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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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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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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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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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Herschel Walker, 47 year old football legend, signs with Strikeforce

September
21

Former NFL and NCAA football superstar Herschel Walker will enter a new chapter in his career as a professional athlete when he makes his debut as a heavyweight in the world’s fastest growing sport – mixed martial arts (MMA) – as part of a multi-fight contract he has signed with world championship promotion STRIKEFORCE.

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Pro Bowl competitor will begin a 12 week training camp next month at San Jose, California’s American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), which plays home to a host of the world’s greatest fighters, including STRIKEFORCE Lightweight Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson.  The 6 foot 1 inch, 220 pound former running back, who already holds a fifth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and boasts additional training in the combat disciplines of Muay Thai and Kenpo, will be trained by AKA co-owner and head trainer Bob Cook.

“I’ve been training for several years.  I would play college football games on Saturday and then compete in martial arts tournaments on Sunday after church I’m now looking forward to opening up another chapter in my life and to competing in MMA,” said Walker, who recently was a contestant on the second hit season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice reality series on NBC.

“I flew to LA last month to watch Herschel train and was surprised to see his advanced wrestling and striking abilities,” said STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker, a martial arts promoter of over 25 years.  “He’s got work ahead of him, but he’s committed to training at one of the most notable gyms in the sport of MMA so it will be very interesting to watch him progress.”

Walker, a 1999 College Hall of Fame inductee who was also selected to Sports Illustrated’s NCAA All-Century Team that year, has never been one to shy away from the road less traveled.

Following his junior year at the University of Georgia where he had set the NCAA freshman rushing record en route to an undefeated season and Sugar Bowl championship victory over Notre Dame, Walker, a born-again Christian, astonished the sports world by withdrawing from school to play professional ball in the newly formed United States Football League (USFL) rather than wait to enter the NFL draft after the graduation of his collegiate class, a rule maintained by the world’s largest professional football league at the time.

While the vast majority of football players typically follow an intensive weight room regimen, Walker relied on bodyweight exercise, conditioning, and calisthenics while maintaining very little body fat.

Walker was eventually drafted in 1985 by The Dallas Cowboys and established himself as a premiere running back in the league.  In 1986, he was the driving force behind a historic trade

that sent in to The Minnesota Vikings in exchange for five players and six draft picks.

In 12 NFL seasons with four different teams, he became the only player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways – rushing, receiving, and kickoff returns.  He is one of six players to exceed 60 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns receiving and is the only player in NFL history to register a 90 plus yard reception, a 90 plus yard run, and a 90 plus yard kickoff return, all in one season (1994).

Off the gridiron, Walker has achieved a handful of feats, including a seventh place finish in the 1992 Winter Olympics two-man bobsled competition.  He also nearly made the Olympic sprint relay team.

Now 47 years of age, Walker, a native of Wrightsville, Georgia, will look to conquer a whole new world.  It is a challenge he is extremely optimistic about.

“I will go in there and test myself against any 20 year old,” said Walker.  “I know there will be naysayers and I’m fine with that.  I want to prove to people who sit on a couch and don’t do anything but criticize other people that, if you’re a true athlete or martial artist, you’re not old until you can’t get up and walk around anymore.  MMA fighters are said to be some of the best athletes in the world, my plan at the age of 47 is to show the world I am still one of the best athletes as well”

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
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Fedor Emelianenko to make Strikeforce debut on CBS

September
17

Fedor, the #1 Ranked MMA Heavyweight in the World, To Be Seen for the First Time by Broadcast Television Audience

The CBS Television Network will return to the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage with STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS. ROGERS, to be broadcast Saturday, Nov. 7 (9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT). SHOWTIME Sports® will produce the four-fight event with host Gus Johnson calling the action and MMA legend Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo serving as color analysts.

In 2008, CBS aired the first live MMA fights on network television, with three successful events earning time period-winning ratings in all key young adult and young men demographics.  CBS’s most recent broadcast in October 2008 ranked as the night’s highest-rated program on both broadcast and cable in adults 18-34 and men 18-34, topping all other sports programming in those demographics, including the Major League Baseball playoffs and college football.

On Nov. 7, the world’s Number One-ranked MMA heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, will face undefeated American Brett Rogers of Minnesota in the marquee match up. The fight marks the first bout for the highly coveted Emelianenko since his promotional company M-1 Global signed an agreement with STRIKEFORCE to co-promote major events.

“There’s no question this is a sport that is fast becoming a force in popularity and as a business,” said Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President, Prime Time, CBS Television.  “We’re excited to be the platform that will enable millions more to see the athlete regarded as the very best in his sport. The Number One heavyweight on the most-watched network has a very nice ring to it.”

Simply referred to as “Fedor” by fans around the world, the 6-foot, 235-pound Russian is one of the most dominant fighters in the sport.  He is a master of the Russian military combat system Sambo and boasts a record of 30 wins, one loss, no draws with 16 wins by submission, seven knockouts and seven decisions. The 28-year-old Rogers (10-0) is a massive physical specimen standing 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighing 265 pounds.  He possesses two of the heaviest hands in the sport of MMA, an attribute that has helped him knock out all 10 of his professional opponents.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to bring the STRIKEFORCE brand to CBS,” said Scott Coker, Founder and CEO of STRIKEFORCE.  “We are looking forward to bringing MMA back to the network and to having the world’s No. 1 heavyweight—Fedor—compete for the first time on live network television against one of America’s most promising young, undefeated stars—Brett Rogers.”

STRIKEFORCE has experienced significant growth since it launched its first MMA promotion on March 10, 2006.  After signing a landmark deal to air live events on SHOWTIME® earlier this year, STRIKEFORCE earned the premium network its highest MMA rating ever on August 15 with Carano vs. Cyborg.  Shortly before the live telecast, the main event principals—Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos—were the most searched terms on Yahoo! and Google, while the fight was the most discussed subject on Twitter.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
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UFC 100 replay draws better then the PGA, MLB, and Strikeforce

August
18

UFC 100 ON SPIKE TV KNOCKS OUT THE COMPETITION ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 15

Draws More Men 18-34 Than The PGA Championship On CBS

And MLB On Fox

New York, NY, August 18, 2009 — Spike TV’s telecast of UFC 100 (originally airing on pay-per-view July 11) drew more Men 18-34 (513,000) than anything else on television on Saturday, August 15.  Airing from 10:00pm-12:30am ET/PT, the telecast drew 2 million viewers, a 1.8 rating in Men 18-34, a 1.7 rating (950,000) in Men 18-49, and a 1.5 household rating.

The telecast bested heavy sports competition during the day in the advertiser-coveted demographic of Men 18-34:

UFC 100 (Spike TV) – 513,000

PGA Championship (CBS) – 479,000
MLB Baseball (FOX) – 242,000
Strikeforce (Showtime) – 181,000

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Q and A with Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le

August
14

I recently had the chance to speak with Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le. We talked about his movie career, injuries, previous fights and CBS/Strikeforce deal.

Check out the Q and A below:

Q: Are you going to be at the Strikeforce fight Saturday? Who are you picking in the main event?
A: I am going to go with the Striker, Gina.

Q: You have had some injuries you have been healing up while pursuing acting. Are you 100% healthy right now?
A: I am about 80% . I am just taking it slowly and not rushing back into anything and re injuring myself . I tried to get ready for the first card on Showtime for Strikeforce. Me and my trainer Javier Mendez  gave it a about a three week run, and the soreness took longer to go away then expected, so I had to pull out.

Q: Do you have to do any therapy?
A: A lot of people don’t realize that the therapy is only as good as your rehab. If you are not getting quality rehab it’s just not going to heal right.

Q: Are you able to train while you are in therapy/rehab?
A: No, no, I am able to train. I have just been working on my injuries. Now I am able to hit the pads and work a little bit more. I just have to be very careful . I don’t want to re-injure it and be out even longer. This can affect my whole career. I do most of my own stunts, so I don’t want to jeopardize any of my careers going right now.

Q: Are there any stunts that are propositioned to you and you say no, I don’t want to do that?
A: On Pandorum I wanted to do every single stunt and I ended up missing three of them. I think the producer knew that I wouldn’t take no for an answer. They were shooting a B unit at the same time they were shooting my stunt. I didn’t know about it until after, but I was very grateful because I found out that one of the stunt guys who did the high fall onto the table, the table didn’t break on the first try and he tweaked his elbow a little bit , and that could have re-injured my elbow.

Q: Did it take a lot of convincing to the producers to do your own stunts?
A: I just told them I like to do all my own stunts. They let me try out a few of them, they give you a couple of tries. They give you a rehearsal. If you are able to do it then they let you do it, but if you can’t pull it off then they use the stuntman. But pretty much I have been able to do all of my own stunts better then the stuntman himself.

Q: Do you have any more movies coming out this year?
A: Pandorum is coming out September 18th with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster. That is a big one. I have a supporting lead. That is a big role for me. A lot of dialogue and a lot of action. I did like 97 % of all my own stunts in that movie. That was a brutal shoot. We worked like 14-15 hours a day. It was go time. It was in Berlin. I didn’t get a chance to see much of Berlin in the first two months.

Q: Do you have a time table in regards of when you want to return to fighting or are you ust going to wait until you are 100% healthy?
A: I am hoping that I can return by the end of the year or early next year. I talked to Scott Coker and he mentioned CBS. That means I’ll be doing double time on the rehab and making sure I don’t re-injure my elbow.

Q: It seems like the CBS/Strikeforce deal is up in the air. Do you think it is definitely going to happen?
A: I definitely think it is going to happen. That is why Scott Coker brought it up to me. He asked if I would be ready to go? I said yeah, if it’s the end of the year or early next year I think I will be ready to go. I just can’t tweak my elbow again.

Q: How did you hurt the elbow? Was it a combination of injuries over the years?
A: I had a surgery after my 5th MMA fight. With all the jiu-jitsu and sparring and overuse of the elbow over the years, I needed another surgery. A minor surgery ended up being a major surgery. It’s almost severe as one of those [major league baseball] pitcher’s surgeries. They said I would not be able to train for three months after the surgery.

Then I found out that Renzo gracie dropped out of the Frank Shamrock fight. That was two weeks after my surgery. My trainer says you might not get another chance. What do you want to do? By that time we had about 3-4 months to train. So they said three months before you can really start using it [the elbow], with all the rehab, and I jumped right into rehab and using it like 3-4 weeeks later. I came into AKA with this big old brace on my arm and I looked like the bionic man.

Q: See that is something I didn’t know. I didn’t know you jumped into that fight after such a major surgery.
A: Yeah. And I had an awesome performance. I can only get lucky so many times. I feel like that was a combination of luck, determination and will to win. Usually i have more pop on my punches. Pretty much all of my fights end up in KO and I finished Frank with a kick to the arm and broke it. I hit him with a lot of shots and made him bleed.

I never been hit so many times in a  fight in my whole career. I wasn’t able to get enough sparring in. I could do a lot of cardio. I was able to simulate someone coming at me, but it wasn’t like live, go time. But I pulled it off and it turned out to be one of the best fights of the year. And I ended on that note, and that’s it. I just have to make sure the elbow is good. I have had two surgeries on this elbow. If I have to do another one, that might be the end of my career.

Q: What kind of surgery was it?
A: The first one was a scope, and the second one was supposed to be a scope to clean it up, but it ended up that they had to move the whole ulnar nerve over because there was a big bone spur that was poking in it, and my hand started to atrophy.

Q: Do you think that you threw more kicks in the Shamrock fight then you normally would because of the elbow?
A: I think that he was open for kicks and he was blocking with one arm and that is great for me. I do a lot of timing. I like guys to shoot in on me and I’ll stuff the shot once and I’ll give them my leg and if they shoot from far away I definitely kick at the same time because I can maneuver and I can defend the single leg really well and even the double. But Frank took high shots on me, took my back once and was waiting for those spinning back kicks and he timed it pretty well. I was able to escape and execute them [the kicks] with a lot of counter punches and a lot of kicks and do some damage to Frank. The second to last kick, that broke his arm. He was a warrior who didn’t want to go down. I think that fight and that injury took the life out of Frank. he hasn’t looked the same since. They say Frank came into the Diaz fight with injured ribs , but I think he came back from the broken arm too early because I know he a second surgery.

Q: Is there other Sanshou fighters in MMA that are as successful as you?
A: No, no, I think I am the most successful Sanshou fighter right now. But I have a French kid in here who is like a Sanshou champion, Thomas Dungee. He is fighting on the September Young Guns card in Oklahoma. He is one to watch out for, he actually throws sidekicks. He has great take down defense and he is getting good at submissions. I told him no submissions unless you really have the guy hurt, because people really like to see those kicks to the face.

Also, September 18th, big movie [Pandorum]. If people wondered , I am not having little bits and parts in movies. I had little parts in fighting, but this is a big role. I am one of the leads.  I helped carry this movie and this is a chance for people to critique and see if they like me as an actor or not.

I am sure there is a lot of people out there wondering if I am just in there because I am a champion, but I actually had to win this role from a lot of marquee Asian actors. And I beat them all out in audition. There was nothing physical about this audition. It was just how good can you read your lines.

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Cung Le has his own toy

August
13

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le. Cung has spent the better portion of the last year and a half healing injuries and starring in movies. Aside from gaining championship gold and starring on the big screen, Le can add another feature to his resume. He now has his own toy.

Round 5 is releasing a MMA figurine of Cung Le. Cung joins Matt Serra, Gina Carano, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson in series 4 of MMA collectible figures.

Round 5 President Damon Lau couldn’t be happier about releasing a Cung Le toy. “Cung Le’s popularity across a wide range of audiences made him an ideal partner for Round 5.  Besides his international following in MMA and kick boxing, his growing movie career is gaining him a new set of fans.  He was very involved in the process of creating his figurine, and we think the finished product reflects the hard work he put into it.”

I asked Cung a couple of questions regarding the process:

Q: Did you ever expect that you would get your own toy?

A: No, this was a big surprise to me. I just feel blessed and thankful that I am part of the Round 5 action figure.

Q: How does the process work? How do you go about getting the toy to look like you?

A: You take a lot of pictures. 360 degrees worth of pictures.  You have to hold your pose for awhile. They take shots of your hair, your nose, and the back of your head. They put it all together. They give you samples of moldings and then you approve of it, and the next hing you know you have your action figure.
Q: Do you get the final say of how the action figure looks or is it a collaborative effort?

A: It’s a collaborative effort between both parties, my stuff and round 5.

Cung Le has two figurines available right now. One is the standard series four figure and then there is a limited edition figurine with yellow shorts. The standard figurine can be found here and the limited edition model here.

Cung Le plays “Manh” in the upcoming movie “Pandorum”. The movie is being released September 18th.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
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