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Gracie vs. Randleman, Fancy Pants vs. Shaolin Added to Strikeforce’s 5/15 Card


("When I find out who did this to my window, I am going to Randleplex the shit out of them." Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/shosports.)

Strikeforce’s May 15th event in St. Louis — which is slated to feature the heavyweight clashes between Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers and Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva — picked up two more notable matchups this week. First off, BJJ prodigy Roger Gracie (2-0) is set to face off against explosive UFC/PRIDE veteran Kevin Randleman (17-14). Gracie’s grappling credentials include eight titles at the Mundials and sweeps of the 98kg and Absolute divisions at the 2005 ADCCs; his last MMA fight was two years ago, when he choked out Yuki Kondo at Sengoku 2. Randleman has suffered decision losses in his last two bouts against Mike Whitehead and Stanislav Nedkov, and has dropped nine of his last 12.

Meanwhile in the lightweight division, fast-rising prospect Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm (13-0, 12 wins by stoppage) will get his next test against former top 10 lightweight Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro. After a long period of injury-related inactivity, Ribeiro returned to MMA competition last year in DREAM, defeating Katsuhiko Nagata by TKO, but then losing a decision to Shinya Aoki. Beerbohm’s last two Strikeforce appearances saw him choke out Duane "Bang" Ludwig and score a doctor’s-stoppage TKO over Rafaello Oliveira.

Speaking of Strikeforce, their middleweight champ Jake Shields may not be sticking around after his next fight. As he told Graciemag:

When you talk about guys like Anderson Silva and St.-Pierre, the best in the world, obviously I fight want to fight them. I want to be the best in the world and to be the best you have to beat the best…Now I’m focused on Dan Henderson for this fight and after that my contract with Strikeforce ends. I’ll talk with Strikeforce and the UFC to find out which one I will work for.

Even if Shields gets smashed by Hendo, he would still have a great deal of value to the UFC as a welterweight contender. And if he beats Henderson? There aren’t any more legitimate middleweight challenges in Strikeforce, and Jake’s homeboy Nick Diaz holds the welterweight belt, so moving back down isn’t an option. You can’t blame the guy for wanting to move on.

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DazedNConfused- March 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm
Best picture caption ever. Just made me LOL in class you bastards. Everyone already thinks I'm a burnout in here.
ghostboner- March 17, 2010 at 11:02 am
"Okay you little shitheads, you want your ball back? Come and get it!"
LockDown- March 17, 2010 at 10:59 am
Just wondering how a fight against Paulo Thiago X Beerbohm (LW or WW) would turn out.
robthom- March 17, 2010 at 10:52 am
I have absolutely no interest in seeing randleman do anything.

But I suppose its a shrewd enough acquisition. I'm sure there's still plenty of aging pride fanboys who continue to hold a torch for the magical qualities of ex-pride fighters.
common sense- March 17, 2010 at 10:15 am
nice haiku man
Viva Hate- March 17, 2010 at 8:35 am
I think this could help bring a new sponsor to the sport, Whizzinator official sponsor of Randleman, Barnett, Ricco Rodriguez and Nick Diaz.
h.o.n.k.y.k.o.n.g- March 17, 2010 at 8:05 am
Not with human urine, he can't.
Payday- March 17, 2010 at 7:21 am
Can Randleman pass a piss test?!?
GEE-yuh-TEEN- March 17, 2010 at 7:09 am
Looks like he's surrendering after a long standoff with police.
punchguyinface- March 17, 2010 at 7:02 am
broken pane
reflects not light
but rather my heart
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