PROMMA.INFO Exclusive Interview – Cesar Gracie

The man who ran the tournament, Cesar Gracie, talked shop with PROMMA.INFO’s ‘Fast Eddie’ Constantine at the 2009 Gracie Open at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, California. Cesar hit on the topics of Melendez versus Thomson II, Shields versus Miller, Carlson Gracie and the philosophy of building up home grown fighters from scratch.

THE INFO episode 27: STRIKEFORCE Disscusion

PRO MMA’s ( Matt De La Rosa and “Fast” Eddie Constantine talked all things Strikeforce on this edition of THE INFO. “Fast” Eddie took in all the events from the ground breaking Carano vs. Cyborg headliner last week and filled the fans in with a few things you may not have seen or heard about. … Read more

Lessons In Humility with Gil Melendez

Prior to kicking off “The El Nino Hour” this past week, PRO MMA’s ( Matt De La Rosa got on the mat with top 155 pounder Gil Melendez for a “Lesson In Humility.” The Strikeforce Interim champ didn’t waste any time with THE INFO co-host, racking up nine tapouts in less than five minutes. If … Read more

“The El Nino Hour”: A Conversation with Gil Melendez

Gil Melendez sat down with Matt De La Rosa and “Fast” Eddie Constantine in a special episode of THE INFO dubbed: The El Nino Hour. Melendez talked about the atmosphere of his new gym, his relationship with his father, what he has experienced in his new teacher/student role as well as his teammates Jake Shields … Read more


PRO MMA’s ( Matt De La Rosa was all over the HP Pavilion this past Saturday night, shooting photos of Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz event. The card, which featured a headlining bout between Frank Shamrock and Nick Diaz, captivated the 15,211 fans in attendance.

There are more than 80 photos of the evenings event with more to come and you can view the complete gallery at the PRO MMA gallery page. Stay tuned to PRO MMA ( for the exclusive Press Conference and miscellaneous photo gallery. Photos after the jump….

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STRIKEFORCE: SHAMROCK vs. DIAZ weigh-ins photo gallery

PRO MMA ( took in Friday afternoon’s “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” weigh-ins. The Grill at the HP Pavilion was packed with fans and media from far and wide. Twenty-two fighters took to the scales and posed for pictures. There are 50 photos from the event and many fighters were in attendance.

Photos after the jump…

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Gil Melendez and Rodrigo Damm set for Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Title

Rodrigo Damm

PRO MMA ( has learned from Strikeforce officials that Rodrigo Damm will step in for Strikeforce Lightweight champion Josh Thomson this Saturday against Gil “El Nino” Melendez.

Damm (8-2) comes in as a late replacement for Thomson, who broke his leg during a training session Wednesday last week.

Thomson and Melendez had been set to meet in a highly anticipated rematch following their five round bout last June.”The Punk” took the title from Melendez and the two lightweight’s had been pegged to be the co-headliner for Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz.

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Josh Thomson Strikeforce media day photo gallery

PRO MMA’s ( Matt De La Rosa snapped dozens of photos of Josh “The Punk” Thomson’s media day workout at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. “The Punk” will defend his Strikeforce Lightweight belt against “El Nino” Gil Melendez next Saturday at the HP Pavilion in down town San Jose. The champion worked out with Dave Camarillo and Javier Mendez before fielding questions from the media. There are close to 40 pictures from the days event. Photos after the jump…

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Melendez: “I’ve learned, it is war out there”

Prior to beginning his training session at the Gracie Sports Center, Gilbert Melendez fielded questions from the media regarding his upcoming rematch with Josh “The Punk” Thomson. The former Strikeforce champion appeared to be in very good condition and spoke highly of his opponent. “El Nino” made it very clear that he expects the outcome on April 11th to be much different than the last time the two 155 pound stars met in the cage last summer.

Melendez discussed Strikeforce, Josh Thomson, Showtime, Mitsuhiro Ishida,  Jake Shields and more in his remarks to the press. Be sure to listen for PRO MMA’s ( own “Fast Eddie” Constantine during the interview session. Part two after the jump….

Melendez Part 1

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Gilbert Melendez’s Strikeforce media day photo gallery

PRO MMA’s ( Matt De La Rosa was on hand for “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez’s media day workout in Pleasant Hill, California. The former Strikeforce 155 pound champion took time to field questions from the media before starting a hard training session with help from his father, Nate Diaz and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie. There are close to 50 photos from the day’s training session at the Gracie Sports Center and Strikeforce middleweight Eric Lawson stopped by to take in Melendez’s workout. Photos after the jump….

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