan, Cung Le, Frank Shamrock, Josh Barnett, Andre Arlovski and others. No bouts have been confirmed for the fight card as of right now, but Japanese middleweight fighter Kazuo Misaki is rumored to be making his Strikeforce debut, as well as Josh “The Punk” Thomson, who will be making his first title defense. In addition to a full night of MMA action, all “Strikeforce At The Mansion II” guests will be treated to a top-shelf open bar; buffet-style, gourmet dinner; and wine-tasting party featuring the spirits of various California gold medal wineries.
Vitor Belfort: "I'd like to fight Frank Shamrock"
What is next for Vitor Belfort? He was asked this very thing over at ExtremeCouture, and here is what he said.
Submitted Jul 22, 2008 4:42PM by kastro_316 - 16 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
Frank Shamrock: Cleared to Fight! - And wants to fight Ken with year!
Frank Shamrock is now cleared for Combat, and would like to fight Ken Shamrock within the years end!
Submitted Jul 16, 2008 2:12PM by kastro_316 - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, EliteXC, General MMA, Miscellaneous
Video Interview with Frank Shamrock
Talks about how he will smash Cung at the next fight they have.
Submitted Jul 9, 2008 11:24AM by kastro_316 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, EliteXC, General MMA
BILLY EVANGELISTA CONTINUES WINNING WAYS
No one said it was going to be easy. That’s the lesson that undefeated Strikeforce lightweight standout Billy Evangelista learned in his most recent fight for the promotion. This past Friday he went toe-to-toe with one of California’s toughest 155-pound fighters, the always popular Nam Phan, in what was a back and forth battle that eventually saw Evangelista come out on top with a split-decision victory. Still, in the end, a victory is a victory and he learned from the experience and is now positioned as one of the promotion’s top fighters for the coming year.
All Strikeforce Fighters Pass Drug Tests
The CSAC has announced that all the fighters on the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson card were tested for both drugs of abuse and performance enhancing substances, and that all tests came back clean.
Strikeforce Fighter Salaries Revealed
The fighter salaries from Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson have been obtained from the CSAC. The total disclosed payouts were just over $200,000 and the fighters made from $200-$50,000 each.
"Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" official salaries: headliners share $85,000
Josh Thomson upset Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce world lightweight title at this past Friday's "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson" event, but Thomson couldn't edge the former title-holder when it came to his payday. Thomson earned a reported base salary of $35,000 ($15,000 of which was a win bonus) for the event; Melendez earned an event-high $50,000. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today acquired the list of salaries from Bill Douglas of the California State Athletic Commission.
Can Strikeforce keep its talent satisfied?
Now that Josh Thomson has become Strikeforce's new world lightweight champion, and now that Bobby Southworth has successfully avenged a previous loss and defended his light heavyweight title, can Strikeforce keep the meaningful title fights coming? I discussed the topic in this week's MMA Insider column for the Dayton Daily News. Over the next year, finding title contenders could be one of the organization's biggest challenges.
Bobby Southworth: a win over "Babalu" could cement legacy
AN JOSE, Calif. -- Soon after defending his Strikeforce world light heavyweight title with Friday's unanimous-decision victory over Anthony Ruiz, Bobby Southworth (9-5) was already looking ahead to future challenges. Southworth, who avenged a previous non-title-fight loss to Ruiz with the victory, said that he's entering the twilight of his career and wants to fight the division's best before calling it quits. The 38-year-old considers Renato "Babalu" Sobral (29-7) one such fighter.
Drew Fickett - The Whole Story
We've posted a little bit about Drew Fickett briefly being on Friday's Strikeforce card as a last minute replacement of a replacement to face Luke Stewart. Fickett ultimately got scratched because he was under contract to fight Ryan Ford for the Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight title. The whole thing was handled in a very professional manner by all parties involved. Exhibit A, here's a purported transcript of a voice message that MFC promoter Mark Pavelich left on Fickett's manager's voice mail upon hearing of the Strikeforce fight:
Thomson Not Ruling Out Melendez Rematch
Fresh off his win over his friend Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Lightweight Title, Josh Thomson says he wants to defend it against the best fighters, which means he certainly wouldn't rule out a rematch with Melendez.
The Punk talks about his huge win
Josh Thomson interview with Sherdog. He talks about the win, the pre interviews, who helped him out, rankings, and how he would dominate any other lightweight fighter in any organization. After his great preformance I wouldn't be as quick as I was this fight to bet against him.
Thomson Takes Strikeforce Title in San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Josh Thomson (Pictures) certainly picked the opportune night to fight up to the potential that most within the sport knew he possessed. Shoulder surgery, its rehabilitation, a staph infection, and the loss of his father over a year-and-half ago seemed to stack itself firmly against the San Jose fighter. If you bought into Thomson's pre-fight chatter, you might have thought the 29-year-old was bracing himself for inevitable defeat against Strikeforce lightweight champion and top-10 ranked Gilbert Melendez (Pictures).
CUNG LE LIKELY TO FIGHT AGAIN IN 2008
“He’ll be back in the gym. He’s still training, and he’ll be back at it,” he stated. Afromowitz also mentioned the possibility of different opponents for Le in his next fight, ranging from a rematch with Shamrock to a showdown with a top ranked middleweight. “You know, it’s a possibility he might wind up fighting (Kazuo) Misaki, who we were hoping he’d fight last November, but there was scheduling conflicts on Misaki’s side, so it didn’t happen,” Afromowitz commented on potential opponents. “Misaki’s a fighter that we recently signed, so Cung may wind up fighting him or he may just go back and fight Frank (Shamrock) again for his next fight, but he’ll be back.” As previously mentioned, Le’s next movie project is set to begin filming over the next few months, but Strikeforce executives are expecting him to fight again in 2008. “I think he’ll fight one more fight before the end of this year,” stated Afromowitz. Fans will also have to wait to see Le’s role in Tekken as well because the film is not slated to hit theatres until sometime in 2009
Report: “Babalu,” Misaki to appear on next Strikeforce at the Playboy mansion card
MMA Rated recently conducted an interview with Scott Coker, the CEO of Strikeforce, regarding what’s ahead for the promotion. Coker had some very interesting things to say in the interview. Here are some highlights:
Fight with Thomson could be better than Shamrock vs. Le
In one of the most intriguing lightweight match-ups in recent memory outside of the UFC, Strikeforce world lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (14-1) will be taking on longtime friend and training partner Josh Thomson (14-2). Melendez thinks it will be a battle for the ages. "El Niño" previewed the upcoming bout on a recent edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Melendez: fight with Thomson could be better than Shamrock vs. Le
In one of the most intriguing lightweight match-ups in recent memory outside of the UFC, Strikeforce world lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (14-1) will be taking on longtime friend and training partner Josh Thomson (14-2). Melendez thinks it will be a battle for the ages. "El Niño" previewed the upcoming bout on a recent edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We've trained together, we've banged together, and I think it's going to be one for the history books," Melendez said. Melendez and Thomson's well-documented friendship is still firmly intact. There is no manufactured hype or drama between the two. Instead, two of the lightweight division's most exciting fighters will meet in a match-up of well-rounded combatants. "One thing about Josh and I that is different than a lot of MMA fighters is that we are real MMA fighters," the 26-year-old said. "We're well-rounded. We're willing to stand, we're willing to wrestle, and we're willing to do jiu-jitsu. But we're at our best when we can do MMA -- do all the transitions, do everything. So it makes for a really good match-up, a really good scrap." The California-based Strikeforce organization has found success in promoting shows that cash in on local story lines. Earlier this year, fans were treated to an exciting clash between local residents Cung Le and Frank Shamrock in a bout billed as "The Battle for San Jose." Melendez believes this fight may turn out even better. "Frank and Cung Le are big names in the Bay area, and they put on a great show," Melendez said. "But I think Josh and I have been around for a while. We're top level. And it's going to make for a great fight."