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Forget Hoger, Overeem Will Fight Tony Sylvester Instead

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(Either Alistair Overeem is facing an extra from "Over the Top" or else Google Image Search has seriously led us astray.)

Though Sam Hoger doesn’t like it, some benevolent force in the universe has intervened to keep Alistair Overeem from calmly handing him his ass at Golden Glory 11 next Saturday.  In his place will be 11-2 Ohio-based fighter Tony Sylvester, who is at least in the same weight class as Overeem, though that’s about where the similarities between he and “The Demolition Man” end.  While Sylvester’s record looks impressive at first glance, it doesn’t stay that way under closer inspection.  His most recent loss came via decision against Chris Tuchscherer in the abortion known as YAMMA Pit Fighting.  He rebounded with a first-round TKO win over Roger Minton in his last effort, but that was a) almost a year ago, and b) against a guy making his pro debut.

In fact, if you look at Sylvester’s recent fighting history, six of his last eight victories came against guys who currently have losing records.  And the other loss on his record?  It was against Tim “Big Perm” Persey, who, while he may be the proud owner of an awesome nickname, is not exactly a world-beater himself.  This isn’t to say that Sylvester is no good.  I mean, I guess he can’t really help it if the guys he beats happen to lose a bunch of fights before and after they face him.  But at the same time, this is the guy who’s going to fight Strikeforce (absentee) heavyweight champ and top ten heavyweight Alistair Overeem?

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Gegard Mousasi Could Defend Title Against Sokoudjou or Filho at ‘Fedor vs. Rogers’

Gegard Mousasi Strikeforce MMA
("I came here to catch dreams and chew bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum." Photo courtesy of URdirt.com.)

According to a new post on M-1global.com, Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has confirmed that he will be participating in a title fight at the upcoming "Fedor vs. Rogers" event on November 7th:

At this time an opponent has not been officially named, however speculation is surrounding two possible opponents. One would be Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, the Team Quest light heavyweight who recently defeated Bob Sapp in easy fashion in the semi-finals of the DREAM Super Hulk tournament, a fight that Mousasi withdrew from due to a shoulder injury. While a fight against Sokoudjou would give the two fighters the chance to finally meet, the other name being talked about would be an opportunity to settle a grudge…

Yes, they’re referring to steroid-using donkey-man Paulo Filho, who was recently engaged in a war of words with Mousasi. We’re hoping that Filho is booked for this fight, because while Sokoudjou has been kicking ass in the highly competitive Super Hulk division, he hasn’t beaten a top-level light-heavyweight in two-and-a-half years. (As you might recall, Sokoudjou’s last fight at 205 pounds ended in him getting choked out by Strikeforce’s previous LHW champion, Renato Sobral.) At least Filho poses a threat on the ground, even if he’d probably get the snot knocked out of him in the standup exchanges. The Reward Hunter most recently took a light-heavyweight tune-up match at last month’s Bitetti Combat event, where he won a decision over TUF 1 vet Alex Schoenauer. In other Strikeforce news…

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Please Say This Is Just a Tasteless Joke: Alistair Overeem to Face Sam Hoger Next?


(Great, everybody’s got a belt or two. Big deal.)

The continuing saga of Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem gets weirder with each new chapter, and more and more it’s looking like he’s willing to do just about anything but fight in the United States.  More proof for that hypothesis comes by way of news that his next MMA fight may be against 8-4 UFC washout Sam Hoger.  Inside Fights says the fight has been verbally agreed to by both parties and will take place on an upcoming Shooto event.  We can’t help but think that Dream might be the more likely venue since they did make some vague promises recently about getting Overeem into their poorly designed cage later this month. 

On his Twitter page Hoger wrote that he “MAY have a date” with Overeem, and implored whoever might be reading that message not to “ruin it for me now.”  Unless one of Hoger’s 137 followers is in a management position at an MMA organization we’re not sure exactly how that would be possible, but for Christ’s sakes, if any of you Hoger fans have any pull, now’s the time to exert it.  Not only would this fight be a farce, but it might also be the kind of farce that results in Hoger taking his meals through a straw for the next several months.

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Nick Diaz Is Taking Food Off Jay Hieron’s Table

It seems like the trials and tribulations never end for Jay Hieron.  The guy has had two different organizations pull fights out from under him, then he signs with Strikeforce in order to get a title shot against Nick Diaz, which he now can’t get due to Diaz’s, well, I’ll paraphrase Hieron here and call it "[monkeying] around." 

Talking to Steve Cofield, you can hear the anger and frustration in Hieron’s voice as he wonders why Diaz can’t get off the weed and forget about this boxing pipe dream long enough to do the only feasible fight that makes sense at this point.  Honestly, what is Diaz doing these days?  I realize he’s probably on his own program, but how long can you do bong rips and watch reruns of "227" before you wake up one afternoon and realize that your best years are slipping away and you’re not making the most of them?

If anybody has suffered enough in this business, it’s Hieron.  For Pete’s sake, Diaz, give the boy the fight.  You’ve got the rest of your life to get high and [monkey] around.

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Strikeforce News Roundup: Cris Cyborg Injured, Bobby Lashley Negotiating + More

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("Hug me or I’ll kill your entire family.")

According to an MMA Junkie report, Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos may not be available to defend her 145-pound title at Strikeforce’s November 7th "Fedor vs. Rogers" event because of an injury, apparently suffered during her participation in the 2009 ADCC tournament in Barcelona. Said her manager, Richard Wilner: "It’s unlikely that Cris will be fighting on [Nov. 7] but still possible. I’m awaiting her return from Spain to get her assessed by a doctor here. Out of respect to Strikeforce, CBS and Cris’ potential opponent, we alerted them to this issue early so as not to interfere with pre-production, preparation, etc." When Santos does make her return, her first opponent is expected to be Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen. In other Strikeforce news…

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“Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s Son In MMA Action This Weekend

Colt Toombs (seen above in the black shorts) is the son of pro wrestling great/star of one of the greatest B-movies ever made, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, which is reason enough to expect great and crazy things from him.  But as you can see, Colt is also a young MMA fighter with pretty decent stand-up.  This Friday he steps in at Sportfight XXVI "Domination", where he’ll be taking on Matt Slosser at 145 lbs.  Normally, we wouldn’t care about the son of a famous person who’s competing at a regional MMA event.  But not only is this Piper’s kid we’re talking about here, he’ll also be competing on the same event as Ryan Couture, who takes on Nick Albert in the lightweight division.  Talk about a stacked card.  All they need is Brooke Hogan to sing the national anthem, and this will be a historic night. 

It sure looks like Piper’s son can fight, but the real question is, can he cut a promo like this?

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It’s Over: Cro Cop Calls It Quits, Disbands Team, Lingers a Moment in Empty Gym Before Quietly Turning Off the Lights


(‘My heart, she breaks.’)

The sadists among you who were hoping Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic would go back home to Croatia and rediscover the will to fight by repeatedly kicking a wall at his family’s home, well, you’re about to be disappointed.  Cro Cop has now officially called it quits, telling Nokaut.com that he has “no motivation left and it’s time to leave.”  He also reportedly told his manager, Zvonimir Lucic, to release the various members of Team Cro Cop, which we assume included a young, bright-eyed intern who refused to accept the news and tried in vain to get a “Cro Cop” chant going even as everyone else filed silently out of the room.  

A sad day in MMA history, but a necessary one.  The game just ain’t in him no more.  We’ve already paid him a tribute, but allow us to dedicate one more video after the jump:

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Sherk vs. Tibau Added to Nearly-Complete UFC 104 Lineup

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The UFC has confirmed ten fights for UFC 104 (October 24th, Los Angeles), making the Machida vs. Rua headliner official, as well as adding a main card bout between Sean Sherk and Gleison Tibau. Sherk is coming off a disappointing unanimous decision loss against Frank Edgar at UFC 98, while Tibau most recently lost a controversial split-decision against Melvin Guillard at the TUF 9 finale in June.

Unfortunately, Sherk vs. Tibau comes at the expense of two other fights that are probably more worthy of main card status. Currently slated for the undercard are TUF 8 light-heavyweight winner Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer (who are both riding two-fight win streaks in the Octagon) and Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen. Yes, Okami is on the undercard once again, despite his current three-fight streak against Jason MacDonald, Evan Tanner, and Dean Lister. My God this disrespect. You know, UFC, if you’re not careful, you’re gonna lose him.

The updated UFC 104 lineup is as follows…

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Wait, Now McCrory and Leites Aren’t Cut From the UFC?


(Cancel those food stamp applications, boys.  Things are going to be okay.)

Just as the MMA world had digested the news that welterweight Tamdan McCrory and middleweight Thales Leites were being released from the UFC following decision losses at UFC 101, Dana White throws us all for a loop by telling Kevin Iole that not only are they both still employed with the organization, he apparently “wasn’t aware of plans to drop both Leites and welterweight Tamdan McCrory and said he would reverse those decisions.”

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Old Men Enter, Young Man Leaves: UFC Brings Back Matyushenko, Ditches Leites

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(Photo courtesy of daylife.com.)

Yesterday, we mentioned that the UFC had made the unexpected decision to bring back old-timer Dennis Hallman after a four-year absence from the organization. Now we’ve learned that the UFC has re-signed another hardy veteran, adding a fight between 38-year-old Vladimir Matyushenko and Igor Pokrajac to UFC 103. A one-time UFC light-heavyweight title contender, Matyushenko went 3-2 in the UFC from 2001-2003, scoring wins over Yuki Kondo, Travis Wiuff, and Pedro Rizzo. Since then, the Janitor has gone 9-1, became the IFL’s light-heavyweight champion, and most recently won a decision over Jason Lambert at Call to Arms 1 in May. It was also reported that 35-year-old PRIDE/UFC vet Marcus Aurelio will be returning later this month at UFC 102. Between Vlad, Aurelio, Hallman, Ortiz, and the possibility that Chuck Liddell isn’t quite retired, it’s clear what’s going on here: TUF 11: Last Call. The coaches will be Chuck and Tito, the minimum age will be 33, and the winner will receive $100,000 in prescription medication.

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