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Quote of the Day: Le Interested in Return to Action in UFC

Cung Le and Frank Shamrock. Photo by Jon Swenson.

"I would like to have a couple of fights in the UFC. I'm one of those guys that, if it's going to be an exciting fight and a good match-up for the fans to watch, let's get it on. I have nothing to prove, so I'm down to fight anyone if it's going to be exciting for the fans to watch."

— Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le tells FightHype.com that he is interested in returning to action and possibly getting a chance with the UFC, especially on the planned card for UFC 139 in San Jose, CA.

The Daily Recap: Grove, Riggs May Rematch in ProElite, Bustamante Hurt & More

Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

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.

— UFC veterans Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs are likely to rematch under the ProElite banner at the promotion's relaunch event on August 27 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both fighters are coming off of recent releases from the UFC and Bellator respectively. Grove and Riggs originally fought in May 2004, with Riggs coming away the victor via first-round KO at Rumble on the Rock 5. [MMAFighting.com]

— Former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming farewell bout against Yuya Shirai at a Clube da Luta event in Brazil this Wednesday due to a back injury suffered in training. Bustamante will be replaced by Delson Heleno, who will take on Shirai at a 180 lbs catchweight. [Tatame]

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Report: Overeem Rejects Grand Prix Date, Replaced by Cormier in Tournament

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

Just hours after Alistair Overeem revealed that he was not prepared to accept a Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on September 10, the organization's heavyweight champion has been removed from the tournament altogether.

Multiple websites, including MMA Weekly and Tatame are reporting that Overeem has been removed from the tournament and replaced by undefeated AKA product Daniel Cormier, who will face Silva in place of Overeem.

Overeem appeared on "The MMA Hour" earlier today and told Ariel Helwani that he was not prepared to accept the proposed matchup because he felt there would not be enough time to adequately following his victory over Fabricio Werdum last month.

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Mein-Cyborg, Three Other Bouts Confirmed for Strikeforce on September 10

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. Photo courtesy of DREAM.

Streaking welterweight prospect Jordan Mein will make his Strikeforce debut at the organization's September 10 event against seasoned veteran Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, of which a date and venue have yet to be announced.

Strikeforce officially announced the event and matchup this afternoon on Twitter, also confirming a trio of previously rumored bouts for the card, including Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza's next title defense against American Kickboxing Academy product Luke Rockhold.

In addition, former Strikeforce lightweight title holder Josh Thomson will welcome newcomer Maximo Blanco and former light heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal will return to action for the first time in over a year to take on Roger Gracie.

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The Daily Recap: UFC 136 Card Filling Quickly, Slice Gets Boxing Opponent & More

Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

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.

— The UFC has confirmed a trio of fights for its inaugural trip to Houston, Texas this fall, signing the following bouts for UFC 136 on October 8: Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon, Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago and Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow. [UFC.com]

— UFC and EliteXC veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has been matched up against fellow newcomer James Wade for his boxing debut on August 13 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. "Just like in MMA, Kimbo Slice is walking around with bull's-eye on his back. His opponents know they can make themselves known to the world if they can take him out," said Jared Shaw, Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor in a press release. "To Kimbo it's a pro boxing debut. To James Wade, this is a world championship fight." [Gary Shaw Productions]

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Quote of the Day: Alistair Overeem Considering Move to Boxing

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

"(After the Strikeforce grand prix tournament) I might go to UFC or boxing. Definitely, (I'm seriously thinking about fighting Vitali Klitschko). I think it matches my personality. I'm always looking for a challenge. That came about in fighting for K-1 and becoming K-1 champion, something nobody ever did before. It would be cool to go to boxing and beat the main guy there. If you give me a good preparation, good sparring partners, which I can arrange, I can fix that, with my background already in kickboxing, my K-1 background, I'm sure I can break some bones."

— Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem reveals his potential future plans during a recent interview, which could include a long-awaited move to the UFC or a switch over to the boxing world for a dream date against Vitali Klitschko. 

Report: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals Slated for September 10

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

The semifinal round of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix tournament will reportedly take place at a yet-to-be-named location on September 10.

A pair of matchups pitting Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Josh Barnett against Sergei Kharitonov are what remain of the eight-man field.

According to MMAJunkie.com, four other bouts are also rumored for the card, including a Strikeforce middleweight title defense between champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold as well as the promotional debut of Maximo Blanco, who will face Josh Thomson.

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Quote of the Day: Diaz Abandons Boxing Idea; Rumored Bout With GSP Gaining Steam?

Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

"Nick is a good kid and a very exciting fighter. Right now he has an opportunity of a lifetime as it pertains to his MMA career. While I don't doubt that Nick and his team were serious about taking the big step into boxing, it only makes sense for him to finish what he started and see how far he can go in MMA before he does anything in boxing. It's all about timing... we began these discussions over two years ago and nobody would have imagined the type of demand that there currently is for Nick as a mixed martial artist."

- Longtime boxing promoter Don Chargin comments via a press release today on Nick Diaz's decision to focus on his mixed martial arts career and not pursue a proposed bout against Jeff Lacy this fall.

According to Chargin, Diaz has the "opportunity of a lifetime" upcoming in MMA. Could a long-awaited shot at Georges St. Pierre be more than just a rumor at this point?

MMA on Tap April Fighter Rankings


Nick Diaz (pictured) continues to slowly improve his stock in the welterweight division, most recently defeating fellow world-ranked striker Paul Daley in a thrilling Strikeforce showdown on April 9. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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Zuffa Purchases Strikeforce and My Mind is Still Blown


Dana White. Photo courtesy of Playboy.

There are certain stories in the world of sports that sometimes catch you off guard. For almost every single MMA fan, Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce yesterday was that sort of thing. I think we can safely say that no one saw it coming. Not a soul.

My mind is still trying to grasp the concept that the UFC now essentially owns a monopoly of North American mixed martial arts. Sure, they've been the top dog by a long mile for some time now, but there were always up-and-coming promotions that gave fans who favor healthy competition a little glimmer of hope. That's not the case anymore. Sorry, Bellator.

In the 24 hours since the announcement was made, I've gone through all of the emotions. I was shocked when I first heard it. Denial quickly set in, but so did anger and a little bit of sadness. And through all of this, a single question still lingers, at least for me - Is the UFC's monopoly really a good thing for the sport?

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