Saturday, December 26, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Cung Le vs Scott Smith
I give the edge to Le even though he has not been in a fight for almost two years. Le is faster and more explosive than Smith. He will use his quickness in the fight and keep the distance with his kicks.
Smith wants to use some dirty boxing and get into a slugfest but Le needs to avoid those exchanges as much as possible. Everyone expects a knockout in this fight so it will probably go to a decision just like the Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander fight.
My pick is Le by TKO in the second round.
Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez
Just like Le, Thomson will have ring rust. Melendez looks like he has improved since his loss to Thomson in their first match. Thomson convincingly won that fight by decision after five rounds. This is a huge fight for both guys, and the winner might get to face Shinya Aoki next year.
This fight will be a lot more competitive than their first match-up and I give the edge to Melendez because Thomson will get tired in the later rounds. I don't think either man will be able to finish the other.
This match will go five rounds again and Melendez will get his revenge by split decision.
Ronaldo Jacare Souza vs. Matt Lindland
This looks to be another competitive match-up. Jacare's wins mostly come by submission. Lindland has lost two of his last three fights but the opponents he lost to were Fedor Emelianenko and Vitor Belfort.
The winner of this middleweight fight will be closer to a title shot. My pick is Lindland by split decision.
King Mo Lawal vs. Mike Whitehead
This is the Strikeforce debut for Lawal. Whitehead weighed 261 pounds at the weigh-ins this afternoon while Lawal was only 218 pounds. Lawal will have the quickness edge over Whitehead.
Whitehead is a very tough veteran but I am going with Lawal in this fight. Lawal wins by KO in the first round.
Herschel Walker was on a local Bay Area sports talk show earlier this week and here are some quotes from him.
"It's very difficult to walk into the gym and you can't bring in what you used to know."
(On Dana White bashing him) "The guy doesn't know me. It's not motivation. I'm training at AKA and doing what I need to do to get ready. Dana says so many things. Dana's just upset because he's not the only show in town. There's another show (Strikeforce) that is doing very well.
"I train with Josh Thomson, Luke (Luke Rockhold), Javier Mendez, Dave Camarillo,and Bob Cook. This is the best gym in the world so I train here. We got Cain Velasquez and I also got a chance to work out with Cung Le. We got Kos (Josh Koscheck) too. Guys are training hard and working hard. We are a team.
(On his opponent which has not been named yet) "I want to get into the film room and find out what the guy's doing, and see how he fights. He doesn't know know anything about me. He will think I am an old man and can't move."
"This is one of the toughest workouts I ever done in my life."
"Javier said that you always got to be on offense because when they come, they gonna come."
"I want to step into the ring and it is going to be an experience thanks to AKA and Scott Coker."
"I love competition. . I have looked forward to this for a long time. This is the ultimate, ultimate competition."
"This is not a gimmick or a moneymaker. I'm not here to play around."
Walker also talked about the Heisman Trophy award and how he will always be a Tiger Woods fan. He said that everyone makes mistakes but the bigger guy is the one that will get off that mistake and try and do better. He said Woods was one of the best golfers to ever play the game.
The host talked about his 2500 pushups and 1600 sit-ups a day routine. Walker said he only gets four hours of sleep a night and he spends time practicing in the mirror all the moves that Mendez has been teaching him.
Thomson and Gilbert Melendez were both in-studio to talk about their fight at the Strikeforce Evolution show. They didnt' say anything of much significance but they both wore the same t-shirt from a company called Dethrone. I wonder if that was just a coincidence or planned out.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
UFC 107 will be this Saturday night live on pay-per-view. The show will be held in Memphis, Tennessee.
The main event that evening will be UFC lightweight champion, B.J. Penn, going against Diego Sanchez.
Sanchez is a very tough fighter but he is not expected to defeat the very talented Penn. Penn is a heavy favorite (-280) to beat Sanchez.
Although most fans predict Penn will win, this fight should be full of action since Sanchez loves to push the pace and Penn is not one to back down.
The co-main event is between heavyweights Frank Mir and Cheick Kongo. Mir has stated numerous times that he wants another rematch with UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar. In order to get another title shot, he would have to defeat Kongo on Saturday night.
Mir has made fun of Kongo's English and Kongo has felt disrespected by Mir. Kongo is a great stand-up fighter with heavy hands but he is not very good on the ground. Unfortunately for Kongo, the ground game is Mir's specialty.
If the fight goes to the ground, Mir should be able to get a submission on Kongo but if both fighters are on their feet, Kongo could get the knockout victory.
Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello returns to the UFC to take on youngster Stefan Struve in the first fight on the main card. Struve is 6-11 and he will give Buentello trouble with his reach and length.
Buentello needs to keep this fight standing because Struve is very dangerous on the ground due to his length. Struve can get an opponent in an armbar or triangle when the fight goes to the ground.
In a battle of lightweight contenders, Clay Guida will battle Kenny Florian. Florian was last seen in the cage getting choked out by Penn a few months ago. Florian does not want to lose twice in a row but Guida is a very formidable opponent.
Guida lost a split decision to Sanchez in his last fight. This fight is a must-win for both fighters and you can expect a very competitive fight between these two lightweights.
In another fight on the main card, Jon Fitch takes on Mike Pierce. No one is giving Pierce much of a chance against Fitch, and it will be a huge upset if Pierce gets the victory. Fitch is one of the best fighters in the welterweight division, and his only loss in the UFC came against UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre.
Below is the prelim card.
Kevin Burns vs. TJ Grant
DeMarques Johnson vs. Edgar Garcia
Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares
Johny Hendricks vs. Ricardo Funch
Matt Wiman vs. Shane Nelson
Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Strikeforce had a conference call earlier today with four of their fighters who are fighting on December 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,Callifornia. Here are some of the news, notes, and quotes from the call.
Cung Le:I am returning sooner than I expected, but it is good to be back and I am excited. I am taking it one fight at a time.
There are not many movie roles for a Asian character.
It ws really hard to vacate the belt but it was the honorable thing to do. It was not fair for all the middleweight contenders to fight for an interim belt. I made a commitment to Scott Coker(Strikeforce CEO) that I would fight when I'm not doing a movie project.
I'm a martial artist first before being an actor. I love to teach, and I love to coach and compete.
It is very exciting and at the same time very nerve-racking to fight at the HP Pavilion. (Le is from San Jose and all his friends and family attend the fights).
Scott Smith: I think both of our ground games are underrated because we are outstanding stand-up fighters. The chances of us going to the ground are slim to none. If I get in trouble standing up, I can't be afraid to take it to the ground.
When you get rocked, you have to fight back with fear.
People will tune into the fight to watch us bang. I am 2-0 at the HP Pavilion so I am exited about that. Fighting there seems to bring me good luck.
Josh Thomson: I am very excited to be back in the ring.
Melendez is the best fighter in our division and I wouldn't want to have it any other way.
This is a completely different fight from our first fight.
Gilbert, I think is a new fighter, and I expect something completely different. I got to bring the fight to him again. I am not looking at the last fight.
I can't prepare for the ring rust until I get into the cage. I train everyday with the best guys but the actual showing up the day of the fight, and the nerves and the crowd is what affects fighters in the ring.
I have been grappling and training with guys that are my size so it helps me avoid getting injured.
I am 100% and ready to fight. i am ready to bring my title back home. If Gilbert wins, it will be because he was the better fighter that night.
Gilbert Melendez: I am honored to be on this card and to be a aprt of the co-main event.
It will be a five- round war. I expect a lot of fireworks and we both have been training hard.
I wish the best of luck to Josh and all the best. I am here to win. I'm in it to win it.
I just want to perform bettter than I did last time. If I want to be in the sport, I got to bring my A game everytime. Josh took it to me every round in the first fight.
I am looking to put in a better performance than last time. I love fighting at home. In Japan, they are so silent there, and in Hawaii, they boo the heck out of you.
Mike Afromovitz, Strikeforce's Director of Communications: I am excited to see Cung Le's long awaited return.
I think Strikeforce is a geat promotion that has made great strides in 2009.
Our roster has strengthened and we can have more compelling fights in 2010.
Dan Henderson is a great ambassador to the sport.
Strikeforce has been around since 1994.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Strikeforce lightweight champion, Josh "The Punk" Thomson will be doing a one-on-one interview live at the San Jose Improv this Tuesday night with comedian Kris Tinkle.
Thomson, who will be defending his title on December 19th against Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez at the HP Pavilion, will talk about the upcoming fight with Tinkle.
"Josh has tons of personality and so many stories. It's going to be fun to get him onstage and bust him a little bit," said Tinkle, whose debut comedy album "Almost Awesome" is now available through Amazon and ITunes. "And as of now he is letting me, so I'm glad he is a good sport and we aren't going to have an incident onstage if I make fun of him."
There will be a lot of prizes raffled off and 100% of the proceeds will go to a non-profit organization called Knockout Dog Fighting.
Thomson said, "It's a great show and I'm proud to be part of something that helps stop animal abuse.
Tickets will only cost $10 with a two-drink minimum. Fans must be over 18 to attend and the show starts at 8pm.
Fans get obtain tickets at the San Jose Improv box office or at their website.
Below is a new video interview from KNOXX's Meredith DiVita with UFC heavyweight fighter, Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello.
Buentello will be fighting Stefan Struve this Saturday night at UFC 107.
In the two-part interview, Buentello talks about Kimbo Slice, Struve, and his issues with the AKA gym in San Jose, California.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Below is a two-part video interview with Strikeforce lightweight champion, Josh "The Punk" Thomson.
Thomson is scheduled to defend his title in a rematch against the Strikeforce interim lightweight champion, Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez ,on December 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,California.
In the interview, Thomson talked about his thoughts on the fight between his two friends Josh Koscheck and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC 106,. He said that Koscheck is his roommate right now and that he thought Johnson did a good job against Koscheck.
Thomson said Koscheck is in his prime right now and he thinks that Johnson can be the champ one day in the welterweight division.
Phil Baroni was another subject during part two of the interview and Thomson feels that Baroni needs to rededicate his life to training. Thomson stated that Baroni is training the wrong way and that he needs to revamp himself. He did credit Baroni for being in great shape and having a bounce in his step in his last fight at UFC 106 against Amir Sadollah, but he also said Baroni is no longer motivated to train hard and is tired of the sport.
Thomson also talked about how his training at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) and also at Cung Le's gym. He feels that Le is in great shape and that his body needed the time off to heal up.
Thomson feels that Takanori Gomi is a Hall of Famer and that he would like to fight him if he signs with Strikeforce. The Punk also said that he would fight his own mother for the right money.
DiVita asked Thomson if he would fight his AKA teammate Billy Evangelista, and Thomson said he feels Evangelista should have to fight a tougher opponent before he gets a title shot. He is open to fighting Evangelista, and stated that Strikeforce and Scott Coker calls the shots and chooses his opponents.
December 4: MFC 23: Unstoppable
This show will be live on HDNET starting at 7 PM PST.
Thales Leites vs. Dean Lister
Jason MacDonald vs. Solomon Hutcherson
Bryan Baker vs. Art Santore
Ryan Jimmo vs. Emanuel Newton
Marvin Eastman vs. Dwayne Lewis
Jesse Juarez vs. Joe Christopher
December 5: The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
SPIKE TV starting at 9 PM
Matt Hamill vs. Jon Jones
Houston Alexander vs. Kimbo Slice
Roy Nelson vs. Brendan Schaub
Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Veach
Marcus Jones vs. Matt Mitrione
December 12: UFC 107
Live only on pay-per-view starting at 7 PM PST
B.J. Penn vs. Diego Sanchez
Cheick Kongo vs. Frank MIr
Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce
Kenny Florian vs. Clay Guida
December 19: Strikeforce "Evolution"
Live in the East Coast on Showtime at 10 PM and tape delayed in the West Coast
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith
Josh Thomson vs Gilbert Melendez
Matt Lindland vs. Jacare Souza
King Mo Lawal vs. Mike Whitehead
Robbie Lawler vs. Trevor Prangley
December 19: WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff
Live on VERSUS Network at 7 PM PST
Donald Cerrone vs. Ed Ratcliff
Chris Horodecki vs. Anthony Njokuani
Joseph Benevidez vs. Rani Yahya
Scott Jorgensen vs. Takeya Mizugaki
December 31: Sengoku vs. DREAM
Live on HDNET from Japan. I believe it will be live starting at midnight in the West Coast but I can't verify that as of yet.
Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
kuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada
Tsukasa Fuji vs. Ryuya Kusakabe
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has announced via his website that he is coming back to the UFC to finish out his contract. Below is what he said on his blog earlier tonight.
I've noticed that the UFC & TUF have some fans brainwashed or something. They still haven't realized yet that the TV show is just a TV show. I did my job by entertaining people and if you ever paid any attention to me, that's what I'm known for doing.
Now, I wanted to let my fans know that I'm going to come back to the UFC & finish my contract. Not because the haters are talking (expletive) about me being scared of Rashad. I'm coming back for my fans & to shut Rashad's mouth up & shut Dana's mouth up. Then after that I'm going back to doing movies & I might do a boxing match once a year just to stay in shape. Hate on dis!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Strikeforce recently announced that their lightweight champion, Josh "The Punk" Thomson will be taking on the interim champion, Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez on December 19 in San Jose, California.
The championship title match will be the co-main event of "Evolution" which is the final show of the year for Strikeforce.
Thomson has been out of comission since September 20, 2008, when he defeated Ashe Bowman at an event held at the Playboy Mansion.
Melendez is looking to avenge his loss to Thomson in their first match-up. Melendez defeated Rodrigo Damm this past April to capture the interim lightweight title.
Thomson had to pull out of his fight against Yves Edwards and Melendez this year due to ankle injuries.
Thomson said he is finally healed and he is excited to get back into the cage against Melendez.
"Everything feels great now. Nothing is going to keep me out of this fight," said the 31-year-old Thomson. "I'm looking forward to getting back in there and going to work."
Thomson dominated the first match-up but this upcoming rematch should be more competitive as Thomson will have to shake off the ring rust and Melendez has looked great in his last two victories.