Strikeforce

Meaningful Prelims Could Help Strikeforce Roster Woes


Jorge Gurgel. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Since Strikeforce's inception five years ago, the promotion has booked its preliminary undercard fights using mostly amateur matchups and professional bouts involving fighters that were signed to a one-off contract.

With a roster steadily growing as rapidly as the organization itself, Strikeforce has continued to do much of the same, sans one or two meaningful fights during the last handful of events, all while some fighters under contract are complaining about lack of fights and in a few cases, leaving the promotion completely.

Showtime is content to only air main card fights during their Strikeforce telecasts. A relationship with HDNet was rekindled for the undercard of "Fedor vs. Silva" last month and could be used again in the near future. In order to satisfy their burgeoning roster of fighters, wouldn't it be in Strikeforce's best interest to start booking some fighters for televised prelim bouts, televised or not?

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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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Examining the Delay of the Strikeforce GP


Scott Coker. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

After weeks of speculation from media outlets and silence from Strikeforce, the organization officially announced today that it has postponed the remaining quarterfinals of its heralded heavyweight grand prix tournament.

Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers will now take place on June 18 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. In addition, Strikeforce's planned April 9 event is now loaded with a pair of title fights - Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez defending in a rematch against Tatsuya Kawajiri and welterweight king Nick Diaz facing Paul Daley.

It looks like April 9 will be a success for the promotion after all, but the momentum gained from the start of the tournament last month has surely been lost. So why did things get pushed back anyway?

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The Daily Recap: Lytle Considering Retirement, TUF 13 Cast Announced & More


Chris Lytle. Photo by Michelle Pemberton.

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.

— Following his loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC 127 this past weekend, longtime veteran Chris Lytle is reportedly considering retirement . The Indiana native also apparently underwent surgery during his training camp to prepare for Ebersole and original opponent Carlos Condit and had his meniscus removed from his right leg, leaving him obviously less than 100% for the bout. [MMAFighting.com]

— The 14 member cast of "The Ultimate Fighter 13" reality show was announced today by Spike TV officials. The lineup includes Shamar Bailey, Charlie Radar, Myles Jury, Len Bentley, Michael Bowman, Nordin Asrih, Chris Cope, Zach Davis, Tony Ferguson, Javier Torres, Ryan McGillivray, Ramsey Nijem, Clay Harvison and Keon Caldwell. [Spike.com]

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The Daily Recap: UFC 126 Fighters Test Clean, Jorgensen-Stone Booked & More


Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

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 Nevada State Athletic Commission announced on Monday that all 13 fighters tested following UFC 126 were negative for performance-enhancing substances and drugs of abuse. Those tested included Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jake Ellenberger, Jon Jones, Miguel Torres, Donald Cerrone, Chad Mendes, Paul Taylor, DaMarques Johnson, Mike Pierce and Kyle Kingsbury. [MMAJunkie.com]

— A bantamweight bout between former title contender Scott Jorgensen and Ken Stone has reportedly been signed for the TUF 13 Finale on June 4 in Las Vegas. Jorgensen recently fell to UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz via a five-round unanimous decision in December while Stone fell in his Zuffa debut to former champion Eddie Wineland at the same event. [Heavy.com]

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Strikeforce Announces Full Card for “Challengers 14” on Feb 18


Lyle Beerbohm. Photo courtesy of Fight of Your Life Communications.

NEW YORK – Bryan Travers (14-2), of Bakersfield, Calif., takes on Carlo "Neo’’ Prater (25-10-1) of Bryan, Texas, at a catch weight of 160 pounds, Erik "Bad’’ Apple (10-2), of Laguna Niguel, Calif., will be opposed by local favorite Ryan Larson (5-2), of Austin, Texas, in a welterweight (170 pounds) skirmish.

David "Tarzan’’ Douglas (5-2) of Antioch, Calif., takes on Austin fan favorite Nick "The Ghost’’ Gonzalez (16-8, 1 NC) at 150 pounds in featured bouts of a Strikeforce Challengers fight card presented by Rockstar Energy Drink at Cedar Park Center in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas, this Friday, Feb. 18, live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In the main event, unbeaten rising star Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm (15-0) of Spokane, Wash., takes on dangerous veteran Pat "Bam Bam’’ Healy (25-17) of St. Louis. Unbeaten lightweights Ryan Couture (1-0), of Las Vegas, the son of MMA legend Randy Couture and Houston’s Lee Higgins (2-0) will clash in another televised fight.

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The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Medical Suspensions, Grispi-Roop Tapped for June & More


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/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.

— Following his shocking loss to Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko has been medically suspended indefinitely by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. He will not be permitted to compete until he's cleared by a doctor after an upcoming CT scan of his head and face. However, he did not suffer a broken orbital bone as widely speculated. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will also be sidelined for a mandatory 30 days following his KO loss to Sergei Kharitonov. [MMAJunkie.com]

— A featherweight bout between one-time planned title contender Josh Grispi and "TUF" alumnus George Roop has been booked for the TUF 13 Finale in Las Vegas on June 4. Grispi had a ten-fight winning streak snapped by Dustin Porier at UFC 125 on Jan 1, while Roop suffered a one-sided loss to Mark Hominick just days later at UFC Fight for the Troops II. [MMA Mania]

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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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Gina Carano Announces Strikeforce Return


Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Gina Carano is back.

The 28-year-old, often coined as the "face of women's MMA" and one of Strikeforce's biggest draws, announced her intention to return to the promotion this year during Showtime's broadcast of "Fedor vs. Silva" on Saturday.

"I think I just need to settle the score for myself," Carano said of returning to competiton. "I need to get back in there for me. I want to walk away from it knowing that I left it all in there.. that I left it all in the cage."

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Fedor Emelianenko Leaning Towards Retirement


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

As he spoke to the 11,287 in attendance at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, Fedor Emelianenko, long MMA's top fighter in any weight class, looked relieved.

Following his loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the opening round of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix tournament on Saturday, Emelianenko revealed that he may have just fought for the last time.

"Something went wrong from the very beginning and I couldn't readjust myself," Emelianenko said after the fight. "Maybe it's time to leave. Maybe it's the last time. Maybe it's high time. Thank you for everything. I spent a great, beautiful and long sporting life. Maybe it's God's will."

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