Friday, December 24, 2010

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Ubereem vs Duffman - Alistair Overeem and Todd Duffee Will Collide on New Year's Eve at DREAM Dynamite!! 2010 in Japan

In a match-up first hinted at by Todd Duffee in a post on Facebook, which has since been deleted, it is now confirmed that Duffee will fight Alistair "The Reem" Overeem at DREAM Dynamite!! 2010 on New Year's Eve in Japan.

This fight, which will likely be for the vacant DREAM Heavyweight Championship, will feature two of the most intimidating-looking heavyweight fighters on the planet. Due to the time differential, Dynamite!! 2010 will air live on HDNet in North America starting in the wee hours of the morning on December 31, 2010 at 4:00 AM EST. HDNet will replay the show via tape-delay on New Year's Eve night starting at 9:00 PM EST.

Alistair Overeem is coming off a monumental achievement in kickboxing, having won the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 on December 11. Overeem is the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and has taken some flack in MMA circles for inactivity in MMA while pursuing his dream of winning the Super Bowl of kickboxing. Overeem fought in MMA just once in 2010, knocking out Brett Rogers in the first round in a May Strikeforce title defense. Overeem spent the remainder of 2010 training for and competing in the top K-1 tournament, which featured the most elite striking competition in the world. Now that Overeem has followed through on his 2010 stated goal of winning the K-1 World Grand Prix, his focus will likely return to MMA in 2011. Overeem will be ending 2010 with a bang, taking on an equally mammoth fighter on the biggest DREAM card of the year.

Former UFC fighter Todd Duffee scored the fastest knockout in UFC history in his debut fight in the Octagon. At UFC 102, Duffee knocked out Tim Hague in 7 seconds flat. In his second UFC fight, Duffee completely dominated Mike Russow for two and a half rounds before Russow shocked the world and caught Duffee with one of the most surprising come-from-behind knockouts in MMA history. Duffee went from dishing out an impressive knockout in his UFC debut, to being on the receiving end of an impressive knockout in what would be his last UFC fight. Duffee was offered a follow-up fight in the Octagon with Jon Madsen, but declined due to a knee injury and was subsequently released from the UFC. Rumors quickly began to swirl that Duffee had turned down the fight with Madsen not due to injury, but to film a role in the movie NEVER BACK DOWN 2. UFC President Dana White would later explain the UFC's decision to release Duffee to Ariel Helwani (transcript by Cage Potato):
We have the ability to cut a guy when he loses a fight. He lost that fight [against Mike Russow], but the biggest problem I have with Todd Duffee is his attitude. You guys don't see it. You don't know. I deal with tons of guys. We have hundreds of guys under contract and I've had thousands of guys under contract over the last ten years and Todd Duffee, to me, doesn't seem like he wants to be in the UFC. He doesn't like being in the UFC. Let him go fight in the smaller organizations and work his way back up, if he even wants to work his way back up and get back into the UFC. He just came off a knockout. He got knocked out in his fight and he's got a horrible attitude. He's got a horrible attitude. He can still go back and train and fight in these smaller leagues and work on his skills and his attitude.
Todd Duffee earned a mere $8,000 in his last UFC fight. Duffee is set to earn a minimum of $60,000 for this fight with Alistair Overeem, with an undisclosed bonus if he wins, which admittedly is a long shot. Duffee will definitely be overmatched in this fight, but realistically he doesn't have a whole lot to lose. This is a huge payday for Duffee in a high-profile fight that he's expected to lose anyway. If he can somehow beat Overeem, Duffee will become an instant star in Japan and likely will be given the option to return to the UFC, or to join the ranks of Strikeforce since he will have beaten their champion. If Duffee loses, he still has a fight scheduled in the United States at Titan Fighting 16 against The Ultimate Fighter 10 participant Abe Wagner on January 28, 2011. Worst case scenario for Duffee is that he'll have to start all over again, but he'll be no further away from where he was before he accepted this megafight with Overeem.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS CYBORG - Fight Card and Poster for 1/29/11 in San Jose with 2 Title Fights and Return of Herschel Walker



January 29, 2011

Location: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California

Broadcast: Showtime


{Welterweight Championship}
Nick Diaz (23-7) vs. Evangelista Cyborg Santos (18-13)

{Middleweight Championship}
Ronaldo Jacare Souza (13-2) vs. Ruthless Robbie Lawler (18-6)

Scott Carson (4-1) vs. Herschel Walker (1-0)

Roger Gracie (3-0) vs. Trevor Prangley (23-6)


Nathan Soulforce Coy (8-3) vs. Nate Moore (6-2)

Isaiah Hill (4-7) vs. Bobby Stack (8-1)

Ron Keslar (5-3) vs. Eric Lawson (9-3)

Germaine The Iron Lady De Randamie (1-1) vs. Stephanie Webber (1-1)

Lucas Gamaza (4-1) vs. James Terry (8-2)

Jenna Castillo (0-0) vs. Charlene Princess Gellner (0-0)

1/30 UPDATE: Click on the TV above for Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg fights.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

VIDEO: Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker on HDNet's Fighting Words with Mike Straka

A key figure in bringing mixed martial arts into the media mainstream, Strikeforce founder and CEO Scott Coker sits down for an interview with Mike Straka. Coker discusses the future of his organization and its top fighters Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem and Gilbert Melendez. Coker also talks about Strikeforce's ongoing rivalry with the UFC.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

XVT 5 RESULTS: Judo Champion Ferrid Kheder Awarded Decision Over Former UFC Title Contender Hermes Franca - 12/19/10

XTREME VALE TODO 5: FRANCA VS KHEDER was held Sunday December 19, 2010 at the San Luis Gonzaga Gymnasium in Cartago, Costa Rica. The show streamed live on The fights are archived here to watch for free.

The main event was contested for the XVT Lightweight Championship and featured former UFC lightweight title contender and BJJ black belt Hermes Franca taking on Ferrid "Hurricane" Kheder, a 13-time French national champion and black belt in Judo. Coming into this headlining title fight, Franca and Kheder were experiencing opposite career trajectories. Franca was on a 4-fight losing streak, while Kheder had won 5 straight fights. Both of those streaks continued with a controversial decision that resulted in Franca losing his fifth straight fight and Kheder winning his sixth straight fight.

I had the fight clearly scored 29-28 in favor of Franca and the crowd booed the decision despite the fact that Kheder fights regularly in Costa Rica. Regardless, Kheder is now the XVT Lightweight Champion.

UPDATE: MiddleEasy has posted a story including an eyewitness account and video of the shadiness that went down after the main event. The referee raised Hermes Franca's hand before the ring announcer declared Ferrid Kheder as the winner. The referee then refused to raise Kheder's hand or put the belt on his waist. The witness claims all 3 judges confirmed they had Franca winning the fight on the official scorecards.

UPDATE #2: According to Ferrid Kheder on Facebook, the promoter of this event, Lu Dwyer, has changed the official result of the main event to a No Contest based on the controversy surrounding the decision. Hermes Franca will be offered a 5-round championship rematch.

In the co-main event, former UFC lightweight John "Quick Guns" Gunderson submitted Alejandro "Mandarina" Solano Rodriguez in the first round with a kimura. The Costa Rican Mandarina had been on the winning end of 7 straight fights, last losing over 2 years ago to XVT 5 headliner Ferrid Kheder, before losing this showdown with Quick Guns. Gunderson was fighting for the first time since getting his UFC pink slip after dropping a decision to Yves Edwards at UFC Fight Night 22 in September.

Another former UFC lightweight fighter, Alberto Crane, also scored a first round submission win. Crane caught Ludwing "El Perro" Salazar with an ankle lock. Former WEC fighter Bendy Casimir, who was released from the now-defunct UFC sister promotion after losing back-to-back fights, has now lost a total of 6 straight fights. Casimir was on the losing end of a judges' decision to Erinaldo Pitbull.


Ferrid Kheder (18-5-1) won by UD over Hermes Franca (19-11-1)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds - Decision overturned to a No Contest

John Gunderson (31-11) won by SUB over Alejandro Mandarina (13-5)
Round 1 - kimura

Alberto Crane (13-5) won by SUB over Ludwing Salazar (12-11)
Round 1 - ankle lock

Erinaldo Pitbull (7-5) won by UD over Bendy Casimir (19-11)
[15:00] - 3 Rounds

Brayan Rafiq (8-2) won by SUB over Sydney Machado (1-4)
Round 2 - guillotine choke

Mehdi Baghdad (1-0) won by TKO over Randall Jimenez (5-12)
Round 1 - kicks and punches

Orlando Sanchez (1-1) won by TKO over Juan Miranda (7-4)
Round 1 - punches

Mike Dizak (5-3) won by SUB over Alonso Fallas (0-1)
Round 1 - guillotine choke

Kevin Zuniga (1-0) won by SUB over Esteban Veneragas (0-1)
Round 1 - kneebar

Javier Munoz Umana (6-12) won by TKO over Michael Piedra (0-1)
Round 1 - punches

Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission

VIDEO: UFC 125: Resolution - Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard and Chris Leben vs Brian Stann 10-Minute Extended Preview

UFC 125: RESOLUTION will be held January 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will air on PPV.

The main event features a rematch between UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie "The Answer" Edgar and undefeated challenger Gray "The Bully" Maynard, the only fighter to ever defeat Edgar. Maynard won a unanimous decision over Edgar at UFC Fight Night 13 in April 2008, well before Edgar would go on to twice defeat B.J. Penn and become the UFC Lightweight Champion. Maynard will attempt to repeat history by beating Edgar again to become the UFC's new 155-pound champion.

The co-main event features a middleweight bout between 2010 Fighter of the Year candidate Chris "The Crippler" Leben and decorated military veteran Brain "All American" Stann.