Friday’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” weigh-ins moved to Crowne Plaza

8 de April de 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official fighter weigh-ins for “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” take place Friday, and the public is welcome to attend the free festivities.

However, the ceremony that originally set to take place outside the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, which also hosts Saturday’s Showtime-televised event, has now been moved to the Crowne Plaza San Diego.

The weigh-ins begin at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT local time), and doors open to the public at 4 p.m. PT.

Strikeforce champions Dan Henderson and Marloes Coenen will be on hand to sign autographs, as will heavyweight grand prix participant Josh Barnett.

“Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” is the organization’s first major event since Strikeforce was purchased by its biggest competitor, the UFC. The show features welterweight champ Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley, as well as lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Other televised fights include Keith Jardine vs. Gegard Mousasi and Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) will be on scene and reporting live from the week’s media and fan events.

The official card includes:

MAIN CARD

  • Champ Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley (for welterweight title)
  • Champ Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (for lightweight title)
  • Keith Jardine vs. Gegard Mousasi
  • Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Robert Peralta vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
  • Brett Albee vs. Virgil Zwicker
  • Saad Awad vs. Joe Duarte
  • A.J. Matthews vs. Herman Terrado
  • Edgar Cardenas vs. Rolando Perez
  • Casey Ryan vs. Paul Song

Strikeforce Challengers Postfight Video Interviews: Wilcox, Larkin, Terry, Fodor

4 de April de 2011

Strikeforce Challengers 15 took place Friday night in Stockton, Calif., with several Strikeforce regulars staking their claims to bigger and better fights, and one newcomer establishing himself as the one to be watched.

Strikeforce Challengers 15 Main Bout Results:
-Justin Wilcox def. Rodrigo Damm by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 5:00, R1
-Carlos Fodor def. David Douglas TKO (Knees) at 2:12, R3
-Lorenz Larkin def. Scott Lighty by KO (Strikes) at 3:15, R2
-James Terry def. Josh Thornburg by KO (Punch) at 4:38, R1

Check out the post-fight interview with Saturday’s winners below…

Justin Wilcox:

Carlos Fodor:

Lorenz Larkin:

James Terry:



Strikeforce Challengers Lands On UK Television For Free In 2011

23 de March de 2011

Strikeforce Challengers Logo

Mixed martial arts fans in the U.K. may not have a Strikeforce or UFC live event on tap any time in the near future, but they will soon be getting more MMA on the telly.

British network Primetime (channel 480 on Sky) is making a play to become the broadcast home of U.K. MMA. Primetime announced on Monday that the network will air all Strikeforce Challengers events in 2011 for free in the U.K.

Primetime’s Challengers broadcasts begin with Strikeforce Challengers 15, which features a main event pitting Justin Wilcox against Rodrigo Damm in the main event. Strikeforce Challengers 15 airs for free at 7 p.m. on April 2 on channel 480 on Sky.

Primetime has also secured the rights to air the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament on pay-per-view on Sky and Virgin TV.


Zuffa Officials Meet With Showtime, Paul Daley Expected to Fight April 9

21 de March de 2011

UFC president Dana White

The changing climate in the world of MMA took another step towards the future on Saturday night when Strikeforce advertisements aired during the UFC 128 pay-per-view broadcast.

When Zuffa purchased the second largest MMA organization, everybody knew the crossover appeal would happen sooner rather than later, but it still caught a few people off guard when it happened.

In addition to the advertisements about the upcoming Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event, middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller took over the UFC Twitter account during the pay-per-view to give his thoughts on the show, while Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson sat in the front row for the action.

When asked if there would be more of those types of things happening between the two promotions, UFC president Dana White answered ‘yeah.’ The top man at the UFC will not, however, be attending the next major Strikeforce show saying ‘probably not’ when asked if he’d be front and center for Diaz vs. Daley.

The deal to purchase Strikeforce has been one of the biggest, if not the biggest story in MMA since Zuffa took over the struggling UFC some years ago.

One major point that White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta have maintained all along is that all current Strikeforce contracts will be honored, including their deal with Showtime. According to White, UFC officials met with the brass at Showtime last week and it appears all is good to go for the future between the promotion and the cable network.

“There was a meeting the other day with the Showtime guys… I didn’t attend,” White said with a chuckle. “I heard it went well, so we’ll see how it goes.”

One other contract that Zuffa plans to honor, and they hope the same out of him, is that of former UFC welterweight Paul Daley, who is slated to face Nick Diaz in the main event of the April 9 show in San Diego, Calif. Daley expressed displeasure about the sale of Strikeforce to Zuffa.

He was released from the UFC following his suckerpunch to Josh Koscheck after their fight in 2010. Since that time, UFC president Dana White has said time and time again that Daley would never have a home in the Octagon.

After the Strikeforce sale to Zuffa, Daley posted on his Facebook account that he was considering withdrawing from the fight, but as of now White expects the British bomber to be ready to go on April 9.

“He’s got a contract, I’d imagine he’s fighting,” White commented about Daley.

As far as beyond the here and now, White still says that Strikeforce will run as a separate entity from the UFC, with CEO Scott Coker in charge of the day to day business. What will happen after the Showtime deal expires? That’s anybody’s guess.

“We’ll see what happens with these guys,” White commented.

The business at hand for now is to concentrate on the April 9 show in San Diego, which will be the first major Strikeforce show under the Zuffa banner of ownership.


UFC Champion Anderson Silva, Fabricio Werdum, Babalu Training @kings_mma

18 de March de 2011

In California, Anderson Silva lifted everyone at Kings MMA’s spirits, when he dropped in to train with Coach Rafael Cordeiro, Renato Babalu, Fabrício Werdum and other sluggers, in a new video fresh on Youtube. What a team!



New Zuffa Employee, Bigfoot Silva Wants To Put @bjpenndotcom

16 de March de 2011


“It’ll be very good, I’m looking forwards to know how it’ll be like, I’ve never had issues with anybody, I’ve always respected everybody, but as a professional I believe it’d be interesting fighting Brock Lesnar. I don’t agree that Brock is the second on the ranking, it doesn’t make sense. This fight would be interesting so I put Brock on the place where he was supposed to be… It really doesn’t make any sense.”

Fresh off of his destruction of Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio Bigfoot Silva is prepared to cross over and face Lesnar to get the world rankings in an acceptable order. If this match up does ever happen who ya got BJPENN.COM?


UFC Mirrors NBA and NFL Rise to Mainstream With Strikeforce Purchase

16 de March de 2011

UFC president Dana White

Zuffa, LLC has put themselves in a position to run the table.

Strikeforce, the widely considered number-two MMA promotion on the planet, was recently bought out by the UFC’s parent company. News broke of the purchase on Saturday morning.

What has began is a debate on whether or not Zuffa owning the majority of the talent-heavy fight leagues is a good thing. Some look at it as a monopoly in the making – which it is well on its way to being – and some critics tend to frown upon there being a big fish in a small pond.

But what is so wrong with that?

What most people who follow mixed martial arts can agree on is the hunger to see the sport become as accepted by the mainstream as the premier leagues of other sports, such as the NBA and NFL. Zuffa’s acquisition of Strikeforce is another step towards that direction.

By purchasing their only remaining form of high caliber competition, Zuffa has widened the gap between the UFC and any other promotion that promotes themselves as being considered a professional league. The only other fight company that comes close to the UFC now is Bellator, and before the purchase of Strikeforce was announced, they were a distant third place.

By having two brands competing for the top spot in in mixed martial arts, it made it difficult for the casual fan to identify MMA since they were being pulled in more than one direction.

“Let’s face the facts, Strikeforce is a brand that fans have come to like,” UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com. “People enjoy the fights that they are putting on.”

Now, the UFC has all the selling power that Strikeforce’s brand was carrying in 2011, and Zuffa will reap all the benefits from the people enjoying those fights.

The UFC president has made it clear that Strikeforce will continue to operate as a completely separate entity, but if history has taught us anything, the San Jose, Calif. based promotion will not operate independently for long. Intentions to merge the WEC with the UFC were denied for years, but that all changed in late October when that merger became official.

Pride was also intended to run as its own entity after Zuffa purchased it in 2007. Obviously, that did not happen.

The UFC’s parent company executed a move similar to what the other major sports leagues did as they were growing and becoming the main attractions they are today. The NBA, for example, had major competition in the late 60s to mid 70s in the form of the ABA or American Basketball Association. In August of 1976, the NBA – which was considered the more prominent of the two leagues – bought out and dismantled three of the seven ABA teams and absorbed the Nets, Pacers, Spurs, and Nuggets. Since then, the NBA continued to expand and ultimately became the top destination for professional basketball to be played world wide. Players like Moses Malone, Julius Erving, and George Gervin were now part of the National Basketball Association, and would move on to become Hall of Fame inductees.

By eliminating their competition, the UFC has the potential to strengthen its marketability with an even deeper talent pool headlined by names like Emelianenko, Overeem, and Mousasi. This move mirrors what the NBA did in the Summer of ’76, capitalizing on its competition’s biggest assets.

The NFL also dabbled in the absorption game when they consumed the AFL in 1970. In doing so, the NFL kept its moniker and expanded to 24 teams, becoming the elite professional football league in United States. The USFL tried to give the NFL a run for its money in the 80s, but they ultimately folded, opening up the door for players such as Herschel Walker to move on to the NFL and have stellar careers with more exposure.

Like Walker’s move from the USFL to the NFL, talents like “Jacare” Souza could move into a position where they get more publicity and deeper divisions to show how dangerous they can be.

Another perk stemming from Zuffa’s purchase is the addition of Strikeforce’s video library. The UFC now has nearly all the footage of almost all relevant fighters in mixed martial arts today. The growth of their video vault gives the UFC all the more reason to, one day, do what the NFL and NBA have done and launch a league dedicated cable and/or internet channel. The NFL Network and NBA TV have become jewels to their their leagues. The UFC has strengthened their chance to have the same jewel and bring exposure on a 24-hour basis.

The UFC is following the same footsteps the NFL and NBA made when they were working to become accepted by the mainstream. Now, the NBA is garnering more top-ten highlight reels than it has ever had, and the NFL has arguably surpassed Major League Baseball as the most popular sport in North America. In climbing to these positions of mainstream acceptance, both leagues have faced competition and absorbed the opposition to the fullest extent of the word, ultimately securing themselves as the premier organizations.

The sport of MMA is young. It will continue to grow and likely get to the point where “UFC” will be the letters you see on the tab you click at your favorite sports website. You do, after all, click on “NBA” and “NFL,” not “basketball” and “football.”

These leagues have dealt with their criticisms. The UFC is no different and it will have its naysayers. It seems pretty clear that Zuffa’s lucrative MMA promotion is on its way to being the NBA’s and NFL’s equivalent. With the UFC heading towards monopoly status, some begin to worry about the promotion having too much power. When the other sports leagues grew large enough, athlete unions formed to bring balance. As imminent as the UFC’s hold on the MMA world is, perhaps the forming of a fighter union is equally as imminent. And maybe, just maybe, necessary.

The game has, indeed, changed. Is it for the better or for the worse?


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