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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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UFC and Affliction Announce Collaboration

Seal Beach, CA - Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship “UFC” organization and Affliction Holdings, LLC announced today they have agreed to a collaboration that will benefit the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and ultimately the sport’s growing fan base.

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Affliction Trilogy Cancelled

Seal Beach, CA - The highly anticipated fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett at the Affliction Trilogy MMA show has been cancelled. The mega fight was scheduled to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on August 1st.  The unforeseen license denial of Josh Barnett gave Affliction limited time to find a replacement and adequately promote the new main event.

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0:49 Second KO Closes Out Memorable Season for Bellator

Bellator Fighting Championships closed-out its groundbreaking premiere tournament season by crowning two new world champions, however, the one of the biggest highlights of night came from a special feature bout.

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Facing Fedor

Seal Beach, CA - Watching Fedor Emelianenko “made me nervous tonight,” said Josh Barnett about Fedor’s bout with Andrei Arlovski at Afflictions “Day of Reckoning”. Barnett will face Fedor on August 1st at Affliction M-1 Global’s “Trilogy.” He is probably wondering, like all fight fans and fighters on earth: can Fedor be beaten or is he invincible? The single loss on Fedor’s record is often disregarded as evidence of his vulnerability, since it was due to a cut resulting from an accidental (and illegal) elbow by Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. Even with this one debatable blemish on his record (he went on to later beat Kohsaka in a follow-up match), Fedor is the most revered heavyweight in the world by fighters and fans alike.

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Villasenor Edges Santos at “Challengers”


“Smokin” Joe Villasenor raises his arms in triumph over Evangelista Cyborg Friday night in the main event on the second Strikeforce Challengers series on Showtime. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

VILLASENOR DECISIONS CYBORG IN MAIN EVENT; GURGEL AND HEUN PROVIDE CROWD-PLEASING FIREWORKS; KENNEDY AND KAUFMAN EACH SCORE VICTORIES
KENT, Wash. – “Smokin” Joe Villasenor showed no signs of rust after a year away from the cage as he recorded a close split decision over Evangelista “Cyborg” in the main event of the sophomore edition of Strikeforce Challengers Friday night on Showtime before an enthusiastic crowd at the ShoWare Center.
In a gritty and tactical battle all the way to the end, Villasenor proved victorious winning on two of the three judges scorecards, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28. “I haven’t fought in over a year and that’s a great fight to come back to,” Villasenor said afterwards. “A three-round war. I was really surprised by (Cyborg’s) countering. It turned into a great fight.”

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Nick Pace’s Flying Knee KO

The headlining win by newly minted Bellator Welterweight World Champion Lyman Good had some intense competition for best knockout of the night at Bellator XI in Uncasville, CT. This was due in part to a brutal knee by Nick Pace that sent opponent Collin Tebo tumbling backwards to the mat less than two minutes after the special feature bout began.

The powerful knee dropped Tebo instantly and sent this mouth guard flying forward as Pace finished him with a strike to the head. With the win, Pace advanced to 2-0 and was just one of the members from Team Tiger Schulmann to earn a victory at Bellator XI. The fight which only lasted 1:37 was Tebo’s professional debut.

Lyman Good Is Great as First Bellator Welterweight World Champion

Uncasville, Conn. – At the climax of the first ever Bellator Fighting Championships Welterweight World title bout, the New York phenom Lyman Good grounded and pounded his way to victory, defeating the Dominican legend killer Omar De La Cruz in an aggressive demonstration of Good’s constantly evolving ground game.  Lasting just over one minute, Good charged at the Tae Kwon Do Jiu Jitsu technician and did exactly what no one expected him to do, by shooting in on the BJJ Black specialist and using his electrifying ground skills to pound out the victory.  Good trapped De La Cruz against the cage and delivered a barrage of strikes inside Omar’s guard until the referee stopped the fight in front of thousands of Good supporters.  Good thanked his family and coaches profusely as he adorned the Bellator Welterweight Title Belt and raised the $175,000 check for his three fight effort. The Welterweight championship bout can be seen on Saturday, June 13, 2009 exclusively on ESPN Deportes and on Bellator.com on Wednesday, June 17th in English.

“This is for my family and always has been,” commented an ecstatic Good after the match.  “I would also like to tell the people at Team Tiger Schulman’s (TTS) how grateful I am for everything they’ve done.  Growing up without a father, my coach stepped into that role and for that I am extremely thankful for getting that direction in my life and to Bellator for giving me this opportunity.” Lyman Good, who spent the last four months living and sleeping in his training facility, said that he would keep his championship belt there to inspire his team and other TTS fighters.

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Six Questions with Kevin Randleman

NEW YORK - Kevin Randleman is ready to seize the moment. After four years in and out of the ring because of a variety of ailments, the ex-UFC belt-holder and two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion says he's more focused and eager than ever to step in the cage for his much-anticipated Strikeforce debut against Mike Whitehead.

The two will battle in a light heavyweight matchup that will take place Saturday, June 6, during an incredible five-fight Strikeforce "Lawler vs. Shields" show to be televised on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

World-ranked fighters "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (middleweight) and Jake Shields (welterweight) will square off at a catch weight of 182 pounds in the main event and Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski and Brett "The Grim" Rogers will meet in another exciting undercard matchup. Also, Scott "Hands Of Steel" Smith takes on Cesar Gracie black belt Nick Diaz and knockout artist Phil Baroni will meet Joe Riggs.

Randleman, 37, answered six quick questions regarding Saturday night's fight.

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Six Questions With Tyron Woodley

ST. LOUIS – Fast-rising St. Louis fighter Tryon Woodley joins eight other popular local fighters including Jesse Finney on Saturday night's six-bout undercard that will precede an incredible five-fight "Lawler vs. Shields" Strikeforce show to be televised on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

World-ranked fighters Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (middleweight) and Jake Shields (welterweight) will square off at a catch weight of 182 pounds in the main event and Andrei "Pitbull" Arlovski, Brett "The Grim" Rogers and Scott "Hands Of Steel" Smith will do battle

In other fights on Showtime's five-fight telecast, Arlovski, a former UFC champion, will take on the undefeated, hard-hitting Rogers in an Affliction sponsored heavyweight bout, the exciting, power-punching Smith will take on talented, Cesar Gracie black belt Nick Diaz, knockout artist Phil Baroni will meet Joe Riggs in a welterweight scrap and ex-UFC belt-holder and two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion Kevin Randleman will face Mike Whitehead in a light heavyweight matchup.

Woodley is 2-0 in his young career and takes on Salvoder Woods of Granite City, Ill. He is No. 11 of 13 children and was a two-time All-American at Missouri and the school's first Big 12 champion.

He answered six quick questions regarding Saturday night's fight.

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