Daniel Puder

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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Matyushenko Beats Lambert at “Call to Arms”


Vladimir Matyushenko. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Seasoned veteran Vladimir Matyushenko used superior wrestling to earn a unanimous decision over fellow UFC alumnus Jason Lambert and snap a one-fight losing streak in the featured attraction of the first-ever “Call to Arms” show in Ontario, California on Saturday night.

With the win, Matyushenko rebounds from a disappointing knockout loss to rival Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event in January. Meanwhile, Lambert has now lost his last four professional bouts.

A number of notable fighters were featured on the card. Tiki Ghosn earned a decision over former Strikeforce fighter Brian Warren in the night’s co-main event. Former WWE wrestler and American Kickboxing Academy product Daniel Puder was also victorious in his return to action, albeit via an injury to opponent Jeff Ford.

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Puder Not Fighting at “Shamrock vs Le”


Daniel Puder delivers a leg kick to Michael Alden at the BodogFight: Paradise Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of Bodog Fight.

MMA on Tap has learned that professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Daniel Puder will not be returning to action at the Strikeforce and EliteXC co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

The event features a highly anticipated clash between former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and undefeated Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le.

After previously announcing that he would be competing at the event, Puder has revealed that he will in fact not be part of the card.

When contacted for comment by MMA on Tap, Puder was unable to give us any specifics, just that Strikeforce co-promoter Scott Coker would not be using him for the event.

The former WWE superstar has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over Richard Dalton at Strikeforce’s Playboy Mansion event in September, improving his perfect professional record to 6-0. He was originally scheduled to compete at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives in November but plans fell apart at the last minute.

The Cupertino, California native has won three of his six bouts by submission and also owns wins over fellow Strikeforce veterans Jesse Fujarczyk and Mike Cook throughout the course of his career

Catching Up With Daniel Puder


Daniel Puder delivers a leg kick to Michael Alden at the BodogFight: Paradise Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of BodogFight

When Brock Lesnar makes his UFC debut against former heavyweight champion Frank Mir next Saturday, the correlation and transition of pro wrestlers competing in the sport of mixed martial arts and vice versa will be more evident than ever.

Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, and Josh Barnett have all seen success on both sides of the spectrum. Kurt Angle has wanted to throw his hat into the ring for over a year now.

However what happens when a former professional wrestler becomes one of MMA’s top prospects? That’s the exact position that Daniel Puder finds himself in these days.

The former winner of WWE’s Tough Enough reality show has already won six straight fights and remains undefeated all while fighting in some of MMA’s top promotions.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Puder and discuss a variety of things in a brief interview session, including his next fight, his newest business venture, and his beef with Angle among other things.

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Exclusive: Puder to Return at “Shamrock vs Le”


Daniel Puder delivers a leg kick to Michael Alden at the BodogFight: Paradise Lost tapings. Photo courtesy of BodogFight

MMA on Tap has learned that professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Daniel Puder will return to action at the Strikeforce and EliteXC co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

The event features a highly anticipated clash between former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and undefeated Sanshou kickboxer Cung Le.

Puder revealed the news during a recent interview that will be posted in the coming weeks.

The former WWE superstar has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over Richard Dalton at Strikeforce’s Playboy Mansion event in September, improving his perfect professional record to 6-0. He was originally scheduled to compete at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives in November but plans fell apart at the last minute.

The Cupertino, California native has won three of his six bouts by submission and also owns wins over fellow Strikeforce veterans Jesse Fujarczyk and Mike Cook throughout the course of his career.

An opponent for Puder has not yet been announced.

Report: Puder to Compete in November

Brian Knapp of The Fight Network is reporting that Daniel Puder will attempt to stay undefeated when he competes as part of Strikeforce’s next event in November.

The event is set to take place on November 16th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

The former professional wrestler has racked up six straight victories to start his career. This will be his fifth fight under the Strikeforce banner. An opponent for Puder has not yet been named.