Posts Tagged ‘Strikeforce’

Brock Lesnar v. Strikeforce?

August 12, 2009

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Strikeforce has done it now! They’ve woken the sleeping giant. UFC President Dana White is going at them now with both barrels. MMA fans will now have a choice this weekend: they can watch Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg in the first ever major show headlined by women, OR they can watch select bouts from UFC 100 on SPIKE TV. The show was headlined by a UFC Heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir.

The UFC now seems likely to counter program any major card by a competitor. It made a similar move last year when it went head to head with Affliction: Banned. In that case, the UFC actually aired a live Fight Night card. Although this show isn’t big enough to warrant it, I suspect Fedor Emelianenko’s debut in October will be met with stiffer resistance.

Strikeforce: Carano vs Cyborg (Card subject to change)

August 11, 2009

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…)

Up in Smoke: Diaz Out

August 11, 2009

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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.

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Fedor Saga: Winners and Losers

August 7, 2009

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Our own Jonathan Snowden has the story over at Fox Sports

While this move certainly changes the MMA landscape, it creates as many questions as it provides answers.

Was it a mistake for the UFC to let Emelianenko slip through its hands? Will Strikeforce regret the terms they’ve agreed to in exchange for the bragging rights associated with having the world’s best heavyweight on their roster? What about the fans?

In every deal, there are winners and losers. Let’s look in depth at this one.

Interestingly, Snowden has the UFC in both the winners and losers columns. A complicated analysis of a complicated story.

Gina Carano’s Trainer is Satan

August 5, 2009

Unfortunately, he is just your average humanoid Satan as opposed to the dark lord who crushes cities beneath his magma-fist.

Jacare Signs With Strikeforce

August 5, 2009

Adding fuel to previously discussed rumors here, middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has signed a deal with Strikeforce, according to MMAJunkie.com.  Jacare had made his home in the Japanese DREAM organization but it is unclear whether his new Strikeforce contract is exclusive or will still allow him to compete in DREAM or other organizations.  Here, MMAJunkie cites a report regarding Jacare’s Strikeforce debut:

GracieMag.com’s report cites a potential Oct. 25 Strikeforce debut for Souza, a date the outlet states will also feature the organizational debut of recent signing Fedor Emelianenko. The report also states Fresno, Calif., is a likely location for the as-yet-unannounced event.

The addition of Jacare into the Strikeforce talent pool in the same week that Fedor and Gegard Mousasi have been added represents a true strengthening of the roster.  Whether the UFC will continue to regard Strikeforce as a non-threat is yet to be seen.

Why Did Fedor Sign With Strikeforce?

August 3, 2009

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Jonathan Snowden has more at Inside Fights

If there was a reasonable option available that wasn’t the UFC, that didn’t involve White, they were going to take it. And they did, signing today with Showtime and Strikeforce for undisclosed terms, said to be significantly smaller than the UFC’s best offer. How did it go wrong, again, for Zuffa? Signs once more point to perceived disrespect.

Sources close to both the UFC and Emelianenko say the negotiations were going well last week. The UFC had caved in on many of Fedor’s demands that had been stumbling points in 2007. He would be allowed to represent M-1 Global and allowed to continue competing in Sambo. The final sticking point was co-promotion. And then it happened.