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Alistair Overeem Scrapped off from Grand Prix Semis

Written on July 19, 2011 by Lulu

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After winning over Fabricio Werdum at the Strikeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix quarter final, Alistair Overeem was removed to the semifinal match.

Alistair Overeem said on MMA Hour that he may not be able to compete at the Strikeforce World Grand Prix semifinals this September. It is due to lack of preparation, following his vacation to nurse his injuries after he won over Fabricio Werdum for the Strikeforce World Grand Prix quarter finals. The announcement was made on Monday afternoon. However, UFC President – Dana White, who is a Zuffa co-owner – oversees the Strikeforce brand’s announcement that Alistair Overeem is out of the match.

But while other people said that it might be the end of his Strikeforce career, Dana White cleared that he is still employed to the company. Alistair Overeem also discussed the possibility of entering a boxing career in the near future to face one of the world champion, Klitschko brothers. Meanwhile, his return for MMA or boxing is still unknown, though he has a non-exclusive MMA deal that gives him the opportunity to fight overseas.

On the other hand, Daniel Cormier – who have a career stats of 8-0 – will replace him to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The other semifinal match is between Sergei Kharitonov vs Josh Barnett.

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Fickett vs Kawajiri and Mizuno vs Prangley, Set for DREAM Bantamweight GP

Written on July 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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DREAM Fight for Japan: Bantamweight Grand Prix is now all set with one additional bout and one altercation.

Last Wednesday, DREAM Fight for Japan: Bantamweight Grand Prix gets an additional bout and one altercation. After Willamy Freire withdrew from the tournament due to hand injury, Tatsuya Kawajiri will now face Drew Fickett on July 16. Also added to the fight card is a light heavyweight battle between Tatsuya Mizuno and Trevor Prangley.

DREAM Fight for Japan – dubbed as DREAM.17 – will feature a championship duel over Gegard Mousasi vs Hiroshi Izumi and Hiroyuki Takaya vs Kazuyuki Miyata. Mazakasu Imanari will square off against Hideo Tokoro at the Bantamweight Grand Prix finals.

The full card for DREAM.17 is posted after the jump.

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Grand Prix at California, Impossible Because of Josh Barnett’s License Issue

Written on June 20, 2011 by Lulu

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After having trouble in getting his license to fight Fedor Emelianenko for Affliction: Trilogy at California, Josh Barnett is still having an issue with the California State Athletic Commission that brings the Grand Prix out of the said state.

After the quarterfinals of Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last Saturday night at Dallas, Strikeforce CEO – Scott Coker – was already talking about plans for the semifinal round, which will take place some time this fall. Scott Coker also added that they’re open to anything, except for the state of California where Josh Barrnet still have […]

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Shine Fights Goes to Oklahoma

Written on September 07, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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"There really is a Santa Claus. Unfortunately he does not live at the offices of the (Virginia commission)." - Jason Chambers, Shine Fights COO

Last Saturday, Shine Fights had been denied a license in Virginia for its Lightweight Grand Prix at the Patriot Center in Fairfax this coming September 10. However, the event will go on as scheduled, and would be moving the event to First Council Casino at Newkirk, Oklahoma. The third Shine’s event is set to air on pay-per-view, and will be a single-night, eight-man tournament.

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Fickett vs Bennett Set for Shine Fights’ Opening Round

Written on September 01, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The fans got it! UFC Veteran Drew Fickett will meet the always entertaining Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett in an opening-round match up of "Shine Fights: Lightweight Grand Prix." To whom you'll put your bet on?

Fans of Shine Fights chose a first tournament match up between Drew Frickett and Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, and was officially announced by the organization today. They will meet in an opening-round tourney of Shine Fights’ single night, eight-man lightweight match, that will take place on September 10 at the Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Virginia. Unfortunately, Josh Shockley was scratched from the field due to injury. Fickett just snapped a five-fight losing streak recently, and redeemed it all with a victory over Derrick Nobleat in a XKL event in Minnesota. Bennett, on the other hand, anchors a 7-4 in his record but hasn’t won any fight via decision for the past six years. Other participants for the tournament includes Richard Crunkilton, Carlo Prater, James Warfield, Marcus Aurelio and Hector Munoz.

The Virginia State Athletic commission will oversee the event under the Nevada State Athletic Commission rules. The two first rounds will have two five-minute rounds, plus a three-minute overtime. A three five-minute rounds is set for finale.

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Shine Fights Returns to the MMA Ring in Grand Prix

Written on August 13, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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One night. Eight Fighters. All in a single elimination match. The most anticipated comeback of Shine Fights in the MMA fighting ring is here for real! After 15 years, the Grand Prix format will fill the eyes of the fans once again.

Shine Fights COO, Jason Chambers, announced today that the promotion company will be back in the MMA ring on September 10 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. After 15 years, the Grand Prix format will be held in the US for the first time. Sanctioned by Virginia State Athletic Commission and contested under Nevada State Athletic Commission, each of the 155 lb fighter will be paired off in the opening round. Four winners will move to round two and from there, two winners will battle for championship. Rounds one and two is composed of two 5 minute match, and the finals is a three 5 minute battle. A 3 minute overtime is also included if needed to decide a winner.

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