I was just browsing through Google Reader when I came across Sportsnet.ca‘s article on Herschel Walker winning in his MMA debut. Now while the article doesn’t mention anything the title certainly does. Look up there at the top, “Ex-NHL…” Wait, what? Herschel Walker played in the NHL? Nah… they just love hockey too much.
Overall I thought the show was put on really well. That would have been an amazing CBS card just because of the addition of Herscel Walker.
The first fight of the night was Bobby Lashley making his Strikeforce debut against Wes Sims. I don’t really think anyone had any faith in Sims winning this fight based on the fact that Lashley was -1500 to win at some bookmakers, that is just insane. Lashley ended up winning the fight anyway in a very dominating fashion. When the referee stopped the bout Sims believed it was premature but I feel it was a good stoppage due to the fact that Sims collapsed right after taking a shot from Lashley, he could of been out but the ref couldn’t see his eyes.
Then we moved on to the second fight which was probably one of the greatest comebacks Strikeforce has ever seen. Melvin Manhoef against Robbie Lawler. Melvin was destroying Lawler all the way through the fight with punishing leg kicks and some big uppercuts. It was getting to the stages where Lawler was hobbling about the ring with nowhere to go until Manhoef dropped his hands after throwing a kick and Lawler cracked him with a huge right hand to take the KO victory.
The third fight was 47-year-old Herschel Walker making his MMA debut against Greg Nagy or “Nudge.” Herschel Walker definitely looked good in the fight to say that: A, he is 47-years-old and B, he has had only ten months of training. The fight took place mostly on the ground where Herschel had the upper hand it seemed. He kept falling into a few traps though but managed to get out of both an ankle lock and an armbar. If Herschel does decide to fight again it would do good for the sport I think. They should put him on a CBS card though next time to take advantage of what would sure be big ratings. I have no idea who they could put him up against though, oh wait, didn’t Shaq want to fight?
Then came the title fights. First up were the women of Strikeforce, “Cyborg” Santos was defending her title against Marloes Coenen. Marloes Coenen definitely put up a good fight, she threw everything she possibly could at Cyborg but everything just wasn’t enough as Cyborg was able to remain the lightweight champion in dominating fashion. I really don’t know if there is anyone that could pose a serious threat to Cyborg right now. After two dominating performances in a row she is looking good atop the women’s division.
The main event of the evening featured Nick Diaz against Marius Zaromskis for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. Diaz looked his usual self at the beginning of the fight. He was controlling Zaromskis for quite a significant portion of the first round until he got caught and went backwards onto the mat. I thought it was going to be over right there but Diaz managed to hang on. Once both fighters were back to standing it didn’t take long for Diaz to put the nails in the coffin of Zaromskis title shot.
To sum it all up, I liked the event. I thought the card was good, the fights were good and the production was good too. I watched the event using Showtimes online service which I will be posting a review of tomorrow for you all to see before you decide to use that service in the future. I would like to thank you all for reading this post and being here on MMA-Live.com for the Strikeforce coverage. Our coverage is not yet over though so come back tomorrow and join us for a whole lot more on the event and who we think the fighters from this event will face off against next.
The promised free feed of an undercard bout between Jay Hieron and Joe Riggs from EA Sports turned out not to work for many. It is starting to look like Jay Hieron may be carrying around a curse. First you have his issues with IFC going under financially, then you have the demise of Affliction, then Nick Diaz tested positive in a drug test and his title fight was canceled and now his fight will not be aired.
I am curious to hear how many people out there had problems with the feed. Looking at Twitter I am thinking well over 50% of those who tried could not get on. Did anyone get to see the EA feed?
Join us later tonight for live results and recap from Strikeforce Miami. The main card will begin at 10PM EST on Showtime. There will also be a free online stream of the preliminary bout between Jay Hieron and Joe Riggs on the EA Sports website which is set to start at 9:05 EST. We will be live blogging the EA Sports feed and the live show as well as providing quick results for all of the other prelim bouts.
Strikeforce Miami Quick Results
Nick Diaz defeats Marius Zaromskis via TKO at 4:38 , Round 1*
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos defeats Marloes Coenen via TKO (Strikes) at 3:40, Round 3**
Herschel Walker defeats Greg Nagy via TKO (Strikes) at 2:17, Round 3
Robbie Lawler defeats Melvin Manhoef via KO at 3:33, Round 1
Bobby Lashley defeats Wes Sims via TKO (Strikes) at 2:06, Round 1
Jay Hieron defeats Joe Riggs via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Pablo Alfonso defeats Marcos da Matta via arm bar at 1:47, round 1
Hayder Hassan defeats Ryan Keenan via KO at 2:42, round 2
John Kelly defeats Sabah Homasi via rear naked choke at 2:48, round 2
Michael Byrnes vs. David Zitnik
David Gomez defeats Craig Oxley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Ray defeats John Clarke via TKO (Strikes) at 3:14, round 1
*For vacant welterweight title
**Womens 145lb title defense, Santos is current champion
Strikeforce Miami Live Recap
Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis (170-pound)
Round one: Here we go with the main event! Zaromskis comes out quick and tries to take DIaz out but Diaz returns some good shots of his own. Diaz looks for the single leg takedown but Zaromskis catches him and both fighters end up clinching against the cage. Diaz spends around a minute kneeing Zaromskis in the leg which against the cage. Zaromskis gets taken down by Diaz but gets back up quick and Diaz connects with a good left. Zaromskis tags Diaz though and Diaz falls and shells up. Diaz is bleeding and Zaromskis goes after him, it is not over for Diaz though who continues to throw some big shots. The crowd begins to chant “Diaz”. There is absolutely no defense from either fighter at this point and Zaromskis gets tagged with a massive uppercut, it looked as though he would go out but he continued standing and staggering around until Diaz connected with one more good shot and Zaromskis went down. Diaz takes the fight and the Strikeforce welterweight championship.
Result: Nick Diaz defeats Marius Zaromskis via TKO at 4:38 , Round 1*
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Marloes Coenen (145-pound)
Round one: Fight gets underway fast with both fighters throwing big shots and then ending up in the clinch against the fence. Coenen tries to get the armbar from guard but Cyborg gets out and drops a huge right hand on the face of Coenen. Cyborg picks up Coenen from guard and slams her down then drops two big shots once again. Coenen gets a couple of upkciks and the referee stands the women back up and both fighters begin exchanging blows. Coenen drops levels and looks for the takedown but Cyborg stands her back up and both fighters end up against the cage in the clinch. After separation both fighters begin throwing massive shots once again. A very hard round to call but I would go with Cyborg 10-9.
Round two: Cyborg unloads on Coenen and knocks her down but Coenen is still in it. Cyborg gets into guard and picks Coenen up to slam her but Coenen manages a safe landing right back on the ground. With a minute left Cyborg unleashes a great amount of shots on the grounded Coenen but none do any real damage. That second round clearly belongs to Cyborg so I have it at 20-18 right now for the champion.
Round three: Cyborg quickly goes for the takedown but cant and the fighters end up against the cage. The fighters separate and Cyborg begins to unleash. Coenen goes for the takedown and it is reversed by Cyborg who takes Coenen down and into half-guard. While in half-guard Cyborg keeps trying to keep Coenen down while throwing some blows. Coenen got Cyborg into her guard and Cyborg stood up and began to unleash. Coenen got out and both fighters got back to standing. Coenen through a big right hand and Cyborg returned a few before taking Coenen down and unleashing once again. Coenen shelled up and Cyborg continued the onslaught until the referee stopped the fight to give Cyborg the victory.
Result: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos defeats Marloes Coenen via TKO (Strikes) at 3:40, Round 3
Greg Nagy vs. Herschel Walker (215-pound limit)
Round one: Walker tags Nagy with a straight jab early on which makes Nagy stagger back but then the fight gets back to normal. Walker is looking extremely tight in his stance and even throws a bit of a dance in there. Nagy goes for the takedown but Walker sprawls and attempts to take the back of Nagy. Walker then takes mount and begins to unleash the GnP. Nagy defends the initial onslaught of GnP. Nagy gets Walker in a heel hook but Walker gets out almost immediately and goes back to sprawl position. Walker then got north-south of Nagy and then into side control. First round went to Herschel Walker easily 10-9
Round two: Walker gets a good takedown in the opening minute of the first round and ends up in side control. Walker then transitions onto the back of Nagy who rolls over to give Walker high mount. Nagy escapes the mount and tries to get back to his feet but Walker keeps forcing him back down to the ground. Walker takes the back of Nagy again and flattens him out but can’t get the hooks in or the choke. Nagy tries to roll over again and Walker once again gets mount on Nagy. That round once again was all Herschel Walker 20-18 so far on my scorecard.
Round three: Nagy comes out quick in this round but Walker takes him down against the cage and lands in Nagy’s guard. Nagy goes for the armbar on Walker but Walker pulls his arm out quite easily. Walker gets back to where he left off in round number two, high mount. Walker begins with the punches from high mount and Nagy just struggles to get out of it any way he can. Walker gets to back mount and Nagy just covers up, the referee stops the fight because Nagy is not trying to improve his position.
Result: Herschel Walker defeats Greg Nagy via TKO (Strikes) at 2:17, Round 3
Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef (185-pound limit)
Round one: The first thirty seconds pass with no contact and then Manhoef connected with a kick to the midsection of Lawler. After a minute the crowd begins to boo a little bit due to the lack of contact. Manhoef gets Lawler to shell up against the fence but Lawler gets away. Manhoef begins unleashing with 2:15 left in the round, there are some powerful leg kicks and huge uppercuts going in. Lawlers leg is clearly hurting but out of nowhere Lawler connects and KO’s Manhoef. I am left thinking WTF?
Result: Robbie Lawler defeats Melvin Manhoef via KO at 3:33, Round 1
Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims (265-pound limit)
Round one: Wes Sims acts like his normal self at the start of the fight by trying to play games with Lashley but he quickly gets taken down and Lashley begins with the GnP. Sims later regained control of Lashley but could not get back to standing. Lashley postures up and starts throwing down punches until Sims rolled over and the fight was stopped due to strikes. Sims thought the stoppage was pre-mature.
Result: Bobby Lashley defeats Wes Sims via TKO (Strikes) at 2:06, Round 1
- Nick Diaz (169.5) vs. Marius Zaromskis (169)
- Cris “Cyborg” Santos (144.5) vs. Marloes Coenen (143.75)
- Herschel Walker (214.25) vs. Greg Nagy (210.5)
- Robbie Lawler (185.75) vs. Melvin Manhoef (185.75)
- Bobby Lashley (252.25) vs. Wes Sims (258.25)
- Jay Hieron (170.25) vs. Joe Riggs (170.5)
- Pablo Alfonso (139.25) vs. Marcos da Matta (139.75)
- Hayder Hassan (170.5) vs. Ryan Keenan (168)
- Sabah Homasi (171.5) vs. John Kelly (170.5)
- Michael Byrnes (154.5) vs. David Zitnik (154)
- David Gomez (144.5) vs. Craig Oxley (144.75)
- John Clarke (169.75) vs. Joe Ray (169.75)
As you can see, all fighters made weight for their fights at Strikeforce Miami. Remember that if no title is involved fighters can weigh one pound more than the limit. Join us here at MMA-Live tonight for live recap of the event.
UFC 112 today became official and will also mark history by being the first UFC event to be held in an outdoor arena. Also confirmed today were the two main events for UFC 112 which will be Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort and BJ Penn defending his lightweight title against Frankie Edgar.
FIRST EVER OPEN-AIR EVENT TAKES PLACE IN UAE APRIL 10
DOUBLE MAIN EVENT
ANDERSON SILVA DEFENDS MIDDLEWEIGHT CROWN
AGAINST VITOR BELFORT
BJ PENN DEFENDS LIGHTWEIGHT BELT
AGAINST FRANKIE EDGAR
PLUS: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS ICONS MATT HUGHES AND RENZO GRACIE MEET WITH FAMILY PRIDE AT STAKE
The arena that the UFC will take place in is known as Ferrari World, it is not yet open and the only real information I could find on it is on the official website. There is also this six minute video on Youtube which shows the concept of the arena.
He has yet to make his return to the UFC but already Chuck Liddell believes he will be getting a title fight in his fourth fight back.
I miss fighting and I want to fight, so that’s what I’m doing. I’ll keep arguing and (White) will keep arguing with me. I just have to show him that I can perform. I would like another fight and then I want another fight after. Hopefully, Dana’s happy with my two wins and I get a shot at a contender and then a shot at a title. That’s four fights and that’s about as far forward as I’ve thought. I have to go out on my own, the way I want to go out. It has to be my decision. I’m not going to let fans or people that aren’t that close to me and don’t watch me train, don’t see what I can still do, make that decision for me.”
The fight against Tito Ortiz would be Chuck Liddell’s last fight under a UFC contract. I am thinking that if Liddell loses this fight he probably not be re-signed which could be a bad thing for the UFC as I am sure Liddell would have no issue going to fight for UFC rival, Strikeforce. If Liddell was to win against Ortiz the question would then turn into who he would fight. He is not a top flight contender because he was defeated by Evans and Rua. Potential opponents could be Rampage if he was to lose to Evans and the loser of Coleman/Couture.
Dana White in the above video mentions that fighters such as Chuck Liddell, GSP and BJ Penn will be getting their own branded gyms to help support them financially once they are done fighting.