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Diaz, Santos Official for Strikeforce


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.

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Strikeforce Signs Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza


Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

New York—Dream Middleweight Grand Prix runner-up and submission wizard Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (10-2) has signed a multi-fight agreement with world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE.

Souza is expected to fulfill the first fight on his contract in the fall.

“I am very excited that I will have the opportunity to fight in STRIKEFORCE amongst many of the world’s best middleweight fighters,” said the 29-year-old Souza, a native of Brazil, established his position as a top tier middleweight last year after placing second in the 2008 Dream Middleweight Grand Prix single elimination tournament in Japan. 

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Quick Hits: Cro Cop Hospitalized, Mayhem-Jacare III Proposed for DREAM.10 & More


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of June 19, 2009.

— Just days after leaving the UFC in favor of a new three-fight deal with Japanese-based DREAM, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has reportedly been hospitalized due to a possible case of of Salmonella according to Croatian news outlets. The former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout competed just one week ago at UFC 99, defeating Cage Rage product Mustapha al Turk via first-round TKO. [MMA Mania]

— DREAM officials have reportedly offered Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza a third bout between each other for the vacant DREAM middleweight title at DREAM.10 on July 20 in Japan. Miller revealed his intention to accept the bout earlier this week, but published reports quote Souza as saying that he has no interest in yet another meeting between the two. [MMA Weekly]

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Quick Hits: Souza-Miller Official for DREAM.9, UFC 2009 Undisputed Demo Released & More


Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of April 23, 2009.

— Fighting and Entertainment Group announced today a previously rumored middleweight title rematch between colorful veteran Jason “Mayhem” Miller and skilled grappler Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for DREAM.9, which will take place on May 26 at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan. The two originally met at DREAM.4 in June of last year, where Souza won a unanimous decision over Miller in the quarterfinals of the promotion’s inaugural middleweight tourney. [DREAM]

— The official demo for UFC 2009 Undisputed was released today. From the UFC’s official website: “Want to re-live Shogun Rua’s stirring UFC 97 win over Chuck Liddell or turn the tables and lead “The Iceman” to victory? Now’s your chance, as the long-awaited demo of UFC 2009 Undisputed is now available for immediate download on XBox Live and coming later today to the Playstation store.” [UFC.com]

— Continuing to expand internationally, the UFC could reportedly next find itself in the land down under. The organization is said to be interested in potentially holding a February 2010 event at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The arena, which holds up to 21,000 spectators, has reportedly been contacted about the possibility. [Fighters Only Magazine]

“Jacare” vs. “Mayhem” Possible for DREAM.9


Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

A rematch between former DREAM middleweight grand prix tournament competitors Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Jason “Mayhem” Miller is reportedly possible for DREAM.9, which is currently slated to take place at the Yokohama Arena in Japan on May 26.

The news comes from a report by Tatame.com. Souza and Miller originally fought in the second round of DREAM’s inaugural middleweight grand prix, where Souza earned a decision over the colorful Miller.

A second fight between the two next month would apparently be for the now vacant DREAM middleweight title as champion Gegard Mousasi has opted to forego his belt in order to move up to the light heavyweight division.

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DREAM.6 Live Results


Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

We will be going live at 3:00 AM ET with live results of this morning’s DREAM.6 event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Those in North America will be able to watch the event live on HDNet. A replay of the show will air at 4:00 PM ET later today.

DREAM.6 will feature the final round of the promotion’s inaugural grand prix. Melvin Manhoef will take on Gegard Mousasi and Zelg Galesic will face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza with the two winners meeting in the show’s finale. Mirko Filipovic and Alistair Overeem will meet in an anticipated grudge match that will serve as the co-main event.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the morning. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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DREAM Middleweight GP Pairings Announced


Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

DREAM has announced the pairings for the final round of it’s inaugural middleweight grand prix, which will culminate at DREAM.6 on September 26th at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The event will be televised live on HDNet in North America.

Grappling wizard Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who won a hard-fought decision over Jason “Mayhem” Miller to advance to the tournament’s final round, will take on skilled kickboxer Zelg Galesic in one semi-final. The other will see tournament favorite Melvin Manhoef face off against well-rounded rising prospect Gegard Mousasi. The winners of both bouts will then fight in the show’s main event.

Also announced for DREAM.6 was a featherweight bout between the streaking Hideo Tokoro, winner of his last two fights, and Shooto and Pancrase product Atsushi Yamamoto. Additional rumored participants include former PRIDE heavyweight standout Mirko Cro Cop, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, and rising middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Aoki, Manhoef Advance to Grand Prix Finals


Shinya Aoki submitted former Olympic wrestler Katsuhiko Nagata with a modified gogoplata Saturday night at DREAM.4 in Japan. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

Those who predicted an easy victory for Melvin Manhoef over Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba in the main event of DREAM’s latest effort Saturday night in Japan saw their thoughts become reality as Manhoef quickly smashed Sakuraba en route to an early first-round stoppage to move on to the finals of the organization’s inaugural middleweight grand prix.

The 14,037 in attendance at the Yokohama Arena saw Manhoef knock down Sakuraba with a right hand after stunning him with a head kick in the bout’s opening moments. Manhoef pounced on Sakuraba, who despite being able to pull guard, was unable to stop much of the punishment Manhoef was dishing out. Manhoef eventually transitioned to side control where he landed a number of unanswered hammer fists that forced the referee to jump in and save the longtime veteran.

“Sakuraba has been my hero, and he still is my hero. I’m sorry I had to beat him up for you,” Manhoef told the crowd after the fight. “I was prepared for 15 minutes, so it was my plan to start relaxed. But he wanted the takedown, and when he moved his head I caught him with a punch and then I kicked him. I knew when he went down, and we had practiced that, if he was in the ropes of the referee would stop and he could rest, that’s not what I wanted so I pulled him out from the ropes then punched again.”

In the night’s opening bout, grappling wizard Shinya Aoki submitting former Olympic wrestler Katsuhiko Nagata with a modified gogoplata from the mount position, a technique likely never seen before in a professional bout.

Aoki was able to sweep Nagata to the canvas early on in the bout but Nagata’s wrestling skills quickly allowed him to stand back up. Aoki then switched to a body lock and used surprising strength to muscle Nagata to the ground, where he quickly moved to mount after a scramble. After landing a couple of punches, Aoki attempted a failed guillotine before pulling off the gogoplata seemingly out of nowhere.

With the win, Aoki moves on to the finals of the promotion’s first-ever lightweight tournament where he will face former UFC contender Caol Uno. Philadelphia Fight Factory product Eddie Alvarez will take on tough wrestler Tatsuya Kawajiri in the other semi-final bout on July 21st in Japan.

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DREAM.4 Preview


Jason “Mayhem” Miller submits an alligator while posing for pictures during a pre-fight press conference for DREAM.4. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Japan’s DREAM.4 takes place this Sunday, June 15 and is headlined by the second round of the Middleweight Grand Prix. The event will be broadcast live tomorrow on HDNet at 4am ET.

Middleweight Grand Prix

There are four fights in round two with the winners moving on to DREAM.6 where a champion will be crowned.

Kazushi Sakuraba vs Melvin Manhoef

Another Sakuraba fight, another opponent who could kill him in the ring. At 39, can Sakuraba stand in there and take another savage beating? Manhoef is one of the most intense strikers at 185 and you can guarantee he’ll get his shots in on Saku. But we know Melvin has his limitations on the ground, Sakuaraba’s bread and butter. I think there’s one think we can count on in this fight; it won’t be a decision. Before 15 minutes is up, either Sakuraba will get KO’ed or he’ll submit Manhoef.

Prediction: Melvin Manhoef

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DREAM MW Grand Prix Second Round Set


Jason “Mayhem” Miller scored a TKO win over Katsuyori Shibata to move onto the second round of DREAM’s inaugural middleweight grand prix, where he will face submission wizard Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Photo courtesy of FEG.

DREAM officials late last night announced the quarterfinal matchups for the organization’s inaugural middleweight grand prix tournament, of which the second-round will take place on June 15th at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba will go up against hard-hitting Dutch kickboxer Melvin Manhoef in the night’s most high-profile tournament matchup. Sakuraba scored a first round submission of Karate practitioner Andrews Nakahara to move on.

Manhoef will be replacing longtime veteran Kiyoshi Tamura, who was forced to pull out of the tourney after suffering a broken finger in his last fight. Manhoef stopped Dae Won Kim with strikes in a tournament reserve bout earlier this month.

Additional second-round matchups announced include Gegard Mousasi vs. Dong Sik Yoon, Jason Miller vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and Zelg Galesic vs. Taiei Kin in a rematch of their controversial K-1 Hero’s bout in October of last year.

Already previously announced for the event was a lightweight grand prix bout between tournament favorite Shinya Aoki and former Olympic wrestler Katsuhiko Nagata.

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