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“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey Talks Pre-Fight Sex



The above video features UFC woman's 145 lbs champion Ronda Rousey and Jim Rome discussing the topic of sex before a fight. This isn't the first time Rousey has fielded questions regarding pre-fight sex. Video after the jump.

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Video: Jason High vs. Nate Moore from Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Kennedy” on Saturday Night

Jason High was angry after his 29-second submission win over Nate Moore was nixed from last Saturday's Strikeforce broadcast on Showtime.

He had every right to be, especially since he's probably the most worthy choice for Nate Marquardt's first welterweight title defense. Showtime was kind enough to put High's win up for everyone to see. A title shot would be even nicer.

Quote of the Day: Could Fedor Emelianenko be Opponent for Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix Winner?

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

"That's interesting. "I'm not sure what Fedor has planned. I haven't spoken to M-1. I know M-1 executive Steve Bash was in the audience tonight, but we haven't had that conversation yet."

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker left the door open for Fedor Emelianenko to potentially fight the winner of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix tournament finals (either Josh Barnett or Daniel Cormier) following the tourney's conclusion. Emelianenko is widely believed to remain under a promotional contract with Showtime despite being released by Strikeforce. Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the catch.

Video: Highlights from Strikeforce “Rockhold vs Jardine”

Courtesy of Showtime, here are some highlights of the action from last night's Showtime-televised five-fight Strikeforce main card, which was headlined by Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold's first title defense against UFC veteran and "Ultimate Fighter" product Keith Jardine. 

Are Fedor, M-1 About to Screw Strikeforce?


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

It's been nearly a month since Fedor Emelianenko fell to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and promptly announced that he was leaning towards ending the greatest career that this sport has ever seen.

Since then, it remains unknown whether or not PRIDE's final heavyweight champion will fight once more, but the word coming out of Emelianenko's camp is that he is preparing for a return to action in the near future. In the meantime, Emelianenko's handlers, M-1 Global, have also announced a deal with Showtime that will have the network air four M-1 Challenge events this year.

I think you know where I'm going with this.

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Strikeforce “Fedor vs Silva” Post-Fight Videos


Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Half of the quarterfinals of Strikeforce's first-ever heavyweight grand prix tournament are now complete with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Sergei Kharitonov moving on after pulling off a pair of memorable upsets.

Shane del Rosario, Chad Griggs and Valentijn Overeem also won a trio of reserve bouts, placing themselves as the frontrunners in case someone in the eight-man (now six-man) field is unable to compete.

After the jump are video interviews featuring four of the aforementioned fighters: Silva, Kharitonov, del Rosario and Overeem.

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Report: Fedor vs. Rogers Could Take Place on October 10 in New Jersey


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

Longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko’s Strikeforce debut could come sooner than expected. An advertised bout against heavy-handed striker Brett Rogers could be targeted for a yet-to-be-announced October 10 event in Newark, New Jersey.

Showtime Sports executive Chris DeBlasio confirmed the addition of the date to the network’s programming schedule with MMA Junkie but stopped short of confirming that the organization would definitely be holding an event that night.

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Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Salaries

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries following Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg which took place on Saturday, August 15 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos ($25,000) def. Gina Carano ($125,000)
Gegard Mousasi ($2,000) def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral ($75,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Mitsuhiro Ishida ($30,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($50,000) def. Mike Kyle ($14,000)
Jay Hieron ($55,000) def. Jesse Taylor ($12,000)
Scott Lighty ($4,000) def. Mike Cook ($2,500)
Justin Wilcox ($5,000) def. David Douglas ($5,500)
James Terry ($6,000) def. Zak Bucia ($2,000)
Alex Trevino ($3,500) def. Isaiah Hill ($2,000)

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Nick Diaz Under the Gun With Strikeforce and Showtime?


Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Prior to Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, Nick Diaz was scheduled to take on Jay Hieron for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. All of that was thrown out the window when Diaz decided to skip a mandatory drug test administered by the California State Athletic Commission.

Strikeforce and Showtime executives were displeased with the situation and when forced to find a replacement they called upon The Ultimate Fighter 7 alumni Jesse Taylor and placed his bout with Hieron on the non-televised section of the August 15 card.

Scott Coker and Ken Hershman recently spoke with ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield where they provided their thoughts on Diaz and what steps the organization and network will take in the future.

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Cyborg Stops Carano, Captures Women’s 145-Pound Title


Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano battling for the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound title. Photo property of Esther Lin.

In the biggest bout in female mixed martial arts history, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos stopped Gina Carano via TKO to become the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champion.

From the opening bell, the fight had a feverish pace as Cyborg immediately came forward and put the pressure on Carano with a flurry of hard strikes against the cage. As Cyborg attempted an early takedown, fans saw Carano sweep Cyborg and gain the mount. Before Carano could put up any offense, Cyborg went for a quick heel hook but Carano calmly escaped.

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