Posted on: June 6, 2009 11:14 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2009 11:38 pm
Next up is Nick Diaz vs. Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith.
Round 1: Diaz is already putting his hands high and asking Smith to bring it. Smith with a straight right. Diaz with a combination. Diaz ties up his arms and Smith decks him with an overhand right on the separation. Smith with a left hook as Diaz stuck out his chin and asked for a punch. He may want to cut that out, but I'll bet he doesn't. Diaz with a variety of strikes and combinations, landing a large amount of them. Diaz lands a head kick for good measure. Smith looks confused by Diaz's style. Smith with a heavy right hand that Diaz takes with no problem. Smith lunges in for a right and connects, but Diaz lands a left at the same time and does more damage as Smith backs up to the cage. Diaz eats another right hand. Smith clinches Diaz against the cage. Diaz turns away from it and tries to work for a kimura. Smith's landing more combinations now. Smith with a nice inside leg kick. Smith is now the aggressor and he's landing a lot, but Diaz is still finding the mark with his own shots as the round ends. Diaz 10-9, but you really can't count Smith out, especially with an opponent willing to keep it standing... and willing to stick his chin out.
Round 2: Diaz with long jabs. Smith ties him up and Diaz turns his back to him again. Smith decks him with a hard right on the break. Diaz hurts Smith with a left to the ribs and hammers away with body and head shots. Smith gets off the cage and throws a few back, but he's hurt. They're both tagging each other with freebies trying to end it. Both look a little arm-weary, but with Diaz it's hard to tell. Diaz lands every shot he throws. Smith only lands some, but they look much heavier. Smith's got no head movement at all and is almost immobile, so Diaz is tagging him with everything. But Smith doesn't look finished, yet. He's hurt, but not punch-drunk. Smith misses a Superman punch and a kick. Diaz answers with fists. Another punch to the ribs drops Smith to the mat, but the round ends before Smith is finished. 10-9 Diaz again. I wonder if Smith will make it off his stool for Round 3.
Round 3: They duke it out, and Smith's got more left in his tank. Diaz gets him to the canvas and takes his back. Diaz puts the hooks in and taps Smith out with a bar arm choke.
Winner: Nick Diaz defeats Scott Smith via submission to a bar arm choke at 1:41 of Round 3.
Posted on: May 20, 2009 4:26 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2009 2:42 am
Strikeforce announced on Tuesday that a heavyweight bout between Brett "The Grim" Rogers and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski has been added to the card for the promotion's June 6 card in St. Louis, Mo.
The show will be the third Strikeforce event to air live in the U.S. on premium cable network Showtime.
Considered one of the top heavyweights in the world, Arlovski (15-6-0) last fought on Jan. 24, when he lost to Fedor Emelianenko via KO in the first round on Affliction and M-1's Day of Reckoning pay-per-view. Prior to the loss to Emelianenko, Arlovski had won five straight fights spanning from the end of his UFC stint to his signing on with Affliction.
Undefeated in his MMA career, Rogers (9-0-0) gained attention in 2008 with a pair of decisive knockout victories in EliteXC. He finished off James Thompson in 2:24 in February 2008, and followed that performance with a 1:01 KO over Jon Murphy in the first fight ever broadcast on live network television, during the first CBS Saturday Night Fights event on May 31, 2008.
Making the jump to Strikeforce this year, Rogers defeated Ron "Abongo" Humphrey via TKO due to knees in 1:38 of Round 2, marking the first time in Rogers' career that he had been taken beyond the first round by an opponent.
Arlovski vs. Rogers will air on the undercard of the Strikeforce show headlined by Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith at a catchweight of 180 pounds. The show airs June 6 on Showtime, beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
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."
Posted on: February 28, 2008 10:19 am
This morning at 9 a.m. ET, CBS and ProElite, Inc. announced a multi-year deal that will result in four EliteXC events per year broadcast live on CBS.
The deal is the first of its kind for a major U.S. TV network, and also the first of its kind for a U.S.-based MMA promotion. According to the official press release, CBS will air four EliteXC events per year, live on Saturday nights during primetime. The release also confirms that the EliteXC airings will be two hours in duration.
EliteXC began running shows last year, broadcasting on Showtime. The promotion has also worked in conjunction with MMA groups like Strikeforce in jointly-promoted events airing primarily on Showtime, which will continue to air EliteXC in addition to the CBS deal.
In conjunction with other MMA groups owned by ProElite -- which includes not just ElitexC, but others like Cage Rage and Icon Sport -- the roster of potential fighters on CBS broadcasts includes Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Antonio Silva, Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields, KJ Noons, Nick Diaz, Murilo "Ninja" Rua, Scott Smith and Ricco Rodriguez.
From the official release:
"Mixed martial arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and a wildly popular entertainment vehicle for upscale, young adult audiences," said Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime. "It's original programming for Saturday night; it's live, creating an event atmosphere and it's something that hasn't been seen on network television, until now."
EliteXC president Gary Shaw added this:
"Our world-class fighters and the high production value of our events continue to drive ProElite as a global MMA organization that is fortified by the bedrock foundation of a partnership with CBS," said Gary Shaw, President of EliteXC. "Broadcasting our events on CBS will instantly engage a new fan base, as well as provide an opportunity for EliteXC to further establish itself as the world's premier MMA organization."
I'll probably have more to say about this over the next day or two. For now, let's just say that no matter how this all turns out, this is already one of the most important MMA stories of the year.
These waters are unchartered. An MMA TV deal of this ilk has simply never been done before in this country, and whether it succeeds or not is likely to have a major impact on the future of the MMA business.
Posted on: February 16, 2008 10:48 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2008 11:03 pm
Up next is the EliteXC debut of former UFC fighter Scott Smith, against Kyle Noke.
Round 1: They're trading but being very cautious. Half the round passes with virtually no major punches landing. The crowd is starting to get irritated. Noke is mixing in some leg kicks but otherwise neither guy is doing anything. The crowd is really getting on them. Toward the end of the round, Smith landed some decent strikes. Based on that, I give the round to Smith 10-9.
Round 2: Man, did the action pick up here. Noke swings at Smith and Smith counters with a right cross for a scary looking knockout. Smith gets one more shot in before the referee is able to stop the fight. Noke was motionless for a while, but left the cage on his own power.
Winner: Scott Smith def. Kyle Noke via KO due to a right cross at seven seconds of Round 2.