NEW YORK - Kevin Randleman is ready to seize the moment. After four years in and out of the ring because of a variety of ailments, the ex-UFC belt-holder and two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion says he's more focused and eager than ever to step in the cage for his much-anticipated Strikeforce debut against Mike Whitehead.
The two will battle in a light heavyweight matchup that will take place Saturday, June 6, during an incredible five-fight Strikeforce "Lawler vs. Shields" show to be televised on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
World-ranked fighters "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (middleweight) and Jake Shields (welterweight) will square off at a catch weight of 182 pounds in the main event and Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski and Brett "The Grim" Rogers will meet in another exciting undercard matchup. Also, Scott "Hands Of Steel" Smith takes on Cesar Gracie black belt Nick Diaz and knockout artist Phil Baroni will meet Joe Riggs.
Randleman, 37, answered six quick questions regarding Saturday night's fight.
ST. LOUIS – Fast-rising St. Louis fighter Tryon Woodley joins eight other popular local fighters including Jesse Finney on Saturday night's six-bout undercard that will precede an incredible five-fight "Lawler vs. Shields" Strikeforce show to be televised on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
World-ranked fighters Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (middleweight) and Jake Shields (welterweight) will square off at a catch weight of 182 pounds in the main event and Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski, Brett "The Grim" Rogers and Scott "Hands Of Steel" Smith will do battle
In other fights on Showtime's five-fight telecast, Arlovski, a former UFC champion, will take on the undefeated, hard-hitting Rogers in an Affliction sponsored heavyweight bout, the exciting, power-punching Smith will take on talented, Cesar Gracie black belt Nick Diaz, knockout artist Phil Baroni will meet Joe Riggs in a welterweight scrap and ex-UFC belt-holder and two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Kevin Randleman will face Mike Whitehead in a light heavyweight matchup.
Woodley is 2-0 in his young career and takes on Salvoder Woods of Granite City, Ill. He is No. 11 of 13 children and was a two-time All-American at Missouri and the school's first Big 12 champion.
He answered six quick questions regarding Saturday night's fight.
Frank Shamrock attempts to shake hands with Strikeforce opponent Nick Diaz. Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime Networks.
Here’s a small gallery of photos from this past Thursday’s pre-fight press conference for Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz” event, which takes place on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and will be televised live on Showtime.
Those in attendance at the press conference included former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock, Nick Diaz, former EliteXC champions Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler, and female MMA star Cris “Cyborg” Santos.
All photos were taken by Tom Casino and come courtesy of Showtime. Quotes from the press conference are here.
Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.
It’s been a busy past few weeks for Scott Coker and his fledgling Strikeforce brand. Once thought to have been just a small success story in the San Jose area, the promotion seems to be on the fast track to becoming the legitimate number-two MMA organization in North America after securing a deal to purchase a limited number of assets from ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC.
Under the terms of the deal announced this afternoon, Strikeforce will acquire a select number of fighters contracts, along with the ability to sign additional fighters to Strikeforce deals, as well as a video library of past EliteXC and ShoXC events.
“This is a tremendous development that will bolster the Strikeforce roster and allow us to produce even more competitive matchups between top fighters,” Coker said in a press release today. “Some of these athletes have been on the sidelines for a while now and are eagerly waiting to return to competition. We look forward to providing them with the opportunity to do so in the next few months.”
Courtesy of Showtime Sports, here’s a five-minute video previewing the upcoming heavyweight clash between longtime divisional king Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
In the above video courtesy of Showtime Sports, former UFC title challenger Renato “Babalu” Sobral and one-time PRIDE upstart Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou discuss their upcoming light heavyweight bout, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
In the above video courtesy of Showtime Sports, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Gilbert Yvel discuss their upcoming heavyweight bout, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
In the above video courtesy of Showtime Sports, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort and Team Quest co-founder Matt Lindland discuss their upcoming middleweight bout, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for Affliction Entertainment’s second PPV effort, Day of Reckoning. The fight card will feature Fedor Emelianenko defending his WAMMA Heavyweight Championship against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Andre “The Pitbull” Arlovski. The event is set to take place on January 24, 2009 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Main Card live on Showtime PPV
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski
Josh Barnett vs. TBA
Matt Lindland vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Vitor Belfort vs. TBA
Undercard live on HDNet
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Paul Buentello vs. Kiril Sidelnikov
Brett Cooper vs TBA
Albert Rios vs Antonio Duarte
Mark Hominick vs LC Davis
Jay Hieron vs. Jason High
Ken Pavia. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Just like ProElite itself, multiple mixed martial arts agents are coming together to attempt to block a public auction announced for November 17 in which Showtime Networks will attempt to sell off the remaining assets of ProElite and everything under its banner in order to repay two defaulted promissory notes for $4 million that Showtime lent to ProElite over the last year.
Ken Pavia, who represents a slew of notable names in the world of MMA, has teamed up with the likes of Ed Soares, Monte Cox, and Cesar Gracie and issued a formal press release indicating that they are all prepared to challenge whoever purchases the contracts of their fighters in court.
The complete release is after the jump.