Strikeforce conference call with Gina Carano & Cris “Cyborg” Santos

PRO MMA ( participated in a Strikeforce conference call on Thursday with Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos who are scheduled to face each other in the main event at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Santos” at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Aug. 15, 2009. Also on the call were Showtime’s Senior VP of Sports and Event Programming Ken Hershman, and Strikeforce Founder and CEO Scott Coker.

Carano and Santos fielded questions from the MMA media on such topics as making weight, the importance of 5-minute rounds, if the ladies had ever been approaced by the UFC, the pressure of headlining a major event fight card filled with men, their thoughts on “beauty vs. beast,” and much more.

Carano vs. Cyborg conference call:

Some of the conference call highlights after the jump…

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Women get 5-minute rounds in Strikeforce

After receiving approval from the Washington and California State Athletic Commissions, the next two scheduled female MMA bouts on Strikeforce cards, taking place respectively on June 19 and Aug. 15,  will be contested in five-minute rounds according to a press release PRO MMA ( received from the promotion on Tuesday.

Until now, three-minute rounds were the norm for most female fights in the United States. Strikeforce Rules Director Cory Schafer explained where the three-minute rounds for women came from, “…limiting each round to three minutes in duration was designed (by state athletic commissions) as a safety measure for the protection of less experienced fighters, with no designation for gender. It was never intended as a gender bias against female professionals…”

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Santos vs. Akano raises more issues than menstruation, three-minute rounds, & weigh ins

Cagewriter’s Maggie Hendricks went on an emphatic rant about Cristiane Santos, blaming her weight-cutting trouble on that time of the month.

Jordan Breen, on Sherdog’s Beatdown after the Bell, reiterated his stance the lack of fan outrage at female fighters for not making weight devalues female competition.

During Showtime’s April 11th Strikeforce telecast, Mauro Ranallo addressed the fact women ridiculously only fight three-minute rounds.

Normally, these fine journalists would have exhausted all the high profile women’s MMA post-fight editorial topics, but not this time.

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Kim Couture set to fight Miesha Tate at ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers May 15th

PRO MMA ( has learned from multiple sources that Kim “Sugar Free” Couture (1-1) has accepted a fight with Miesha “Takedown” Tate (6-1) as part of Showtime’s “ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers”, which will take place on May 15th in Fresno, California.

Couture, the wife of UFC legend Randy Couture, lost her very first MMA bout to Kim Rose on June 20th of last year by unanimous decision. Even in her defeat she gained a lot of respect and showed her toughness by finishing the fight with a broken jaw she received early in round one.

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Ryan Couture headlines Tuff-N-Uff vs Art Martinez on Feb. 15 in Las Vegas

Tuff-N-Uff is pleased to announce the first round of the highly anticipated Amateur MMA tournaments taking place Sunday, February 15th, 2009 presented by The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Tuff-N-Uff’s “Future Stars of MMA” will surely live up to it’s name as current MMA star Randy “The Natural” Couture’s son, Ryan will headline the event against the very tough Art Martinez. Martinez is 1-1 when he fought at 170lbs and now 1-0 at 155lbs. He last defeated Tuff-N-Uff previous 4 man tournament champion, Jimmy Spicuzza by Rear naked choke in the first round.

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LIVE MMA WEB STREAM – King of Champions: Apocalypse 2009 on Saturday, Feb. 7


Once again PRO MMA ( in association with Go Fight Live will be bringing you a LIVE MMA WEBCAST. This event is called KING OF CHAMPIONS: APOCALYPSE 2009 and is being held in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, February 7, 2009 but mixed martial arts fans from around the world will be able to watch this event LIVE from the comfort of their home this Saturday night by coming right here to PRO MMA ( at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. The cost of the online pay-per-view scheduled for thirteen big fights is ONLY $4.99.

King of Champions has put together another phenomenal card. The main event will feature Rocky “Rock Monster” Johnson (12-9) vs. Ian “Hands of Stone” Stonehouse (8-0) in a KOC Lightweight Title fight. These are two professional MMA veterans in a classic wrestler vs. striker shootout. Neither fighter wants this to go the distance.

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THE INFO: exclusive interview with Miesha Tate – PRO MMA Podcast

Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Constantine were joined by Bodog and Strikeforce veteran Miesha Tate (4-1) on this special edition of “THE INFO.” Miesha will be fighting Jessica Bednarek (5-1) at Freestyle Cage Fighting, Saturday January 31st in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The Tacoma, WA native talked to Matt and “Fast Eddie” about Women’s MMA, … Read more

Is the WEC preparing to add female weight classes?

It appears that WEC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit, could be getting a transfer to the UFC. Parent company, Zuffa, owns both promotions.

The decision to move Condit to the UFC comes on the heels of his scheduled opponent for WEC 39 set for March 1, Brock Larson, having to pull out of the fight due to injury. Condit’s first UFC appearance could be a SPIKE TV televised main event versus Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, TN.

The same report indicates that the WEC will most likely go ahead and disband their entire welterweight division which would make sense if they are moving the champion to a different organization. Since Zuffa owns both promotions, UFC and WEC, it appears they are wanting to cut out all coinciding weight classes. The WEC already shut down their light heavyweight and middleweight classes and transferred most of their top fighters from those divisions to the UFC, so it appears the move with Condit fits right into the master plan.

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CBS Saturday Night Fights Conference Call

EliteXC had a media conference call today featuring Gina Carano, Kelly Kobald, Jake Shields, and Paul Daley, all who will be fighting Oct. 4 on CBS Saturday Night Fights.  The four fighters fielded questions from various reporters. Here’s a synopsis:

Gina  Carano & Kelly Kobald
Carano, when asked if she felt any frustration for not being able to fight Chris Cyborg, responded, that there’s no frustration for not fighting Cyborg this time. Although she does want to fight her, she wants to get through this fight first and then see what happens with Cyborg. Gina insisted, “I’m gonna be here for a second.”

Jared Shaw thinks the media is making too big of a deal out of Gina Carano “refuting her position” as the face of women’s mma.

One subject Gina Carano did not care to spend much time discussing was her weight. When asked what she weighs now and how much she will weigh at weigh-ins next Friday, she responded, “I will weigh 140 lbs. next Friday and what I weigh now I will keep to myself.”

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