Posted on: June 6, 2009 11:10 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2009 12:46 am
One of the most anticipated MMA fights of the past year is finally signed and scheduled.
On Showtime Saturday night, they officially announced Gina Carano vs. Cris "Cyborg" Santos for Strikeforce's Aug. 15 event, to be broadcast on Showtime.
Also signed for that event: The long-awaited rematch for the Strikeforce lightweight title, as champion Josh Thomson battles former champ Gilbert Melendez .
It will be very interesting to see what kind of ratings Carano vs. Cyborg pulls in, and also to see what kind of fighting shape Carano is in after a 10-month layoff.
In addition, Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem was announced as fighting on the 8/15 show with no opponent named at this time. His opponent may depend on the result of Arlovski vs. Rogers, and how banged up the winner of that fight is.
UPDATE: Brett Rogers knocked out Andrei Arlovski in 22 seconds, and didn't appear to have a scratch on him afterward.
Posted on: June 6, 2009 9:55 pm
Welcome to tonight's live blog of Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. Be sure to refresh the main blog page frequently for round-by-round updates from all of tonight's main fights. Please note that each fight will be its own blog entry.
We'll be back in a few minutes with the first main card bout from St. Louis. In the meantime, here are the quick and dirty undercard results (potential spoilers here, since they could air one or more of these fights on Showtime if they have time to fill):
• Pat Benson defeated Dave Cochran via submission to an armbar at 2:18 of Round 1.
• Lucas Lopes defeated Scott Ventimiglia via DQ due to an illegal knee at 3:26 of Round 1.
• Tyron Woodley defeated Sal Woods via submission to an anaconda choke at 4:20 of Round 1.
• Booker DeRousse defeated James Wade via TKO due to strikes at 4:06 of Round 1.
• Mike Kyle defeated Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante via TKO due to strikes at 4:05 of Round 2.
• Jesse Finney defeated Josh Bumgarner via submission to a kimura at 1:55 of Round 1.
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: April 2, 2009 12:19 am
Strikeforce announced on Wednesday night that lightweight champion Josh Thomson has been forced out of his April 11 title defense against Gilbert Melendez due to a broken leg.
Posted on: February 10, 2009 3:18 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 3:44 pm
Frank Shamrock will headline the Strikeforce debut event on Showtime on April 11, fighting fellow Californian Nick Diaz in San Jose, Calif.
When asked about the often-discussed possibility of fighting his brother Ken in the future, Shamrock did not rule it out, but said that Ken is working through some personal problems right now.
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."
Posted on: October 21, 2008 10:27 am
EliteXC and Pro Elite appear to be finished, according to multiple reports that surfaced beginning on Monday evening.
Loretta Hunt of Sherdog.com reported that EliteXC fighter Joey Villasenor was notified Monday that his middleweight title bout against Robbie Lawler slated for Nov. 8 on Showtime was off, due to the event being cancelled. Hunt further reported that Icon Sport and Pro Elite executive TJ Thompson said he learned on Monday morning that the company had already filed bankruptcy paperwork and would cease operations entirely by the end of this week.
EliteXC fighter, color commentator and shareholder Frank Shamrock was quote by Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports as saying he'd also heard the news.
“I got a call earlier (Monday) telling me they were shutting down,” Shamrock said. Meltzer added that the representatives of numerous EliteXC fighters had already been in contact with the UFC on Monday in hopes of finding a place for those fighters in that promotion.
EliteXC/Pro Elite has yet to comment publicly on the reports. Neither CBS -- which broadcast three EliteXC events, most recently the Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli upset on Oct. 4 -- nor Showtime, which had a show scheduled for Nov. 8 entitled "Night of Champions," have made a public statement.