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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Billy Evangelista vs Jorge Masvidal Booked for Strikeforce: Columbus

MMA Weekly Reports:

http://mmaweekly.com/kennedy-vs-rockhold-evangelista-vs-masvidal-added-to-strikeforce-ohio-tickets-on-sale-this-week

Billy Evangelista

– 11-0-0 MMA/ 7-0 Strikeforce Record

– 4 TKO, 7 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Jorge Gurgel, Luke Caudillo, Nam Phan

Jorge Masvidal

20-6-0 MMA/ Strikeforce Debut

– Loss 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Satoru Kitaoka, Ryan Schultz, Joe Lauzon

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A lightweight tilt between Billy Evangelista and Jorge Masvidal has been added to Strikeforce: Columbus. The event takes place on March 5th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Billy Evangelista has gone an impressive 6-0 in his Strikeforce career, beating UFC veterans Jorge Gurgel and Luke Caudillo along the way. He earned a unanimous decision over Waachiim Spiritwolf in his last fight in October of last year.

Jorge Masvidal was signed by Strikeforce in September of last year and will finally make his highly-anticipated debut in March. He has loss two of his last three fights, including a unanimous decision loss to Paul Daley. Masvidal’s last victory was against Naoyuki Kotani in Japan last April.

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in News, Strikeforce

 

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Jason “Mayhem” Miller Out; Luke Rockhold in versus Tim Kennedy at Strikeforce: Columbus

MMA Weekly Reports:

http://mmaweekly.com/kennedy-vs-rockhold-evangelista-vs-masvidal-added-to-strikeforce-ohio-tickets-on-sale-this-week

Luke Rockhold

– 7-1-0 MMA/ 6-0 Strikeforce Record

– 6 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Paul Bradley, Cory Devela, Jesse Taylor

Tim Kennedy

– 12-3-0 MMA/ 3-1 Strikeforce Record

– Won 4 of last 5 Fights

– Notable Wins: Trevor Prangley, Josh Thompson, Jason “Mayhem” Miller

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An original scheduled fight between Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller and Tim Kennedy has been scratched. Instead, the Army veteran will meet top middleweight prospect Luke Rockhold at Strikeforce: Columbus. The event takes place on March 5th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Tim Kennedy started his Strikeforce career with three consecutive victories, including wins over Nick Thompson and Trevor Prangley. The streak earned him a shot at the vacant middleweight title against Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, but lost a closely contested unanimous decision.

Luke Rockhold is considered one of the best prospects at 185-pounds. He is currently on a six-fight win streak, including victories over Paul Bradley and UFC veteran, Jesse Taylor. Rockhold has been apart of Strikeforce’s Challengers series for his last three bouts, but makes the jump to the big shows to face Kennedy.

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in News, Strikeforce

 

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Patricio “Pitbull” Freire Added to Bellator’s Featherweight Tournament

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22282/patricio-pitbull-freire-added-to-bellators-season-four-featherweight-tourney.mma

Patricio Freire

14-1-0 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator Record

– 4 TKO, 7 Sub, 3 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: William Romero, Wilson Reis

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Bellator officials announced Patricio “Pitbull” Freire as the seventh entrant into season four’s featherweight Tournament.

Freire will get a second chance at winning a Bellator tournament. He made it to the finals of season two’s tourney after defeating William Romero and Wilson Reis. Freire met wrestling standout Joe Warren in the finals, but ended up losing a controversial split decision.

Friere joins Eric Larkin, Zac George, Kenny Foster, Wilson Reis, Georgi Karakhanyan, and Daniel Straus as confirmed participants.

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Bellator, News

 

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Marloes Coenen vs Miesha Tate Official for Strikeforce: Columbus

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22278/champion-marloes-coenen-vs-miesha-tate-set-for-strikeforce-columbus.mma

Marloes Coenen

-18-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 Strikeforce Record

– Won 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Roxanne Modafferi, Sarah Kaufman

Miesha Tate

– 11-2-0 MMA/ 4-1 Strikeforce Record

– 5 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Hitomi Akano, Zoila Frausto, Jan Finney

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Newly-crowned Strikeforce’s 135-pound champion, Marloes Coenen defends her title for the first time against Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Columbus. The event takes place on March 5th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Marloes Coenen got her first shot at Strikeforce gold in January of last year against the 145-pound juggernaut, Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos. Although she suffered a TKO loss, Coenen was awarded a title shot at her natural fighting weight against Sarah Kaufman. Coenen took the title from Kaufman after locking an armbar in the third round, forcing the tap.

Miesha Tate earned a shot at the title after winning a one-night four-woman tournament last August. She defeated Maiju Kujala in the opening round, and then went on to beat Hitomi Akano by unanimous decision in the finals. Tate has won nine out of her last ten fights, dropping a decision to Sarah Kaufman in May of 2009.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in News, Strikeforce

 

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Wilson Reis Named 6th Entrant in Bellator’s Featherweight Tourney

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22266/wilson-reis-becomes-sixth-entrant-to-bellators-season-four-featherweight-tourney.mma

Wilson Reis

– 11-2-0 MMA/ 4-2 Bellator Record

– Won 4 of last 5 Fights

– Notable Wins: Shad Lierley, Abel Cullum, Bryan Caraway

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Yesterday Bellator officials announced Wilson Reis as the fifth participant in season four’s featherweight tournament. Reis joins Eric Larkin, Zac George, Kenny Foster, Georgi Karakhanyan, and Daniel Straus, who have already been confirmed in the field.

This will be Wilson Reis’ third attempt at winning a Bellator tournament. He made it to the semifinals the first two tries, but lost to eventual champion Joe Soto in season one and Patricio Freire in season three. Reis defeated WEC-veteran Deividas Taurosevicious by split decision in a non-tournament bout last October to earn another chance in this season’s featherweight tournament field.

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Nazareno Malegarie are expected to named as remaining entrants in to the tournament, but no official word has been of yet.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2011 in Bellator, News

 

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Local Scene Spotlight – 1/27 – 1/30

Efrain Escudero

Legend Fighting Championship 4 – Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong, China

Adrian Pang def. Yui Chul Nam by Split Decision

Rodney MacSwain def. Hoon Kim by Unanimous Decision

Hong Gang Yao def. Michael Mortimer by Unanimous Decision

Showdown Fights: New Blood – Orem, Utah

Cole Escovedo def. Steven Siler by Triangle Choke – Rd. 1

Radley Martinez def. Brian Cobb by Unanimous Decision

Travis Marx def. Tervor Mellen by Split Decision

Jordan Clements def. Eddie Rincon by Unanimous Decision

Wreck MMA – Gaitneau, Quebec, Canada

Jordan Mein def. Joe Riggs by TKO – Rd. 2

Mark Holst def. Markhaile Weederburn by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 2

Kalib Starnes def. Matt MacGrath by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 2

Jesse Gross def. Pablo Santos by TKO – Rd. 1

Wild Bill’s Fight Night 33 – Duluth, Georgia

Diego Saraiva def. Joe Elmore by Armbar – Rd. 2

Rage in the Cage 148 – Chandler, Arizona

Efrain Escudero def. Jeremy Larsen by Armbar – Rd. 3

Full Force Fighting 1 – Denver, Colorado

Justin Salas def. Rob Emerson by Unanimous Decision

Cody Donovan def. Xavier Saccomanno by Rear Naked Choke – Rd. 2

MMA Xplosion – Las Vegas, Nevada

Vinny Magalhaes def. Damien Knight by Armbar – Rd. 2

Gladiator Challenger – Young Guns 4 – Elko, Nevada

James Irvin vs Mike Crisman (NO CONTEST – Illegal Knee by Irvin)

Combat Zone 36 – Salem, New Hampshire

Calvin Kattar def. Luiz Rodrigues by Unanimous Decision

 
 

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Ariel Helwani: Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Post-Fight Interview

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2011 in Strikeforce, Videos

 

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