Strikeforce had a media conference call this morning with their CEO Scott Coker, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, and Jake Shields. The conference call was to promote the match-up between Miller and Shields for the Strikeforce middleweight title on November 7 live on CBS. The main event on the show will be Fedor vs. Brett Rogers.
Here are some news, notes, and quotes from the conference call.
Shields: Thinks Mayhem is a great opponent
This is his third time on CBS and he is excited to be part of the show.
Thinks that he and Mayhem are great grapplers and he expects non-stop action during the fight
Has no problem hurting Mayhem. They are not friends but get along with each other.
Feels that the middleweight division is the toughest in Strikeforce
Working on his conditioning a lot more since it will be a five-round fight
Cung Le and Frank Shamorck are not interested in fighting top 10 opponents
His sponsorship money goes up for this fight since it will be on CBS
Mayhem Miller: "It is such a honor to be fighting Jake Shields. "It is great to have Fedora on the undercard." That was Mayhem's opening statement on the conference call. Mayhem was hilarious and entertaining with all his answers to the questions posed by the media.
Says he would need liposuction surgery to get down to 170 lbs. He said he would need to cut off a piece of his head to go back to the welterweight division.
"I am twittering, facebooking, and myspacing to promote the fight."
Mayhem said he is looking for sponsors for the fight and if fans want their name on his shorts, he will do it for $75.
"I am borderline gay with my showmanship flair." He said he is planning a very creative entrance to the cage.
"It's business. I fought my dad so many times and we are still cool." He said he thinks it's strange for reporters to ask him how it feels to fight a guy he gets along with. He said if the media wants him to hate Shields, he will. He then started to cuss out Shields on the call and Shields returned the favor.
"I will do everything better than Jake."I'm just going to show everybody that I have the skills to beat Jake."
Mayhem also said that a lot of young males recognize him due to being on MTV's Bully Beatdown show.
He said he has never ducked anybody before and would fight Jacare Souza and Tim Kennedy on the same night if Coker wanted to do that.
"We get to see Fedor fight for free on TV. I can't wait to sit in the front row and watch with my new Strikeforce belt."
Coker: Strikeforce cards are stacked from top to bottom because he wants to give the fans a great show.
Tim Kennedy could be the next challenger for the title or Souza. Souza will fight in December.
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will fight in early February or late March.
On new matchmaker Rich Chou - "Rich has a been a great addition to the team. He moved here from Hawaii. I have a real comfort level with him. He's going to have the ball and run with it. He will quarterback the matchmaking initiatives from here on out"