Date: Saturday – May 26, 2012
Time: 10 pm ET / 7pm PT
Broadcast: Pay-Per-View, FX and Facebook (details shown below)
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada – U.S.A.
Main Fight Card: (aired on PPV)
- Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir (For Heavyweight Title)
- Antonio Silva vs. Cain Velasquez
- Dave Herman vs. Roy Nelson
- Shane Del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
- Lavar Johnson vs. Stefan Struve
- Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
- Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
- C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller
- Dan Hardy vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig
Preliminary Fight Card: (aired on Facebook)
- Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
- Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
- Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
Strikeforce Heavyweight Match-Ups Under Negotiations With Possible ‘Overeem vs Silva’ Title Fight, Fedor May Sign 4-6 More Fights
The Strikeforce heavyweight division looks to be very limited as match makers continue to discuss possible future bouts for the second half of 2010. Fabricio Werdum is coming off a submission win over Fedor Emelianenko and was supposed to face current champ Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce heavyweight title. Unfortunately, Werdum will be sidelined until early 2011 due to an ongoing elbow injury he needs to take care of.
Fedor Emelianenko is currently under negotiations as he has one fight left in his Strikeforce contract. In a recent interview, Fedor tells us that he is looking into signing for 4-6 more fights under Strikeforce and makes it clear that he is not interested in the UFC right now. The possibility of a rematch against Werdum may occur in 2011, but he’d rather fight someone else in the meantime because that would be too much time off. So that leaves Fedor up in the air waiting for a heavyweight opponent as well.
Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva is coming off a huge win over former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei ‘The Pitbull’ Arlovski. He’s open to face anyone in the heavyweight division and a fight against Fedor would make the most sense since they are both 1-1 in the Strikeforce promotion. However, there are rumors of a heavyweight title fight between Overeem and Silva sometime later this year.
Brett Rogers will have to wait his turn as he has lost back to back fights against Fedor and to Overeem. No word as of yet who he’d be facing next either.
The only official upcoming heavyweight fight will be WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley who is scheduled to face Chad Griggs at the Strikeforce ‘Houston’ event on August 21st. The winner of these two fighters can be put into the mix with other top Strikeforce heavyweights.
We’ll keep you guys posted on the official Strikeforce heavyweight match-ups, but here’s what some of the fighters had to say this week…
From Alistair Overeem:
“Fabricio (Werdum) will not be ready until the beginning of next year so I’m not sure who he’ll be fighting next because of the time he’ll be taking off. Hopefully we’ll have Overeem back in the cage in October. Against who, we don’t know. It might be ‘Bigfoot’ Silva [but] the heavyweight division hasn’t been determined and we’re still having ongoing dialogue with M-1. That should flesh out here pretty soon and once we come to a deal with them on when (Fedor will) fight, who he’ll fight, and with Fabricio out, I think the rest of the division will kind of unfold itself before the end of the year. I don’t think [Emelianenko vs. Overeem] will happen this year.”
From Antonio Silva:
“I know what you already know. Strikeforce hasn’t been in touch with my manager Alex Davis yet to make the fight 100-percent confirmed. Anyway, I’m already training for it.”
From Fedor Emelianenko:
“For now M-1 Global works with Strikeforce and we are concentrating on that, the contract is not over yet. So for now we don’t have any interest in the UFC. So far I feel very comfortable fighting, very good with my fighting, and I’m planning of fighting as long as I can physically. As far and I’m concerned we should discuss the possibility of signing another contract for 4-6 fights.”
Andrei Arlovski Journal and Video Blog For May 15 Strikeforce Fight Against ‘Big Foot’ Silva (Episodes 1-8)
Fedor Emelianenko Content With M-1 Global, Prepared For Strikeforce Fight Against Fabricio Werdum or Antonio Silva In June
Fedor Emelianenko has been asked over and over if he was leaving mixed martial arts promotion M-1 Global immediately after his contract is up. Although his contract is set to expire real soon, Fedor states that he is content with the partnership he has with the Holland-based organization and had no intentions of leaving it.
The Russian Sambo expert is pretty much set to take on Fabricio Werdum as part of the Strikeforce event held on June 26th in San Jose, California. If negotiations fall apart or Werdum is not able to compete on that date, Antonio Silva would be willing to come in as a late replacement.
From Fedor Emelianenko:
“I have no intentions leaving M-1 Global. We have a very good partnership, so I don’t see any reasons why I should break-up my current deal with that organization. My next opponent will be Fabricio Werdum. We are currently negotiating with his team, but if something goes wrong we will try to reach an agreement with Antonio Silva.”
The former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei ‘The Pitbull’ Arlovski has officially signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. Arlovski makes his MMA return after a 16-month absence and is now scheduled to take on Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva as part of the May 15 main fight card.
Arlovski is coming off back to back losses against no.1 heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko and then against Brett Rogers. As for Silva, he has won 6 of his last 7 fights with just one loss coming by way of a unanimous decision against Fabricio Werdum back in November 2009. Both fighters are hungry for a win come May 15 as they plan to climb right up the Strikeforce heavyweight division. Expect fireworks!!!
This past weekend, Strikeforce aired a 4-fight MMA card which included a heavyweight battle between Fabricio Werdum and Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva. After 3 rounds of war, the judges gave Werdum a unanimous decision win over ‘Big Foot.’ In a post-fight interview immediately after their bout, Silva tells us how he was disappointed with his overall performance that night.
Snip from Silva himself:
“I was feeling very comfortable with my stand-up game…I felt I had him in trouble. I was feeling very good standing up, so much so that I let him stand up. But he’s got Brazilian blood in him, and he kept coming…I think that I won the first round, and I think that the second round was pretty close…I think the third round was his. I tired a bit. I think it was a great fight, (but) I left it in the judges hands…I think both of us can be proud of the fight.”
Fabricio Werdum training for his heavyweight battle against Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva:
Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller training with ‘King Mo’ Lawal:
Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva:
Fedor ‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko preparing himself to take on undefeated heavyweight Brett ‘The Grim’ Rogers:
Gegard ‘Dreamcatcher’ Mousasi training for his fight against ‘The African Assassin’ Sokoudjou: