Strikeforce “Carano vs Cyborg” Live Play-by-Play and Results

PRO MMA ( is LIVE on the scene at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. for tonight’s “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” event. The main event features the most anticipated women’s fight in MMA history as Gina “Conviction” Carano takes on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.

Other fights which are airing live on Showtime include Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida, Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato Sobral, and Mike Kyle vs. Fabricio Werdum.

Quick Results:

Alexander Trevino def. Isaiah Hill by Submission (Keylock) rd1
James Terry def. Zak Bucia by TKO (Head Kick and Punches) rd1
Justin Wilcox def. David Douglas by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) rd3
Scott Lighty def. Mike Cook by TKO (Punch to the Body) rd1
Jay Hieron def. Jesse Taylor by Decision (Unanimous) rd3
Fabricio Werdum def. Mike Kyle by Submission (Guillotine Choke) rd1
Gilbert Melendez def. Mitsuhiro Ishida by TKO (Punches) rd3
Gegard Mousasi def. Renato Sobral by TKO (Punches) rd1
Christiane Santos def. Gina Carano by TKO (Punches) rd1

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INSIDE MMA (5-29-09)

On the May 29, 2009 edition of INSIDE MMA, Kenny and Bas look back at DREAM.9 and UFC 98 and take a look forward at STRIKEFORCE: LAWLER vs. SHIELDS coming up next weekend. Panel guest Andrei Arlovski talks about his upcoming fight with Brett Rogers. Rafael Feijao and Antonio McKee are also guests on the … Read more

Getting it on – PRO MMA exclusive interview with “Big” John McCarthy

PRO MMA ( recently had the opportunity to speak with the original mixed martial arts referee “Big” John McCarthy.

“Big” John was introduced to MMA fans at UFC 2. However, he actually came very close to fighting inside the Octagon rather than being a referee. He explained to us why he made the choice to referee as opposed to fighting.

“Big” John took us back to the early days and how he got involved with the Gracie family and the UFC. He also talked to us about his time with the L.A.P.D., how MMA has evolved, Dana White, Bully Beatdown, having his own Round 5 action figure, and much more.

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Chuck Zito breaks it down

Actor extraordinaire, radio host, and now Affliction reporter, Chuck Zito talks about how he got the gig with Affliction: Day of Reckoning, his MMA roots, his opinion on the current state of MMA, and he warns the interviewer to watch his mouth for making assumptions.

Big John McCarthy interview after the jump…

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Big John McCarthy picks Georges St. Pierre to defeat B.J. Penn at UFC 94

Big John McCarthy a.k.a. The Oracle of MMA

“I believe that B.J. Penn is the number one pound for pound fighter in the world.” Even with those words coming from the legendary MMA referee, Big John McCarthy, he still believes that Georges St. Pierre will defeat Penn in their upcoming bout at UFC 94.

McCarthy sang the praises of Penn’s jiu-jitsu and striking while a guest on Sherdog Radio’s twenty-four hour charity marathon broadcast today. McCarthy said the one chink in B.J.’s armor is his wrestling and that is where Georges St. Pierre excels. Combine that with St. Pierre’s weight advantage, striking prowess, and athleticism and you have to give him the edge over Penn according to the former L.A. police officer.

Big John believes St. Pierre is the number two pound for pound fighter in the world just behind Penn. However, he thinks the extra weight B.J. will have to put on for the fight which is scheduled for 170 lbs. is going to be to his detriment while St. Pierre will be fighting at his optimum weight.

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Let’s get it on…again! Big John is back

“Let’s get it on!” will ring throughout the ears of fighters and fans yet again. It has been reported that Big John McCarthy’s return to the cage will begin at Strikeforce: Destruction on November 21st. This news comes hot off the heels of last month’s statement by McCarthy declaring his intentions of leaving The Fight Network.

McCarthy wore many hats throughout this last year; from color commentator with TKO and Hardcore Championship Fighting, to analyst for the Canadian cable channel.   However, the itch of being the third man in the ring or Octagon revisited the former Los Angeles police officer.

Why did he leave The Fight Network? McCarthy has been quoted saying “It just didn’t work out there.” While the details of his exodus from the Canadian cable channel may be unclear, McCarthy has had a few choice words for his former employer. “To all of the higher ups that have taken over the Fight Network over the last year I only have this to say… Shame on you.”

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