Posted on: January 30, 2010 10:17 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2010 10:26 pm
Here come the big boys: Former WWE (and current TNA) wrestling star Bobby Lashley (4-0) takes on UFC alum Wes Sims (22-12-1, 2 NC).
Sims looks quite significantly out of shape. This one should be short. Stay tuned.
Round 1: Sims clowns Lashley by teasing a pro wrestling test of strength to start. Lashley misses on a four-punch combo. Takedown, and Lashley is on top in Sims' guard smashing him in the face with short punches. No more joking around I guess. Sims maintains closed guard. Repeated big right hands from Lashley. Sims turns over to his knees. Lashley smashes him in the face a few more times and Sims flattens out to his belly. Referee Troy Waugh stops it.
Winner: Bobby Lashley def. Wes Sims via TKO due to strikes at 2:06 of Round 1.
Posted on: January 30, 2010 9:58 pm
The Showtime broadcast of tonight's show begins at 10 p.m. ET, so hang tight for the blog to resume at that time.
According to our press materials, Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims should be the opening fight of the broadcast. Incidentally, I heard a rumor that folks with DirecTV are getting a free Showtime preview this weekend.
By the way, Georges St. Pierre just strolled into the arena to lots of cheers. Mousasi happened to be right behind him. There's a couple of halfway decent fighters for you.
Posted on: January 29, 2010 9:23 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 9:27 pm
Nothing of major note coming out of the Strikeforce weigh-ins on Friday night. Everybody made weight, so all fights are on as scheduled.
-- Cris Cyborg and Marloes Coenen had a long staredown, which was prolonged because neither would flinch but nobody on the stage was stepping in to separate them. Coenen stood with her arms behind her back, not even raising a fist. (Cyborg now has black hair, too, if that matters to anyone.)
-- Wes Sims was in rare form, doing Hulk Hogan poses from the scale and clowning before and after the faceoff with Bobby Lashley . When Sims walked onto the stage, he handed Showtime announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr . a red, glowing object and claimed to have found it. He asked Lennon to announce that he had it, and that Sims was giving it back because "honesty is the best policy" (which he yelled multiple times before leaving the stage).
-- Lashley looked like he had swallowed Brock Lesnar . Seriously, the man is of superhero-like musculature. He tipped the scaled at a little over 250 pounds of what looked to be solid muscle.
-- Herschel Walker looked to be really enjoying the whole pre-fight experience, greeting everyone with a warm smile and handshake. Even though they'll be fighting at heavyweight, both Walker and opponent Greg Nagy weighed in a few pounds north of the light heavyweight limit.
-- Other fighters in attendance included, among others, Matt Hughes , former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown , Yves Edwards and Nate Diaz (accompanying brother Nick , naturally). Brown seemed to be a particularly big hit with the fans in attendance, posing for numerous photos.
-- No significant NFL presence yet, which was probably for the best considering the crowded nature of the room where the weigh-ins were held. As noted earlier, this show is happening at a time when a ton of big shots (of both the NFL variety and other celebrity types) are in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area for the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. It's rumored that some of them may show up to support Herschel Walker, or to just kick back and enjoy some fights before the game on Sunday.
Back tomorrow with a complete round-by-round live blog of the entire show (even the undercard). See you then.
Posted on: January 29, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 9:15 pm
This weekend, I'll have full coverage of the Strikeforce: Miami show at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
I will be at the weigh-ins later tonight to report on the various happenings, including any special guests that may drop in on the proceedings (remember, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale is crawling with big shots this week, due to the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV happening at Sun Life Stadium).
On Saturday, I will live-blog the entire show (including the untelevised preliminaries), round by round. Check back often for the latest updates.
The mainstream hook to this show is the pro MMA debut of NFL legend Herschel Walker, who will face Greg Nagy. There is also interest in former WWE powerhouse (and current TNA wrestling performer) Bobby Lashley, who will fight UFC alum Wes Sims. Sims was last seen on Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Lashley has similar attributes to WWE-champ-turned-UFC-mauler Brock Lesnar -- including freakish power and very strong amateur wrestling credentials -- but none of the bad attitude or bravado. It will be interesting to see if Lashley can develop into the next heavyweight MMA star.
The card also features a trio of very intriguing bouts, headlined by the return of the pride of Stockton, Calif., Nick Diaz, who will face Marius "The Whitemare" Zaromskis in the main event to crown a new Strikeforce welterweight champion.
Cris "Cyborg" Santos enters the cage for the first time since demolishing fan favorite Gina Carano last summer, defending her Strikeforce 145-pound women's title against Marloes Coenen.
At middleweight, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler will attempt to rebound from his submission loss to Jake Shields last June, in a likely slugfest with the dangerous Melvin Manhoef.
The full card for Saturday's event is below.
Main card bouts (televised live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET):
Check in later for news and notes from the weigh-ins.
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