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Tim Kennedy flattens out Rafael Natal in the headline bout of UFC Fight for the Troops 3
Fort Campbell – US Army veteran Tim Kennedy did not disappoint in front of his fellow service man inside the packed Fort Campbell Hangar in Kentucky when he bagged his first KO of the Night honors after knocking out Rafael Natal in the first round of their headlining bout.
Rafael Natal opened the round strong by constantly landing leg kicks to his stalking opponent. Kennedy’s leg has started to show marks from the leg kicks by the middle part of the round. Despite that, the 10 year army veteran continued with his game plan of pressuring his elusive opponent back into the cage. His patience finally paid off in the dying seconds of the first round when he landed a lunging left hook that sent Natal to the canvass. Kennedy followed up with a few strikes to finish him off before Herb Dean steps in to put a halt to the action at 4:40 of the first round. The loss to Kennedy snapped the three fight winning streak of the Brazilian, his record now stands at 17-5, 5-3-1 inside the octagon.Read the rest of the article »
‘Gamebred’ Feels that He Should Have Fought Melendez as a Mixed Martial Artist
Former Strikeforce lightweight fighter, Jorge Masvidal, is disappointed that he was not able to compete as a mixed martial artist in last saturday’s Strikeforce fight against Gilbert Melendez.Read the rest of the article »
Regardless on who's match Scott Coker would announce, MMA fans are expecting that the KJ Noons vs Jorge Masvidal bout will be a no. 1 contender's fight.
While Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker, also mentioned that the Gesias Cavalcante vs Justin Wilcox match is a potential no. 1 contender’s bout, most are pointing at KJ Noons vs Jorge Masvidal for that regard. KJ Noons, a former boxer and kickboxer with 14 knockouts on his resume, is gearing up for the incoming challenge. However, he is not looking past Jorge Masvidal.
Will KJ Noons be able to get the job done on Saturday and earn a shot at Gilbert Melendez?Read the rest of the article »
After being unable to get a medical clearance, Gina Carano was forced out from Strikeforce's June 18 card.
Last Tuesday, Strikeforce CEO – Scott Coker – stated in a media conference call that Gina Carano could not get a medical certificate from her doctors in time for the June 18 tournament.
That said, the Gina Carano vs Sarah D’Alelio match will be pulled out from the card and will be replaced with a lightweight duel between KJ Noons and Jorge Masvidal. However, the fighter is keeping her fingers crossed to get clearance and comeback in the cage soon.Read the rest of the article »
"Let the world know I am going to knock out everybody they put in front of me. I don't have an opponent yet but I want a big fight; you know." -- Jorge Masvidal
Strikeforce director of communications, Mike Afromowitz, has confirmed that Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal signed a six-fight, two-year contract with the promotion. Coming from a unanimous decision loss against Paul Daley at Shark Fights 13, Masvidal will be dropping back from 170 pounds to 155. The 25-year-old fighter has bounced around many organizations, including Shark Fights, ASTRA, G-Force Fights, Sengoku and Bellator. Being one of the favorites to make it to the Bellator finals, Gamebred’s run ended prematurely. Under the Strikeforce banner, Masvidal has a 2-0 record with his last victory over Ryan Healy last February 2008. Though no words yet on when he is expected to debut in the organization, Masvidal is keen to take on the big names in the lightweight.
If you’ll be given a chance to match-make Masvidal to other lightweight contenders in the promotion, who should he defeat first?
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One is having a legal fight against beating an opponent after the bell. The other is battling against his loss from a past fight. Will Paul Daley and Jorge Masvidal brawl their way out of their respective controversies? That remains to be seen. For now, just place your bet on who will be the welterweight title holder on Shark Fights 13.
Shark Fights confirmed in an official release today that Paul Daley now has an opponent. The British welterweight fighter will face the American Top Team standout Jorge Masvidal. Shark Fights 13 will début the North American appearance of Daley after his controversial post fight at the UFC 113. According to Brent Medley, Sharks Fight matchmaker, choosing a contender against Daley is not an easy task. However, Masvidal became a clear choice after hearing that he is returning to the welterweight division.Read the rest of the article »
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