CBS and Strikeforce bring MMA back to primetime on April 17 with an event featuring 3 title fights

Two of the Top 5 Middleweights in the World Collide in the Main Event When Former UFC and PRIDE Champion Dan Henderson, Who Departed the UFC in December, Makes His STRIKEFORCE Debut against Champion Jake Shields for the Middleweight Title Gegard Mousasi Defends His Light Heavyweight Title Against Undefeated “King Mo” Lawal STRIKEFORCE Champion Gilbert Melendez … Read more

Next Strikeforce CBS card set for April 17 in Nashville, Tennessee has learned from from sources close to the situation that Strikeforce will hold their next CBS card at the Sommet Center (pronounced “So-may”) in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The event is expected to be headlined with a middleweight title fight between champion, Jake Shields, defending his title against Dan Henderson, who … Read more

Rafael Dos Anjos looking to bounce back at UFC Fight Night 18

Rafael Dos Anjos (11-3) made his UFC debut at UFC 91 against Jeremy Stephens (14-4). Dos Anjos came into the fight with a pretty impressive 11-2 record. While the competition he faced wasn’t that strong, eleven wins with only two losses it’s is a record most fighters would be happy to have. No matter the competition, Dos Anjos caught the attention of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva who gave him a shot at the big time.

Dos Anjos looked to make a mark and prove he belonged and while he did end up making the highlights it was unfortunately not how he had hoped it would happen. In the second round Stephens threw a jab and crushed Anjos with a devastating uppercut that put Anjos on the wrong end of the highlight reel.

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Gleison Tibau steps in to fight Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 18

PRO MMA ( has learned from multiple sources that Gleison Tibau (16-6) will step in for the injured Efrain Escudero to fight Jeremy Stephens (14-4) at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1st. Escudero, who won the lightweight division on the latest season of TUF, suffered a rib injury in training and cannot compete.

Tibau comes from the American Top Team and has gone 4-3 in the UFC. In his last fight he submitted Rich Clementi with a guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7th. While his fight was on the under card, his upcoming opponent, Jeremy Stephens (3-3 in UFC) fought in the main event on the same card. Stephens lost to Joe Lauzon by armbar in the second round.

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“The Lunatik” ultra-talented train wreck

Junie Browning is nicknamed “The Lunatik” for good reason. This ultra-talented fighter is like a train wreck that you just can’t stop watching. When asked if one of his opponents, Jose Aguilar, has a chance to beat him, Junie responded, “He has a better chance of getting me pregnant.”

Browning then proceeded to pummel Aguilar and win by TKO when Jose failed to answer the bell for the second round. I was hooked from that moment on. I just can’t take my eyes off this guy, for fear I might miss something.

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UFC Fight Night 17 live gate and bonuses

A crowd of 7,596 enthusiastic fans flocked to the USF Sundome to witness the UFC’s first venture into Tampa. UFC Fight Night 17, headlined by Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens, raked in a live gate of $428,000. The final figures should be released by the Florida State Boxing Commission some time next week.

The last major MMA event held in Florida had been EliteXC’s “Heat” at the Bank Atlantic Center. EliteXC’s final card under the guide of Jeremy Lappen and Jared “Skala” Shaw attracted 7,701 spectators to Sunrise, FL. and fetched a live gate of $677,793 and 847 of those seats had been given out as “comped” tickets.

After UFC Fight Night 17 concluded, Dana White spoke to the St. Petersburg Times and informed them that the UFC will return to Tampa in 2010.

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Condit vs Kampann official for UFC Fight Night 18 main event

Recently it was rumored that WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit (22-4) would make the jump to the UFC when his WEC March 1 opponent, Brock Larson pulled out due to injury and since he has eliminated all viable challengers in his WEC weight class. Now, the UFC has made this official. Condit, who recently joined Arizona Combat Sports, will fight UFC veteran Martin Kampann on UFC Fight Night 18.

The event will be broadcast live on Spike TV on April 1st from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee and will serve as a prelude to the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: U.S.A. vs U.K.

Carlos Condit has been on a tear in the WEC. He entered the promotion on a three fight win streak and has gone 5-0 in the WEC cage. In his most recent title defense he stopped Hiromitsu Miura in the fourth round of an extremely exciting fight. Over the course of his career he has defeated six UFC veterans including Frank Trigg, John Alessio, and Renato Verissimo.

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