Posted on: January 30, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2010 10:44 pm
In what promises to be a fierce striking contest, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler takes on Melvin "No Mercy" Manhoef at middleweight.
Manhoef is breaking it down on his way to the cage. Nice dance number there.
Round 1: Both guys being ultra careful. High kick by Lawler is blocked. Both fighters throw leg kicks, essentially checking each other. Outside leg kick by Lawler. Manhoef corners Lawler and throws a few punches, one of them connecting well. Inside leg kick by Manhoef. Manhoef with a punch that seems to hurt Lawler, who is now covering up. Body kick and more punches by Manhoef. Lawler retreating and covering up. Manhoef with inside leg kicks that send Lawler's legs flying into the air. Lawler's in trouble. He ducks and throws a wild, blind haymaker and CONNECTS. Manhoef goes down, and a punch or two later, it's called off. Unbelievable, hail-mary comeback right there.
Winner: Robbie Lawler def. Melvin Manhoef via knockout at 3:33 of Round 1.
Lawler is limping pretty badly around the cage from the force of those leg kicks by Manhoef. That rivals (or beats) any comeback KO Scott Smith ever had. Lawler didn't appear to be looking when he threw the KO punch.
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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Posted on: June 7, 2009 12:05 am
Edited on: June 7, 2009 1:10 am
The main event is up next, as Robbie Lawler fights Jake Shields at a catchweight of 182 pounds.
Round 1: Shields with kicks, Lawler's throwing leather, and Shields goes for a single leg takedown. Lawler stuffs it and punches to the body as they break. Shields went low for another takedown and almost ate a big knee. Shields with a body kick. And another. Shields looks like a guy who just realized he can't take his opponent down and is trying to come up with plan B. And he does it: Lawler throws punches, Shields grabs him, takes a standing guillotine, throws his legs around Lawler and taps him out quickly.
Winner: Jake Shields defeats Robbie Lawler via submission to a guillotine choke at 2:02 of Round 1.
Lawler tried to stand and power his way out the back door to escape the choke, but it was too tight, and he only made his situation worse by doing that.
Shields says he'll take whatever they give him for his next fight, but he mentions Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le as the one specific fight he'd want to take. Really, Shields' win over Lawler puts the Strikeforce middleweight and welterweight scenes in an interesting position.
Cung Le has the middleweight belt, but he hasn't fought in over a year and his loyalties seem divided between MMA and movies. Clearly, Shields wants Le because it would be a title shot against a main-event opponent, but there could be another motivator at work here: Nick Diaz.
Shields and Diaz are friends and training partners, and a lot of times, that means they won't fight each other unless it's totally unavoidable. It remains to be seen whether Shields would fight Diaz under the right circumstances, but it's safe to assume they'd both like to avoid it if at all possible.
What's trickier is the fact that Shields and Diaz -- who (aside from Diaz's stint as a 160-pound "lightweight" in EliteXC) are typically welterweights, a division for which Strikeforce doesn't currently have a champion -- both won their fights on Saturday against middleweight opponents, at a catch weight much closer to the middleweight threshold than the welterweight limit. Which means that not only are they arguably the two best welterweights in Strikeforce right now, but they also belong in the conversation among the best middleweights.
By mentioning a possible title fight with Cung Le, Shields is basically putting himself in the middleweight title picture. Which could be because there's no welterweight title belt right now. Or it could be that he understands Le is the highest-profile opponent he can get. Or maybe he realizes that a return to welterweight means an inevitable clash with Diaz.
One thing's for sure: Lawler and Scott Smith have just been written out of the title picture in their own weight class by a pair of 170-pounders, and it's now much harder to map out the future match-making path of Strikeforce. If the goal of these catchweight fights was to create more options down the road, then they succeeded.
Posted on: February 6, 2009 4:28 pm
Showtime announced on Thursday that the first Strikeforce event to air on the premium cable network as part of the new deal would be on April 11, emanating from San Jose, Calif.
Posted on: February 5, 2009 9:03 pm
Strikeforce announced on Thursday that it has acquired the rights to select assets of Pro Elite, the parent company of EliteXC. From the official Strikeforce press release:
LOS ANGELES, CA. -- In a transaction signaling the dawn of a new era in the world's fastest growing sport, world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) organization Strikeforce, has acquired certain fighter contracts from ProElite, Inc, the parent company of former Strikeforce co-promoter, Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC). Strikeforce also acquired other specific assets of ProElite, including a library of EliteXC events, which were distributed live on either CBS or Showtime Networks. "This is a tremendous development that will bolster the Strikeforce roster and allow us to produce even more competitive matchups between top fighters," said Scott Coker, Founder and CEO of Strikeforce. "Some of these athletes have been on the sidelines for a while now and are eagerly waiting to return to competition. We look forward to providing them with the opportunity to do so in the next few months."
LOS ANGELES, CA. -- In a transaction signaling the dawn of a new era in the world's fastest growing sport, world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) organization Strikeforce, has acquired certain fighter contracts from ProElite, Inc, the parent company of former Strikeforce co-promoter, Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC).
Strikeforce also acquired other specific assets of ProElite, including a library of EliteXC events, which were distributed live on either CBS or Showtime Networks.
"This is a tremendous development that will bolster the Strikeforce roster and allow us to produce even more competitive matchups between top fighters," said Scott Coker, Founder and CEO of Strikeforce. "Some of these athletes have been on the sidelines for a while now and are eagerly waiting to return to competition. We look forward to providing them with the opportunity to do so in the next few months."