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(And to think, if I hadn’t accidentally called Dana “Baldfather” during that interview, I’d be fighting Ben Henderson right about now.)
When we first heard word that Strikeforce was considering booking a completely unnecessary fourth match between lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thompson, we more or less saw it as a sign that Strikeforce’s lightweight division, not unlike their heavyweight, welterweight, and pretty much every other division, was simply biding its time until the UFC inevitably absorbed it. We were elated to find out shortly thereafter that Thompson was making the whole thing up, possibly under the belief that if the rumor gained enough steam, Scott Coker would sit idly by and let the match happen again and again until Thompson finally emerged victorious.
Fortunately, someone had good enough sense to book Melendez a fight against top contender Pat Healy on September 29th instead, which will make for Melendez’s fifth title defense should he be successful. Although Healy can’t hold a candle to Thompson as far as turning in exciting performances goes (Thompson’s snoozer against K.J. Noons outstanding), it will be nice to see Melendez finally face off against the only other lightweight in the division who stands at least a snowball’s chance in Hell of beating him.
Strikeforce made the announcement earlier today via its official Twitter account:
We’re coming to Sacramento, and we’re bringing
@GilbertMelendez @BamBamHealy & @dc_mma with us…http://www.strikeforce.com/news/SF4-pressrelease-news … Tix on sale this Sat!
Healy has been playing the role of hype train derailer for his past few fights now, submitting prospects Maximo Blanco and Caros Fodor in back-to-back contests before most recently earning a hard fought unanimous decision over a guy that is best known for becoming Shinya Aoki’s eternal bitch at K1 Dynamite!!! 2009. Now 6-1 in his past 7 Strikeforce appearances, Healy has more than earned his shot at Melendez in a division that has less than 5 contenders still remaining.
Who you got?
To hell with Tim Sylvia. This is more like it.
According to a report from USA Today, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will take his talents to the Hexagon to challenge Daniel Cormier in his final Strikeforce fight on Sat., Sept. 29, 2012, in Sacramento, California.
The bout will be broadcast live on Showtime, as usual, and it will be surreal to see Mir, a former UFC titleholder, standing inside a Strikeforce cage. Yet, that’s exactly what we’re going to get.
Here’s what UFC President Dana White had to say about the match-up:
“There has been a lot of speculation as to who Cormier would fight next, and this is the fight that makes the most sense. The reality is, Cormier is one of the best heavyweights in the world. He just won the grand prix and beat Josh Barnett. He needs to fight opponents of that caliber, and Frank Mir is that guy.”
This fight does make the most sense. As stated, Cormier just won the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament and he needs top flight competition. That’s not what Sylvia represents. Mir, on the other hand, is one fight removed from challenging for the UFC heavyweight title.
Sure, he got blown out and was only in that fight due to Alistair Overeem and his failed drug test, but he’s a veteran with a big name who can provide a stiff test to see if Cormier is really ready to make the jump to the Octagon.
Cormier vs. Mir will serve as the co-main event of the evening underneath the Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy lightweight championship fight that was also just announced. Mark it down on your calendars, Maniacs, you won’t want to miss this one.
Swerve! (not really)
In news that should surprise no one, Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez will put his 155-pound title on the line against top division contender Pat Healy at the upcoming Showtime event scheduled for Sept. 29, 2012 at the Power Balance Pavilion (formerly the Arco Arena) in Sacramento, California.
The promotion brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Melendez (21-2) finally rid himself of Josh Thomson with a five round split decision win over “The Punk” at the Strikeforce: “Barnett vs. Cormier” event last May. It was his seventh win in a row in a division already hurting for viable challengers.
Enter “Bam Bam.”
Healy (28-16) is riding a seven-fight winning streak of his own, one that includes a submission win over the aforementioned Thomson back in 2009. He most recently overcame Mizuto Hirota at the Strikeforce: “Rockhold vs. Kennedy” event earlier this month in Portland, Oregon.
Anyone think we could be crowning a new champ in Cali?
Also slated for the Showtime main card is grand prix champion Daniel Cormier, who satisfies the remaining fight on his Strikeforce contract before transitioning to the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) later this year. Sorry to disappoint the haters, but his opponent is not ex-ZUFFA champ Tim Sylvia.
And no, it’s not former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Champion Batista, either. Stay tuned for an announcement on “DC’s” future opponent in the coming weeks.
For more on the upcoming Strikeforce event on Sept. 29 check out our comprehensive news archive by clicking here.
Hettes (10-0) hasn’t fought since UFC 141 in December when he dominated Nam Phan en route to a unanimous decision win. The victory improved the 25-year-old’s Octagon record to 2-0. Hettes was scheduled fight Steve Siler last month in Atlantic City, N.J., but he pulled out of the bout due to an injury.
UFC 152, headlined by Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson for the first-ever UFC flyweight title, takes place Sept. 22 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Well it looks like UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo is back and ready for action. Officials announced earlier today that Aldo will be defending his belt against Erik Koch in the main event at UFC 153, on October 13th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two fighters were originally supposed to meet up at this …
Hailing from Burnley in Lancashire, Sinclair’s performance to date is reflected in a 11-2-0 record. Beating Nathan Beer for the World title at BAMMA 2, Sinclair went onto defend the belt against Daniel Weichel at BAMMA 3 and Diego Vital at BAMMA 7. The BAMMA 10 square off will see Sinclair look to again defend his title against internationally renowned talent.
Leicester athlete, Andre Winner, returns to BAMMA for a third time following victories against Jason Ball at BAMMA 7 and Diego Gonzalez at BAMMA 8. Breaking into the public eye with his part in the TV series, The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom, Winner’s outstanding striking skills saw him fight five times at the UFC before being snapped up by BAMMA.
Rob Sinclair said: “The fight between Rob Sinclair and Andre Winner is set now. It’s been in the making for almost a year and it is going be the biggest domestic lightweight contest the UK has ever had, on the biggest show in Europe, for the biggest title BAMMA has, and on live TV. I’m very privileged to be a part of it; this is going to be the biggest fight of my life and I will be ready. There’s no messing around now, this is seriousstuff. I will be the underdog no doubt, but that’s what I thrive on. This is will be the hardest hitting, strongest, most explosive Rob ‘C4′ Sinclair you will ever see and that’s a promise!”
Andre Winner says: “I’ve been looking forward to this fight for a long time and I know a lot of people want to know who’d win out of me and Rob: Well, on September 15th they’re gonna find out. I’m gonna be coming with skills he’s not faced before, so unless he can deal with them I’ll be walking away with the belt. I’m in great shape and hungry to fight again so people should expect fireworks!”
BAMMA’s Head of Talent Relations, Jude Samuel, says: “This is a fight that fans have been looking forward to for some time and I can’t wait to see it come to fruition at London Wembley. Rob Sinclair has been a great advocate of BAMMA and we are proud to have him as our current Lightweight champ. BAMMA 7 and BAMMA 8 saw Andre Winner return to form over a couple of explosive clashes and Andre has worked hard for this title shot.
Both fighters are spectacular strikers at the height of their game and both fighters have truly earned this opportunity to fight on our new UK TV platform at 5. We are proud to have Andre and Rob as faces of BAMMA 10.”
Well, well, well…it looks like the UFC has finally delivered a free card matchup that doesn’t make us yearn for the days of Arlovski/Sylvia III. Word just broke (and by just, we mean a good six or seven hours ago) that veteran strikers Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Che Mills have been paired up for UFC on FUEL 5, which goes down on September 29, 2012 at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England and features a headlining matchup between heavyweight contenders Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic. Mills broke the news via his Twitter:
After stringing together a pair of wins over Nick Osipczak and Amir Sodallah to save his UFC career, Ludwig again finds himself with his back against the wall. He has dropped his last two contests to Josh Neer (via Ambienotine) and Dan Hardy (via lead left hook of death) and could be looking at his final fight under the promotion if he is not successful against Mills. From all accounts, Ludwig is one of the nicest guys in the sport, so let’s hope he brings his A-game against Mills, who is coming off a loss of his own to welterweight wrecking machine Rory MacDonald at UFC 145. The loss snapped a five fight win streak for Mills, who kicked off his UFC career by almost kneeing off Chris Cope’s head at UFC 138. Luckily, we’ve managed to find the crappiest quality footage possible of that fight, which we’ve placed for you below.
One thing’s for sure, we won’t have to worry about either man’s grappling credentials (or lack thereof) coming into play. This should make for a hell of an addition to a card that has a distinct lack of drawing power at the moment, so who you got, Potato Nation?
With all the injuries taking place over the past couple of days, here’s one you may have missed.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will showcase three rounds of ground warfare when Rani Yahya matches wits (and jits) with fellow submission ace Josh Grispi at the UFC on FOX 4 event scheduled for August 4, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, according to an update posted on UFC.com.
Yahya fills in for “The Fluke’s” original opponent, Pablo Garza, who was forced to withdraw from the late summer fight card due to an undisclosed injury.
Grispi (14-3) knows a thing or two about the ground game, having subbed seven of his 14 victims within the first round. Despite back-to-back losses to Dustin Poirier and George Roop, he’s still considered one of the top up-and-coming prospects in the 145-pound division.
Yahya (16-7) has an astonishing 14 submissions in 16 wins. Unfortunately the Brazilian has struggled in recent times, going 2-3 over his last five fights including a unanimous decision loss to veteran wrestler Chad Mendes at the UFC 133 event last August.
Who steps up and who goes home?
UFC on FOX 4 now features a light heavyweight headliner pitting former division titleholder Mauricio Rua against Muay Thai expert Brandon Vera. Ex-205 pound kingpin Lyoto Machida starts his climb back to the top opposite rugged wrestler Ryan Bader.