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The Daily Recap: White Guarantees MMA in NY in 2012, TUF Brazil to Air on FUEL TV & More

UFC President Dana White. Photo courtesy of Playboy Magazine.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— According to UFC President Dana White, the UFC will make its debut in New York before the end of the new year, guaranteed. "We're so close. It's going to happen, and I guarantee you it's going to happen this year. It's going to depend on when it happens, timing and everything else, but obviously, it would be nice to go in there with, probably, Jon Jones." [MMA Fight Corner]

— The first edition of the long-running reality show to not take place in the United States, "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" will likely air on FUEL TV and will debut on March 9 on its new home of FX. UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will coach opposite former featherweight king Urijah Faber as they lead a group of lightweight fighters towards a six-figure UFC contract. [MMA Fighting]

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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.

The Daily Recap: Semtex-Misaki Meet at March Strikeforce, Ueda Narrowly Wins Shooto Farewell & More

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Well-traveled veterans Paul "Semtex" Daley and Kazuo Misaski have signed on to face each other on the main card of Strikeforce's scheduled March 3 event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Daley returns to Strikeforce after winning  two straight fights outside of the organization. His opponent, Misaki last defeated Akira Shoji via second-round TKO at DEEP's 53rd Impact event last April. [Strikeforce.com]

— In his last bout before taking a spot in Bellator's upcoming eight-man bantamweight tourney this spring, former Shooto 132 lb. champion Masakatsu Ueda edged out heralded prospect Kyoji Horiguchi and took home a majority decision at Shooto's "Survivor Tournament Final" event on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. [Sherdog]

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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. 

Rockhold Stops Jardine in First, Retains Strikeforce Belt

Luke Rockhold. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

Luke Rockhold continued to show off well-polished striking, as he used a barrage of kicks, knees and punches to wear out UFC veteran Keith Jardine before stopping him with strikes in the first round of their Strikeforce middleweight championship fight at the organization's latest event on Saturday evening.

The two combatants traded blows in the main event's of Strikeforce's "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Robbie Lawler landed a spectacular flying knee before putting Adlan Amagov away with punches less than two minutes into the night's co-featured attraction.

Complete results from the event are after the jump.

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Cris Cyborg Releases Statement Regarding Steroids Suspension

Cris "Cyborg" Santos. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

Former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion and top female fighter Cris "Cyborg" Santos has released an official statement regarding her recent suspension, fine and loss of her belt stemming from a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs following her December 17th Strikeforce bout against Hiroko Yamanaka.

Santos tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol and has been fined and sidelined for one year according to the California State Athletic Commission. Santos recorded a 16-second TKO of Yamanaka at the event. That result has now been changed to a no-contest.

Her full, unedited statement can be found after the jump.

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Rock the Vote: Rockhold or Jardine?

Who do you have in tonight's Strikeforce main event? Will Rockhold's fluid combination of striking and wrestling keep Jardine guessing or will the UFC vet's unorthodox style give the champ trouble?

The Daily Recap: King Mo Inks New Deal With Strikeforce, Noons-Thompson in Works for March & More

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Former Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has signed a new four-fight deal with Strikeforce, one day before his promotional contract was to expire following his bout against Lorenz Larkin tomorrow night. Lawal has posted a 3-1 record under the Strikeforce banner. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. [MMA Fighting]

— A lightweight clash between one-time EliteXC star K.J. Noons and former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson is in the works for Strikeforce's planned event on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. Both Noons and Thomson are said to have verbally agreed to the bout. [MMA Junkie]

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Video: Rockhold vs Jardine Weigh-ins

In the above video courtesy of Strikeforce, check out the weigh-ins for tomorrow night's "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event, which takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and airs live on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

Strikeforce Champ Cris “Cyborg” Santos Tests Positive for Steroids, Stripped of Title

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Strikeforce women's featherweight champion and top female pound-for-pound fighter Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos has tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol and has been fined and suspended for one year according to the California State Athletic Commission.

The CSAC released a press release earlier today regarding the matter. Santos' positive test comes just weeks after she picked up her 11th straight win, a 16-second TKO of Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce's latest event last month. That result has now been changed to a no-contest.

“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd stated in the release. “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”

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