The UFC delivered an exciting finale, to one of the most exciting seasons of The Ultimate Fighter in recent memory last weekend. They’re not giving that event much time to simmer in our memories, as they move forward with another free event, this time on network television as the 7th UFC on Fox event goes off this weekend. The UFC returns to California, more specifically to San Jose, California, the home base of their former sister promotion Strikeforce.
It’s fitting that the UFC is hosting this event in San Jose and at the HP Pavilion the home of a number of Strikeforce shows in the past, since this card features a number of fighters that were prominent in Strikeforce’s success. In main card action former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson battles former Lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz. Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner and emerging star Daniel Cormier battles former ..click here to read more
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Nick Diaz may be the craziest fighter in MMA and that says a lot. Whether it is going toe to toe in a striking battle or fighting inside of a hospital room, there is never a dull moment in Diaz’s world. Here is a look back at his top five memorable fights in the cage.
Diaz is a very polarizing fighter. You either love him or hate him. I have always loved Diaz. He is fun, exciting, and probably is more honest than almost any other fighter in combat sports. Unfortunately that fire and honesty is what has both made and broke Nick Diaz yet also given fans some of the most exciting moments in MMA.
Diaz is just days away from the biggest fight of his career. Diaz will challenge UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in one of the most anticipated grudge matches in UFC history. Win, lose, or draw, Diaz ..click here to read more
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You knew it was coming! Strikeforce MMA is closing shop. The promotion’s January event will be the last. Fighters will begin to migrate over to the UFC starting with a brand new UFC champion.
TMZ was the first to break the news (amazing with hundreds of MMA reporters on the payroll that TMZ breaks the story) on Thursday that Zuffa and Showtime will be ending their relationship which will result in the end of Strikeforce. The first casualty of this is Ronda Rousey who didn’t even need to wait to find a new job. Rousey will be entering the UFC as the new UFC 135 pound women’s champion.
Dave Meltzer provided a detailed report on his F4Wonline.com podcast. According to Meltzer the move was seen as inevitable once Steven Espinoza took over as Showtime’s VP sports programming. Espinoza is a boxing guy and Meltzer speculates that ..click here to read more
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The injury bug has bitten Zuffa once again. The hit this time comes to Strikeforce as one of the most anticipated Strikeforce fights of the year will have to wait. Frank Mir has pulled out of his fight with Daniel Cormier due to injury, thus putting the fight on hold.
MMAJunkie.com broke the news earlier this week. “An undisclosed injury has forced the ex-UFC champ to withdraw from “Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir,” which takes place Nov. 3 at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., and airs live on Showtime and Showtime Extreme.”
This isn’t as easy of a fight to reschedule as something like the cancelled Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo UFC featherweight title match that was just pulled off of UFC 153. The issue here is that this was to be Daniel Cormier’s final fight in Strikeforce. Cormier was scheduled to move to the UFC win or ..click here to read more
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Another weekend and another major MMA event for Zuffa. This time instead of the world-famous octagon of the UFC, action will be taking place inside the hexagonal cage of Strikeforce. Back once again in it’s home state of California the UFC’s sister promotion brings an event headlined by the new face of Women’s MMA Ronda Rousey. Live this Saturday from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California Strikeforce presents a five-bout main card on Showtime. Because we’re a little short on time this weekend, I’m going to skip the usual background information on the bouts and get right into analysis.
Preliminary Card (Showtime Extreme): Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Hiroko Yamanaka vs. Germaine de Randamie
Hiroko “The Incomplete Queen” Yamanaka is one of Japan’s top female fighters. She is a talented and well-rounded fighter who has decent striking skills and has a strong submission grappling game when she is able to ply ..click here to read more
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Former UFC champion Tim Sylvia has been on a crusade to return to the UFC. Sylvia is one step closer, but will have to make a pit stop in Strikeforce first. Unfortunately the former champ has a heck of a road block lying ahead on September 29.
MMAJunkie.com is reporting that the former heavyweight champion will fight recent Strikeforce heavyweight Grand-Prix tournament winner Daniel Cormier in a fight tentatively scheduled for September 29.
This is where Dana White is probably his worst enemy when it comes to promoting. When White holds a grudge he will take any chance he has at mocking a fighter. White has had a lot of fun taking shots at Sylvia since he left the UFC in 2008. Even just recently, White took an opportunity to poke fun at his former (and now returning) employee.
“I don’t even know what Tim Sylvia’s done. The last Tim ..click here to read more
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The most polarizing heavyweight in MMA history has called it quits. Fedor Emelianenko officially announced his retirement from MMA on Thursday after earning his 34th win. The decision should officially end all rumors about Fedor in the UFC…at least in the interim.
Fedor’s 12-year career raised more questions than answers. From 2001 to 2006 Fedor was generally regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in all of MMA and the greatest heavyweight the sport had ever seen. Yet Fedor’s zero fights in the UFC as well as a recent losing streak have many questioning the strength of Fedor’s legacy.
Fedor ended his career the way all great athletes should. Fedor went out with a thundering win. Fedor defeated former UFC standout Pedro Rizzo on Thursday in what will go down as the last fight in his career. Fedor rocked Rizzo with a right hand and looked every bit as ..click here to read more
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As ambitious as it was to put together the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament, it has been anything but smooth. The latest bump comes off of a rumor that if true, could practically kill the entire idea. Alistair Overeem may not only be pulling out of the tournament, but could be leaving Strikeforce altogether.
The latest MMA rumor spreading like wildfire says that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is not only pulling out of the Grand Prix, but that he will relinquish his championship and sign an official UFC contract. The rumor was posted on a message board that posted news about the Lesnar UFC 131 cancelation before it was announced, thus giving this rumor a little more attention than usual.
When UFC president Dana White said that it would be “business as usual for Strikeforce”, he ..click here to read more
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It didn’t take long for the retirement talk after Fedor Emelianenko lost to Antonio Silva and was eliminated from Strikeforce’s World Grand Prix. CEO Scott Coker isn’t ready to give up on Fedor just yet. As a matter of a fact, Coker is ready to stick him back in the Strikeforce tournament.
You read that right. As Strikeforce haters rejoiced in what some dramatically called the end of Strikeforce’s World Grand Prix tournament, Scott Coker was busy looking for loopholes. You see, in Strikeforce wins and losses really don’t mean a whole lot. Just ask Brett Rodgers who got a heavyweight title shot after being knocked out by Fedor. No in Strikeforce even after being brutally beaten for a round and losing ..click here to read more
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So how did Antonio Big Foot Silva beat the legendary Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva? Fedor’s trainer has accused Silva of illegal psychological tactics. Yes hypnosis is the reason Fedor lost according to members of his team.
I have heard a lot of ridiculous things in my life but this one takes the cake. In an interview with a Russian website, Fedor’s trainer, Vladimir Voronov told a Russian website, “It seems to us that all isn’t simple and certain technologies have been used, – has declared Life Sports Ravens. – certainly, not such which it would be visible to an aided eye. It, most likely, were psychological technologies with which influenced on both fighters on distance from a hall. For this ..click here to read more
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How does the president of the UFC celebrate a day in which his company shattered previous box office records by selling 55,000 tickets? Well if you are Dana White you root for Fedor Emelianenko to lose and then spend 24 hours on Twitter gloating about it.
If you aren’t following Dana White on Twitter or haven’t read his tweets following Fedor’s loss to Antonio Silva in the Strikeforce Grand Prix well then you are robbing yourself of some great entertainment. Not only did Dana White take to Twitter immediately after Fedor vs. Silva to gloat, he spent about 24 hours fighting with Fedor fans and UFC haters for the world to see.
Here are some highlights of Dana White’s Twitter fun at the ..click here to read more
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Fedor Emelianenko lost his second fight in a row in Strikeforce. After being battered and bloodied in the second round by Antonio Silva, the referee stopped the fight due to Fedor’s bad eye. Emelianenko’s eye was shut which ended the fight and his road to redemption in the Grand Prix tournament.
The story here was the weight disadvantage of Fedor. Silva had a near 40 pound advantage in the fight and used it to dominate Fedor in the second round and avoid a first round loss. Silva took Fedor down early in the second round, mounted him and proceeded to lay a vicious assault of ground and pound on the tournament favorite. Fedor wasn’t able to find an advantageous position until the remaining 10 seconds ..click here to read more
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