“Strikeforce: Evolution” post-fight interviews


Josh Thomson is a class act as he discusses his “fight of the night” performance with Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce’s “Evolution” card Saturday night in San Jose. More interviews with Melendez, Mo, Smith, and Coker after the jump…

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Scott Smith rallies from brink of defeat – again – to shock Cung Le; Gilbert Melendez regains Strikeforce title with win over Josh Thomson

Photo by Esther Lin / Strikeforce - Cung Le landing one of his many kicks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2009) – No stranger to stirring comeback victories, Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith rallied to knock out Cung Le, Gilbert Melendez regained the STRIKEFORCE lightweight world title in perhaps the Fight of the Year, and STRIKEFORCE newcomers “Jacare” Souza and “King Mo” Lawal triumphed impressively as STRIKEFORCE closed out an amazing year in spectacular fashion with an incredible fight card before 9,362 at HP Pavilion Saturday on SHOWTIME®.

After Melendez (17-2) of San Francisco earned a unanimous, five-round decision and avenged a loss to Josh Thomson (16-3), of San Jose, and Brazil’s Jacare (11-2) and King Mo (6-0), of Carlsbad, Calif., had  earlier scored first-round victories over Matt Lindland (21-7) of Oregon City, Ore., and Mike Whitehead, (24-7) of Las Vegas, respectively, Smith stormed back from the brink of defeat – again – to knock out the previously undefeated Le at 3:25 of the third round.

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“Strikeforce: Evolution” weigh-in results

SAN JOSE – The “Strikeforce: Evolution” weigh-ins took place Friday night, Dec. 18, in San Jose, Calif. The fights take place Saturday night, Dec. 19, at the HP Pavilion. The four main card bouts headed up by Cung Le vs. Scott Smith will air on Showtime beginning at 10pm ET/8pm PT. Whether planning to watch … Read more

“Strikeforce: Evolution” conference call quotes & audio with Le, Smith, Thomson, Melendez

“Strikeforce: Evolution” takes place on Dec. 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Headlining the card will  be Actor/MMA fighter extraordinaire and former Strikeforce middleweight champ Cung Le, taking on Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith.

Both Le and Smith, along with Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, and his opponent, Josh Thomson, all took part in a media conference call today to help promote the event. Below are some quotes from the call as well as the audio*.

Strikeforce: Evolution conference call (audio):
[podcast]http://promma.info/audio/strikeforceevolution.mp3[/podcast]

Quotes from conference call after the jump…

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Super Channel inks deal with Showtime to air Strikeforce MMA live across Canada

EDMONTON (Dec. 2, 2009) – Super Channel, Canada’s only national pay television network, is pleased to announce an exclusive agreement to offer SHOWTIME Sports® telecasts of STRIKEFORCE Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events live to viewers across Canada, beginning Saturday, Dec.19.  On that night, undefeated middleweight (185 pounds) superstar Cung Le (6-0) will take on hard-hitting Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith (16-6) in the main event of a stacked fight card at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

The live HD telecast of STRIKEFORCE: Le vs. Smith on Super Channel will begin at 10 p.m. ET and will include as many as five bouts.

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Former Strikeforce champ Cung Le returns to action Dec. 19 against Scott Smith

Cung Le takes on Scott Smith Dec. 19.
Cung Le takes on Scott Smith at Strikeforce Dec. 19.

(PRESS RELEASE) – The stakes will be high when STRIKEFORCE closes out a spectacular 2009 with the return of one of the most prolific and exciting fighters in Mixed Martial Arts – unbeaten former STRIKEFORCE world middleweight champion Cung Le, who will headline a star-studded lineup at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 19, on SHOWTIME®.

Joining the legendary Le (6-0) will be five other outstanding and widely recognized 185-pound stalwarts, Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith (16-6), “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (16-5), Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-6) and highly regarded STRIKEFORCE newcomers Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (10-2) and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (5-0), who will be making their respective highly anticipated debuts for the organization. Souza will face Lindland. Opponents for Lawler and “King Mo” will be announced soon.

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Strikeforce fighters team up to fight youth bullying

Bully: a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

(PRESS RELEASE) – Jason “Mayhem” Miller has already shown the world that he’s no fan of bullies.  Now, the host of MTV’s smash-hit reality series “Bully Beatdown” has been joined by fellow STRIKEFORCE mixed martial arts (MMA) stars Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith and Daniel Cormier in a national campaign led by apparel company and cause organization Kickin’ It, Inc. to curb a perennial problem amongst adolescents and teenagers.

Founded by Kickin’ It Apparel Co. President GinaMarie Raimondo in May 2009, the “Bullying…We’re Kickin’ It” campaign aims to stop bullying amongst youth and the resulting psychological and emotional wounds often left on victims.  Raimondo’s outfit aggressively engages students, their guardians, and school faculty in useful dialogue and activities, including workshops led by the organization’s spokespeople in order to encourage positive behavior.

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“Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” photo gallery

PRO MMA (promma.info) was on hand at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, June 6, 2009 for “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields.” From Phil Baroni and Joe Riggs settling their bad blood to Brett Rogers’ knock out of Andrei Arlovski to Jake Shields’ quick work of Robbie Lawler, the card was action-packed and the crowd was electric.

In the following photos you will see not only the fighters competing in the event but also some of the big names attending the fights. You will recognize such faces as Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett who are scheduled to face each other in August. You will also recognize such faces as Tim Sylvia, Bobby Southworth, Tom Atencio, Ben Askren, and Mark Coleman to name just a few.

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“Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” conference call highlights

On Tuesday, May 26th, Showtime in association with Strikeforce held a media conference call in anticipation of their upcoming June 6th event entitled “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” which will be held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and will air live on the Showtime premium cable network.

Fighters participating in the conference call were Andrei Arlovski and Brett Rogers, who will face each other and Scott Smith who will be fighting Nick Diaz on the card. Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz also participated in the call.

The following quotes are highlights from the conference call:

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Scott Smith talks about upcoming fight with Nick Diaz – PRO MMA exclusive interview

It was announced last week that Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith would be fighting Nick Diaz on the “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” card on June 6th in St. Louis, Missouri. Both fighters are coming off big TKO wins from Strikeforce’s April 11th card.

Immediately following the announcement, PRO MMA (promma.info) invited Scott to be a guest on our weekly podcast THE INFO. The following interview was transcribed from Scott’s appearance on the show.

Scott talks about his recent win over Benji Radach and why he feels it was the biggest win of his career. He also breaks down his upcoming fight with Nick Diaz, how the two match up, how he feels about going into this next fight so quickly, and much more.

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