minimalist movie posters
21 Incredible Minimalist Movie Posters

Tag: Gilbert Melendez

Video Flashback: Saturday Night Strikeforce Main Eventer Jorge Masvidal Kicking Ass and Taking Names in the Street


(“Gamebred” used to be a moneyweight fighter.)

Heading into Saturday night’s Strikeforce show, not a lot of people are giving lightweight challenger Jorge Masvidal much of a chance against champ Gilbert Melendez for various different reasons.

One is the disparity in fight records between the two. Another is that Melendez has never been finished. And a third is that Gilbert hasn’t lost a fight since 2008.

The one wildcard factor Masvidal has going for him is how much of a beating he can take and still keep coming forward. His granite chin rivals anyone’s in the game, which could make for an interesting brawl come Saturday night.

If you’ve seen his pair of street fights against Kimbo Slice protegee Ray, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, check them out after the jump.

Read More DIGG THIS

Exclusive: Jorge Masvidal on His Wild Ride From the Streets to the Main Event

Jorge Masvidal Strikeforce photos KJ Noons
(‘Gamebred’ uglies up KJ Noons at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum. Photo via ESPN.)

By Jonathan Shrager

Jorge Masvidal‘s MMA career has taken him to Russia, Japan, Costa Rica, and the Playboy Mansion — not bad for a guy who got his start in bare-knuckle fights in his native Miami. Now riding back-to-back victories over Billy Evangelista and KJ Noons under the Strikeforce banner, Masvidal has been honored with a lightweight title shot against Gilbert Melendez at the promotion’s upcoming card on December 17th in San Diego. We got in touch with Masvidal recently to learn more about his streetfighting pedigree, his unconventional fighter’s lifestyle, and why “The Mansion” isn’t as exciting as you’d think. Enjoy…

CAGEPOTATO.COM: I wanted to start off by discussing your streetfighting past. Was it those underground brawls that made you consider the sport of MMA as a profession?

JORGE MASVIDAL: No. Before I did the streetfighting I knew I wanted to do MMA. I knew I wanted to get paid. I didn’t want to be a streetfighting king or nothing. I wanted to fight the best in the world and get paid for my talent. I knew since I was a kid at the age of 13 or 14 that I wanted to fight. I wanted to box, but I was also in love with wrestling. I wish I could have done both, but I realized I could only be competitive in one of them. Then MMA came along and I knew that was the one. At the time I was streetfighting, there wasn’t really an amateur MMA scene. I did that when I was about 18 or 19. They asked me to do it and I was like ‘why not?’

Having been involved in something so raw as backyard brawling, you must experience relatively little fear stepping into the regulated industry of MMA?

Oh yeah, big time. In MMA, I don’t got to worry about getting stabbed, or nobody shooting at me if I beat them up. That’s a big positive. In a streetfight, anything can happen at any random moment. If someone gets upset in the crowd, or you’ve caused somebody to lose money, they can pull a knife or a gun on you. You always get an adrenaline-rush when you step into an MMA cage, but it’s nothing like the concerns you have when streetfighting, when you’re worried about avoiding weapons.

Read More DIGG THIS

Apparently Melendez Will Have to Get Past Masvidal in Dec. Before Heading to the UFC


(Gilbert is just going through the motions until he gets to the Octagon.)

Zuffa announced today that tickets for its planned December 17 Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal event will go on sale next week, meaning Gilbert Melendez likely won’t be heading to the Octagon as planned until at least 2012 if all goes well.

It makes sense that they would have the San Francisco-based fighter headline the event, which will take place in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center, but the question is, who will UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar fight in the meantime? Since “El Nino” likely won’t be ready to go again until at least February, it’s unlikely that the UFC will keep “The Answer” on the shelf for five months.

The card will also include a women’s featherweight championship bout between Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Hiroko Yamanaka, KJ Noons against a yet-to-be-named opponent, as well as the return of Gina Carano.

Read More DIGG THIS

Strikeforce Deathwatch: Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez Called up to the Big Leagues


This is the face one makes when he realizes that Cyborg Santos is now his most marketable champion.

Some of you may have been surprised when you read that the UFC has apparently called Bigfoot Silva up to the majors. Not only was he coming off of a loss, but there were better fighters out there for the UFC to call up. Well, don’t worry. The UFC has called up arguably Strikeforce’s best fighter, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, according to a report on MMAJunkie.com. Melendez was scheduled to defend his title against Jorge Masvidal on December 17, but it is yet to be seen how this announcement will affect that. So yeah, don’t worry about the UFC not calling up Strikeforce’s best, most deserving fighters. Unless you love Strikeforce and don’t want to see it go under. Then by all means keep panicking.

The date of his UFC debut, as well as his opponent, has yet to be determined. However, according to the aforementioned report there is the possibility that Gilbert Melendez will get an immediate title shot. If that’s the case, I can’t really make sense out of that. Nick Diaz getting an immediate title shot made sense, given that Georges St. Pierre essentially cleaned out the welterweight division. However, the lightweight division is arguably the UFC’s strongest, deepest weight class. There are already plenty of contenders for the winner of the upcoming rubber match between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. Then again, there’s also the possibility that the Donovan McNabb will lead the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl, so let’s not read too much into what’s possible.

Read More DIGG THIS

Dan Henderson ‘Nervous’ and ‘Sad’ About the Uncertain Future of Strikeforce


(Video courtesy of YouTube/ClinchGear)

In a recent interview Dana White did with 5thRound.com, the UFC president clarified that Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson will now be fighting exclusively for the UFC, which has led to even more speculation about the future of the promotion that was bought by Zuffa earlier this year. Since acquiring Strikeforce the UFC has picked clean the lion’s share of the promotion’s marquee talent, including Henderson and two of its other six remaining champions, Nick Diaz and Alistair Overeem.

Read More DIGG THIS

Friday Afternoon Link Dump


(Got $4,500 to spare? Why not buy some douchebag shoes?  All the kids with too much money are doing it. Ask Bieber. Vid courtesy of YouTube/Nike)

- Carlos Condit talks UFC 137 title shot against GSP (TheBigLead)

- 25 of the lamest movie villains ever (HolyTaco)

- New MMA-based social media game Fight Camp (6Waves)

- Did Al Roker just threaten someon live on The Today Show? (Guyism)

- The “Warrior” workout (MadeMan)

- Fox, Velasquez-Dos Santos and the UFC’s heavyweight plays (TheRugged)

- Never forget. Unless we tell you to (WithLeather)

- Gil Melendez talks Jake Shields, El Nino Training Center and more (BleacherReport)

- Schweddy Balls now in an ice cream freezer near you (Clutch.MTV)

- Brian Stann talks Chael Sonnen and fighting teammates (FightLine)

- The 25 funniest Hooters photos of all time (SuperBooyah)

- To promote “The Sitter” Jonah Hill is taking your call (ScreenJunkies)

- Strikeforce weigh-in results (MMAFighting)

- Anderson Silva shouldn’t quit his day job (Tatame)

Read More DIGG THIS

On This Day in MMA History: August 15 – Cyborg Chases Carano Away From MMA for Two Years


(Surprised they didn’t call this one “Beauty and the Beast.”)

On this day in MMA history two years ago Strikeforce held it’s first event headlined by a women’s championship fight. Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, which featured a bout between Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos for the inaugural Strikeforce Women’s middleweight (145 pound) championship, took place on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Read More DIGG THIS

Friday Afternoon Link Dump


(Video courtesy of YouTube/COLLECTBRUCELEEcom)

- Manager says probe will show Gatti’s death no suicide (SportsIllustrated)

- Brian Ebersole explains the art of the hairrow (MiddleEasy)

- The 20 biggest celebrity boob teases (SuperBooyah)

- Reverent Hardy Promises Rough Night for Lytle at UFC on Versus 5 (TheRugged)

- 18 awesome Anziz Ansari animated GIFs (ScreenJunkies)

- Superfood myths and recession tips (MadeMan)

- Buy the entire M-1 Global video catalogue and get a free autographed Fedor glove from Jerry Millen (Ebay)

- 25 of the lamest wrestling gimmicks ever (HolyTaco)

- Afl fan tackles player (ScoresReport)

- Amir Sadollah talks sex appeal and fighting a guy named “Bang” (Clutch.MTV)

- Bert and Ernie aren’t gay, Sesame Street spokesperson states (TorontoSun)

- Masvidal to challenge Melendez for Strikeforce LW strap in late fall (MMAFighting)

- Casey Anthony told to get her ass back to Florida for probation (InternationalBusinessTimes)

- 10 best UFC fighters ever, by division (BleacherReport)

Read More DIGG THIS

Scott Coker Says Nick Diaz is the Only Strikeforce Champ Who Will Cross Over to UFC…At Least For Now


(Video courtesy of YouTube/5thRoundVideo)

Don’t expect to see any Strikeforce champions besides Nick Diaz fighting in the UFC anytime soon.

According to Strikeforce president Scott Coker, Diaz’s crossover to the UFC was a one-off exception that was made to prevent the Stockton native from turning his back on MMA in favor of a boxing career.

Read More DIGG THIS

On This Day in MMA History…June 27

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson went down 3 years ago.

Why it matters:

Bobby Southworth retained his Strikeforce light heavyweight strap by defeating Anthony Ruiz via unanimous decision. Ruiz beat B-South in their previous bout the previous november, but it wasn’t a title fight. Neither was Southworth’s fight that September against Bill Mahood at the Playboy mansion. It didn’t matter though since he won that fight by verbal submission when Mahood (who later tested positive for steroids) injured his ribs. Southworth, who held the strap longer than any other fighter would lose the belt in his next fight with Renato Sobral. Since then, it has changed hands four times.

• Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (who won the title by defeating then-champion Clay Guida) lost his title to Strikeforce U.S. lightweight champion Josh Thompson in his second title defense via unanimous decision. After defending the newly-unified title once, Thomson would lose the belt in the rematch the following April. Melendez hasn’t lost since.

• Strikeforce women’s welterweight tournament winner Miesha Tate made her promotional debut.

Read More DIGG THIS
CagePotatoMMA