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Strikeforce Miami: Who or What’s Next?

Nick Diaz: Well in my opinion, Jay Hieron should be the first person to challenge Diaz for the belt. But after the post-fight press conference, it’s definately not a sure thing. Nick Diaz doesn’t want to fight “Undercard Fighters”, which Hieron is clearly not. Scott Coker also acknowledged that he feels Hieron did not do enough in his win against Joe Riggs to warrant a title shot. But honestly, who else is there?? Are they going to throw an upcoming prospect like Lyle Beerholm or Tyrone Woodley at Diaz? That’s not a good idea at all. The only other possible match-up would be Jake Shields, who is fighting for the middleweight title against Dan Henderson in April. What happens if Shields wins that fight? Is Strikeforce already going to have a Champion vs Champion fight before either one defended their title once? That doesn’t seem like a bright idea at all either. Jay Hieron is the only viable option Strikeforce has, not to mention, they promised him an immediate title shot against Diaz when they signed him.

Marius Zaromiskis: I see Zaromiskis now heading back to Dream Promotions to defend his title there. It will probably be a while before we see him back on a Strikeforce card. After a few Dream title defenses, a rematch with Diaz might be in the distant future.

Christiane “Cyborg” Santos:  Erin Toughill will probably be the next victim for “Cyborg”.

Marloes Coenen:  I think a fight with Gina Carano would be an entertaining fight, with the winner being the likely #1 contender to get a rematch against the champ.

Herchel Walker: It’s still up in the air if Herchel Walker will even step in the cage again. I really hope AKA and Herschel decide to keep going. It was really exciting to see the ability level Herchel had in the cage after only 3 months of training. I’d love to see his progression after a full camp. I think a great next opponent would be Daniel Cormier, an Olympic wrestler, who made his MMA debut last year.

Greg Nagy: See ya!

Robbie Lawler: After his incredible comeback win against Melvin Manhoef, Lawler puts his name back in the title mix for the middleweight belt. A fight with another title contender like Ronaldo Souza, Joey Villasenor, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, or Tim Kennedy is probably in the near future for Lawler .

Melvin Manhoef: This has to be a crushing loss for Manhoef. He was dominating the fight before he got caught by the crushing right hand. Luckily for him, a lot of the top guys in the Strikeforce middleweight division are strikers. Possible good match-ups for Manhoef include: Scott Smith, Cung Le, Frank Shamrock, or Benji Radach.

Bobby Lashely: As i said in my last post, Lashley is ready for a step up in competition. I think the perfect next fight for Lashley is fellow undefeated up-and-comer Shane Del Rosario. Del Rosario was a rumored opponent for Lashley on the Strikeforce Miami card, now i think they need to make it happen. At 9-0, Del Rosario creates at difficult match-up anywhere the fight goes.

Wes Sims: Wes Sims played his role… a punching bag for Lashley. Strikeforce has no use for you anymore.

Jay Hieron: It should be Nick Diaz, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The good thing for Hieron though, is that his Strikeforce contract is up, so he does have some leverage. The UFC offered Hieron a contract early last year, but Jay took the Strikeforce contract mainly to fight Nick Diaz. If the Diaz fight doesn’t happen, hopefully the UFC is still interested in Hieron, and he could go to a place where he is apprectiated.

Joe Riggs: There’s not much left for Joe Riggs at Strikeforce after losing to another top guy in the division. If Strikeforce decides to keep him around, he will probably only serve as a gatekeeper to the division. Tyrone Woodley, Lyle Beerholm, and Shamar Bailey need a win against a big name to propel them to the top of the division and Riggs may be that guy.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in Strikeforce, What or Who's Next?

 

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Strikeforce Miami: News and Notes

Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromiskis

Is there any fighter on the planet that’s been more impressive than Nick Diaz? Marius Zaromiskis has crushed everything in his path as of late, and other than that right hand that dropped him, Diaz made him look he didn’t even deserve to be in that fight. Nick Diaz is slowly climbing up the pound for pound greats list. He’s looked better and better with every fight, and pretty soon he’s going to run out of worth challengers at Strikeforce.

Christiane “Cyborg” Santos vs Marloes Coenen

I have to give a lot of props to Marloes Coenen. She hung in there a long time, and proved to be a worthy advisary to Cyborg. Santos was never really in danger during the fight, but Coenen did make her look almost human. A potential match with Erin Toughill vs Santos looks more intriguing than it did before the Coenen fight.

Herschel Walker vs Greg Nagy

First off, congrats to Herschel Walker for being the hard-working competitior he is. He had better technique with only 3 months of training than a lot of young fighters look with over a year of solid training. American Kickboxing Academy deserves to take a bow as well as he looked. AKA has been on a rampage lately, and are slowly becoming one of the best camps in the MMA game. I honestly hope there is a second fight for Herschel Walker. He proved all the doubters, he’s not just doing this for a gimmick. And in case you didn’t know, Walker donated his enitre purse to charity…. Awesome guy.

Robbie Lawler vs Melvin Manhoef

Wow… another fight to prove why MMA is the best sport in the world. Melvin Manhoef was dominating the fight early on with brutal leg kicks and strong, technical striking. Manhoef had Lawler dazed a couple times, and kept patient not to over compensate. After 3 minutes, Lawler could barely stand on his leg and the end looked very near. Then… Lawler connected with an overhand right that completely shut out the lights of Manhoef. It was an amazing fight that puts Lawler’s name back in to title contention.

Bobby Lashley vs Wes Sims

Lashley took Sims down early and preceded to lay a beat down on him as expected. It’s now time for Strikeforce to take charge and get Lashley a respectable fight. I’m not saying throw him in their with the best in the division like Fedor, Werdum, Silva, or Rogers but get a guy that’s going to challenge him some. At 5-0, Lashely has looked dominant, but they’ve all been against noted cans or gimmick fights.

Jay Hieron vs Joe Riggs

It wasn’t pretty, but Jay Hieron won an easy decision victory over the experencied Joe Riggs. Hieron used his precision striking and takedown offense to out point Riggs. You’d think a title shot against Nick Diaz would be next, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in News and Notes, Strikeforce

 

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Strikeforce Miami: Quick Results

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Micahel Byrnes def. David Zitnik via majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 30-27)*
  • Nick Diaz def. Marius Zaromskis via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:38
  • Champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Marloes Coenen via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:40
  • Herschel Walker def. Greg Nagy via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:17
  • Robbie Lawler def. Melvin Manhoef via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:33
  • Bobby Lashley def. Wes Sims via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:06

PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS

  • Jay Hieron def. Joe Riggs via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Joe Ray def. John Clarke via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:14
  • David Gomez def. Craig Oxley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Pablo Alfonso def. Marcos DaMatta via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:47
  • Hayder Hassan def. Ryan Keenan via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:42
  • John Kelly def. Sabah Homasi via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:48
 
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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in Quick Results, Strikeforce

 

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Strikeforce Miami Weigh-In Results

MAIN CARD

  • Nick Diaz (169.5) vs. Marius Zaromskis (169) for vacant welterweight title
  • Champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5) vs. Marloes Coenen (143.75) for women’s featherweight title
  • Greg Nagy (210.5) vs. Herschel Walker (214.25)
  • Robbie Lawler (185.75) vs. Melvin Manhoef (185.75)
  • Bobby Lashley (252.25) vs. Wes Sims (258.25)

PRELIMINARY CARD (broadcast on EASportsMMA.com)

  • Jay Hieron (170.25) vs. Joe Riggs (170.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)

  • Pablo Alfonso (139.25) vs. Marcos da Matta (139.75)
  • Hayder Hassan (170.5)* vs. Ryan Keenan (168)
  • Sabah Homasi (171.5)+ vs. John Kelly (170.5)+
  • Michael Byrnes (154.5)^ vs. David Zitnik (154)
  • David Gomez (144.5) vs. Craig Oxley (144.75)
  • John Clarke (169.75) vs. Joe Ray (169.75)#

* – Hassan was over by one-half pound, but Keenan agreed to approve the bout without penalty.
+ – Homasi was over by one-and-one-half pound, while Kelly was over by one-half pound. Both fighters agreed to approve the bout without penalty.
^ – Byrnes was late arriving to the proceedings, and he weighed in well after the official ceremony. An FSBC official has informed MMAjunkie.com that Byrnes was fined an undisclosed amount for showing up late.
# – Ray did not weigh in during the official proceedings, but he did so following the conclusion of the ceremony.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2010 in News, Strikeforce

 

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Strikeforce: Miami Predictions

Main Card

*Welterweight Title Fight*

Nick Diaz vs Marius Zaromiskis

Dream Promotions welterweight champion Marius Zaromiskis makes his Strikeforce debut against Nick Diaz for the vacant title. Nick Diaz has been on a roll as of late, winning 9 out of his last 10 fights not including his win over the #1 lightweight in the world at the time, Takanori Gomi. His win over Gomi was changed to a no contest after testing positive for marijuana after the fight. Zaromiskis has been on a rampage of his own, winning 5 straight on his way to the Dream title. His last three victories have come by brutal head kicks, spawning the nickname “Lil’ Cro Cop”. On the feet, this fight is really anyone’s game… Diaz has unorthodox boxing, where his strikes come from weird angles that end up messing your face up pretty bad. Zaromiskis will have the power advantage, his hands and legs hit like bricks. On the ground, Diaz has the large advantage. Diaz is a black belt under Cesar Gracie, while Zaromiskis is very green on the ground. I  think the first round will be very fast-paced, and Zaromiskis will look for the big KO with the head kicks. If Diaz can avoid the big shot, i see him using his striking skills to annoy and frustrate Zaromiskis and take him out of his game. If this fight hits the ground at any point, i see Diaz grabbing an arm or a neck to finish the fight. If it stays on the feet, Diaz eventually gets a TKO victory in the championship rounds. But when you have power like Zaromiskis, you always have a punchers chance.

Prediction: Nick Diaz def Marius Zaromiskis via TKO – Rd. 4

* Women’s Featherweight Title*

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs Marloes Coenen

Marloes Coenen has been very confident in her striking abilities against Cyborg Santos. Honestly, if she had the striking abilities of BJ Penn, i feel she should do whatever she could to bring this fight to the ground. But then, even if she does get the fight to the ground, Santos is a BJJ Purple Belt under Christiano Marcello. Coenen is a small fish in a shark tank. Cristiane Cyborg Santos has arrived as the top female fighter in the world, and i don’t see that crown being taken away….. ever.

Prediction: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Marloes Coenen by TKO – Rd. 1

Robbie Lawler vs Melvin Manhoef

Power Striker vs Power Striker. Neither one of these guys are going to look to take this fight to the ground. I think Lawler has a little bit of an advantage in precision striking, giving him the small advantage in the fight. Either one could be going to sleep though.

Prediction: Robbie Lawler def. Melvin Manhoef by KO – Rd. 2

Bobby Lashley vs Wes Sims

It took forever, but Wes Sims ended up being Lashley’s first opponent in Strikeforce. It’s the perfect match-up for Lashley, because Sims will pose no threat and has no problem with receiving a beating. Hopefully, this will be Lashley’s only “gimme” fight and after he dispossess Sims, more worthy challengers will follow. Lashley’s strong wrestling background will be his focus point in this fight. We saw Justin Wren take down and submit Sims with ease on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter and Lashley if 5x the athlete as him.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley def. Wes Sims by Arm Triangle Choke – Rd. 1

Herschel Walker vs Greg Nagy

In the most hyped fight of the night, 47 year old, Hiesman Trophy winner Herschel Walker makes his MMA debut against Greg Nagy. There really isn’t any information on either fighter to make an accurate prediction. So let’s compare what we do know….

Training:

Nagy has been training since 2008 ; Walker has been training for 3 months.   Advantage: Nagy

Camp:

Nagy trains at the RITC Training Center ; Walker trains at American Kickboxing Academy.    Advantage: Walker

Age:

Nagy is 25 ; Walker is 47      Advantage: Nagy

Experience:

Nagy has 2 professional fights ; Walker has none    Advantage: Nagy

Well there you have it, Nagy (shocks?) the world and defeats Walker 3-1

Prediction: Greg Nagy def. Herschel Walker by TKO – Rd. 2

Jay Hieron vs Joe Riggs

First of all, thank you EASportsMMA.com for airing this fight, since Strikeforce and Showtime are not smart enough to do it themselves. Jay Hieron is probably the best welterweight that the casual MMA fan has no idea about. He’s incredibly dangerous on the feet, and equally as talented on the ground. Joe Riggs has a ton of experience and is tough as nails, but there is just no where in this fight he has an advantage. I like Hieron being able to use his crisp striking to outpoint Riggs in the first round, and then go for the kill in the 2nd. The only chance Riggs has is if this fight ends up in a slugfest, where both fighters are just throwing wild hay-makers.

Prediction: Jay Hieron def. Joe Riggs by TKO – Rd. 2

Prelim Fights

Not worth talking about.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2010 in Predictions, Strikeforce

 

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Bobby Lashley vs Wes Sims?? Lashley Opponent Carousel Continues…

MMA Frenzy Reports:

http://mmafrenzy.com/12870/wes-sims-likely-to-fight-bobby-lashley-at-strikeforce-miami/

Wes Sims

22-12-1 MMA Record

– 3 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Kimo Leopoldo

MF: Haha… Oh Strikeforce…

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2010 in News, Strikeforce

 

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Rumor: Jimmy Ambriz Targeted for Bobby Lashley’s Next Opponent

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/17570/report-jimmy-ambriz-targeted-as-strikeforce-miami-opponent-for-bobby-lashley.mma

Jimmy Ambriz

– 14-12-1 MMA Record

– Lost 3 of last 4 Fights

– Notable Wins: Nick Penner, Richard Hale

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2010 in News, Rumors, Strikeforce

 

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