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Gilbert Melendez Injured, “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” Event Cancelled

Written on September 24, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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The cancelled "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" event was set to take place this September 29, 2012

Just like UFC 151, a Strikeforce event was scrapped after a main event fighter sustained an injury. Strikeforce promotion has announced the cancellation of the scheduled “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” event. Event headliner, Gilbert Melendez was forced to withdraw from his bout after suffering from an injury while training.

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Reairing of ‘Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman’ Set Today and Tuesday

Written on August 19, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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MMA fans can get another chance to watch last Saturday's 'Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman' event via Showtime and Showtime HD.

If you failed to watch last Saturday’s ‘Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman’ event, you can now do so, by watching its scheduled replays.

Strikeforce fans can now catch it on TV this morning, at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT on Showtime and Showtime HD and this Tuesday, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT via Showtime Extreme. Showtime On Demand will now carry the event, starting today.

Event headliner Ronda Rousey defeated Sarah Kaufman and was able to snag the women’s bantamweight title via submission. While co-headliner, former middleweight champ  Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was able to take down Derek Brunson via KO.

“Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” was held at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

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M-1 Challenge 27 Set for October 14

Written on September 18, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A heavyweight title match pitting Guram Gugeneshvili and Kenny Garner is now official for M-1 Challenger 27.

M-1 Global officially announced that a heavyweight title rematch between Guram Gugeneshvili and Kenny Garner will take place for M-1 Challenger 27.

The reigning heavyweight champion, Guram Gugeneshvili, has yet to taste defeat as a professional. His victory at the M-1 Selection Western Europe tournament last October earned him his shot at the world title against Kenny Garner. Meanwhile, Kenny Garner also won a M-1 Selection tournament to earn his shot at the belt. Most recently, he finished Pat Bennett in the main event of M-1 Challenger 26.

Airing on Showtime, M-1 Challenger 27 will kick off on October 14 at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix. The event will be broadcast at 11:00 pm ET, with delay on West Coast.

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Fedor Emelianenko: To Make a Fall Return in Russia

Written on August 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It is not yet the end of the road for Fedor Emelianenko, as he is set to make a fall return in hometown Russia.

While there are speculations that Fedor Emelianenko’s knockout loss against Dan Henderson last July 30 may mean the end of his career, M1-Global revealed that he’s not done yet.

Vadim Finkelstein also added that M-1 Global is currently in negotiation with their Japanese contacts to organize a New Year’s Eve event in Japan — where Fedor Emelianenko will participate as well.

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Strikeforce Releases Fedor Emelianenko

Written on August 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Following his third consecutive loss, Fedor Emelianenko was released by Strikeforce.

Following his third loss against Dan Henderson last Saturday, UFC President – Dana White, co-owner of Strikeforce’s parent company; Zuffa – announced that Fedor Emelianenko will be cut from the promotion.

The 34-year-old Last Emperor said after his match against Dan Henderson that he might consider retirement upon returning to Russia. But if he chooses to return, it might be under a new promoter. His contract with Showtime, the premiere cable channel that broadcasts Strikeforce and M-1 Global tournaments, still continues. That said, it is still possible for Fedor Emelianenko to compete on Showtime under M-1 Global, but not with Strikeforce co-promoting.

What do you think lies ahead for the Last Emperor? Share your insights at the comments.

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Open to the Public: Strikeforce Challengers 17 Weigh-ins

Written on July 18, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The official weigh-ins for "Strikeforce Challengers 17" event will be held on Thursday, with all MMA fans welcome to join the festivities.

MMA enthusiasts are very welcome to attend and be part of the official “Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelker vs Bowling III” fighter weigh-ins, which will be held on Thursday, July 21.

The said event will start at exactly 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT local time), though the venue will be open for public at around 6:30 p.m. ET. The fighter weigh-ins will take place at the Key West Ballroom of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Are you going to be there?

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Strikeforce’s Weigh-in at Texas

Written on June 17, 2011 by Lulu

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Strikeforce's official weight-in will be on Friday afternoon at the Lone Star State, Texas. The weigh-in will features Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers as the main event and other fighter that will participate in the Strikeforce's card.

Saturday, at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament will be held and all the fighters participating on the card will take the scales Friday. The event will be officially broadcast on Showtime and HDNet(prelims).

A rivalry will renew between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum as their match would headline the event and even the Friday’s weigh-in gathering. The two fighters already met each other in the ring way back May 2006, with Werdum end the match with a submission over Overeem.

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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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Kenny Garner vs Pat Bennett Headlines M-1’s next Showtime Event

Written on June 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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M-1 will make its second promotional effort in Showtime on July 8, featuring a heavyweight match between Kenny Garner and Pat Bennett.

M-1 announced last Tuesday that their second promotional event in Showtime will air from The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California. Headlining the upcoming event is a heavyweight bout, pitting Kenny Garner and Pat Bennett.

Kenny Garner will replace Guram Gugenishvili, who was forced out of the event due to injuries in his left arm and wrist. Pat Bennett, on the other hand, is coming from a decision win over Alexander Volkov. Their match-up will serve as a rematch, since both fighters met in September 2010 and Kenny Garner won via first round TKO in M-1 Selection Americas Tournament.

The upcoming tournament will mark M-1’s second installment in Showtime, and will kick off on July 8.

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Anthony Pettis, After Losing His Title Shot

Written on June 06, 2011 by Lulu

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After being defeated by Clay Guida, Anthony "Showtime" Pettis still hopes that he would get his title shot.

Despite his loss at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale last Saturday, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis refuses to down himself and lament the loss of the promised title shot.

Clay ” The Carpenter” Guida, with a career status of 29-11, shut down Anthony Pettis’ showtime to championship with a great performance in Las Vegas. Even if the latter is dangerous to anyone that stand on his way to the title shot, Clay Guida, his solid submission game, and his trainer Greg Jackson, did a great job by exposing Anthony Pettis’ weakness — wrestling defense.

Anthony Pettis was asked if he regrets fighting Clay Guida than waiting for his title shot and he answered “not at all, I feel I had some holes in my game, and Clay Guida and Greg Jackson did a great job of having a good game plan. I’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get better there.”

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