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Gina Carano Cleared for Training, Possible for Strikeforce Comeback in 2011

Written on August 05, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Gina Carano is now set to return to her training after suffering from a mysterious ailment.

Good news for Women’s MMA fans: Gina Carano has already been cleared by her personal doctor to resume training, and if ever it goes well, she will be returning to the cage soon. Though her camp hasn’t announced any official comeback date for her, GinaCarano’s manager is positive to have a return before the year ends.

According to a source close to manager, Scott Karp, it’s far from a promise but she will be back in training soon. “She’s feeling good,” Karp confirmed. “She’s ready to get back in there and train.”

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Josh Barnett Takes the Win by a Submission, On the Way to Face Kharitonov

Written on June 20, 2011 by Lulu

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Josh Barnett secured a slot on the semifinals of Strikeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix by submitting Brett Rogers on last Saturday night's tournament.

At the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal last Saturday in Dallas, Josh Barnett advances to the semifinals by submitting his heavy handed opponent — Brett Rogers. During the first round of the match, Josh Barnett quickly closed the distance between them by a leg kick that elevated his opponent and slammed him to the ground. Then he mounted Brett Rogers and pound him several times. However, the latter was able to escape, though he was placed back to the ground again.

As the second round started, Josh Barnett launched a left hook to Brett Rogers’ head and went for a takedown. As the latter fell to the ground, the former quickly performed an arm triangle choke that forced Brett Rogers to tap out. As the match ends, Josh Barnett grabs the microphone from broadcaster – Gus Johnson – to address his audience. He talks about his upcoming matches, and said that he will surely defeat and annihilate those who will stand against him.

On the semifinals of the Heavyweight tournament, Josh Barnett is scheduled to face Sergei Kharitonov later this year.

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Gina Carano’s Team Shares Updates on Her Status

Written on June 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The Overeem vs. Werdum's match last June 18 became more unforgettable, as it features the current condition of women's MMA superstar -- Gina Carano.

Supposed to be, MMA fighter – Gina Carano – is scheduled to battle Sarah D’Alelio at the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum card last Saturday. However, 11 days before the actual match, a report came stating that Gina Carano cannot participate on the event since she is still undertaking an undisclosed medical condition.

Until today, there are no concrete details on what really happened to he and what the “undisclosed medical condition” is all about. Gina Carano’s last MMA fight was way back in August 2009 when she did not attain victory against current Strikeforce middleweight champion — Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.

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Alistair Overeem: Grand Prix Winner “Should Fight the UFC Champion”

Written on June 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"The winner of the tournament should fight the UFC champion. That sounds like a logical next step." --- Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion

Strikeforce Heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem, enters this Saturday’s Heavyweight Grand Prix with a nine-fight win streak and a good reason. If all goes well, he will soon add the Heavyweight Grand Prix championship title to his belt collection. And when that happens, Alistair Overeem sees no reason to compete for a UFC title next.

Arguing with the heavyweight champ’s point of view can be difficult. While UFC’s heavyweight division is loaded with best fighters, Strikeforce has Josh Barnett, Sergei Kharitonov, Brett Rogers and Antonio Silva. In addition to this, the promotion also have Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum. So any fighter who gets pass through them has bragging rights to ask for more than the grand prix title.

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Strikeforce’s Fighters, Approved and Licensed to Fight

Written on June 16, 2011 by Lulu

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Fighters of the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix can now legally compete on Saturday, as they were all cleared of all necessary requirements.

As previously reported, four other fighters for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix still don’t have the license to fight. Good thing, all 20 fighters will now compete on the tournament, as licensed and approved by the Texas Licensing and Regulation. According to Susan Stanford of TDLR, all fighters of the upcoming Strikeforce’s card were cleared of all the necessary requirements.

That said, there will be ten bouts for the event as scheduled — including the Overeem vs. Werdum main event and the return of Gina Carano on Strikeforce. The preliminary matches will air on HDNet, while the main card will be broadcast on Showtime.

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Fabricio Werdum Hopes to Unify Strikeforce and UFC Titles

Written on June 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With the GSP vs Diaz welterweight fight now in the works, Strikeforce heavyweights - Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum - would like to have a crossover fight too.

With one crossover fight between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz now in the works, it’s no brainer to wonder on what’s in store for the champions of other weight divisions. And with the second round of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix fast approaching, it’s not hard to imagine that the winner between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum would present another crossover.

Although Strikeforce Heavyweight champion – Alistair Overeem – and contender – Fabricio Werdum – are focused on facing each other in the quarterfinals, both of them are hoping that winning the tournament will grace their way to a bout against current UFC Heavyweight king — Cain Velasquez. In addition to this, Fabricio Werdum’s ultimate dream is to unify the Strikeforce and UFC titles.

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Amanda Nunes Steps out of Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum

Written on June 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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No more Amanda Nunes vs Julie Kedzie on June 18, at the Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum.

Amanda Nunes was forced out of his fight against Julie Kedzie at Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum due to a hairline fracture of the foot. In addition to this, Amanda Nunes is also suffering a serious contusion on the foot, which makes it impossible to determine her possible return in the competition yet.

Her bout against Julie Kedzie was slated for 135 pounds on June 18, as part of the Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum Heavyweight Grand Prix. Also making a come back in the cage is Gina Carano against Sarah D’Alelio. As of the moment, no replacement for Amanda Nunes has been announced by the promotion.

Who do you think should step in for Amanda Nunes? Leave your picked opponents below.

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KJ Noons Affirms Bout Against Jorge Masvidal

Written on May 19, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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KJ Noons is so excited to make a Strikeforce comeback, and he's announcing that he will face Jorge Masvidal on the Overeem vs. Werdum event.

Lightweight MMA fighter, KJ Noons, confirmed recently that he will face Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce on June 18 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The former was defeated on a welterweight bout in October by Nick Diaz, followed by a six-fight win streak. This winning streak has improved the former EliteXC lightweight champion’s record to 9-2.

Meanwhile, the American Top Team Veteran – Jorge Masvidal – has won his first fight in Strikeforce over Billy Evangelista via unanimous decision. Masvidal is a former BodogFight, Shark Fights and Bellator talent.

This bout between the two promising mixed martial artist is considered an interesting match including the main event. Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum. Will KJ Noons’ return to Strikeforce be triumphant? Post your insights below.

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Jeff Monson to Knock Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce Grand Prix

Written on May 17, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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Jeff Monson will show his fighting prowess against Daniel Cormier, as their bout will be part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix : Overeem vs. Werdum.

Heavyweight, Jeff Monson, will face Daniel Cormier instead of Shane Del Rosario on Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix due to a car accident last month.

Jeff Monson, 40, was undefeated in his last eight fights. He is considered as Tim Sylvia’s tough competitor in the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 65 last November 2006. An American Top Team member, Jeff Monson was able to win over Tim Sylvia because of his height and reach advantage.

On the other hand, Daniel Cormier is a graduate of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose and is part of the US Olympic wrestling team in 2008. Following his debut at Strikeforce in September 2009, has won his latest fight against Devin Cole at Challengers 13 last January via unanimous decision

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Gina Carano Meets Sarah D’Alelio at Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum

Written on April 18, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Rumor alert! Gina Carano will face Sarah D'Alelio at Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum this June 18.

Rumors are roaming around women’s MMA arena that Sarah D’Alelio will have a 145-pound brawl against Gina Carano at the upcoming Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum tournament.

Prior to her upcoming match, Gina Carano was busy filming her role in the movie Haywire after a loss to Christiane “Cyborg” Santos last August 2009. Strikeforce has been looking for an opponent to face her, and was in negotiation with Cinday Dandois. However, the latter was forced to turn down the offer due to pregnancy. Sarah D’Alelio, on the other hand, is coming from a unanimous decision loss to Julie Kedzie in a Jackson’s MMA series event last December.

The Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on June 18. The event will green lit two remaining Heavyweight Grand Prix between Alistair Overeem vs Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs Brett Rogers.

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