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Silva, Kharitonov Advance in Strikeforce GP


Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

"The Last Emperor" fell again.

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva battered Fedor Emelianenko and forced the former PRIDE heavyweight champion's right eye to swell shut, prompting a doctor's stoppage following the second round of their featured attraction at Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Silva" event on Saturday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.

"I trained very hard for this fight," Silva, who advances to the second leg of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix, said afterwards. "People are always saying 'Fedor, Fedor, Fedor'. I trained too hard and I showed it to the world. I won over the best heavyweight in the world."

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The Daily Recap: Sengoku Releases Santiago, UFC 126 Prelims Number & More


Jorge Santiago. Photo by Jon Swenson.

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 and Strikeforce veteran has relinquished his Sengoku middleweight championship and been granted his release from the promotion, likely stemming from the postponement of their April show and suspected financial troubles. Santiago is looking to sign with a major North American organization. [MMAFighting.com]

— The UFC 126 Prelims broadcast, which aired this past Saturday on Spike, reportedly scored a series-high 2 million viewers. The hour-long broadcast featured Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa and Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly. Spike unveiled plans to carry 12 "UFC Prelims" events in 2011 last month. [MMAJunkie.com]

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The Daily Recap: Rampage Declines Title Shot, UFC 126 Medical Suspensions & More


Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. 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.

— After Rashad Evans went down with injury, it was Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, not Jon Jones, who was first approached about facing Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on March 19. However, Jackson declined, stating that it would not be enough time for him to prepare for Rua nor get into proper fight shape. [MMAJunkie.com]

— The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released the list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 126 this past weekend. The most notable suspensions were handed out to Forrest Griffin and Jake Ellenberger, who could be sidelined until August with a broken foot and a pair of broken hands respectively. [MMA Weekly]

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Melendez, Strikeforce Agree to New Multi-Year Deal


Gilbert Melendez. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez signed a new, multi-year agreement with the San Jose-based promotion on Monday.

"Strikeforce is my home, they've always been like family to me and I'm looking forward to continuing my career with them," Melendez said in a release. "There are a lot of great fights out there for me - lots of challenges. I can't wait to get back into the cage, do my thing and show the world that I'm still at the top of my game.''

Melendez last fought in April of last year, grinding out an unanimous decision over Japanese standout Shinya Aoki in one of his biggest career wins.

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The Week in MMA: Jan 31-Feb 6


Forrest Griffin. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

This week's top story was easily UFC 126, the organization's annual Super Bowl weekend show in Las Vegas, which featured a stacked card and delievered on the hype for the most part.

Victorious at the event were Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin and Jon Jones, who dispatched of Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin and Ryan Bader respectively.

Headlines and rumored and announced bouts from the past week can be seen after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: Silva-Stann Official for UFC 130, Strikeforce GP Headed to Japan & More


Wanderlei Silva. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.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 longtime PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva will return from an extended layoff due to knee surgery at UFC 130 in May, facing upstart striker and military veteran Brian Stann. Silva last defeated Michael Bisping via unanimous decision at UFC 110 last February while Stann scored an impressive stoppage of Chris Leben at UFC 125 last month. [UFC.com]

— Strikeforce will reportedly indeed hold the rest of the quarterfinals of their heavyweight grand prix tournament on April 10 in Japan. The organization will work with Real Entertainment and M-1 to hold the event. A fight card consisting of heavyweight and lightweight bouts is planned. [MMA-Japan.com]

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Report: Kennedy-Manhoef Now Targeted for Strikeforce Columbus


Melvin Manhoef. Photo courtesy of FEG.

The changes keep coming for Tim Kennedy.

The U.S. military veteran has now been offered a bout against dangerous Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef for the main card of Strikeforce's first-ever trip to Columbus, Ohio on March 5. MMAJunkie.com was the first to report the news.

Kennedy was originally slated for a third showdown against rival Jason "Mayhem" Miller, but Miller was replaced by middleweight contender Luke Rockhold last week before Manhoef came into the picture.

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The Daily Recap: Sengoku Postpones April Event, Carano Returns to Training & More


Gina Carano. 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.

— World Victory Road, parent company of Sengoku Raiden Championships, announced that they have postponed a planned April show due to a negative article printed in the March issue of Gong Kakutougi discussing how fighters sign bout agreements the day before or of a show, long a Japanese way of doing things in MMA. SRC officials worry that they will lose key sponsor Don Quijote and have requested an apology from the author. [MMAFighting.com]

— Gina Carano, once the sport's most popular female fighter, has returned to training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Carano has not competed since falling to Strikeforce 145 lb women's champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos in August 2009 due to acting commitments. [Xtreme Couture]

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February Fights to Look Forward to


Vitor Belfort. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

February of this year will eventually be out done by March, which will potentially serve as the busiest month of major MMA in history. Until then, there's a lot to enjoy this month.

Pivotal bouts are scheduled for every division, the UFC middleweight title will be up for grabs and Strikeforce and Bellator will each kick off a handful of anticipated tournaments.

After the jump, we'll take a look at the top ten must-see fights for February.

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The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Suspensions and Payouts, Mousasi Training for Olympic Boxing & More


Robbie Lawler. 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.

— The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions and fighter payouts on Monday. Nick Diaz had the highest salary, banking $150,000 for his win over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who received $20,000. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85,000), Robbie Lawler ($65,000) and Roger Gracie ($75,000) all took home big paydays as well. In addition, Lawler could be out up to six months due to a fractured left foot. [MMA Weekly]

— DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has reportedly started the application process to be able to attempt to box at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London, England. Mousasi would represent the country of Holland if he was to qualify. [MMAFA.tv]

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