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Dan Henderson offers dietary advice for Dana White

December
24

Sherdog.com posted a recent video interview with STRIKEFORCE middleweight Dan Henderson. When asked about his relationship with former boss Dana White, Henderson casually dismisses any animosity between the two, but does offer a bit of concern or Dana White’s health.

“Either way I’ll say he is still fat and needs to diet down a little bit. I have been telling him that for a long time. He’s spending a lot of money on expanding those suits.”

Ouch!

Check out the video and the rest of the video here.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, December 24th, 2009 at 10:52 am |
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Strikeforce champ “Cyborg” Santos might pose for Playboy

December
17

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

Sherdog is reporting that Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos has received an offer to pose nude for the magazine. cris_cyborg_santos

“Actually we are still talking, and I’m thinking about that possibility,” said Santos. “After all, only one man saw me naked in my entire life and I have to think deeply about that.”

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
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SPIKE TV TO TELECAST TEN LIVE “UFC PRELIM” SHOWS IN 2010

December
16




After three well-rated telecasts in 2009, Spike TV has announced it will telecast 10 live “UFC Prelim” to precede some of the UFC’S biggest pay-per-view fight cards.  The first two scheduled events will be on Saturday, January 2 at 9:00pm and Saturday, February 6 at 9:00pm. The remaining eight shows will be announced at a later date.

Drawing an impressive average of 1.4 million viewers in 2009, the “UFC Prelims” on Spike TV feature between two and four live undercard bouts prior to the UFC pay-per-view telecast.  Among those featured on previous “UFC Prelims” include former “The Ultimate Fighter” champions Efrain Escudero (Season 8), Kendall Grove (Season 3), and Ryan Bader (Season 8).



Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
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Bobby Lashley to Strikeforce, makes promotional debut January 30

December
11

Pro-wrestler turned MMA fighter Bobby Lashley has been signed by the Strikeforce organization and will make his debut on the January 30 card.

“I’m looking forward to fighting for STRIKEFORCE and challenging myself by taking on some of the top heavyweights in MMA,” said Lashley.

With heavyweights dropping like flies in the UFC, I am a little surprised Dana White did not scoop Lashley up first. He has a notable name from his stint in pro-wrestling, and would add some depth to the injury laden division.

The January Strikeforce card is shaping up like this:

-Cris “Cyborg” Santos (8-1) vs. Marloes Coenen (17-3)
-Nick Diaz (20-7) vs. TBA
-Jay Hieron (18-4) vs. TBA
-Herschel Walker (0-0) vs. TBA
-K.J. Noons (7-2) vs. TBA
-Bobby Lashley (4-0) vs. TBA

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, December 11th, 2009 at 10:49 am |
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Strikeforce inks Dan Henderson

December
7

NEW YORK (Dec. 7, 2009)–Four-time mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion and two-time United States Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson will enter a new chapter in his legendary career after signing a multi-fight agreement with world championship MMA promotion STRIKEFORCE.

Henderson, the only fighter in history to simultaneously hold two titles in two different weight classes – the welterweight (183 pounds) and light heavyweight (205 pounds) crowns – with a major MMA promotion – PRIDE Fighting Championships – will enter the STRIKEFORCE cage after earning “Knockout of the Night” honors with his stunning second-round KO (3:20) over Michael “The Count” Bisping at UFC 100 in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 11, 2009.

“I’m very happy to be a part of STRIKEFORCE and their partnership with CBS and SHOWTIME®,” said the 39-year-old Henderson, who represented The United States in Greco-Roman wrestling in both the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.

“STRIKEFORCE and its growing roster of world class talent will offer me many exciting fights and has the ability to bring many new fans from all around the world to mixed martial arts. I am grateful to (STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO) Scott Coker for the opportunity to help make this happen and for treating me with the utmost respect throughout our negotiations.

“I’d also like to thank Dana (White) and the UFC for the opportunities they provided me and I wish them ongoing success.  I’ll continue to watch their events and I hope they’ll tune in to my fights in STRIKEFORCE.  After all, I’m a true fan of our fantastic sport and would love only to see MMA continue to grow.”

“We are excited to welcome Dan Henderson to STRIKEFORCE,” said Coker.  “Dan is one of the world’s premiere fighters who has lived out an extraordinary career.  We are looking forward to having him compete for us.”

At both Cal State Fullerton and Arizona State University, Henderson established himself as a force in collegiate wrestling, reaching the NCAA championships in 1993.

In 1997, Henderson entered the world of MMA, winning the Brazil Open, a four-man heavyweight tournament.  One year later, he was the victor of the UFC 17 tournament, defeating both Allan Goes and Carlos Newton in the same night on May 15, 1998.

Following a stellar six plus year career with the now-defunct, Japan-based PRIDE Fighting Championships where he conquered a number of all-time greats including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva, and Vitor Belfort, Henderson re-entered UFC.  He was selected to serve as coach of Team USA on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter reality series, which premiered on Spike TV on April 1, 2009.

STRIKEFORCE in March 2009 signed a multi-year agreement to stage live MMA events on premium cable television network SHOWTIME.  The promotion made its live, primetime debut on CBS with the “Fedor vs. Rogers” mega-fight that it co-promoted with M-1 Global on
Saturday, November 7 and generated 5.46 million viewers for the main event between the world’s number one heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, and superstar Brett “The Grim” Rogers.

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, December 7th, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Banana Daiquiris

December
4

In the summer of 2010, you can work on your Thai boxing and your tan.

A school called Budo Jiu-Jitsu is planning a 2010 MMA Carribean cruise. UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon will be one of the instructors on the cruise, and is the most notable name in MMA listed as an instructor. The cruise will stop at some Carribean destinations, and there will be classes in boxing, muay thai, jiu-jitsu, and cage tactics .

Interesting concept. A single occupancy room will cost you as much as 1900 bucks.

Posted by lvollmer on Friday, December 4th, 2009 at 11:43 am |
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Strikeforce signs “King Karl”, K.J. Noons

December
3

K.J. Noons has signed a multi-fight agreement with Strikeforce. Let’s hope a rematch with Nick Diaz in the works. Press release below:

K.J. NOONS SIGNS WITH STRIKEFORCE

NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 2009)– Former lightweight champion K.J. Noons (6-1) has signed a multi-fight agreement with world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE and will make his long-awaited return to the cage at a date to be determined soon.

Noons’ STRIKEFORCE debut will be his first MMA start since June 14, 2008, when he reeled off his third consecutive win in the cage by demolishing Yves Edwards with a series of punches and elbows just 48 seconds into their meeting at Honolulu, Hawaii’s Neil S. Blaisdell Arena.

Following the victory over Edwards, Noons began a hiatus from MMA in order to pursue a professional boxing career.  He has since been victorious in four of five appearances in the squared circle, bringing his overall boxing record to 12-2 with 6 knockouts.

“I’m super excited to be a part of STRIKEFORCE and I’m looking forward to putting on great fights,” said Noons, who will celebrate his 27th birthday on Monday, Dec. 7.  “I’ve always wanted to come back, but I wanted to box for a little while in order to polish my boxing skills.  Now, I’m ready to jump back into the picture in MMA.”

To date, Noons’ most memorable stand in MMA was his meeting with dangerous striker and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Nick Diaz.  In the first round, Noons opened a cut below Diaz’s right eyebrow with a hard knee strike to the head after Diaz shot in for a takedown and, soon after, dropped Diaz with a straight counter right hand.

After round one came to an end, the ringside doctor ordered a stoppage to the fight due to two cuts Diaz had sustained on his forehead.  Noons was declared the winner of the fight by TKO.

Noons, who fights out of San Diego, Calif., also boasts a record of 13-1 with 10 KO knockouts in kickboxing competition.

“I feel a lot more confident with my game—my striking and everything else,” he said. “I feel I’m a more complete fighter and I’m ready to fight whoever STRIKEFORCE puts in front of me.”

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at 10:42 am |
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The UFC reveals future plans for Kimbo Slice tonight on “The Ultimate Fighter”

December
2

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The much-anticipated two-hour finale of Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter® airs tonight at 9pm ET on Spike and the world will learn which two fighters will compete for the six-figure UFC contract at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort this Saturday night. Of equal importance, millions will tune in to learn the fate of Internet legend and knockout artist Kimbo Slice.

The subject of much debate since joining The Ultimate Fighter® in September, Slice has attracted audiences far and wide, all eager to learn more about the bearded 35-year-old. Most are asking the same question of tonight’s broadcast: will Slice get another opportunity to fight on the show?

With the sports world buzzing about the Miami, FL resident’s future inside the Octagon™, Slice spoke Tuesday and offered brief insight about his time on the show, as well as what lies ahead.

“If I had to do the show again, I would,” Slice said. “I learned a lot about myself and got to work with some great fighters. Now it’s time for the next step in my career. Everyone will see what that is tonight on Spike.”

When asked to elaborate, the man who owns wins over UFC veteran Tank Abbott and former PRIDE fighter James Thompson, was a little more revealing.

“It’s gonna be good,” Slice said with a grin. “Watch the show tonight. You’ll see what’s next for me. All I can say is that somebody’s getting knocked out.

“Everybody knows what my stronghold is,” Slice continued, clenching his fist. “People will be able to see me and judge for themselves.”


Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The much-anticipated two-hour finale of Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter® airs tonight at 9pm ET on Spike and the world will learn which two fighters will compete for the six-figure UFC contract at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort this Saturday night. Of equal importance, millions will tune in to learn the fate of Internet legend and knockout artist Kimbo Slice.



The subject of much debate since joining The Ultimate Fighter® in September, Slice has attracted audiences far and wide, all eager to learn more about the bearded 35-year-old. Most are asking the same question of tonight’s broadcast: will Slice get another opportunity to fight on the show?



With the sports world buzzing about the Miami, FL resident’s future inside the Octagon, Slice spoke Tuesday and offered brief insight about his time on the show, as well as what lies ahead.



“If I had to do the show again, I would,” Slice said. “I learned a lot about myself and got to work with some great fighters. Now it’s time for the next step in my career. Everyone will see what that is tonight on Spike.”



When asked to elaborate, the man who owns wins over UFC veteran Tank Abbott and former PRIDE fighter James Thompson, was a little more revealing.



“It’s gonna be good,” Slice said with a grin. “Watch the show tonight. You’ll see what’s next for me. All I can say is that somebody’s getting knocked out.



“Everybody knows what my stronghold is,” Slice continued, clenching his fist. “People will be able to see me and judge for themselves.”

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
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Knockout specialist Melvin Manhoef signs with Strikeforce

December
2

One of my favorite middleweights in the world has signed with Strikeforce.  This is great news for fans of US based MMA.

Press release below:

NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2009) – DREAM and K-1 powerhouse Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef has signed a multi-year agreement to compete for world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE.

The 5-foot-8, 33-year-old, who hails from Amsterdam, Netherlands, comes to STRIKEFORCE after reaching the semifinal round of the 2008 DREAM Middleweight (185 pounds) Grand Prix tournament by scoring first round TKOs over Dae Won Kim and legendary champion Kazushi Sakuraba on May 11, 2008 and June 15, 2008 respectfully.

His well-known battle cry “When I fight, I am willing to die” has translated into Manhoef’s explosive style of fighting, one that has helped him earn 22 of his 30 career MMA wins and 27 of his 45 career kickboxing victories by knockout.

On Feb. 26, 2005, Manhoef initiated his best run to date, a 10-fight win streak in MMA competition, by stopping Matthias Riccio at Cage Rage 10 in London, England with a series of strikes in the first round (3:01).

Amongst his victims during the stretch were Ian “The Machine” Freeman and Crosley Gracie, both of whom Manhoef stopped in the first round with strikes.  Manhoef was crowned Cage Rage champion on Sept. 10, 2005 after scoring a 51-second knockout with punches over Brazil’s Fabio Piamonte in London.

Asked on short notice to serve as a replacement in a heavyweight matchup with knockout artist Mark Hunt at the annual New Year’s Eve “Dynamite” extravaganza in Saitama, Japan last year, Manhoef obliged and, despite being at a tremendous weight disadvantage, crushed the Samoan fighter with an onslaught of punches a mere 18 seconds after the opening bell rang.

Manhoef’s career in K-1, the world’s premiere stand-up fighting league, dates back to Feb. 24, 2002.  During his tenure with the Japanese promotion, he has triumphed over the likes of former K-1 tournament champions Stefan Leko and Ruslan Karaev, whom Manhoef flattened with a left hook only 31 seconds into their meeting in Amsterdam on June 23, 2007.

Born in Suriname, Manhoef relocated to Rotterdam with his family when he was three years old.  He was introduced to the sport of Muay Thai by his brother and, at age 18, won his first bout.


MELVIN “NO MERCY” MANHOEF
SIGNS WITH STRIKEFORCE


NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2009) – DREAM and K-1 powerhouse Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef has signed a multi-year agreement to compete for world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE.



The 5-foot-8, 33-year-old, who hails from Amsterdam, Netherlands, comes to STRIKEFORCE after reaching the semifinal round of the 2008 DREAM Middleweight (185 pounds) Grand Prix tournament by scoring first round TKOs over Dae Won Kim and legendary champion Kazushi Sakuraba on May 11, 2008 and June 15, 2008 respectfully.



His well-known battle cry “When I fight, I am willing to die” has translated into Manhoef’s explosive style of fighting, one that has helped him earn 22 of his 30 career MMA wins and 27 of his 45 career kickboxing victories by knockout.



On Feb. 26, 2005, Manhoef initiated his best run to date, a 10-fight win streak in MMA competition, by stopping Matthias Riccio at Cage Rage 10 in London, England with a series of strikes in the first round (3:01).



Amongst his victims during the stretch were Ian “The Machine” Freeman and Crosley Gracie, both of whom Manhoef stopped in the first round with strikes. Manhoef was crowned Cage Rage champion on Sept. 10, 2005 after scoring a 51-second knockout with punches over Brazil’s Fabio Piamonte in London.



Asked on short notice to serve as a replacement in a heavyweight matchup with knockout artist Mark Hunt at the annual New Year’s Eve “Dynamite” extravaganza in Saitama, Japan last year, Manhoef obliged and, despite being at a tremendous weight disadvantage, crushed the Samoan fighter with an onslaught of punches a mere 18 seconds after the opening bell rang.



Manhoef’s career in K-1, the world’s premiere stand-up fighting league, dates back to Feb. 24, 2002. During his tenure with the Japanese promotion, he has triumphed over the likes of former K-1 tournament champions Stefan Leko and Ruslan Karaev, whom Manhoef flattened with a left hook only 31 seconds into their meeting in Amsterdam on June 23, 2007.



Born in Suriname, Manhoef relocated to Rotterdam with his family when he was three years old. He was introduced to the sport of Muay Thai by his brother and, at age 18, won his first bout.


About STRIKEFORCE
STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 11:16 am |
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