Cung Le Comments On A Potential Matchup Against Anderson Silva
Cung Le is coming off of the biggest win of his career, a victory over MMA legend Frank Shamrock. Le recently sat down with our friends over atMMAFrenzy to discuss the win, and his future.
Of note, was Le's thoughts on fighting UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva:
I feel my promoter is open to do a co-promotion, but I know the UFC isn’t willing to do one, but I am sure that Dana White can come in and borrow me for one fight, but of course he has to pay my promoter something.
I’m sure something can be worked out, if the fans really want that fight, and if Dana could make it happen I am sure my promoter Scott Coker would be open to it.
When asked how Le thinks he would fair in a fight with Silva, Le was humble as always.
I am going to answer you like if I was asked if I would beat Frank, I don’t know. I didn’t know if I was going to beat Frank, I don’t know if I would beat Anderson if I fought him. The only way I would find out if I could beat him is to fight him.
To all my opponents, doesn’t matter if it is Mike Altman my first MMA fight, to an Anderson Silva, who is pound for pound the best in the world, I respect them all the same. They are martial artists and they train, they live the martial arts lifestyle. I have respect for all my martial arts brothers out there, and then if we step into the cage, then we step in the cage, which then is do our best to win.
Strikeforce A Ratings Hit For NBC
The 5th episode of the weekly Strikeforce On NBC program topped some notable late-night competition in the key 18-34 males demo for the week of May 5, beating both Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson in the key ratings demo. Overall, the show's viewership has nearly tripled since the premiere and is now at just under 950,000 viewers.
Josh the punk Thompson talks upcoming fight and more.
Josh talks about his upcoming fight with Gilbert and also talks a little trash on Ishida, Guida, and the heavy guys.
I found it pretty interesting what he said about Guida and Ishida. I also thoguth it was kind fo arrogant of him to not praise Cung Le more instead of say "Baroni didnt train with US (Josh and Javier)," and "Frank underestimated US."
Overall good interview.
Gilbert Melendez is signed, sealed and ready to deliver
Gilbert Melendez is feeling great and is ready to take the American lightweight scene by storm.
After years of primarily fighting in Japan, “Ill Nino” is on the verge of his biggest showdown stateside, as he defends his Strikeforce title against top 155-pound contender Josh Thomson. The fight is the main event of the promotion’s June 27 fight card taking place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
MMA's Next Big Drawing Card: Cung Le
Pun intended. Newly crowned StrikeForce Middleweight Champion Cung Le will appear in the first-ever MMA trading card series, to be released by Donruss later this year. Several versions of Le's card will be made, including autographed cards and cards with swatches of Le's competition shorts. Le also will appear in 2 films over the next year, "Fighting" and "Tekken".
Phan Vs. Evangelista Likely Set For June Strikeforce Event
A fight between Nam Phan and Billy Evangelista, originally set for last November's Strikeforce event but scrapped due to injuries, now appears set for the June 27 Strikeforce event in San Jose, CA. Phan last fought for Strikeforce in 2006, Evangelista fought on the Shamrock-Le undercard.
Anthony Ruiz inks six-fight contract with Strikeforce
After 30 professional fights and more than five years of competition, veteran fighter Anthony Ruiz (20-10) has gotten the "big" contract every seasoned veteran hopes to land.
The 30-year-old Ruiz and the California-based Strikeforce organization recently inked a six-fight deal that could be worth up to nearly $150,000. It also promises Ruiz an immediate title shot and the possibility of fighting in a $100,000 four-man light-heavyweight tournament later this year.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson Strikeforce fight booked for June 27
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez (14-1) and Josh Thomson (14-2) are booked to scrap during the main event at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, Calif., on Friday June 27.
The 155-pound tilt between “Bay-area archrivals” was supposed to go down on March 29; however, “The Punk” has to undergo surgery to repair a left shoulder injury. “El Nino” went on to defend his title against Gabe Lemley with a second round technical knockout.
Here’s a snip from Melendez:
“This is a very big fight for the fans, for the promotion and for Josh and me. Josh is a great fighter, but I’m the champ and I plan on remaining the champ for a long time.”
Thomson is on a six-fight win streak, finishing five of those fights inside the distance mostly with submissions. He stopped Adam Lynn with a technical knockout his last time out at Strikeforce: “Playboy Mansion” in September 2007.
Here’s a snip from Thomason:
“This fight with Gilbert has been a long time coming and we’re ready to do it. It’s not as if we need a feeling out period. We both know each other very well. We’ve trained together, we’ve sparred together. We’re gonna come out ready for five rounds, but we’re gonna bang it out.”
MMA Quick Quote: Phil Baroni set to eat some Ninja sushi on May 31
Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni talks in an interview with MMARated.com about his upcoming fight with Murilo “Ninja” Rua during “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS on May 31. He talks about his steroid suspension, rematches with Frank Shamrock and Kala Hose, fighting in the UFC or Japan again, as well as his in depth analysis of Kimbo Slice as a fighter. It’s a pretty hilarious interview — check it out if you have time
"Strikeforce on NBC" makes solid debut, but questions remain
The optimism and intrigue created by Strikeforce's initial announcement of a deal with NBC was immediately followed by skepticism. Sure, mixed martial arts would appear on major U.S. network television for the first time, but the details left a little to be desired.
With just 28 minutes of airtime crammed into a very-late-night 2 a.m. broadcast slot, "Strikeforce on NBC" didn't appear to be the network blockbuster MMA fans have long anticipated.
However, today's series premiere should put at least some doubts and fears to rest. It also showed how a little network influence can spiff up an image and lend some legitimacy.
"Strikeforce On NBC" debuts Saturday
The first-ever weekly mixed-martial-arts program on major U.S. network television airs this coming Saturday, April 12, with the debut of "Strikeforce on NBC."
Newly crowned Strikeforce world middleweight champion Cung Le (6-0), who defeated former title-holder Frank Shamrock in the main event of March's 29 Strikeforce/EliteXC show, is the feature of the first half-hour episode.
The show airs at 2 a.m. on Saturday night/Sunday morning immediately following the hit late-night NBC show, "Poker After Dark."
STRIKEFORCE & ELITE XC FIGHTERS TEST CLEAN
The California State Athletic Commission tested every fighter on the recent Strikeforce and EliteXC co-promoted event in San Jose, Calif. for both drugs of abuse and performance enhancing drugs. The CSAC on Monday confirmed that every fighter also came back clean.
Strikeforce/EliteXC official salaries: Le and Shamrock share $500,000
Main event winner and new Strikeforce world middleweight champion Cung Le ($200,000) and former title-holder Frank Shamrock ($300,000) split 75 percent of the total fight purse from Saturday's Strikeforce/EliteXC main event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today obtained the total fighter payroll from the California State Athletic Commission.
Saturday's event, which took place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., drew 15,192 attendees (14,710 paid) for a total live gate of $1,117,855.
The total disclosed payroll for the show was $667,850.
The full amounts included:
Cung Le ($200,000) def. Frank Shamrock ($300,000)
Drew Fickett ($10,000) def. Jae S. Lim ($3,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Gabe Lemley ($7,000)
Wayne Cole ($10,000) def. Mike Kyle ($10,000)
Joey Villasenor ($36,000) def. Ryan Jensen ($6,000)
Billy Evangelista ($10,000) def Marlon Sims ($2,500)
Tiki Ghosn ($8,000) def. Luke Stewart ($6,000)
Darren Uyenoyama ($4,000) def. Anthony Figueroa ($2,000)
Jesse Jones ($2,150) def. Jesse Gillespie ($1,200)
"Win" bonuses went to Fickett ($5,000), Cole ($5,000), Villasenor ($18,000), Evangelista ($5,000) Ghosn ($2,000), Uyenoyama ($2,000) and Jones ($500).
MMA Analytics 03.31.08: EliteXC/Strikeforce Thoughts
Strikeforce's main event bout could go down on the nominee ballot as one of the best matchups of the year. It provided us with excitement, anticipation, and a fantastic striking war between two iron chinned athletes. We'll talk about the main event and the rest of the card including some analysis on what's next for the fighters in EliteXC/Strikeforce in this edition of MMA Analytics.
Next for Cung Le: Top 10 Opposition
Dave Meltzer's article on the Le/Shamrock fight hints at some exciting future matchups for Cung Le:
Le talked after the fight about potentially defending his title against either 2006 Pride middleweight Grand Prix champion Kazuo Misaki, or Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.
STRIKEFORCE 9 WEIGH-INS RESULTS AND PHOTOS
Welterweight Bout (Contracted weight at 175 lbs.)
Jesse Jones- 173.5
Jesse Gillespie- 180
Darren Uyenoyama- 136
Anthony Figueroa- 133
Luke Stewart- 171
Lightweight Bout (Contracted weight at 162lbs)
Marlon Sims- 162.5
Billy Evangelista- 160.5
Joey Villasenor- 185
Ryan Jensen- 186
Mike Kyle- 225
Wayne Cole- 209
Strikeforce Lightweight Championship Bout
Gilbert Melendez- 154.5
Gabe Lemley- 153
Welterweight Bout (Contracted weight at 172lbs)
Drew Fickett- 171
Jae Suk Lim –170
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship Bout
Frank Shamrock- 185
Cung Le- 183