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Hello all, this is Ring Psych coming to you LIVE from the Marriott in beautiful downtown San Jose. The weigh-ins are about to start for tommorow night’s Strikeforce event, which is headlined by Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg in the most heavily anticipated women’s MMA fight in history. Stay updated with us after the jump!
Phil Baroni, recently released by Strikeforce, has signed with UFC in a somewhat bizarre move. A guy who couldn’t hack it in a company with lower-caliber competitors is now moving on to the biggest game in town. Good luck, Phil!
As we reported a bit earlier, UFC is now personally invested in being Strikeforce’s direct competition, in a move that will almost assuredly work out in the UFC’s favor. Dana White seems to be taking this whole “Fedor Emelianenko” thing pretty seriously, so now he’s set the wheels in motion for head-to-head programming. The first thing that came to my mind when I heard about this was remembering the actions of another bombastic promoter encountering something similar in the late 1980s: one Vince McMahon.
While the then-WWF and their rivals the NWA always were involved in indirect competition, something changed in 1987 when a scheduling war erupted.
After getting knocked out in nine seconds in June by almost fifty boxer Ray Mercer MMAJunkie.com reports that his next fight will be with Jason Riley for Monte Cox’s Adrenaline MMA promotion.
What was originally supposed to be an epic show filled with title matches and combustible personalities has now been reduced to a fairly mediocre show with a couple of interesting fights and little else. Nick Diaz, Alistair Overeem, Josh Thomson, Joe Riggs and Roger Gracie were all rumored or confirmed for this card. All have since backed out. For a promotion looking to make a splash and whose last Showtime card was a full on success, this can only be seen as a step backwards. What else can possibly go wrong now? Gina and Cyborg both missing weight? (more…)
Everyone knows Strikeforce fighter Nick Diaz likes to smoke it up. He’s a card carrying medical marijuana recipient who has already been busted once for fighting while high. So when the state of California called looking for some urine, Diaz was nowhere to be found. Some said he was training in Florida. Others claimed he was in the mountains. We don’t know for sure where he was, but it wasn’t at the urinalysis.
But apparently it is a little more complicated than a fighter refusing a pee test.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Nick Diaz no-showed a drug test requested by the California State Athletic Commission, and that his fight with Jay Hieron was off. Now, the Observer is reporting that there may still be hope:
The California State Athletic Commission specified that if Nick Diaz doesn’t make an appointment for testing by Noon Pacific time that the fight with Jay Hieron on Saturday’s Strikeforce show is out.
Scott Coker has said that a few potential back-up opponents have been contacted. He said that he would continue to work with Diaz even if he doesn’t show up for the test, but that the two would have a talking to.
Coker said that he had sent plane tickets for Diaz to fly to Los Angeles for the test today and that there was no miscommunication between himself, the commission and Diaz.
Obviously Strikeforce wants Diaz to fight, because Diaz is unarguably amazing and one of the few drawing cards Strikeforce has at this point outside of the just-signed Fedor. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Following a lackluster undercard, tonight’s WEC event on Versus delivered in the main event with what was possibly the fight of the weekend. Full results after the jump.
Forrest Griffin has long been one of the UFC’s most popular fighters. Through four years of hard work, he’s also become one of the best. Griffin, famously, works harder than anyone else in the sport of MMA. The result is a fighter who can test his opponent for five long rounds and can more than hold his own both on the ground and on his feet.
Anderson Silva is the anti-Griffin. It’s not that he doesn’t work hard: he certainly does. It’s just that every thing he does comes so naturally. While Griffin struggles to maintain good footwork, Silva flows around the cage, a natural killer. Even Griffin’s supposed weight advantage seems moot. Looking like a young Jack Johnson, it seems Silva even puts on extra bulk gracefully.
In almost every category, Silva has the distinct advantage. If it’s a pretty fight, where the guys stand at a normal distance and trade strikes, Forrest is a dead man. But in close, in the trenches, when things get ugly, this is his opportunity. A source close to his camp tells me Griffin’s gameplan is to create this ugly fight. If you see a fight where Forrest is pushing Silva against the cage, leaning on him, trying to bully him…this may still result in a knockout win for Silva from the Thai clinch. But Griffin will have gone out fighting his fight.