Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith added to June 6 Strikeforce fight card in St. Louis

The San Jose-based MMA promotion, STRIKEFORCE heads east to St. Louis, Missouri on June 6 with STRIKEFORCE: LAWLER vs. SHIELDS. It will only be the promotion’s third time since their March 2006 inception to hold an event outside the state of California.

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified by the company today that Stockton bad boy, Nick Diaz will be fighting Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith in a special 180-pound catch-weight bout on the June 6th “Lawler vs. Shields” under card. The event will air live on Showtime from the Scottrade Center.

Both Diaz and Smith, are coming off impressive victories from STRIKEFORCE’s April 11th Showtime debut. Diaz fought “The Legend” Frank Shamrock in a one-sided main event beat down that left Shamrock crumpled against the cage and unable to continue 3:57 into round number two.

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PRO MMA – STRIKEFORCE Post Fight Press Conference Special

PRO MMA (promma.info) was on hand for the STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. DIAZ post-fight press conference following the night of fights. CEO Scott Coker, Royce Gracie, Tito Ortiz and more took to the mic and spoke with the press. A possible Heavyweight match-up was teased and one former UFC Heavyweight champion signed with the San Jose … Read more

Keijiro Maeda takes K-1 Heavyweight Belt; Remy Bonjasky defeats Alistair Overeem

The FieLDS K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 brought in 10,328 fans to the Yokohama Arena Saturday evening in Kanagawa, Japan. Tournament reserve fighter Keijiro Maeda was supposed to be a footnote to the K-1 World Grand Prix but the Japanese kickboxer caught a lucky break then scored a couple of major upsets to emerge as the evening’s hero and the new K-1 Heavyweight Champion.

In the main event, three-time and defending World GP Champion Remy Bonjasky fought Alistair Overeem. Overeem, coming from the world of MMA, already defeated K-1 star Badr Hari with a dramatic KO last New Year’s Eve. In a sense, Bonjasky was fighting for the reputation of K-1 fighters. Even the K-1 Event Producer, Sadaharu Tanikawa said a Bonjasky loss could mean “the end of K-1.”

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Strikeforce – Feb. 10 conference call (audio)

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) was on hand this afternoon for the Strikeforce conference call. Ken Hershman, Showtime’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sports and Event Programming, Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker and Frank Shamrock talked to the press about Strikeforce’s future. Many topics were disscussed including the Shamrock vs. Nick Diaz main evet, Gil Melendez, Josh Thomson potentially facing K.J. Noons, Alistair Overeem, possibly holding an event on the east coast and female MMA.

Ken Hershman provided the most tense moment of the one hour conference call when he vehemently stated that “there has been no conversation and they’re wont be” in regards to Ken Shamrock facing Kimbo Slice in the future. Shamrock also proclaimed that he will “knock out” Nick Diaz on April 11th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

STRIKEFORCE CONFERENCE CALL audio:
[podcast]http://www.mypodcast.com/fsaudio/theinfo_20090210_1738-378989.mp3[/podcast]

Complete transcript of the conference call after the jump…

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The Resurgence volume 1

Here’s a new video from Genghis Con entiled, “RESURGENCE volume 1”. It is a short film on the downfall and rise of Alistair Overeem, Vitor Belfort and Jorge Santiago.

If you liked that then watch this…

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Dana White UFC 93 video blog #7

This video was filmed on Saturday, 1-17-09 and is Dana’s final blog for UFC 93. Dana dominates Bisping at UFC Undisputed. Joe Rogan makes a very Irish special appearance. Semmy Schilt and Alistair Overeem both meet with Dana and Dana expresses his interest in having both of them in the UFC. The Shogun vs. Liddell … Read more

Gegard Mousasi and Alistair Overeem win big for MMA in Japan

Many MMA journalists, especially Yahoo Sports’ Dave Meltzer, have chronicled the decline of MMA in Japan. 

Even before Pride was bought out by Zuffa, they experienced a significant drop in their television ratings.  Now the FEG backed Dream promotion has been having trouble drawing an audience as well. 

On top of that, news that native stars, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Satoshi Ishii might sign elsewhere forecasts a bleak future.  However, due to the results from New Year’s Eve, things might be looking up.

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K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! 2008 New Year’s Eve results

The New Year’s Eve DYNAMITE!! event has come and gone in Saitama, Japan. We have posted the fight videos from this event HERE. There were some incredible fights with some big upsets.

Melvin Manhoef knocked out Mark Hunt in the first round with a big right hook. Shinya Aoki submitted Eddie Alvarez by heel hook in round 1 (just as I predicted) to win the WAMMA lightweight title.

Badr Hari received payback for illegally kicking his last opponent in the head after the ref had stopped the action by receiving a first round knockout from Alistair Overeem. Bob Sapp even defeated a cartoon. Here are the full results:

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Badr Hari back to fight Overeem at New Year’s Eve Dynamite!!

Alistair Overeem states on his website that he will be facing K-1 bad boy, Badr Hari at the New Year’s Eve Dynamite card. Overeem and Hari will fight under K-1 rules on New Year’s.

However, “The Demolition Man” also indicates that the two men will fight under MMA rules in early 2009.

The discussion was who would fight under who’s rules first and Alistair stepped up first! Alistair will fight Badr Hari at K1 Dynamite 31 december under K1 rules! Since Badr Hari challenged Alistair he sees no other option than cause another demolition and knock Badr Hari out! Both fighters agreed to fight in MMA rules early 2009!

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