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Strikeforce Conference Call Notes: Coker and Company’s MMAth Doesn’t Add Up

(Let me get this straight…Catchweight bouts have title implications, now?)

Strikeforce held a media conference call today ahead of its mid-week June 16 show next Wednesday. On the call were Renato "Babalu" Sobral, his manager, Richard Welner, his opponent on the card, Robbie Lawler and Strikeforce president, Scott Coker

Some head-scratching announcements came out of the Q&A such as:

• The winner of the Sobral-Lawler 195-pound catchweight bout will likely get
   a title shot in their next Strikeforce appearance. Coker said that Lawler would
   likely face Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza for the strap that Jake Shields will likely 
   may vacate, should he choose to sign with another organization. Souza is 2-0
   in Strikeforce and Lawler is 1-1 in his past two fights in the promotion. I’m
   not sure how beating a light heavyweight in a 195-pound catchweight bout
   would move Lawler up in the rankings, but what do I know about MMAth?

• Babalu may be matched up with training partner and Strikeforce light    
   heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo’" Lawal, which seems odd
   considering that the Brazilian fighter stated earlier this week that he was  
   moving down to middleweight to avoid a probable fight with Lawal. The
   reason the fight with Lawler is at 195 is that Sobral said he needs a bit more  
   time to transform his body to middleweight proportion. Maybe his manager
   and Coker didn’t get the memo.

• Lawler switched from Matt Hughes‘ H.I.T. Squad gym in Illinois to an
   undisclosed Arizona gym where he says he is training with several division I
   wrestlers. (My guess is he’s holed up at The Lion’s Den in Scottsdale
   working with Ryan Bader, C.B. Dollaway and Aaron Simpson.)

• The winner of Fedor-Werdum on June 26 will likely get the next shot at
   Overeem this year. (unless it’s Fedor, in which case they will have to
   negotiate with M-1 until so much time passes that Overeem will have to take
   a fight with another opponent to remain active or risk having fans attack him 
   for shirking his SF responsibilities.)

• An announcement could be made in the next ten days regarding a
  possible Strikeforce middleweight tournament. Doesn’t an announcement that
  there will likely be an announcement make the second one a bit anticlimactic?

• Gus Johnson will be Cover Girl’s latest spokesmodel.

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קידום אתרים בגוגל- February 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Thanks for news.
timboslice- June 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Dear Scott....
Don't worry...we got this guy named Vitor Belfort...he beat up an old middlewieght legend in a catchweight of 195, so we we're gonna give him a shot at the best pound for pound fighter in the world, (Screw you, M-1!), but he got hurt...Don't let 'em get to you, kid... Love, Dana
Mr_Misanthropy- June 10, 2010 at 10:30 am
@ Ho-star-69

Yeah, you know, the only reason I watch the UFC is because I love to follow DW on twitter. I've got an autographed poster of him smiling and giving me a big thumbs up over my bed just to motivate me to become a big tycoon someday.

Really, deep down inside, I'm only waiting for the next mid-week Strikeforce offering on Showtime (the best $12/ mo premium cable channel EVER) because I can't wait to see the intriguing match ups they have to offer. I'm dying to find out just who the next contender is for their world championship belts and I love the way they promote their break-out prospects. It's all so cohesive and produced with high value pyrotechnics, fight metric statistics (59 jabs landed before he got KOed? Awesome!), and sweet pyrotechnic explosions. The excellent and informative announcing is really just the icing on the cake. Did I mention they use pyrotechnics?
justscrappin- June 10, 2010 at 10:21 am
Gus Johnson is the new Covergirl? When's the swimsuit calendar available?
shitbag- June 10, 2010 at 7:47 am
"Gus Johnson will be Cover Girl's latest spokesmodel."

Alright! I'm proud of you Gus, I knew you could do it!
Paladin114- June 10, 2010 at 7:47 am
hoster: My money's on the mop.
Paladin114- June 10, 2010 at 7:44 am
Ragin'Asian: Yeah, but just think how long they can put off the tournament! If there's another video game attached to it, they can shelve the fighters involved for, like, 2 years, to coincide with the release date! Of course, then they'll announce the actual date of the tournament 2 weeks before it happens and waste any chance to build real hype for it, but that's just how StrikeForce rolls....and they wonder why Jake Shields is booking it for UFC as fast as he can.
hoster6969- June 10, 2010 at 7:40 am
You are correct, sir....of course since the overwhelming majority of the MMA media are unpaid fluffers for Dana White there is a double standard. Personally, I'm glad that Strikeforce at least makes an effort to put on decent fights instead of the ungodly dreck the UFC will throw on a PPV. So when Chuck Liddell fights a wet mop at UFC 126 the MMA media will all chirp about what a great matchup it is yet somehow they manage to turn up their noses at a competitive bout like Babalu v. Lawler. Hope Uncle Dana gives you a nice pat on the head for your efforts.
RaginAsian- June 10, 2010 at 1:04 am
Let me get this straight:

Lawler's fighting a soon to be middleweight in Sobral and they're going to match the winner against Jacare. Meanwhile Cung Le's scheduled for a rematch against Scott Smith, Mayhem's suspended, Tim Kennedy and new acquisition Trevor Prangley are fighting, and they want to set up a middleweight tournament to waste the remaining potential new match-ups of their deepest division in one, possibly two events?

.... okay.
fatbellyfrank- June 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm
Nick(or dick) Weltnads, with a side of cockring
Mr_Misanthropy- June 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm
Cheer up, big guy.

Dick Welt Nard still has a nice ring to it (yes, that Ring).
fatbellyfrank- June 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm
Damm, I knew it was to good to be true
Mr_Misanthropy- June 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm
"It's Welner. Richard Welner. Ha ha ha, yuck it up, people have been calling me Dick Weiner since kindergarten. SSssoooooo original."
fatbellyfrank- June 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm
Need confirmation CP, is it Welner or Weiner, cause if its Weiner I've got a shit load of immature dick jokes ready to go
Seoul Brother- June 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm
Maybe I just didn't give a dry hobo jerkoff about this, but Bababooey's manager's name is Richard Dick Weiner? How is it that I missed out on making a load of dick jokes? Goddamnit.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm
I think they've been feeding the Manatees canned tuna instead of live bait. Everybody knows the Manatees go on strike and they won't touch the idea balls unless they're happy. Stupid amateurs.
munche- June 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm
What the dick? Lion's Den? The same camp that produced Ken Shamrock and Travis Lutter? Yeah, I know, it's probably a different branch, but still, that's where MMA careers go to die.

As to Strikeforce...I can't really fault them on booking all these crazy catchweight matches. When you've got like a dozen guys that anyone cares to see across all of your weight classes, you end up having guys jump around. There's nobody at 205 to fight...hell, didn't Babalu JUST lose the title to Mousasi? Now he's potentially challenging for it after Mousasi lost it on his first defense? Jesus. It's just ridiculous how they keep trying to be a major league promotion with minor league talent.
fatbellyfrank- June 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm
This is why Strikeforce is the market leader.......not
Ankle Lock- June 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm
They all left that camp for the Lion's Den earlier this year.
Phattousai- June 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm
I thought Ryan Bader, C.B. Dollaway and Aaron Simpson trained at Arizona Combat Sports.
Ankle Lock- June 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm
Let me get this straight...Catchweight bouts have title implications, now?

It did for Belfort.