"I am not afraid of Rhonda! I will fight her anywhere and anytime for free - everyone knows I barely make 145- but I am willing to sacrifice and meet her half way at 140- I can't believe dana says I want nothing to do with Rhonda- what he wants me to do is fight Rhonda with both my hands tied behind my back or comatosed-so that she can have a chance-which is what making me fight at 135 is- to finally shut everyone up - i will fight Rhonda with one hand tied behind my Back at 140lb and still kick her ass and prove that I'm the real champ not her- and let the winner take ALL come on rhonda step up bitch!"
— Former Strikeforce bantamweight women's champion Cris Cyborg responds to recent comments from UFC president Dana White that she is not interested in a highly-anticipated fight with current UFC women's champ Ronda Rousey via Instagram.
The controversy about her ability to cut down to 135 lbs. aside, I don't think there is any reason to question whether or not Cyborg wants to fight Rousey. I believe she is concerned about whether or not the weight cut would affect her negatively during the fight. And with all the trash talk that has went on up until this point, it's a valid concern. Losing to Rousey would do irreparable damage to her career.
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It looks like there is another hurdle to overcome before we'll finally see a super fight between Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey. Cyborg’s camp is saying that their fighter visited with her heart doctor and a cut to 135lbs is not safe based on her personal physical health. According to the report, Cyborg walks around at 160lbs and the cut could prohibit Cyborg from carrying a child in the future. [MMAWeekly]
Ronda Rousey’s camp wasted no time formulating a response stating that if you talk to five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions. In regards to moving up to 145lbs, Rousey’s manager Doug Harvey told Yahoo! Sports, “At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda. I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see.”
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Well, it's been a hell of a day to say the least. Let's get to it.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested today in an Orange County, California church after police found the building broken into, covered in fire extinguisher spray, various materials broken and scattered all over and "Mayhem" sitting naked on a couch. The arrest comes just a couple of days after he and UFC president Dana White got into a spat on Twitter, which ended up with Miller telling White to kill himself at one point.
I've already seen some comments from people saying that "Mayhem" is punch drunk or on drugs. It's sad. I really don't hope that is the case. And for some reason, part of me really wants to give him the benefit of the doubt here. We all know he's had a history of problems. Terrible childhood on top of being a generally wild dude for years. He's spoken openly about suffering from depression and stuff like that. Had the whole incident with his sister last year, plus more in the past.
I heard that he was in a bad place even before the Twitter back-and-forth with Dana White this weekend and now this. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with his poor showing in his return to the UFC, plus getting cut over what Dana says was a backstage ordeal caused by him. Who knows.
Either way, I hope he gets some help. It's sad to see him like this.
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.
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.”
Despite continual speculation that Strikeforce will make like other Zuffa-owned organizations and fold into the UFC in the very near future, longtime promotional figurehead Scott Coker still has hope for his creation.
Reports were published earlier this week that the organization was set to renew its contract with Showtime, albeit under some different terms. According to Coker, negotiations are ongoing, but nothing has been signed yet.
"There’s nothing to announce but I’m optimistic at this point," Coker said on a Tuesday conference call to promote Strikeforce's next event on December 17. "We’ll have to wait and see. I think that things are going well and I think that we’ll have something shortly.
The California State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries following Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg which took place on Saturday, August 15 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos ($25,000) def. Gina Carano ($125,000)
Gegard Mousasi ($2,000) def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral ($75,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Mitsuhiro Ishida ($30,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($50,000) def. Mike Kyle ($14,000)
Jay Hieron ($55,000) def. Jesse Taylor ($12,000)
Scott Lighty ($4,000) def. Mike Cook ($2,500)
Justin Wilcox ($5,000) def. David Douglas ($5,500)
James Terry ($6,000) def. Zak Bucia ($2,000)
Alex Trevino ($3,500) def. Isaiah Hill ($2,000)
Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.
Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano battling for the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound title. Photo property of Esther Lin.
In the biggest bout in female mixed martial arts history, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos stopped Gina Carano via TKO to become the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champion.
From the opening bell, the fight had a feverish pace as Cyborg immediately came forward and put the pressure on Carano with a flurry of hard strikes against the cage. As Cyborg attempted an early takedown, fans saw Carano sweep Cyborg and gain the mount. Before Carano could put up any offense, Cyborg went for a quick heel hook but Carano calmly escaped.
The fighters are currently hitting the scales in preparation for Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg. Be sure to check back often as we provide you with up to the minute weigh-in results.
Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg will be headlined by a 145 lbs female title fight between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Also featured on the card will be an interim lightweight title bout between Gilbert Melendez and Mitsuhiro Ishida and a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Kyle.
Gina Carano (143 lbs) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5 lbs)
Jay Hieron (169 lbs) vs. Jesse Taylor (172 lbs) *
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201 lbs) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204 lbs)
Gilbert Melendez (155 lbs) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155 lbs)
Mike Kyle (219 lbs) vs. Fabricio Werdum (228 lbs)
Mike Cook (205 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (202 lbs)
David Douglas (156 lbs) vs. Justin Wilcox (154 lbs)
Zak Bucia (170 lbs) vs. James Terry (169 lbs)
Isaiah Hill (156 lbs) vs. Alex Trevino (156 lbs)
* Taylor weighed in at 172 lbs and has two hours to weigh-in at the 171 lbs limit.
Tito Ortiz. Photo courtesy of TitoOrtiz.com.
The unspoken dislike between former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and Renato “Babalu” Sobral may have been turned up a notch on Saturday night after the two exchanged words in the crowd during Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz” event in San Jose.
During an intermission before the televised portion of the card was to air on Showtime, Sobral approached Ortiz and the two began exchanging words, possibly concerning a proposed fight between the two that was once expected to take place under the Affliction banner last year but never came to fruition.
Once “Babalu” became visibly heated and didn’t seem to be content to leave Ortiz alone, fellow veteran fighter Joe Riggs came over and separated the two. Sherdog.com has a brief clip of the incident.