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Overeem vs. Werdum Booked for Strikeforce Heavyweight Title Fight on 8/15; Rogers Screwed Once Again


(Overeem vs. Werdum 1; Fabricio starts the fight with a flying kick at the 1:11 mark, and ends it with a kimura at 17:08.)

As first reported by MMA Fanhouse and confirmed shortly after via press release, Alistair Overeem will indeed be making his first Strikeforce heavyweight title defense on the main card of "Carano vs. Cyborg" (August 15th, San Jose). But get this — he’ll be taking on PRIDE/UFC vet Fabricio Werdum, not undefeated KO artist Brett Rogers as was originally speculated.

Overeem and Werdum already have a history together. In May 2006, they had a memorable battle in the opening round of PRIDE’s open-weight GP, with Werdum pulling out a kimura submission near the end of the second round. Said Overeem about the upcoming rematch: “I’m very happy that I’m being given the opportunity to fight him again and I’m looking forward to beating him. This is the one rematch I’ve wanted. I’m going to punish this guy.”

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Roger Gracie to Beef Up Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Division

Roger Gracie Ron Waterman armbar submission
(Gracie locks an armbar onto Ron Waterman during his MMA debut at BodogFight: USA vs. Russia in December 2006. Photo courtesy of golpedirecto.)

According to a new report on SI.com, jiu-jitsu savant Roger Gracie is close to signing a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. CEO Scott Coker claims that negotations with Gracie are "pretty much done," and he plans to start off the 27-year-old heavyweight competitor in a Challenger Series event this fall. Said Coker: "We’re going to see if we can create some awareness with him, see how he does fighting-wise, and take it from there. We’re going to give him every opportunity to crossover into MMA. He’s going to have plenty of time to see if he really likes to do it."

Of course, if you’re a follower of competitive grappling, you’re already very aware of Gracie’s body of work…

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Sengoku II Results + Videos

(Babyface Barnett sticks it to the Snowman.)

World Victory Road’s “Sengoku II: Second Battle” event was held today in Tokyo, with Josh Barnett dominating Jeff Monson to a decision victory, Kevin Randleman winning a decision in his first fight since October 2006, and heavyweight rising star Roger Gracie scoring a first-round submission win in his second pro MMA bout. Props to Sherdog. More vids after the jump.

Josh Barnett def. Jeff Monson via decision
Roger Gracie def. Yuki Kondo via submission (rear-naked choke), round 1
Kevin Randleman def. Ryo Kawamura via decision
Yoshihiro “Kiss” Nakao def. Jim York via KO, round 2
Jorge Santiago def. Yuki Sasaki via submission (armbar), round 3
Eiji Mitsuoka def. Kwang Hee Lee via submission (rear-naked choke), round 1
Mike Pyle def. Dan Hornbuckle via submission (triangle choke), round 1
Satoru Kitaoka def. Ian Schaffa via submission (guillotine choke), round 1

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Aoki Will Continue! Thank Heavens!

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(“Adrianu!”)

With a replacement unable to be found for the injured Shinya Aoki, DREAM officials have decided to allow Aoki to remain in their lightweight tournament, with his quarterfinal bout against Katsuhiko Nagata pushed from DREAM.3 (May 11th) to DREAM.4 (June 15th). Interestingly — and I only use the word “interestingly” because “bullshiteously” isn’t a word — Aoki’s doctor claims that the injury Aoki sustained against Calvancante on April 29th was a severely bruised rib, and not anything to do with his face, as was initially fabricated reported. Also, the doc says that during the Aoki/Calvancante re-match, Shinya was still recovering from a cervical injury he received during his first fight with JZ on March 15th, which impaired the feeling in his right arm. And cervical injuries are no joke, people; ask all my ex-girlfriends.

Anyway, this is great news for the lightweight GP’s credibility, although the newly-staggered nature of Aoki’s bracket will sap a little bit of the tournament’s drama. DREAM.4 will also feature Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s match against (possibly) Jerome LeBanner, as well as the second round of its Middleweight Grand Prix.

In other news from the Far East, Yuki Kondo has been booked to fight Roger Gracie at Sengoku II (May 18th; Tokyo, Japan), which is also slated to feature fights between Josh Barnett and Jeff Monson, and Kevin Randleman vs. Ryo Kawamura. Kondo has competed mainly as a light-heavyweight in Pancrase, the UFC, and PRIDE, and holds notable victories over Mario Sperry, Semmy Schilt, Ikuhisa Minowa, and Frank Shamrock. The 6’4″ Roger Gracie competed at heavyweight in his MMA debut, a first-round submission win over Ron Waterman in December 2006. Nightmare of Battle is reporting this one as an “open weight” bout, which would make it similar to Randleman’s match, in which the 205-pound vet is taking on a natural middleweight in Kawamura. It sounds like Sengoku could a use a little assistance in its fight-booking department — or, they’re more interested in spectacles than legitimate competition. Either way, it strikes us as kinda bullshiteous…

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Fight Card Additions: UFC 84 and Strikeforce


(Wilson Gouveia in at UFC 84.)

Some fight cards saw additions today, one scheduled for May and the other just three weeks away.

-UFC 84: MMA Junkie reports that the newly signed Goran Reljic will start his work for the UFC on May 24th against Wilson Gouveia. Reljic is a Croatian light heavyweight who is a BJJ specialist and occasionally trains with Roger Gracie in the U.K. The Croatian fighter signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC last month and will try to improve on his 7-0 MMA record. Wilson Gouveia is 10-4 and is riding a four fight win streak. He most recently pulled off an out-of-nowhere KO of Jason Lambert during UFC 80.

-Strikeforce at the Dome: This Tacoma, Washington event is being hyped as Bob Sapp’s cagefighting debut – because he’s actually fighting in a cage. Clever. Regardless of the walking punch-line Bob Sapp, there are some solid up-and-comers and veterans on the card. And now two more bouts have been added. Sherdog is saying that Jorge Masvidal and Ryan Healy will meet on February 23rd at a catch-weight of 160. Ryan Healy is 9-2-1 and likes to sling it. Jorge Masvidal is 12-2 and is riding a six fight victory wave. In a match-up of two fighters trying to right their ships, welterweights Brad Blackburn and Ray Perales will also square off. Blackburn is 10-9-1 and is seeking to get back on track after a spotty IFL record. Ray Perales is 9-13, but is 2-1 since snapping a five fight losing slide.

Stay tuned for updates on fight card additions for the many events slated in the coming weeks.

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