31 Jan 2010 07:03:08 AM
31 Jan 2010 07:03:08 AM
30 Jan 2010 17:52:36 PM
("Nice flower-tattoo, cupcake. I just got a tattoo of the Virgin Mary being ripped apart by pitbulls, directly on my asshole." / Photo courtesy of Strikeforce. More pics are below, including one of an alarmingly fat Wes Sims.)
Tonight’s Strikeforce event at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida (aka "Miami") has such a fantastic mix of high-level MMA and can’t-look-away freak shows. On the top of the card you’ve got Nick Diaz battling for Strikeforce’s vacant welterweight title against head-kickin’ rising star Marius Zaromskis, while 145-pound lady-champ Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos makes her first belt defense against Dutch submission artist Marloes Coenen. On the other end of the card, 47-year-old former football star Herschel Walker will kick off his cage-fighting career against Greg Nagy, while Wes Sims — who owns the physique of a 47-year-old — will do his best to avoid getting squashed by pro-wrestler Bobby Lashley. And somewhere in-between, Robbie "Brawler" Lawler and Melvin "Man-Hoof" Manhoef will launch leather at each other until one of them can no longer intelligently defend himself. If you’re not excited for this card, then you probably don’t use words like "excited" in general. Live results from the Showtime broadcast will be piling up after the jump, starting at 10 p.m. ET. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest.
Update: Dubus22 wins the t-shirt! Please send your name, address, and size to email@example.com.Read More DIGG THIS
29 Jan 2010 06:19:22 AM
Of Robbie Lawler‘s 18 wins, 15 have come via KO/TKO; of Melvin Manhoef‘s 24 wins, 23 have come via KO/TKO. We may not agree with Lawler’s strategy going into tomorrow night’s fight, but sometimes you just have to say "fuck it, this is going to be a slugfest, and it’s going to be awesome." Genghis Con‘s preview compilation for the middleweight battle captures that spirit perfectly. Lawler vs. Manhoef is going to end with somebody staring at the ceiling, the owner of a brand-new concussion. The only questions are: Who will it be, and how long will it last?
After the jump: Wes Sims makes it very clear why he’s such an enormous underdog against Bobby Lashley, and Chael Sonnen takes a break from his homophobic Republican heel routine to speak candidly about his upcoming UFC 109 matchup with Nate Marquardt, which will very likely produce the UFC’s next middleweight title challenger.Read More DIGG THIS
28 Jan 2010 09:08:07 AM
Earlier this week we speculated that oddsmakers were only giving Melvin Manhoef the slight edge over Robbie Lawler because they thought Lawler was foolhardy enough to stand and strike with Manhoef rather than take it to the ground, where he would enjoy a distinct advantage. Unless Lawler is doing a great big fake-out in this video interview with Ariel Helwani, the oddsmakers know Lawler better than he knows himself. Yes, he realizes that he’s probably much better on the ground than Manhoef, and he probably also realizes that he could get it there if he wanted to. But that’s not how Lawler likes to party. He wants to go toe-to-toe with a man who’s known for having vicious stand-up and very little else. He wants to play to his opponent’s one strength rather than exploit his easily exploitable weaknesses. So he says, anyway.
Honestly? As much fun as it would be to watch Lawler and Manhoef play Rock-em, Sock-em Robots on Saturday night, a part of me hopes that Lawler is smarter than that. He needs a win more than he needs to prove what a stone cold bad-ass he is. Knocking out Manhoef in a stand-up war would be entertaining and impressive, but that’s like investing your savings in lottery tickets. A 401k might not be as thrilling, but it is a lot less likely to leave you crying in the parking lot.
After the jump, part two of RawVegas.tv‘s series with Goran Reljic. In this episode, Reljic spars with Forrest Griffin and shares a candid conversation about the challenges both of them are facing in the near future.Read More DIGG THIS
5 Jan 2010 09:16:29 AM
(These two guys could be brothers. Brothers with very different attitudes toward tanning.)
What do you do if you’re Strikeforce and you’ve just signed one of the most terrifyingly aggressive strikers of the modern era? If you’re smart, you toss him against another heavy-hitter right off the bat and see whose head is still on their shoulders afterwards. That seems to be the plan with new Strikeforce signee Melvin Manhoef, who will reportedly be taking on Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce’s Miami event on January 30. There’s no official confirmation from Strikeforce on this just yet, but we know that they do owe Lawler a fight after he got shafted out of his chance to beat up Trevor Prangley in December, and Manhoef barely had a chance to break a sweat when he popped Kazuo Misaki at Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve.
In fact, Manhoef was asked about the possibility of facing Lawler at his post-fight press conference in Tokyo, and he seemed game even if he didn’t appear to know too much about Lawler. Said the Dutch striker:Read More DIGG THIS
21 Dec 2009 15:50:01 PM
(This Christmas, why not give the gift that will rest on your child’s bedside table, silently judging him while he sleeps?)
Matt Hughes doesn’t want to alarm anyone, but he’s pretty sure that Strikeforce is doomed. It’s no one’s fault — other than Showtime, which is totally at fault — but we all might as well accept it, according to Country Breakfast. Hughes updated his blog today, discussing the disappointing turn of events that led to his bro-4-life Robbie Lawler going fightless on Saturday night. Hughes makes vague reference to Showtime’s interference in the process, and seems to believe that this will be Strikeforce’s undoing, sooner rather than later. Wrote Hughes:
Last week I was in California with Robbie, Pena, and Foster, hoping they would find a replacement so Robbie could fight. It didn’t happen and I guess I’m just spoiled being with the UFC. From what I understand, Showtime really likes to stick their nose in Strikeforce’s business and because of that I don’t think that Strikeforce will be around for much longer; but enough with that.
That’s a bummer. Especially for all the fighters planning on competing on their next CBS show in April. For all we know, Strikeforce may not even be around by then. Someone better go tell Scott Coker, but be gentle. This isn’t going to be easy for him to hear.Read More DIGG THIS
17 Dec 2009 06:10:10 AM
("Okay Robbie, I’ll take the fight under two conditions. First, we do it at a catchweight of 195. And no pre-fight drug test. That one’s kind of non-negotiable." Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/shosports.)
Though Robbie Lawler was slated to face South African veteran Trevor Prangley at this Saturday’s Strikeforce: Le vs. Smith event, plans changed when Prangley was forced to pull out due to a knee injury suffered in training. Strikeforce scrambled to find another opponent for Ruthless this week, but a suitable replacement didn’t turn up, so Lawler’s fight has been scrapped altogether. Bummer. Lawler hasn’t competed since his first-round submission loss against Jake Shields in June; the organization hopes to place him on their "Miami" show on January 30th.
With Lawler vs. Prangley off the docket, the Strikeforce: Le vs. Smith lineup looks like this…
Showtime televised card (10 p.m. ET/PT)
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith
Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez (for unified lightweight title)
Matt Lindland vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Mike Whitehead
Antwain Britt vs. Scott Lighty
Daisuke Nakamura vs. Justin Wilcox
Juan Nunez vs. Luis Mendoza
Bobby Stack vs. Alex Trevino
Alex Crispim vs. A.J. Fonseca
2 Dec 2009 08:03:33 AM
Listen up, Strikeforce middleweights. If you woke up this morning feeling an unexplained aching sensation in your skull region, it’s not an allergic reaction to last night’s Nyquil and Vicodin cocktail, it’s just your body preparing itself for what’s to come. It’s all because terrifyingly aggressive Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef just signed with Strikeforce to fight exclusively for them in the U.S. That means Manhoef will still be able to do his thing in Japan from time to time, but he’s expected to make his Strikeforce debut some time between now and early 2010, and is supposedly even being considered as a replacement opponent for Robbie Lawler on the December 10 "Evolution" event in San Jose.
The thing about Manhoef is, while he will almost certainly never be champion in an organization with so many adept grapplers, he’ll also never be in a boring fight. Yeah, he can be taken down and submitted, and ideally you’d like to see more improvement in that area of his game from a guy who’s been in the sport for that long. But the man is a human tornado of pain. To put it in terms Dana White would appreciate, if you had a basketball game on one corner, a baseball game on another, a football game on a third, and a fight on the fourth, a crowd of people would still walk to the next block to see Manhoef go crazy on some poor bastard. I mean, the guy knocked out Mark Hunt for crying out loud.
If you don’t believe it, get your fill after the jump. Unless you’re a fan of Sakuraba, Evangelista Santos, or intact brain cells.Read More DIGG THIS
1 Dec 2009 09:07:44 AM
(Hughes isn’t even going to pretend to be interested in Dana White’s slides from his vacation to Disneyworld. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
Matt Hughes may finally have a date for his next UFC bout, though he doesn’t have an official opponent just yet. According to his blog, Hughes says he’ll likely be back in action on April 10, which would put him on the UFC 112 fight card. He says he’ll tell fans "who and where" he’ll be fighting when it’s officially confirmed. Renzo Gracie has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Hughes, though the Brazilian later shot down reports that the two would get it on as soon as February. The mere fact that Hughes hasn’t publicly shot down the idea of facing Gracie, as he has with almost every other plausible suggestion offered to him, is somewhat encouraging.
In other news via Hughes’ blog, Robbie Lawler and his wife are expecting a baby boy in February. Hughes acknowledged that the information wasn’t "quite public, but I’ve never been that guy to keep my mouth shut." It’s probably best he went ahead and told us. A quick glance at Robbie Lawler’s blog reveals that he’s written a grand total of twelve entries in a year and a half, and none since July. And here I always just assumed that Lawler’s blog would be a steady stream of You Tube clips of kittens doing cute stuff. Guess you never really know anyone as well as you think you do.
8 Jun 2009 10:20:13 AM
What a weekend of fights, and amazingly, all without the benefit of the initials “UFC.” Instead we had Strikeforce and the WEC (okay, a Zuffa property, but still) teaming up to blow our minds without charging us fifty bucks for a pay-per-view. Now we begin the difficult task of using the Potato Index’s completely arbitrary numerical rankings system to see who’s up and who’s down after the eventful weekend.
Mike Brown +209
He beat Faber fair and square, no flukes needed, and he also proved he can last through five tough rounds. Instead of making broken hand-related excuses for Faber, let’s finally all give Brown the unqualified props he clearly deserves.
Urijah Faber -37
We can play the ‘what if?’ game with his broken hand all we want, but that’s the fight game. That he still fought well and fought hard afterwards, even in a losing effort, deserves to be mentioned. But he’s not the world’s best featherweight as long as Brownie is around, and that deserves mentioning too.