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Strikeforce salaries: Josh Barnett leads payouts with $200,000 from Showtime event
Strikeforce fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Barnett vs. Cormier" event this past Saturday night (May 19, 2012), which aired on the Showtime network from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., were released earlier today by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). Daniel Cormier -- $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win) Josh Barnett -- $200,000 Cormier defeated Barnett via unanimous decision Gilbert Melendez -- $175,000 Josh Thomson -- $90,000 Melendez defeated Thomson via split decision Rafael Cavalcante -- $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win) Mike Kyle -- $25,000 Cavalcante defeated Kyle via submission (guillotine) in round one Lenny Christopher Spang -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win) Nah-Shon Burrell -- $7,000 Spang defeated Burrell via knockout in round one Isaac Vallie-Flagg -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win) Gesias Cavalcante -- $18,000 Vallie-Flagg defeated Cavalcante via split decision Carlos Inocente -- $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 to win) Virgil Zwicker -- $3,000 Inocente defeated Zwicker via unanimous decision Gian Villante -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win) Derrick Mehman -- $3,000 Villante defeated Mehmen via unanimous decision Quinn Mulhern -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win) Yuri Villefort -- $2,500 Mulhern defeated Villefort via split decision Bobby Green -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win) James Terry -- $9,000 Green defeated Terry via split decision
Josh Barnett Tweets X-ray Image Of His Broken Hand
Strikeforce heavyweight Josh ‘The Warmaster’ Barnett Tweeted (@JoshLBarnett)this x-ray image of his broken left hand after last nights loss to Daniel Cormier in the Grand Prix Final. - Here’s what happened in the first :30…still threw it though. Of course that might not have so wise LOL. Cormier, coincidentally broke his right hand in the opening round also. The newly ground GP champion told the media at the post-fight press conference that he was planning on having surgery to repair the hand instead of waiting for it to heal like the last time.
Coker: 'Feijao' vs. Mousasi likely for vacant Strikeforce light-heavyweight title
Following an ACL injury he recently revealed to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Gegard Mousasi won't be back in the cage anytime soon. And that's just fine with his likely next opponent, who's expected to fight Mousasi for Strikeforce's vacant light-heavyweight title. Following a grueling training camp, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (12-3 MMA, 5-2 SF) – who made quick work of Mike Kyle at Saturday's Strikeforce event – is looking for a little rest and relaxation before his tentative title fight with Mousasi (32-3-1 MMA, 3-1-1 SF), a fellow ex-champ.
Strikeforce: Grand Prix Finale' weigh-in results: Barnett (248), Cormier (238) official
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene and reporting live from today's official "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale" fighter weigh-ins, where all 18 fighters successfully made weight for their upcoming matchups. Today's festivities took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., which also hosts Saturday's Showtime- and Showtime Extreme-televised event. MAIN CARD (Showtime) Josh Barnett (248) vs. Daniel Cormier (238) Champ Gilbert Melendez (153) vs. Josh Thomson (153) Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (206) vs. Mike Kyle (203) Nah-Shon Burrell (170) vs. Chris Spang (169) PRELIMINARY CARD (Showtime Extreme) Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (156) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156) Virgil Zwicker (204) vs. Guto Inocente (205) Derrick Mehmen (205) vs. Gian Villante (205) Quinn Mulhern (170) vs. Yuri Villefort (170) Bobby Green (155) vs. James Terry (156)
Scott Coker: No set plans for Strikeforce grand-prix winner or 'plus-one' fight
So what happens to next week's winner of the Strikeforce world heavyweight grand prix? It's a good question, but it's still one without an answer. In a recent media call, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said there are no definite plans for the winner of the May 19 headliner between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier. Barnett (31-5 MMA, 2-0 SF) and Cormier (9-0 MMA, 6-0 SF) meet in the long-awaited finale of the 15-month-long tournament, which began with eight fighters (and swelled to nine when Cormier replaced Alistair Overeem in the semifinals). The tourney conclusion airs on Showtime from HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Lorenz Larkin Drops To Middleweight, Faces Robbie Lawler At July Strikeforce Show
During today’s Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament Final media call, promotion CEO Scott Coker confirmed several bouts for an upcoming July 14, 2012 show in Portland, Oregon. Dropping to middleweight will be undefeated fighter, ‘The Monsoon’ Lorenz Larkins (12-0, 1NC), who is set to meet ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler (19-8, 1NC) at the West Coast event set for the Rose Garden in Portland.
'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy' slated for July 14 in Portland, Larkin-Lawler added
A middleweight title fight between champion Luke Rockhold (9-1 MMA, 8-0 SF) and Tim Kennedy (14-3 MMA, 5-1 SF) will headline a major Strikeforce show in Oregon. Strikeforce officials today announced the event, which takes place July 14 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. Other announced bouts include middleweights Lorenz Larkin (12-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) vs. Robbie Lawler (19-8 MMA, 3-4 SF) and middleweights Roger Gracie (4-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) vs. Keith Jardine (17-10-2 MMA, 0-1-1 SF). The night's main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims. Despite today's announcements, an expected welterweight title fight between Nate Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) and Tyron Woodley (10-0 MMA, 8-0 SF) wasn't mentioned.
Report: Ronda Rousey vs Sarah Kaufman Strikeforce title fight planned for August
No arm, no foul. Newly-crowned Strikeforce Women's Champion Ronda Rousey has her first 135-pound title defense lined up for August 2012, where she's expected to face off against former division straphanger Sarah Kaufman at a location to be named, according to a report from MMA Fighting. Sounds like Marloes Coenen's recent call-out fell on deaf ears.
Roger Gracie vs Keith Jardine middleweight fight booked for July Strikeforce event
Why kill the promotion when you can still get exciting match-ups like this? According to MMAFighting.com, Roger Gracie will make his middleweight debut later this year against Keith Jardine at a July Strikeforce event that is still without a date or location, though Portland, Oregon is apparently a leading contender. A 185-pound championship bout pitting titleholder Luke Rockhold against Tim Kennedy is expected to headline the event. Gracie makes the drop down in weight following his first career loss in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition last September, a knockout defeat at the hands of Muhammed Lawal at the "Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event in Cincinnati. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Personally I really like this match-up... I feel Jardines TDD is one of the most underated in MMA, Gracie is gonna struggle to win this fight, if he wants to win it had best bring power punches. As we saw if you even try and fight Jardine technically, its very hard to do, as Mousassi found, you have to bring one punch KO power. I reckon Jardine will embarrass him here.
Bobby Green To Replace Billy Evangelista At May 19 Strikeforce Grand Prix Finale
A lightweight bout scheduled for this months Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament Final has seen a change of opponents as former King of the Cage champ Bobby Green (17-5) has been tagged as a replacement for promotion vet Billy Evangelista. Green will now face James ‘Intensity’ Terry (11-4) on the Strikeforce card and could make the main card Showtime broadcast. Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier is expected to take place on May 19, 2012 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card will air on Showtime at 10pm EST/PST (tape delay on the West Coast), while the prelim card is expected to air live on Showtime Extreme.
Champ Gilbert Melendez making the best of his remaining time in Strikeforce
A week and a half into the realization that he won't be going to the UFC, Gilbert Melendez (20-2 MMA, 10-1 SF) is getting used to the idea of fighting Josh Thomson (19-4 MMA, 10-2 SF) a third time. "I guess it was inevitable," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) with a laugh. But the Strikeforce lightweight champ would be lying if he said he isn't disappointed. "I was hoping for something better, for some top talent, and it didn't work out," Melendez said. "Something to raise my stock." Nothing could do that better than a UFC import. Melendez heard the same names everyone else did when a crossover fight was first rumored. The most heavily rumored names included B.J. Penn and Anthony Pettis. They just never materialized. Thomson did, and now he and Melendez meet in a rubber match at "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale," which takes place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Melendez vs. Thomson serves as the main card's co-main draw, which airs live on Showtime. Preliminary-card fights air on Showtime Extreme.
Nate Marquardt expects vacant welterweight title to be on the line in Strikeforce debut fight against Tyron Woodley
The past 12 months have been a roller coaster for Nate Marquardt. In March of 2011, "The Great" had just won a unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller at UFC 128. It appeared as though he was getting his career back on track, and he was re-energized by a move down to Welterweight, where he was set to fight Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4 in the main event of the evening. Everything was coming together nicely. And then it happened. The day before the Story fight, Marquardt was pulled from the match because of elevated testosterone levels. The withdrawal sent the entire card into disarray and caused Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White to immediately fire Marquardt and declare he'd never fight in the UFC again. Fast forward one year later. In the interim, Marquardt signed with the BAMMA, but never actually stepped foot in the cage for the British-based promotion. After being granted his release from the promotion earlier this year, there was speculation of Marquardt signing with Bellator, as well as a few other smaller promotions, before it was finally made official that he'd be signing with Zuffa-owned Strikeforce. In February, it was announced that Marquardt's first fight for Strikeforce would be opposite welterweight contender Tyron Woodley. According to a recent interview Marquardt had with "Inside MMA," the fight will be for the vacant 170-pound belt:
Brandon Saling's appeal unsuccessful, license revocation stands in Ohio, NJ
In a 3-0 vote, the Ohio Athletic Commission today denied Brandon Saling's appeal of a license revocation that was handed down this past month after it was discovered he lied about his criminal background. Saling's status as a sex offender and felon came to light when he fought Roger Bowling (11-2 MMA, 4-2 SF) at "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" on March 3. In 2004, a then-18-year-old Saling (8-6 MMA, 0-1 SF) was indicted in Ohio for gross sexual imposition following an incident in which he and friend had sexual relations with two underage girls. Four years later, he went to jail on a domestic violence charge. On an application he filed prior to the Strikeforce fight, Saling marked "no" when asked about previous convictions beyond traffic offenses. Ohio initially revoked Saling's license on March 6. He subsequently filed an appeal. Profato said a character witness testified on his behalf during today's appeal. Strikeforce released Saling following the loss and subsequent controversy over his past. (UFC president Dana White said he'd never fight under the Zuffa umbrella again.) Now 26, the fighter admits he made grave mistakes earlier in his life, but he said he's since been trying to better himself. He also denied being a member of any white supremacist groups despite tattoos linked to Neo-Nazi culture that were visible to viewers of Strikeforce fight, which resulted in a TKO loss to welterweight Roger Bowling on the Showtime Extreme-televised preliminary card. "Everyone thinks I'm this child predator, like I'm hiding out in the bushes being this sick [expletive] kind of person," Saling said. "That's not me by no means. The charges were because of the age difference between us. It's not like I held anyone down and made them do anything. I know what I did was wrong, and I wish I could go back, but I can't. "I can get (my tattoos) covered up. If that's the problem with me fighting for anybody, I can get it covered up. Maybe I could change it."
Appeal Denied: Cris Cyborg Santos’ One Year Suspension Upheld by California Commission
Former Strikeforce featherweight women’s champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos went before the California State Athletic Commmission on Monday for her appeal following a one year suspension after testing positive for banned substances during her fight on Dec 17, 2011 in Strikeforce. Unfortunately for Santos, the commission wasn’t bending on their original ruling. Santos and her lawyer appeared in front of the commission asking for leniency after the Brazilian tested positive for stanozolol metabolites after her win over Hiroko Yamanaka. Santos’ appeal was asking for the commission to reduce her sentence from one year down to six months. According to her lawyer, Santos was up for a potential fight on an upcoming Strikeforce show in ‘late June/early July’ in San Diego...
JZ Cavalcante will face Issac Vallie-Flagg at Strikeforce’s May 19 event in San Jose, Calif.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced Wednesday that Gesias Cavalcante will face Issac Vallie-Flagg at Strikeforce’s May 19 event in San Jose, Calif. The lightweight contest will likely take place on the Showtime Extreme undercard broadcast, though the event’s bout order has yet to be officially revealed. Showcasing a lightweight championship rematch between Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson, the event takes place at the HP Pavilion. The main card airs live on Showtime and will feature a heavyweight confrontation pitting Josh Barnett against Daniel Cormier to decide the promotion’s grand prix champion.
James Terry vs. Billy Evangelista added to 'Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale'
A lightweight bout between James Terry (11-4 MMA, 6-3 SF) and Billy Evangelista (11-2 MMA, 7-2 SF) is the latest addition to the "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final" event. Strikeforce officials today announced the fight. "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final," which features a tournament finale between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, takes place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims. Terry vs. Evangelista will be part of the prelims. Both fighters are vets of the local fight scene.
Strikeforce Grand Prix Final Adds Light Heavyweights Virgil Zwicker vs. Guto Inocente To Prelims
A light-heavyweight bout between Virgil Zwicker (10-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) and Guto Inocente (5-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) has been added to next month's "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final" event. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today tweeted news of the bout. "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final," which features a tournament finale between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, takes place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime, and Showtime Extreme carries the prelims. According to Coker, Zwicker vs. Inocente will be part of the prelims.
Strikeforce Makes Heavyweight Grand Prix Final Official; Adds Additional Bouts
Strikeforce on Monday finally made official the conclusion of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. It will take place May 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. MMAWeekly.com has already reported the main event showdown between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, the co-main event with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez defending his title against Josh Thomson, and a light heavyweight feature bout pitting former champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle. In making the official announcement, Strikeforce officials added another bout, matching up Bobby Voelker with Nah-Shon Burrell.
Melendez vs. Thomson III, Kyle vs. Cavalcante targeted for Strikeforce's May event
Gilbert Melendez (20-2 MMA, 10-1 SF) and Josh Thomson (19-4 MMA, 10-2 SF) will soon settle a score. Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for a rubber match between the current and former Strikeforce lightweight champ at "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier," which takes place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and airs live on Showtime. (Preliminary-card fights air on Showtime Extreme.) Additionally, a non-title light-heavyweight matchup between former champ Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (11-3 MMA, 4-2 SF) and Mike Kyle (19-8-1 MMA, 3-3-1 SF) is expected to take place.
Light Heavyweight Bout For May Strikeforce Show Has Gian Villante Facing Derrick Mehmen
A light heavyweight bout appears to be in the works for this May’s upcoming Strikeforce event in California, as New York fighter Gianpiero Villante (9-3) is expected to face Derrick ‘Caveman’ Mehmen (12-4). News of the bout was first reported by Newsday.com (sourced via MMAWeekly.com) who learned of the matchup from Villante Saturday night, who confirmed that bout agreements were in place for the fight. The upcoming Strikeforce show is expected to take place on May 19, 2012 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The event is expected to feature the Heavyweight Grand Prix Final match between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.