It wasn't until I actually watched this trailer that I made myself go look at who is in it. Jean-Claude Van Damme, Peter Weller and Cung Le are the stars naturally. And if that looks an awfully lot like Trevor Prangley getting his ass kicked for about 30 seconds, that's because it is. Dan Henderson, Gilbert Melendez and Rich Clementi are also credited.
If nothing else, the action sequences are going to be sick.
Hideo Tokoro. Photo courtesy of DREAM.
Hideo Tokoro bested fellow submission specialist Masakazu Imanari via unanimous decision to win DREAM's inaugural bantamweight grand prix tournament at the organization's "Fight for Japan: Japan Grand Prix Final" event on Saturday at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
A pair of title defenses also took place: Hiroyuki Takaya grinded out a hard-fought split decision win over former Olympic wrestler Kazuyuki Miyata and Gegard Mousasi took out challenger Hiroshi Izumi in quick and impressive fashion, scoring a first round stoppage of the Japanese judoka.
Another notable winners on the card included world-ranked lightweight Tatsuya Kawajiri, DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis and DREAM bantamweight grand prix third-place winner Kenji Osawa.
Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of DREAM.
All sixteen fighters scheduled to compete at DREAM's "Fight for Japan: Japan Grand Prix Final" event on Saturday successfully made weight yesterday afternoon.
Seasoned veteran Drew Fickett originally came in two pounds over the 154-lb limit for his fight against Tatsuya Kawajiri, but shed the extra weight and hit the required mark a couple of hours later.
The eight-fight card, which will not air live in North America, features a pair of title fights - DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi taking on Hiroshi Izumi and featherweight title holder Hiroyuki Takaya returning to face Kazuyuki Miyata - as well as the bantamweight grand prix finals featuring submission specialists Masakazu Imanari and Hideo Tokoro.
Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
Nick Diaz and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza held on to their respective Strikeforce titles on Saturday night, albeit against tougher than expected competition.
Diaz survived a tough opening stanza to eventually submit Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos with an armbar while grappling wizard Souza overcame Robbie Lawler's smooth escapes before forcing a tap from a rear-naked choke in round three of their middleweight matchup.
The duo headlined "Diaz vs. Cyborg" at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, which served as Strikeforce's first big event of the new year.
MMA on Tap will provide live results of tonight's Strikeforce "Diaz vs. Cyborg" event, which takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA starting at 7:30 PM ET.
A pair of title bouts headline the card. Nick Diaz defends his Strikeforce welterweight title against Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza puts his belt on the line against Robbie Lawler.
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Scott Coker and Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
Strikeforce will air its first large event of the new year at the organization's home base of San Jose, CA, pitting reigning welterweight champion Nick Diaz against dangerous striker Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos.
"Diaz vs. Santos" will also feature Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza defending his middleweight title against Robbie Lawler as well as the returns of Herschel Walker and Roger Gracie.
Here is a look at the event's main card, which airs live on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET. A handful of preliminary bouts will stream on Sherdog.com beginning at 8:15 PM ET.
Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, challenger Evangelisa "Cyborg" Santos and the other fighters scheduled for Strikeforce's latest offering hit the scales during official weigh-ins in the promotion's home base of San Jose, California this afternoon.
All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of preliminary participants Nathan Coy and Jenna Castillo, who both missed the mark on their first try.
The official weigh-in results are after the jump.
Jeremy Horn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Longtime veterans Jeremy Horn and Trevor Prangley were each victorious in their respective bouts at Arena Rumble’s debut event on Saturday night at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.
Horn (82-19-5) submitted journeyman Jason Guida (17-21) in the first round of their main event via an arm-triangle choke and Prangley (21-5) needed only 20 seconds to score a swift knockout of Midwestern veteran Dennis Reed (43-45-1).
Ricardo Arona. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona will return to active competition for the first time in over two years when he takes on fellow veteran Marvin Eastman at Bitetti Combat 4 this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It will be the first fight for Arona since losing three out of four bouts under the PRIDE banner, including a brutal knockout at the hands of a streaking Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 in April 2007. Eastman is coming off of a second-round TKO of Aron Lofton at a Maximum Fighting Championship show in May.
Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.
Veteran Trevor Prangley outlasted defending champion Emanuel Newton to take a five-round unanimous decision and the MFC world light heavyweight championship at MFC 21: Hard Knocks Friday night at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta.
After a weathering an early storm and appearing to be out of gas, Prangley (20-5) picked up the pace after three rounds and began to wear down Newton (11-4-1) with crisper strikes and kicks. By the time the fifth round came around, both of Newton’s eyes were half-closed due to precise shots and the effects of well-placed bodyshots from punches, knees, and kicks had taken their toll on Newton.
The fight’s most compelling moment came with one second remaining in the fifth round as Prangley clipped Newton with a punch combo and then connected point-blank with a crushing high kick that caught Newton square on the chin. Both fighters went down in a heap – Newton from the blast and Prangley from a bruised foot – as referee “Big” John McCarthy jumped in with the horn blowing. The sold-out crowd at The Venue at River Cree gave both fighters a standing ovation for their impressive performances.