Category Archives: Strikeforce

Shinya Aoki vs Lyle Beerbohm On Tap for Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley

MMA Weekly Reports:

Shinya Aoki

– 26-5-0 MMA/ 0-1 Strikeforce Record

– 3 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Mizuto Hirota, Joachim Hansen, Tatsuya Kawajiri

Lyle Beerbohm

– 15-1-0 MMA/ 5-1 Strikeforce Record

– 6 TKO, 7 Sub, 2 Decision

– Notable Wins: Duane Ludwig, Rafaello Oliveira, Vitor Riberio


Shinya Aoki returns to the United States for the second time, as he faces Lyle Beerbohm at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley. The event takes place on April 9th at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The card is already stacked with two title fights including Nick Diaz vs Paul Daley for the welterweight strap and Gilbert Melendez vs Tatsuya Kawajiri for the 155-pound belt.

Shinya Aoki looks to rebound from an embarrassing performance at DREAM’s New Year’s show, where he met Yuichiro Nagashima in an exhibition mixed-rules bout. The first round was just K-1 rules, favoring Nagashima heavily. Aoki made a fool out of himself by attempting multiple dropkicks until the time ran out. The second round was MMA rules which favored Aoki heavilly but when he dropped down for a takedown, Nagashima blasted him with a knee, knocking him unconscious in just four seconds into the round. Since losing to Gilbert Melendez in his Strikeforce debut, Aoki has won three-consecutive fights in Japan, including a first round submission win over title contender, Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Lyle Beerbohm suffered his first professional loss last month against Pat Healy at Strikeforce Challengers 14. The two engaged in one of the most exciting, hard-fought grappling matches ever seen inside the cage, but in the end it was Healy who won the unanimous decision from the judges. Previous to the Healy loss, Beerbohm was 5-0 under the Strikeforce banner and very close to title shot consideration.

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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in News, Strikeforce


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Strikeforce: Fejiao vs Henderson Quick Results


  • Dan Henderson def. champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 0:50
  • Champ Marloes Coenen def. Liz Carmouche via submission (triangle choke) – Round 4, 1:29
  • Tim Kennedy def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:41
  • Jorge Masvidal def. Billy Evangelista via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


  • Roger Bowling def. Josh Thornburg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jorge Gurgel def. Billy Vaughan via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 0:44
  • Jason Freeman def. Jason Riley via submission (strikes) – Round 1, 1:52
  • Brian Rogers def. Ian Rammel via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:23
  • Mitch Whitesel def. Marc Cofer via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 3:55
  • John Kuhner def. J.P. Felty via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:31
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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Quick Results, Strikeforce


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Justin Wilcox vs Rodrigo Damm Headlines Strikeforce Challengers 15

MMA Junkie Reports:

Justin Wilcox

– 10-3-0 MMA/ 4-1 Strikeforce Record

– 5 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Vitor Ribeiro, Shamar Bailey, Daisuke Nakamura

Rodrigo Damm

– 9-4-0 MMA/ 0-1 Strikeforce Record

– Loss 3 of last 4 Fights

– Notable Wins: Ivan Iberico, Jorge Masvidal, Santino Defranco


A lightweight bout between Justin Wilcox and Rodrigo Damm has been booked to headline the 15th installment of Strikeforce’s Challengers series. The event is expected to take place on April 1st at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.

American Kickboxing Academy student, Justin Wilcox has become one of the top prospects in Strikeforce’s lightweight division in the last year and a half. He has put together a five-fight win streak, including wins over David Douglas, Daisuke Nakamura, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro. Wilcox lost his Strikeforce debut against Mitsuhiro Ishida by first round armbar back in September of 2009.

Rodrigo Damm at one time was considered one of the top up-and-coming lightweights from Brazil, following an impressive 8-1 start, including a key win over Jorge Masvidal at Sengoku: Third Battle. He has since gone an uninspiring 1-3, losing to Eiji Mitsuoka, Gilbert Melendez, and Maximo Blanco.


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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in News, Strikeforce


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Top Middleweight Prospect Derek Brunson Signs Multi-Fight Deal with Strikeforce

MMA Weekly Reports:

Derek Brunson

– 6-0-0 MMA/ Strikeforce Debut

– 5 TKO, 1 Sub Victory

– Notable Wins:


Renzo Gracie student, Derek Brunson has signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce and is expected to debut sometime this spring.

Brunson has tore through the local shows, amassing a perfect record of 6-0 since making his mixed martial arts debut in May of last year. Five out of his six victories have come via knockout or technical knockouts due to strikes. Brunson’s lone submission victory came in his MMA debut, a first round rear naked choke over John Bryant.

Brunson is expected to make his Strikefoce debut on a Challenger Series event.

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in News, Strikeforce


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Nick Diaz vs Paul Daley is Official for April 9th Strikeforce Event

MMA Junkie Reports:

Nick Diaz

– 24-7-0 MMA/ 5-0 Strikeforce Record

– 9 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Marius Zaromiskis, KJ Noons, Hayato Sakurai

Paul Daley

27-9-2 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce Record

– 4 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Dustin Hazelett, Martin Kampmann, Scott Smith


Strikeforce officials have confirmed that the two remaining heavyweight tournament quarterfinals have been pushed back to early summer, but will still have an event for April 9th. The rumors of a welterweight championship bout between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley has been officially booked. Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley will be held at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. A lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri has also been signed for the co-main event.

Nick Diaz is quickly rising up the pound-for-pound rankings riding a nine-fight win streak, the longest of his career. He has competed in both the welterweight and middleweight division, disposing of everyone in his way. Diaz defeated Mariusz Zaromskis in January of 2010 with a first round TKO stoppage to become Strikeforce’s first welterweight champion. He has since defended the belt twice against KJ Noons and most recently Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos.

Feared striker, Paul Daley gambled his title opportunity by taking a fight outside the promotion against Yuya Shirai at BAMMA 5 in the United Kingdom. Fortunately for both Daley and Strikeforce, he knocked out the current DEEP welterweight champion in less than two minutes. It was Daley’s fourth consecutive victory since being released by the UFC for sucker-punching Josh Koscheck after the final bell in May of last year.

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in News, Strikeforce


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Sarah Kaufman Signs with Armageddon Fighting Championships

MMA Junkie Reports:

Sarah Kaufman

– 12-1-0 MMA Record

– 9 TKO, 3 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Takayo Hashi, Miesha Tate, Roxanne Modafferi


Former Strikeforce 135-pound women’s champion Sarah Kaufman signs with the Canadian-based promotion, Armageddon Fighting Championships. She is scheduled to make her debut on April 2nd in her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada at Armageddon Fighting Championships 5, against an opponent to be named at a later date.

Kaufman is still under contract with Strikeforce, but the promotion is allowing her to compete elsewhere as they build up competitors for her in her weight class.

Sarah Kaufman began her career a perfect 12-0, and was considered to be one of the world’s top pound-for-pound female fighters in all of mixed martial arts. She became Strikeforce’s first ever women’s 135-pound champion following her unanimous decision victory over Takayo Hashi back in February of last year. In her next fight, Kaufman put women’s MMA on the map with her vicious knockout slam victory over Roxanne Modafferi on the Strikeforce Challengers 9 card. Unfortunately in her big show debut, she was upset by Marloes Coenen with a third round armbar last October.

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Local Shows, News, Strikeforce


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Gilbert Melendez vs Tatsuya Kawajiri Expected for April 9th Strikeforce Event

MMA Junkie Reports:

Gilbert Melendez

– 18-2-0 MMA/ 8-1 Strikeforce Record

– 4 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Josh Thomson, Shinya Aoki, Mitsuhiro Ishida

Tatsuya Kawajiri

– 27-6-2 MMA/ Strikeforce Debut

– Won 5 of last 6 Fights

– Notable Wins: Kazunori Yakota, Gesias Cavalcante, Josh Thomson


Strikeforce has added a lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri to their April 9th event. Although nothing is official, the event is likely to take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. A welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley is also expected to take place at this event.

Melendez is considered by many to be the top “non-Zuffa” lightweight in all of mixed martial arts. He currently is on four-fight win streak, including avenging his two career losses against Josh Thomson and Mitsuhiro Ishida. In his most recent fight, Melendez dominated top Japanese lightweight Shinya Aoki at Strikeforce: Nashville in April of last year.

Tatsuya Kawajiri gets a shot a US gold, following a 6-2 record in the Japanese-based DREAM promotion. He was won five of his last six fights, including victories over Geisas Cavalcante, Kazunori Yokota and most recently dominated former Strikeforce champion, Josh Thomson at DREAM’s year-end Dynamite event. Kawajiri’s only loss since 2008, came against Shinya Aoki at DREAM 15, getting caught in a Achilles lock in just a little over a minute in the first round.

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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in News, Strikeforce


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Quick Hits for Stories Over the Past Week


Sorry everyone for the lack of updates over the past week….. My dog got tangled up in my laptop cord pulling it off my desk, breaking the hard drive. Alas, I have bought a new one and am back in business. Sorry again!


UFC News

  • Kenny Florian  (14-5-0 MMA/ 11-4 UFC Record) vs Diego Nunes (16-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC Record) Set for UFC 131 on June 11th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Tito Ortiz Out; Phil Davis (8-0-0 MMA/ 4-0 UFC) in versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ( 19-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26th in Seattle, Washington
  • Dustin Poirier (9-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) vs Rani Yahya (16-6-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) Added to UFC 131
  • Tim Credeur (12-3-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC) vs Ed Herman (19-7-0 MMA/ 4-5 UFC) Targeted for TUF 13 Finale on June 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jason Brilz (18-3-1 MMA/ 3-2 UFC) vs Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5-0 MMA/ 6-3 UFC Record) Set to meet at UFC 129 on April 29th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Darren Elkins (12-2-0 MMA/ 1-1 UFC) vs Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1 MMA/ 0-3 UFC) Targeted for UFC 131
  • Brandon Vera (11-6-0 MMA/ 7-6) returns to UFC roster with last loss against Thiago Silva likely being overturned to a “no contest”
  • Karlos Vemola Out; Eliot Marhall (9-2-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC) Retruns to Meet Luiz Cane (10-3-0 MMA/ 3-3 UFC Record) at UFC 128 on March 19th in Newark, New Jersey
  • Renan Barao (25-1-0 MMA/ UFC Debut) vs Demetrious Johnson (9-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) Likely for TUF 13 Finale
  • Cub Swanson Injured; Fight with Erik Koch Scratched from UFC on Versus 3


  • Meisha Tate Out; Liz Carmouche (5-0-0 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce) now meets champion Marloes Coenen (18-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 Strikeforce) for women’s 135-pound title at Strikeforce: Columbus on March 5th in Columbus, Ohio



  • DJ Linderman (8-1-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Middleweight Champ Hector Lombard (27-2-1 MMA/ 6-0 Bellator) meets Falaniko Vitale ( 28-9-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) in Non-Title Fight at Bellator 44 on May 14th
  • Tim Carpenter (6-0-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Bellator signs Marlon Sandro (17-2-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) to Multi-Fight Deal
  • Patricio Freire (14-1 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator) vs Georgi Karakhanyan (14-2-1 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37 on March 19th in Concho, Oklahoma
  • Zac George (20-3-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) vs Wilson Reis (11-2-0 MMA/ 3-2 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37
  • Kenny Foster  (8-2-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) vs Eric Larkin (3-0-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellat0r) Set for Bellator 37
  • Nazareno Malegarie (19-0-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) vs Daniel Straus (14-3-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37
  • Richard Hale (15-3-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut) Added to season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Christian M’Pumbu (15-3-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut) Joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament


Local Shows

  • Bobby Lashley (5-1-0) vs James Jack (5-4-1) to headline Titan Fighting Championshps 17 in Kansas City, Kansas on March 25th.
  • Efrain Escudero (15-2-0 MMA) vs Fabricio Camoes (11-5-1) Set for Tachi Palace Fights 9 on May 5th in Lemoore, California
  • Abe Wagner (8-3-0 MMA) vs Aaron Rosa ( 15-3-0 MMA) Added to Titan Fighting Championships 17
  • Houston Alexander (11-6-0 MMA) vs James Irvin (15-8-0) II Added to Shark Fights 14 on March 11th in Lubbock, Texas
  • Vinny Magalhaes (6-5-0 MMA) vs Jake Doerr (6-0-0 MMA) Added to M-1 Challenge on March 25th in Virginia
  • Alan Jouban (1-0-0 MMA) vs Jamie Yager (3-2-0 MMA) Set for Tachi Palace Fights 9

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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Bellator, Blog News, Local Shows, News, Strikeforce, UFC


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Gina Carano Returns to MMA, Possibly on June Strikeforce Card

MMA Junkie Reports: Carano

– 7-1-0 MMA/ 1-1 Strikeforce Record

– 3 TKO, 1 Sub, 3 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Kaitlin Young, Julie Kedzie, Rosi Sexton


Mixed martial arts most famous female fighter is returning to the cage. Strikeforce announced before the main event of last Saturday’s broadcast that Gina Carano will be making her comeback to the sport, possibly sometime in June. No opponent has been announced as of now, but her return is expected to coincide with a possible welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley.

Carano made her professional debut in June of 2006, knocking out Leiticia Pestova in just 39 seconds into the opening round. She went on to win her first seven fights, competing mostly for the now defunct promotion, EliteXC. Carano’s last fight was in August of 2009 when she was defeated by current Strikeforce’s 145-pound women’s champion, Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos by TKO in the first round. That fight still ranks as one of the highest rated Strikeforce-Showtime events in the history of the promotion.

Carano recently finished shooting a movie called “Haywire”, directed by Steven Soderbergh, expected to hit theaters in April.

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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in News, Strikeforce


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Strikeforce: Fedor vs Silva Quick Results


  • Antonio Silva def. Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
  • Sergei Kharitonov def. Andrei Arlovski via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 2:49
  • Shane Del Rosario def. Lavar Johnson via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:31
  • Chad Griggs def. Gian Villante via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:49
  • Valentijn Overeem def. Ray Sefo via submission (neck crank) – Round 1, 1:37


  • John Cholish def. Marc Stevens via submission (kneebar) – Round 2, 3:57
  • Igor Gracie def. John Salgado via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:04
  • Sam Oropeza def. Don Carlo-Clauss via submission (strikes) – Round 1, 4:10
  • Josh LaBerge def. Anthony Leone via TKO (cut) – Round 1, 5:00
  • Jason McLean def. Kevin Roddy via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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Posted by on February 13, 2011 in Quick Results, Strikeforce


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