It seems once a month now a video pops up on a Monday of Bob Sapp getting handed another loss over the weekend. It's tough to see. It was fun to watch him maul people over in Japan. He's a reminder of the beloved past. But even though that doesn't seem that long ago, it is. Sapp has now lost eight of his last nine fights, including five in a row recently. None of the fights have lasted more than a round.
Despite showings that continue to get worse and worse every time he puts on the gloves, Sapp will be maintaining a busy schedule over the next couple of months. Today comes word that a crowd-pleasing matchup with former strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski is now official as the main event of KSW 19 on May 12.
Immediately after that, Sapp is slated to face Soa Palelei in Australia a week later. He also has a kickboxing bout on April 22. And remember, Sapp was forced to submit due to a leg injury in a bout against James Thompson only three weeks ago. Take that as you will.
Recipe for disaster?
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— Strikeforce's first event of the new year, which features middleweight champion Luke Rockhold putting his belt on the line against longtime UFC veteran Keith Jardine, will be part of Showtime's annual free preview weekend, which begins Friday, January 6 and runs through Sunday, January 8. Additional bouts set for the televised portion of the card include Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal returning against Lorenz Larkin and Robbie Lawler facing Adlan Amagov. [Showtime]
— Another edition of UFC Primetime has been set to profile next month's interim UFC welterweight title bout between former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz and one-time WEC belt holder Carlos Condit. It will be the first time that the three-episode mini-series has aired on FX. The first episode will air on January 20 and subsequent ones will premiere on January 27 and February 3. [UFC.com]
Bob Sapp. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Popular Japanese fight scene veteran Bob Sapp has been tapped to replace an injured Gegard Mousasi against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the semifinals of DREAM’s first-ever “Super Hulk” tournament, which continues at DREAM.11 on October 6.
Sapp confirmed his participation at the event with MMA Weekly on Wednesday. He re-enters the tourney after falling in the opening round to Ikuhisa Minowa back in May. “The Beast” last competed on June 27, suffering yet another defeat to former WWE star and undefeated heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley. It marks the first time Sapp has suffered consecutive losses in his career.
Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Upstart boxing promotion Prize Fight Promotions has teamed up with local Mississippi mixed martial arts promoters Fight Force International to put on quite the MMA event in Biloxi, Mississippi on June 27. The show will be headlined by an intriguing (to say the least) heavyweight bout between former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley and PRIDE and K-1 veteran Bob Sapp.
There are plenty of other notable bouts on the card as well. Dangerous strikers Gilbert Yvel and Pedro Rizzo will clash following their respective losses to Josh Barnett in recent Affliction show in the co-main event. Din Thomas will take on fellow longtime veteran Javier Vasquez, who is coming out of a temporary retirement, in a featherweight bout, and former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki will face William Sriyapai.
Even Affliction VP Tom Atencio is on the card. (For those who are unaware, Atencio already has a pro fight under his belt. He earned a decision over David Martinez at Total Combat 7 in January 2005)
The current lineup for the event is below. Not all of the fights have been officially signed as of yet and more details regarding the event are expected to come at a press conference in Biloxi in two weeks. The event will be televised on IN DEMAND and Direct TV PPV.
Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp
Pedro Rizzo vs. Gilbery Yvel
Chris Horodecki vs. William Sriyapai
Din Thomas vs. Javier Vasquez
Brett Cooper vs. Waachim Spiritwolf
Tom Atencio vs. TBA
James Orso vs. Colby McMahan
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Fresh off of a brutal loss to fellow kickboxer Jan Nortje last month in his home state of Washington, things aren’t getting much better for former NFL lineman and K-1 star Bob Sapp.
The Japanese legend is reportedly connected to the same BALCO steroids rings that has tarnished the legacy of home run king Barry Bonds. The news comes from an AP report published today:
Novitzky said 30 athletes were called to testify before the grand jury in 2003. Novitzky didn’t identify any of the athletes, but testified there was “some evidence” that professional wrestler Bob Sapp — who briefly played in the NFL — bought steroids from chemist Patrick Arnold.
Arnold is also said to have created the unique designer steroids that Bonds took before breaking Major League Baseball’s home run record last year.
Unlike Bonds, Sapp was not called to testify under a grand jury last year, so he shouldn’t be seeing much trouble other than the rest of the world now knowing that his massive size wasn’t all natural. Not much of a surprise in my opinion.
I’m not so sure Sapp used steroids to get bigger as much as he did to maintain his weight. He has visibly gotten smaller in recent years.
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Bob Sapp’s return to his home state of Washington didn’t go so well. The former NFL lineman and K-1 star was stopped by fellow kickboxer Jan Nortje in brutal fashion, stunning the 7,089 in attendance at the Tacoma Dome for last night’s Strikeforce and Bodog Fight co-promoted event.
After cutting Sapp with a series of stiff left jabs in the opening moments of the fight, Nortje followed up with a barrage of punches while his opponent was up against the cage. Seconds later, Sapp was on the receiving end of one final left hook that sent him crumpling to the canvas and forced the referee to wave off the proceedings.
The win was Nortje’s first in mixed martial arts since Tadao Yasuda was forced to bow out of their December 2002 bout because of injury. After the fight, Nortje (2-5) expressed his desire to compete under the Strikeforce banner in the future.
“It wasn’t luck,” Nortje said. “I trained my ass off for this fight. I knew Sapp was one hell of a job to take on, but I did it. Thanks to Scott Coker and Strikeforce, I’m going to keep doing this. This feels nice. This feels good.“
A disappointed Sapp (9-3-1) revealed a potential hamstring injury that may have hampered his performance during a post-fight interview.
“My hamstring buckled and I wasn’t able to get back up,” Sapp said. “I tried to move around a lot but it wasn’t working. Unfortunately I just couldn’t get it done today.”
After a brief exchange on the feet, Cory Devela put veteran Joe Riggs on his back for good just two minutes into their middleweight bout with a swift judo throw. Immediately tapping out after he hit the mat, it was obvious that Riggs was in extreme pain from what appeared to be an unconfirmed lower back injury.
Although Devela landed two right hands flush to a downed and submitting Riggs, it was evident that the injury was the main cause behind the former UFC welterweight title contender being unable to stand up. A stretcher was called into the cage and Riggs was taken to nearby St. Joseph Medical Center where he remained overnight before being released earlier this morning.
Devela, now 8-1, noted that he hoped Riggs (27-10) would fully recover from the injury after the fight.
After a few minutes, I knew that I probably shouldn’t be standing with him,” Devela said. “He’s a hard-hitting guy and I had a better chance of tying up with him and beating him up that way. I hate to see when a fighter gets hurt like that so I hope he’s alright and comes back hard.”
Photo courtesy of FEG.
The official weigh-in results for tonight’s Strikeforce at the Dome show are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The event feature a super heavyweight showdown between former NFL lineman and K-1 star Bob “The Beast” Sapp and Jan Nortje. Former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith will take on kickboxer Rick Roufus, who will be making his mixed martial arts debut.
The only minor hitch during the festivities involved Steve Berger, who needed an extra two hours to make the welterweight limit.
Bob Sapp (356 lbs) vs Jan Nortje (333 lbs)
Joe Riggs (184) lbs vs Cory Devela (184 lbs)
Maurice Smith (235 lbs) vs Rick Roufus (207 lbs)
Steve Berger (172 lbs) vs Eddy Ellis (168 lbs)
Jorge Masvidal (159 lbs) vs Ryan Healy (158 lbs)
Eric Clark (224 lbs) vs Josh Bennett (259 lbs)
Ray Perales (170 lbs) vs Lyle Beerbohm (168 lbs)
Matt Kovacs (244 lbs) vs Mike Hayes (230 lbs)
Scott Shaffer (144 lbs) vs Zach Skinner (143 lbs)
Dave Corshane (169 lbs) vs Nathan Coy (170 lbs)
Former NFL lineman and K-1 star Bob “The Beast” Sapp discusses his training regiment for his upcoming fight this weekend against Jan Norte at the Bodog Fight-sponsored “Strikeforce at the Dome” show, which will take place at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington with ESPN.
Bob Sapp prepares to throw a right hand at Bobby Ologun at K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! Photo courtesy of FEG.
TACOMA - Nearly 700 lbs. of human flesh will collide in the cage when 6’11” K-1 kickboxing star and undefeated professional boxer Jan “The Giant” Nortje (25-17) meets former University of Washington football standout and NFL lineman turned martial arts fighting sensation, Bob “The Beast” Sapp (8-2-1), in the main event of the “Strikeforce At The Dome” mixed martial arts event at Washington’s Tacoma Dome on Saturday, February 23rd.
Interestingly enough, the 32-year-old Nortje, who tips the scales at around 330 lbs, is a former training partner of Sapp. Nortje and his former training team were one of the first groups to help Sapp develop combat skills after The Beast entered the world of martial arts fighting in 2002.
“I’m extremely excited,” said Nortje. “I’ve always seen Bob get big opportunities so I think it’s my turn to show what I can do against him.”
Nortje is coming off a second round TKO victory over Dong Wook Kim. The matchup took place before over 17,000 fans at Japan’s Yokohama Arena on K-1’s “World GP 2007 Final” on December 8th.
A native of South Africa, Nortje relocated last year to Las Vegas, Nevada where he has been aggressively training with K-1 superstar and world kickboxing champion, Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo.
“It’s been a great experience so far. Ray is so knowledgeable in all areas of fighting,” Nortje said.
We will be going live at 1:00 AM EST with live results of K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!!, which is taking place at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan
The event is headlined by a main event between long-time Japanese veterans Kazushi Sakuraba and Masakatsu Funaki. Bob Sapp, “Kid” Yamamoto, Melvin Manhoef, and Ikuhisa Minowa will all be in action as well as annual Dynamite!! participants Bobby Ologun and Kiyoshi Tamura.
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