UFC 100 on Spike TV knocks out the competition on Sat., Aug. 15

On Sat., Aug. 15, the most anticipated fight in female MMA history took place live on Showtime between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos for the Strikeforce women’s 145 lbs. title. The card also boasted two other high profile title fights with Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida and Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato Sobral.

Never one to be outdone, especially since Strikeforce just finished signing Fedor Emelianenko, the UFC unleashed the big guns, and aired a replay of “UFC 100: Lesnar vs. Mir 2” (originally aired July 11 on pay-per-view) free on Spike TV to counter-program Showtime’s “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg.”

It was a replay of UFC 100 in the red corner vs. Strikeforce in the blue corner.  Who do you think won?

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“One down and one to go” -Gilbert Melendez

Photo by: Eddie Constantine

“One down and one to go.” This was the comment that Gilbert Melendez made at the post fight press conference in reference to his third round TKO stoppage of Mitsuhiro Ishida and the next fighter on his hit list; Josh Thomson.

Regardless of Melendez’s excitement in avenging his first professional loss, he is undeterred from his ultimate goal; regaining the Strikeforce lightweight title from the currently injured Thomson.

“This title does not mean much. Josh is the real champion and that is the fight I want,” Melendez said. The interim champ showed improvements on several fronts, the most impressive being his standup.

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Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg” photo gallery

“Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” took place on Aug. 15, 2009 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The big winners of the night were Santos, Melendez, Mousasi, and Werdum. Here are some photos of the fighters in action.
Photo by: Esther Lin/STRIKEFORCEPhoto by: Esther Lin/STRIKEFORCE
more photos after the jump…

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“Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” weigh-ins photo gallery

PRO MMA (promma.info) attended the “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” weigh-ins Fri., Aug. 14, 2009 at the Marriott in San Jose, Calif. The fighters were lean and ripped and looked ready for action.

PRO MMA (promma.info) took a complete photo gallery showing the fighters weigh-in and stare down with their opponents. We will also be providing a play-by-play of the entire event LIVE from the HP Pavilion tonight, so get ready and follow along with us. We want to hear your thoughts on the show!

Complete photo gallery after the jump…

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Renato “Babalu” Sobral to put Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title on the line against Gegard Mousasi on August 15

Gegard Mousasi was originally scheduled to fight Renato “Babalu” Sobral as part of the now defunct¬†“Affliction: Trilogy” event on Aug. 1. Due to the cancellation of the card and the subsequent shutdown of Affliction’s MMA promotional division, the bout has been moved to Strikeforce, where Sobral in fact holds the light heavyweight title. PRO MMA (promma.info) received the following press release regarding the news:

NEW YORK (July 27, 2009)–The highly-anticipated showdown between Renato “Babalu” Sobral (35-8) and Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1), which was suddenly cancelled by its original promoter last week, has been revitalized and will be contested with Sobral’s STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Championship on the line at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Saturday, August 15.

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