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Dominique Steele vs Chris Mierzwiak, Booked for Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix

Written on August 31, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Middleweights fighters, Dominique Steele and Chris Mierzwiak, are now set to be part of the Strikeforce: World Heavyweight Grand Prix's preliminary card.

Strikeforce just added a new middleweight bout into next month’s Strikeforce: World Heavyweight Grand Prix event.

Scott Coker, the promotion’s CEO, formally announced that Dominique Steele and Chris Mierzwiak have verbally agreed to meet at the show’s preliminary card, which is expected to air live on HDNet. The Strikeforce: World Heavyweight Grand Prix is set to take place on Saturday, September 10 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its main card, headlining the heavyweight semifinal bout between Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov, will be featured on Showtime.

Fighting out from the Vision MMA in Cincinnati and a trainee of Roger Bowling, Dominique Steele (3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) boasts a three-fight win streak, which all of his bouts ended in the first round. He is renowned for defeating his competitors through powerful submission strikes.

Chris Mierzwiak (3-0 MMA, 0-0 SF), on the other hand, also received three consecutive wins since turning pro. His most recent victory was attained in the AAMMA XI event last February, wherein he finished Brandon Pinkston through submission Arm Bar just 35 seconds after the ring bells.

The latest fight card is posted after the skip.

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Golden Glory: Alistair Overeem Would Sign a UFC-only Deal

Written on August 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Despite having disputes with UFC, Golden Glory would still want Alistair Overeem to get inside the Octagon.

Despite the feud between Golden Glory and UFC – which resulted to contract release of several of its fighters – Alistair Overeem is still interested in signing an exclusive deal with the UFC.

However, Bas Boon cleared out that he takes issue with UFC President – Dana White’s – statement about Golden Glory’s payment policies. However, the management company is okay with Zuffa paying Alistair Overeem, Marloes Coenen, Jon Olav Einemo and other Golden Glory fighters directly.

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Marloes Coenen: Rebuilding Career Despite Strikeforce Release

Written on August 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Marloes Coenen stands by her management despite sudden release from Strikeforce.

A week following her loss against Meisha Tate and sudden release from Strikeforce, Marloes Coenen is still processing what’s undoubtedly a trying time of her life and fighting career. But despite being in the middle of the dispute between her management – the Golden Glory – and Zuffa, the fighter still stands by her team.

Last Tuesday, Marloes Coenen returned home to Amsterdam following her vacation in Table Rock Lake, Minnesota. She is determined to represent women’s MMA through fighting, and is said to be interested in fighting for an October event promoted by Golden Glory. The resurgent ProElite also expressed its interest in inviting Marloes Coenen for a November bout. However, the fighter does not have any specific booking yet.

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Alistair Overeem’s Vacant Title: Set for the Grand Prix Winner?

Written on August 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With Alistair Overeem's title belt now in the shelf, will the new bearer come from Strikeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix?

After Alistair Overeem’s release in Strikeforce, officials remained mum on what’s going to happen next. However, it is no brainer in case the promotion opted to give the title to the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner.

As the promotion sets the semifinals of the Heavyweight GP on September 10, Alistair Overeem cited a toe injury, forcing him to withdraw from the said match. A few days later, Strikeforce axed the fighter out in the roster completely. That said, the event’s final four is now composed of Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Sergei Kharitonov, and – Alistair Overeem’s replacement – Daniel Cormier.

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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, Positive for Crossover Bouts?

Written on July 14, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker, revealed his thoughts with regards to the idea of having crossover match-ups with UFC.

Strikeforce vs UFC fights seems possible to happen for Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker. However, he still pointed out that such crossover bouts will undergo series of discussions for he is aiming to witness not only champion vs champion match-ups, but also bouts coming from fighters of Strikeforce lineups and UFC’s.

The idea of having crossover match-ups started with the sale of Strikeforce to the parent company of UFC. Fans reacted on this move, pushing them to signal the Strikeforce’s fighters to participate on bouts held in the UFC’s Octagon. Per contra, Scott Coker denotes that he has no plans of merging his fighters with the athletes of UFC.

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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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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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KJ Noons: Aiming for the Title Shot After Finishing Jorge Masvidal

Written on June 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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?

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Scott Coker: Women’s MMA is Here to Stay

Written on April 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Strikeforce is going to run just like it has been. We're going to move forward with women's MMA now and in future years from now." --- Scott Coker, Strikeforce CEO

Although there are uncertainties after UFC’s acquisition of Strikeforce, Scott Coker assured that the women’s MMA is here to stay. This includes extending the contract and signing of new talent for Strikeforce’s women roster. And while the overall roster remains relatively small, their bouts have produced some hits.

In fact, Strikeforce became the highest-profile North American promotion for female fighters. In August 2009, the promotion heralded its first queen – Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos – after headlining a Showtime-televised event versus Gina Carano.

“With the purchase, you may see some back-end changes. But at the end of the day, we’re going to keep [promoting women’s fights].”

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Scott Coker: UFC vs Strikeforce Fights will be Inevitable

Written on April 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A Strikeforce fighter taking on a UFC guy? Why not?

If you are one of the many MMA fans that would like to see a Strikeforce fighter take on a UFC guy, then you’re in for some good news.

Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker, is also eager to see some cross-promotional fights. It’s just only a matter of when and who. The contracts in place aren’t stopping this dream fight, but whether this event will air on a UFC pay-per-view or Showtime is still something to negotiate about.

However, Scott Coker sees a frequent cross-promotional fight in the future. And once all the details are worked out, he believes that nothing is going to stop such dream fights to happen.

Who’s the cross-promotional match that you would like to see first?

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